SeaVee Boats of Miami, Florida, recently launched a quad of center consoles with stepped hulls—the Z Series—that offer better efficiency and overall performance without sacrificing fishability. I checked out the first model, the 390-Z powered with triple Yamaha F350s. The company also offers 32-, 34-, and 37-footers in the same series.
The port and starboard bow seats can be propped up to create forward-facing lounges. The flush deck extends all the way to the anchor locker, which increases fishability and safety on deck. Toekick space surrounds the perimeter of the cockpit, which includes a raised livewell at the stern and a two-person aft-facing settee on the leaning post’s aft side. Forward console doors slide outboard under power to open. Sea Vee builds all of its console doors on the forward side to allow rod stowage on the port and starboard sides. The design does not preclude a console seat. SeaVee gives you a two-person seat—with armrests, cupholders, and rod holders. The console houses an optional electric head and storage space. The batteries live here as well—protected and dry. SeaVee builds pull-out drawers that sit recessed in the bow’s hull sides—cool and smart. The 390-Z comes with a lengthy list of high-end features, such as a freshwater washdown with pullout shower, diaphragm pump Y-valve for a dual fishbox application, and high-performance trim tabs.
The SeaVee 390-Z consists of three major components; hull, cockpit liner, and deck. The three are bonded and through-bolted at the hull-to-deck joint, making for a solid monolithic structure. The four-stringer grid also brings rigidity to the structure. Sea Vee uses technology to its advantage, building all of the hulls using vacuum-bagging to impart resin, which ensures precise resin-to-fiberglass ratios. The fit and finish on the boat matches the workmanship you would see on luxury motoryacht. Thick rubber gasketing seals all hatches and gas shocks hold open the lids. This attention to detail in these areas is indicative of the overall construction quality. While not a custom builder, SeaVee will include just about any feature into its boats, such as dive doors and tower helm stations.
The 390-Z incorporates a true high-performance hull, says SeaVee president Ariel Pared. “There are a lot of stepped hulls out there but not that many that actually are effective. We wanted to give the boater a stepped hull that really works the way it is supposed to work.” According to SeaVee naval architect Rob Kaidy, the design lets the boat maintain an efficient running angle at all times. “Every planing hull has an optimal trim angle where the lift is greatest and the drag is lowest—it’s called the drag bucket.”
I found the 390-Z’s drag bucket at 4000 rpm during a sea trial in Ft. Lauderdale. Here, the triple Yamaha F350s burned 39 gallons per hour (combined) for a mileage rating of 1.2 mpg. The boat rose to plane with little bow rise and maintained a flat running angle throughout the power curve. I threw her into some hard turns at around 30 knots, and there were no signs of stern sliding or hooking, which can happen with improperly designed stepped hulls.
The air that a stepped hull introduces under way has the potential to interfere with bait well pickups and transducers for the sounder, but SeaVee has built a keel pad in the bottom that allows the transducer to maintain depth and speed readings at high speeds. It also funnels sea water directly to the baitwell intake.
Bottom Line: There’s a reason this boat won the Active Interest Media Editors’ Choice Award for Best Fishboat 30 to 39 feet (see page 22). So if you’re looking for a high-end, do-everything center console—with the latest in performance hull design—the SeaVee 390-Z stands out as a top choice.
Sea Vee Boats, (305) 759-6419, www.seaveeboats.com
: 11,820 lb.
: 538 gal.
: 60 gal.
: 3/350-hp Yamaha F350 outboards