Trends are always shifting, and the latest in fishing boats is monster center consoles, many with stepped hulls and maximum horsepower hanging off the stern. A certain market segment still desires a modicum of comfort, however, and for those buyers Stamas now offers a viable alternative — the 370 Aegean.
Backed by Acropolis-like construction and the company’s legendary ride, it also comes with all the angling necessities, luxurious overnight accommodations and a long list of standard features at an attractive factory-direct price point.
Our test boat was rigged with triple Yamaha 300 hp four-strokes, and the switch from diesel inboards made a noticeable impact. Throttling down, the boat pops on plane almost instantly with little bow rise. It also runs effortlessly at slower speeds for easy cruising and exceptional fuel economy. Factory tests showed a rate of 32.5 mph at 3,500 rpm with a fuel burn of 1.2 mpg. The top speed is 57 mph at wide-open throttle, though since the smooth conditions didn’t allow much ventilation under the hull, our peak number was just a tad slower at 56 mph. Regardless, that’s moving along smartly for a boat of this size and girth.
Like all boats by Stamas Yachts, the Aegean is built like a M1A Abrams tank. Sporting an aggressive entry, which transitions to 20 degrees at the transom. The bonded stringer system is constructed of kiln-dried fir fully encapsulated in fiberglass. There’s no scrimping on resin either, so don’t expect to hear any squeaks or shudders while underway. The boat punched through wakes without hesitation and was predictable even in tight turns. At rest, you could balance a champagne flute without spilling a drop.
Those attributes all lend themselves to a serious island-hopping or canyon-running machine. Hardcore anglers will appreciate the many standard features, including the full bait prep center behind the helm, which includes a deep sink with fresh water, cutting board, locking tackle storage and tool rack. A 92-quart baitwell with a circulation system holds plenty of sardines for the day while the 235-quart insulated fish box, also in the transom, easily swallows a chunky tuna or two. Two more insulated coolers (57 and 71 quarts) sit under the seats. Four rod holders in the covering boards are augmented by horizontal racks below. A Taco Grand Slam outrigger package can be added to the standard hardtop, which comes with rod holders and spreader lights. A mister system, full enclosure and remote spotlight are also available options.
In addition to the hand-laid, uni-bond construction, Stamas uses only premium components throughout. All deck hardware is through-bolted stainless steel, along with the beefy bow rail. The twin fuel tanks are built using heavy gauge, fully welded anodized aluminum with a crossover system and fuel filters. The full cockpit deck lifts to allow easy access for maintenance. Also standard, a windlass with rode, chain and anchor nestles snugly in the bow pulpit with the roller and chock.
The Aegean has ample seating for a large crew with the foldaway transom bench-style seat, twin aft cockpit seats and a companion bench on the bridge deck. An oversize panel at the helm accommodates large-display electronics with system switches readily accessible underneath. Recessed hydraulic trim tabs are standard, along with power-assisted steering.
The foldaway screened port entry leads down into the bright and spacious cabin equipped with air conditioning, generator and a host of other amenities for a comfortable stay on the hook. The convertible dinette to port augments the galley that includes a refrigerator, microwave, stove, deep sink with Granicoat countertop and dish locker. The roomy head to starboard is matched with a hot water heater and 40-gallon freshwater tank, electric porcelain head, vanity, molded sink and shower. The oversize berth in the forepeak is the master, while the double aft berth comes with a cocktail table and rod storage. There’s more rod storage in the deck, plus additional compartments beneath the berths. Four screened ports add plenty of natural light, and the cabin is beautifully styled with a teak-and-holly sole and handcrafted teak finished with satin urethane. The one-piece fiberglass headliner keeps maintenance to a minimum.
If you’re looking for an express model that has everything necessary for a serious trip offshore, plus the amenities for a leisurely cruise to the islands or a trip along the ICW, be sure to check out this Stamas. It’s the perfect blend of old-world craftsmanship and style, with the dependability and performance of today’s four-stroke technology.