Stamas Yacht is the oldest, continuously family owned and operated boat company in the United States today. Located in the beautiful greek fishing village of Tarpon Springs on Florida’s Gulf Coast for over 60 years, the Stamas family has been handcrafting premium quality boats for fisherman and yachtsman alike that know the difference.
Stamas is recognized world wide as a company whose vision and drive is not only a corporate mission statement, but a hallmark of the family of craftsmen who have been expressing their passion for over sixty years. Perhaps that's why Stamas has a higher rate of lifetime owners than any other manufacturer.
In addition to pioneering fiberglass boat construction, many features that have become industry standards on boats were Stamas innovations. Fiberglass inner liners and self-bailing cockpits were created at Stamas. Always concerned with safety, the use of foam flotation in boat construction was applied. Such standard features as insulated and overboard draining fishing boxes and built-in livewells were first featured on Stamas boats. Stamas was also the first company ever to put a head under a center console.
When a 22-foot wooden Cruiser built by Peter and Nicholas Stamas, high school boys from Tarpon Springs, was awarded a First Prize at the Florida State Fair in the late ’30s, the future of the Stamas brothers was decided.
As young boys, Nick and Pete Stamas learned boat building from Greek craftsman in Tarpon Springs, on Florida’s Gulf coast. These skilled men built strong, seaworthy vessels based on proven designs that dated back hundreds of years. It was in this unique environment that the Stamas brothers began building their own boats. In the early years, they built commercial and deep sea charter fishing boats that still sail out of Tarpon Springs. After World War II, the brothers started building boats in earnest.
Company Opened 1952, By the late 1950’s, Pete and Nick recognized the potential of a then controversial material. Even though they loved traditional woodworking techniques, the Stamas brothers pioneered the use of fiberglass in boat construction. Stamas Yacht was among the first to capitalize on the design and structural possibilities of this new material. They switched completely from wood to fiberglass in 1959.
1958 Stamas article from Jan 58 Boats magazine
During the 1960’s Stamas continued to innovate and raise the standards of quality boat building. Their expertise in fiberglass boat building led them to develop boats for the U.S. and foreign militaries, patrol boats for law enforcement agencies and research/exploration vessels for several agencies and universities.
Today there are new designs, new techniques and new materials but the currents of tradition run deep at Stamas Yacht. We remain one of the oldest, family-owned boat companies in the United States. The family continues to build boats with the same devotion to detail and respect for the sea that has been the hallmark of every Stamas boat for over 60 years.
The company’s approach to boat building reflects both the past and the future. It is at the same time innovative and conservative; innovative in hull design and new construction methods, yet conservative in the painstaking and time-consuming approach to building each individual boat.
Every Stamas is designed to be, above all else, functional, comfortable and safe. It must be sea-kindly in virtually any water, ride soft and level, require minimal maintenance, and keep its value year after year. A Stamas boat is built without compromise, guided by sixty years of experience and personal conviction. Each boat carries a seven-year hull warranty, but more important, every boat is backed up by a company with a long track record of superior products and satisfied owners. Stamas boats are simply built the way they must be in order to deliver a lifetime of service. And they do deliver from owner to owner.