Search for the Perfect Cabin Cruiser: Our First One

As the first mate of our Stamas 34′ Express cabin cruiser, I had a front-row seat in the search for the perfect boat for our needs. (If there is a ‘perfect’ boat at all!)  After months of researching, shopping and test-driving different styles of cabin cruisers on the market, we finally found a used Stamas that met most, if not all of our needs.

One of the key features we were looking for was a walkabout style with twin outboards. As experienced  boaters, we knew the importance of keeping the boat and engines clean from salt water, and we felt the walkabout design would allow for easier access to the bow, and exterior of the boat. Plus the added advantage of a expansive bow for watching the setting sun while on anchor.

Another important feature for us was a large shower and bathroom. We planned on spending long weekends on the water, and having a comfortable and functional bathroom was a must. The Stamas did not disappoint in this regard, with a spacious shower, bathroom and berth that made our time on board even more enjoyable.

We purchased the Stamas in Fort Lauderdale, and immediately set sail to Stuart and the Okeechobee Waterway, the only true cross Florida canal,  that connects the east coast with Fort Meyers, on the west coast.  Over the next few months we logged over 100 hours on the twin 250 Yamaha engines, had countless adventures and made unforgettable memories on the water. From cruising the Intracoastal Waterway to fishing trips and weekend getaways, the Stamas became our home away from home.

By the end of our Snowbird winter in  Florida that year,  we had redefined our Cabin Cruiser needs. In mid March we made the decision to cruise along the gulf from Naples over to Marathon, and then back up to Fort Lauderdale, where we re-listed her for sale, with the intent to purchase our ‘perfect’ boat again in the fall.

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