The Stuart Advantage

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150 YEARS OF INNOVATION

Almost all “offshore” fishing boats have an industry-wide accepted, deep-vee hull with up to as much as 24 degrees of deadrise aft, very hard reversed chines on the outboard edge of their hulls, and large aggressive lifting strakes on each side of their centerline, up to as many as 3 strakes per side with 2 probably being the norm. That design concept is intended to use all of the lifting strakes and flat angular surfaces to provide lift and reduce the length of the hull that is running in the water and thus reduce the wetted surface and friction on the bottom of the hull in order to gain speed. It predetermines that the boat must blast through waves on a repetitive basis, wave after wave. And hopefully they have the structural integrity built into their boats to withstand that approach over many years.

MAKING POOR CONDITIONS OBSOLETE

Contrary to deep-vee hull design, our rounded bilge design concept is to keep as much wetted surface in the water as possible as often as possible and allow all of the continuously rounded surfaces to flow through the water.

Contrary to deep-vee hull design, our rounded bilge designed hull experiences relatively little bow rise when coming on plane. As a result, as sea conditions worsen the helmsman can reduce the speed of the boat and still maintain the proper running attitude for the boat to perform as designed. This correlates to a very comfortable riding experience for all of the crew, not just the helmsman.

Again, contrary to deep-vee hull design, our rounded bilge hull design feels in the water like a longer, bigger boat than its’ actual length due to its’ relatively flatter running attitude which keeps more boat in the water, instead of on top of the water. The more hull in the water that you experience with our design creates a relatively more comfortable ride than a shorter hull in the water which is what a deep-vee hull design creates when running “trimmed out” at speed.

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DESIGNED & BUILT TOUGH

When we set out to establish our company we shared a vision to, among other things, build boats to structural standards well beyond what is considered to be “overbuilt” for the industry for boats of our size.

We decided to design and build boats that would astound even other boat builders in terms of our structural strength. We encourage you to take the bottom of your fist and soundly strike the side of our hulls and hear for yourself how our vision of building exceptionally strong boats manifests itself in the finished product.

If you are looking for your last boat, you owe it to yourself to check us out.

TOTAL VERSATILITY OF DESIGN

Unlike Production boats builders that manufacture hundreds or thousands of boats per year, Stuart Boatworks is focused on building a few dozen, semi-custom boats per year.

Our small, highly skilled staff take great pride in building a limited number of boats with yacht-class fit and finish, yacht-class detailed wiring and plumbing, and an overall feel of being what they are – a “lifetime” boat.

Our small, semi-custom focus allows us to build a boat to truly meet your needs and desires – not the thoughts and desires of a Production boat design/ engineering group.

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THE PERFECT FISHING RIG

Here’s a few features we can add on for you:

  • Flush cockpit sole from bow to stern
  • Insulated above-deck coffin-style fish box forward
  • 330-qrt insulated fish box below the coffin fish box
  • Leaning post with a substantial tackle center
  • 40 gallon leaning post livewell
  • Two aft insulated in cockpit sole compartment optioned to be plumbed as fishboxes with diaphragm overboard pump out
  • Electric reel outlets
  • Horizontal rod racks beneath the cockpit sole
  • Folding tower with full controls
  • Low profile second station
  • Hardtop mounted outriggers
  • Flush mounted rod holders
  • Sea chest
  • Second and third live well
  • Trolling motor
  • Power Poles

THE ULTIMATE FAMILY CRAFT

If fishing isn’t in your near future, we can construct the perfect cruising machine:

  • forward wrap around seating with cushions and storage below
  • Forward facing backrests
  • forward fill-in section with cushion
  • a center console with room for a marine head and substantial luggage storage for those runs to the islands
  • 20 gallons of fresh water with shower fitting
  • A wrap around leaning post with a cooler below on slide-out tracks
  • a removable, fold-down stern seat with removable backrest
  • Custom seating designs
  • Custom shade options
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FAQ

Q. HOW LONG HAS STUART BOATWORKS BEEN IN BUSINESS?
A. SBW began in 2006 building a 33′ outboard powered center console boat and a 36′ inboard powered Express style boat. These models are no longer in production. The 26′ model was designed in 2011, the hull plug was built and test run and fine tuned in 2012, and production started in 2013.
Q. WHAT BRAND OF MOTORS DO YOU OFFER?
A. We install Yamaha outboards exclusively.
Q. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR BOATS GET TOWED BY LARGER BOATS?
A. At this early stage in our business, nearly 50% of the boats that we have crafted are being towed by larger boats from 45′ to 100′. Why do I care about this? I don’t own a larger boat. These “big boat” owners could afford to buy any center console boat in our size range to tow behind their larger yacht, but they chose to have us build just the boat they wanted. They chose our boat for it’s softness of ride, second-to-none structural integrity, simplistic design with relatively fewer items to break, and our stylish contemporary good looks!
Q. HOW DO YOU HANDLE WARRANTY ISSUES THAT MIGHT ARISE OVER TIME, IF THE BOAT IS NOT LOCATED CLOSE TO STUART?
A. If you have a warranty related concern with your boat and are not located close to the shop, we work one on one with your dealer or service center of choice to resolve the issue. And we pay their regular retail shop rate in the process so that your boat has normal priority within the service centers schedule.
Q. DO YOU HAVE DEALERS THAT SELL YOUR BOATS?
A.We sell direct only from our small, semi-custom boat building shop in the historic Sportfish boat building town of Stuart, Florida. Our goal is to start at the bow and slowly work to the stern with you in creating the most perfect 23 and 27′ center console for your needs and desires. We want to build and outfit every aspect of your boat so that you have only one source to contact for any of your boat needs. We are passionate about our boats and the build process, and no dealer would be able to create the semi-custom boat building process that we do for you, nor would they know our boat as well as we do, nor would they be focused on only our product – like we certainly are!
Q. ARE YOUR COMPARTMENTS TRULY INSULATED?
A. Many builders claim their fish boxes and coolers are “insulated” simply because they use foam core in the lamination process of building their compartments. While this certainly provides a small degree more “insulation” characteristics than fiberglass-only construction, this method does not provide enough “insulation” to make a bag of ice last even half a day in the Florida sun. Unfortunately you might find this out only after you have purchased the boat. It pays to know all of the details. We too build our compartments and hatches with foam core inside the lamination, however we go the extra step to cover the underside of our fish boxes and coolers entirely with 1-2 inches of foam insulation to create a truly insulated compartment. This takes longer, it costs more, and it needs to be designed into the original design of the boat for there to be adequate room for the insulation foam and covering. But you will appreciate the increased, real-world benefits of your ice lasting considerably longer every time you use your boat.
Q. DO ANY OF YOUR HATCH GUTTERS OR LOCKERS DRAIN INTO THE BILGE?
A. No, our forward fish box has a diaphragm pump that pumps it’s contents overboard, and the aft in sole compartment can be plumbed as a secondary fish box, or used for dry storage and plumbed as you desire. The gutters have a “big boat” style drainage system that utilizes no fittings, no hoses to someday split and leak, and no hose clamps to come loose or rust. The gutters in the forward hatch drain directly into a fiberglass track that is glassed to the underside of the deck, and then travels aft and ties into the gutters in the aft fish boxes and then into the bilge access hatch gutter. This then ties into the cockpit self bailing custom scuppers that drain directly overboard. No water into the bilge. Clean and simple.
Q. WHEN WAS THE 27′ STUART BOATWORKS DESIGNED AND BY WHO?
A. Our 27′ model was designed in Stuart in 2012 by Applied Concepts, a Marine Design firm known primarily for the design of numerous custom Sportfishing boats from 33′ – 74′.
Q. WHEN WAS THE 23′ STUART BOATWORKS DESIGNED AND BY WHO?
A. Our 23′ model was designed in Stuart in 2015 by OCEAN5, a naval architectural firm that has designed a wide variety of boat and yachts up to 185′.
Q. IS THERE ANY WOOD USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF STUART BOATWORKS BOATS?

A. No, our boat contains no wood.

Stuart23 Boat
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Muscular in appearance, the Stuart 23 feels like a lot more than a 23’ boat with a freeboard that is an average of 2” deeper than what is found on the Stuart 27. This boat was originally conceptualized as more of an inshore or nearshore vessel.

Given the boat’s sturdy construction and rounded bilge design, the Stuart 23 is more than capable in offshore waters. Previously designed to be powered by a single Yamaha F300, the newly designed splash well can accept single and twin motor configurations.

Stuart 27
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Featuring elegant lines in profile, the Stuart 27 is a pleasure to behold and even more enjoyable to captain. Using our rounded bilge design, this boat is built for offshore cruising and fishing. Featuring an aggressive bow entry, the Stuart 27 can stretch from one wave top to another when conditions deteriorate offshore.

This boat is manageable singlehandedly, while providing adequate space for multiple passengers. The Stuart 27 provides a solidness of feel and a softness of ride equivalent to a much larger boat.

We offer the highest quality semi-custom boats around. With a unique rounded bilge, structural standards like no other, and a versatile design, our semi-custom boats will blow you away. If you have any questions or want more details, feel free to contact us.

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