John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Stamas 340 Tarpon
MAY 2007
Length overall  39'
Beam  12'6"
Draft(O/B Hull only) 21"
Max HP (O/B)600 hp
Fuel Capacity  350 gals
Water Capacity  40 gals
Base Price -250 Outboards  $199,540
Base Price -Inboard Gas  $189,296
Base Price-Inboard Diesel $243,760

An indescribable energy permeates the air wherever an in-water boat show is being set-up. This time it was the afternoon before the Miami Boat Show opened in mid-February, and I was happy to be on the scene without having to set-up a booth, perform some last minute repair or squeeze a very large boat into a very small space. Instead, I would be checking out the new Stamas 340 Tarpon CCC. The new hull had debuted a few months earlier at the Fort Lauderdale show, but now it bristled with a set of 300-hp four-stroke Suzuki outboards—the first available in the U.S.

With an overall length of about 40 feet and a 12-foot beam, this is a truly mammoth center-console design. It looked to me like there was enough room for half a dozen fishermen to drop their lines off the back while another batch of folks dealt out a game of high stakes poker up front. With the 340 Tarpon, Stamas has created a unique boat that bridges the gap between a traditional center-console and a sport fisherman. They even give buyers their choice between outboard power and inboard gas or diesel engines.

The cockpit has the size and feel of a small sportfisherman. One particularly interesting feature is an electric lift for the cockpit sole. With the sole raised I found myself staring into a cavernous service and storage area that would be ideal for storing dive equipment and scuba tanks. Above deck and aft, a transom door to starboard leads out to a large dive platform (outboard model only). Just inboard of the transom is more storage and a forward-facing bench seat with plenty of room between it and the helm station. Moving forward, a tackle center and counter area complete with freshwater sink are just aft of the leaning post. Like everything else on this boat, the console itself is quite roomy. It would be no problem to have three people at the leaning post, which was demonstrated aptly on my test ride: besides me, there were four technicians and reps from Lowrance onboard, tweaking and checking over a new display.

The third "C" in the 340 Tarpon CCC stands for cabin. Where most center-consoles might offer a commodious head under the console, the Stamas has a full blown cabin suitable for overnighting. The cozy accommodations are equipped with a head, sink, small refrigerator and a double bunk. Our test boat was also fitted with an optional inverter/charger package which includes a flat panel TV/DVD player, air-conditioning and microwave oven.

Underway, the Tarpon was fast and nimble. With six people aboard and relatively flat conditions, we cruised at 25 knots (4400 rpm). Wide open we made a shade under 40 knots.

The Stamas 340 Tarpon should appeal to fisherman and dive enthusiasts alike, and with a cabin big enough to turn an afternoon outing into a weekend trip, you could put some distance on it as well.