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About the Boat

We began the search for our boat in early 2005 with trips to Seattle, WA, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Jacksonville, FL and Boston, MA. We had general ideas of what we wanted in a boat, but looking at several different boats helped us rethink the items that were important.  We organized and documented our visit on each boat by completing an extensive evaluation form that John developed.  The form allowed us to document facts as well as subjective evaluations to help us target our search.

Our budget restricted us to older boats. We stumbled onto a 1984, 44 foot Stamas ketch listed in the Florida Keys and liked the design.  A few weeks after we saw the Stamas in the Keys another one was listed for sale in Melbourne, FL. Stamas continues to build power boats in Tarpon Springs Florida .  In the early 1980’s they built 26 sailboats, designed by Bob Johnson, the Island Packet guy before he started Island Packet Yachts.

Livin the Dream under sail

Our 44 foot Stamas ketch under sail 

Boat Facts

Length overall: 44 feet

Length of the waterline: 34 feet

Beam: 14 feet

Draft: 5 feet 5 inches

Displacement: 30,000 lbs

Ballast 12,000 lbs

Engine 88 hp Yanmar diesel

Water: 320 gallons

Fuel: 175 gallons

Generator: Westerbeke 7.6 kilowatt diesel

Cabins: 1 forward v-berth, 1 aft athwart ship queen

Heads: 1 forward, 1 aft each with shower

Refrigeration: Norcold 110/12 volt

Freezer: Technicold 110 volt

Stove: Force 10, 3 burner with oven

Dinghy: 10 foot AB inflatable and 15 hp Tohatsu

Electronics: Raymarine ST 6001 autopilot, Raymarine ST 60 wind speed indicator, Raymarine ST 60 Depth sounder, Raymarine Pathfinder RL radar/chartplotter

Propane stowage: 2 lockers for 20 lb tanks

Watermaker: SK 500 gallon per day

Washer/Dryer: Splendide Combomatic

The boat has excellent stowage with more than 98 lockers.  Engine room access is excellent with one full-size entry on the side and another full-size entry to the rear of the engine.  The walk through bunk has been converted to a workbench.

starboard saloonPort Salon

       Port saloon                                                                Starboard saloon

Forward CabinGalley

      Forward cabin                                                                  Galley 

Aft cabinEngine Room

      Aft Cabin                                                                        Engine Room