370 Express — By Capt. Stuart Reininger — September 2000
A Kinder, Gentler Fishkiller
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According to Stamas, this is Eco Sound in action. The same underwater design that creates the vacuum that pulls the exhaust gases far astern of the boat also helps lift the boat and raise the stern over the oncoming water in reverse. At slow speeds when the system can’t create this venturi effect that pulls the exhaust aft, twin bypass passages direct fumes off to either side. Of course, no system is perfect. Trolling slowly in a stiff following breeze, you still get a whiff of diesel. But at any speed, you won’t get a headache from the noise. From 2400 to 2800 rpm (26 to 34 mph) the boat registered sound levels around 80 dB-A–basically at a level where you could whisper "let’s sneak up on that fish over there" and be heard. At a full-bore 3400 rpm (40.7 mph), we still only registered 88 dB-A, making this a truly quiet boat.
Yet even without Eco Sound, the 370 is a boat designed for fishermen. First, no matter what’s on the other end of the line, you’ll have a hard time falling overboard. Molded-in, diamond-type nonskid will provide grip even in a deluge, and padded coamings support you at about midthigh. Forward, a 17/8-inch-diameter, through-bolted, stainless steel bowrail is also just the right height to keep you from flipping overboard in case of a sudden lurch. Where the railing slopes aft and down, the stainless steel-rimmed windshield offers a good handhold, and curved side decks offer support for your feet when you’re concentrating on working your quarry.
Like most fishboats, on plane the Stamas rides slightly bow-up, just enough that you’ll probably prefer to stand for better visibility. The stainless steel destroyer wheel is nonadjustable, and there’s plenty of helm space for flush-fit electronics. Installing equipment at the helm station will be a breeze, as the whole console flips up for access.
While engine access is straightforward, thanks to a cockpit hatch and maintenance accessibility is a cinch, I’d appreciate an on-site valving and fuel-hosing diagram. The installation is excellent, but with twin aft fuel tanks and supply and return hosing for each engine plus crossover plumbing, things can get confusing–especially if you’re in a hurry.
The well-designed and efficient fishing support systems are what you’d expect on a boat of this caliber: a 28-gallon aerated baitwell and insulated, overboard-draining 53-gallon built-in fishbox. There’s also a lockable tackle stowage box, fresh- and raw-water washdowns, and a bait-prep station with a freshwater sink.
The below-decks layout onboard the 370, however, is distinctly atypical of a fishing boat. The teak interior would stand proud in any upscale cruiser, and the overall layout will afford six people a darn comfortable weekend when fishing isn’t on the agenda. The forward stateroom offers a queen-size berth and offers a real wooden door for privacy, while the midcabin, unlike most that are little more than glorified stowage spaces, can actually sleep two adults in comfort. A drop-down table converts the saloon settee to another double berth.
The 370 Express offers a plethora of features that make it an attractive platform for both fishing and weekending. Not the least of them is, if you’ve ordered the option Eco Sound system and get skunked after a days fishing, you can sneak silently back into your slip and nobody will guess that you went out.
Stamas Yacht Phone: (800) 782-6271. Fax: (727) 934-1339. www.stamas.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.