370 Express — By Capt. Stuart Reininger
— September 2000
A Kinder, Gentler Fishkiller
|The Stamas 370 gets the game without the pain.|
One of the advantages of owning a top-of-the-line, head-turning fishboat is the dockside attention factor. Let’s face it, you’re not going to get much admiration offshore when you and your boat–and everybody else out there–are busy tracking the game. It’s when you’re backing into the slip that you collect those admiring glances. There’s something about a fish dock at the end of the day–boats shaping up to maneuver into their slips amidst the haze of exhaust and deep rumble of diesels–that draws the attention of anyone within sight or sound.
Well, if you’re at the helm of the Stamas 370 Express, you can forget about all that–the sound and fury, anyway. Sure, you’ll still get the admiration factor. The 370 Express, with her sharp entry and sweeping, slightly reversed sheer that breaks gently into a raised cockpit coaming, is one of the sweetest-looking fishboats out there. But she doesn’t make enough noise to draw attention to herself; you’ll have to do that by hanging a grander over the side. And unless you have a load of three-day-old fish, you can skip the olfactory attraction–no exhaust fumes, ever.
That’s because this Stamas can be equipped (for $5,200) with the Eco Sound EPS 1000 underwater exhaust system. Sound familiar? Yes, you read about it in these pages ("The Sweet Sound of Success," September 1999). After gaining acceptance as an aftermarket installation on a number of cruising, performance, and fishing boats, Eco Sound was adopted as standard equipment on Boston Whaler’s 34-foot Destiny and as an option on Formula’s new 41PC.
So, how does a boat manufactured by a family-owned company with almost 50 years of experience go through her paces with a system that supposedly quiets exhaust, eliminates fumes, and even improves back-down performance?
Well, for starters, the last boat I was on that accelerated this smoothly had a stepped hull. Despite the fact that the 370 doesn’t, my test boat planed with no stern squat and little bow rise; I never lost sight of the horizon. As for fumes and smoke, none. When I firewalled the twin 420-hp Yanmar 6LTY2-STYs, I glanced back, and there, about 50 yards astern, were the exhaust bubbles and fumes.
But our Stamas really came into her own in reverse. You know what happens when you back down hard: You usually enter a cloud of smoke accompanied by the impact of the transom hitting a wall of water. If you’ve left the transom door open or the boat has drains without check valves or flappers, you get a cockpit washdown, too. Not here. No dramatics, no wall of water, and no fumes. Just good steering response without having to work the props. In fact, our boat practically planed in reverse.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.