The Boating Forum - 31 stamas express
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09-21-2008, 05:02 AM
Anyone own one? I have mine for 3 months now and love it. Have a few ?s. Floor leaks some water on the gas tanks. with heavy rain. Thanks
09-21-2008, 05:36 AM
can not help with the leak,but i did look at one yesterday at the boat show and they are a sweet ride
09-21-2008, 08:03 AM
What year? Worked there from '00-'06. Built a lot of 31s. Do you have the "gull wing" bilge hatches, of the one-piece with the big tub?
09-22-2008, 05:03 PM
The boat is a 1999. There are two hatches for the engines. Water seams to leak on the gas tanks in the corners. The boat seem to be built realy well. Can you tell me anything else I should look for. She goes through a chop like butter. so far a great ride. Any info would be great. Thanks again..
09-22-2008, 05:13 PM
Is she a twin inboard? You say the two gull-wing hatches for the motors, but do they really just access the bilge area. Let me know which version, Inboard or outboard.
09-22-2008, 05:32 PM
Sorry about that .She has twin inboards 350 mags.
09-22-2008, 06:37 PM
Oh, that was a "fun" boat to build. Had to align and rig the port motor first, then align the starboard, pick up the forward end, and lay under it to rig it. Trusted the hoist, I guess! Anyway, what you need to do is build a diverter that extends inboard of the outboards edges of the hatch openings. Something that will catch the overflow from the hatch gutters and channel it aft. But it ain't gonna be easy. You can build them out of 1/2" starboard, but you can'r attach them to the underside of the gutter drains, as there is no coring in them. You'll need to attach them to the underside of the deck, which is higher than the gutter drains, so you'll you'll have to relieve them to clear the gutters. Then you have the issue of, once you get that done, where do you want to dump the water? You've got your genset and water heater aft, and they don't like water.
If you can get me some good pics, I can probably direct you in an easier manor. We did very few inboards on the 31. Take some pics looking under the aft deck. I'll try to help you all I can.
09-23-2008, 06:35 AM
do you have any impressions of the Stamas 29/31 regarding rigging, ride, quality, etc. This boat is on my near future list (as well as a Pursuit 2870). I like the Stamas as a result of access to systems with O/B's.
09-23-2008, 06:12 PM
So, basically, you have no room for a generator. Your boat was a special order, with the third tank aft. Unless they reduced the size of the saddle tanks to get the same tankage to free up a little room. Keep an eye on your exhaust system, look to see how difficult it will be to re-pack your rudder ports, and generally enjoy the boat. Try your best to keep any water from accumulating in the bilge. Remember, all Stamas' have all wood stringers and bulkheads. Accumulated water WILL work it's way in!
Yes, you have a lot better access to everything on the outboard versions. One piece of advice? Keep the keel area clean between the tanks clean, as you may have to get back there someday to deal with the rigging. All the rigging, both port and starboard motors, runs across the aft end of the starboard tank. A real pain in the ass.
Both you guys,
If you want to install future electronics, this is where it gets fun. You have entrance ports on the starboard side, but how do you get up to the helm? Do yourselves a favor. Directly below the helm rigging port, cut a hole in the upper forward portion of the doghouse liner wall, starboard side, and install an inspection plate. Will make future wiring a WHOLE lot easier.
Let me know how all goes, and just remember, there's a lot of wood in these boat's. Keep them dry!
09-24-2008, 04:43 AM
Love my 31 express with twin yamaha's best boat i ever owned,my only concern is my cabin leaks rain water in the head , puddles up on the shelf right above toilet. I've tryed spraying water on the windshield and side windows while another person looked inside, but cant find the leak.Anyone have same problem,and how did you fix it,any help would be appreciated,Frank
09-24-2008, 06:05 PM
Check the furthest aft stanchions of your bow rail, starboard side.
I have had mine for 2 season and love it. Not the greatest head sea ride but great on the drift(which i do alot). The cockpit is huge for this size boat. I mostly use her for fishing but my wife real likes the cabin for over nighters. As long as she is happy i'm golden.
09-25-2008, 03:19 AM
seabob4, thanks for your reply,will spray water on them this weekend & i'll let you know,Frank
09-25-2008, 05:28 PM
Spray won't cause the leak. Rain will. Hose down liberally. If that doesn't show signs of leaking, let me know.
09-25-2008, 07:52 PM
I've got a 32 Stamas express with OB's ( zukes) and also love it. I have had the same issue with leakage in the head. They've re-caulked the windshield. I told them to look at the rub rail attachment. They don't think its there. I thought the rails, they don't think it there. Now they're telling me it the porthole glass not being completely sealed, after I close the glass. I don't that's the issue..
09-26-2008, 09:12 AM
What year boat? I did all the cabin electrical and plumbing, as well as hung and rigged the motors, on the first 56 32s. Let me know.
09-27-2008, 04:38 PM
sebob4,Thank you for your help. When you say to keep an eye on the exhaust Do you mean were it goes through the hull on the sides. The one thing I like with the inboards is the hp. The boat has no problem getting out of the hole.
09-27-2008, 05:36 PM
Always make sure all the exhaust hose clamps are good and tight. Always make sure you have a good down hill run from the elbows all the way to the t/hulls. Do you have mufflers?