John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
DECEMBER/JANUARY 2014
 
   
Length overall  25' 6" 
Beam  8' 6"
Draft  20"
Weight  6,500 lb
Fuel  150 gals
Max Power  300 hp 
Base Price  $120,000

When Alan Steiger began building wooden clamming skiffs at Bellport on Long Island’s South Shore in the 1960s, he likely never imagined anything like his elegant new 255 Nantucket coming out of the Steiger Craft shop. But there she is now, an instant-classic dayboat with a large cockpit laid out for a picnic, a cuddy cabin with head and V-berth and a Yamaha 250 on a transom bracket. And, oh yes, a seaworthy hull built on a fiberglass stringer grid.

Yes, this boat is true to her original workboat genes in strength, sea-keeping ability, and efficient operation, but she’ll be admired at any marina or yacht club. Consider the Nantucket’s teak-framed windshield, teak cabin sole, seating arrangement for eight, and striking but understated, top-quality striped upholstery. Cockpit picnic facilities include a sink and cutting board to port and space for a grill to starboard, a folding cockpit table, and a large cooler in the full transom.

The big-block Yamaha can drive her to a top speed over 45, but she hums along on moderate fuel at speeds in the 20s, and she can stay on top in the upper teens when the going gets really rough. Base price for the 255 Nantucket with a Yamaha F250 is $120,000. For more information, contact Steiger Craft Inc., Bellport, NY, 631-286-2136, www.steigercraft.com.