Stella B.

The lovely Stella B. gliding serenly across the Forty Acres

Stella B. has sold

As of 2000.05.06, the boat passed its water test with flying colours, and so has left my ownership. (Do we ever really own a boat? More likely she owned me, and now has chosen a new operator, namely Action Scuba [web site, email].)

But I will leave the this information page posted.

Here's Stella B.:

– 28 foot welded marine aluminum power boat, 11 foot beam, about 6000 lb., true deep-V for use in "big water", teak trim - built by Kingston SeaSport in 1990 - very strong, very solid
– 7.4 L (454 cu. in.) MerCruiser V-8 I/O, 1885 hours, excellent condition, meticulously maintained - Bravo II outdrive
– hardtop wheelhouse/pilothouse - excellent protection from the elements, good ventilation, drop curtain - very little canvas to fiddle with!
– open cockpit, generous walk-around
– wheelhouse seats six - two at helm, four around an oak collapsible dinette table, which converts to a child's berth
– cockpit seats two on the steps to the walk-around, plus there is ample room for several deck chairs
– generous cuddy cabin with standing room, lots and lots of space for two to sleep in comfort, abundant storage, and an installed "under-the-cushions" head with a separate holding tank
– small galley in wheelhouse with single-burner alcohol stove and simple water hand-pump
– 300 L gas tank (about 75 U.S. gal)
– max. speed 36 mph, cruises at 20-25 mph
– planing trim tabs
– Eagle Loran/fish finder/depth gauge
– large recirculating livewell in transom

Stella B. was built in Kingston, Ontario, by Kingston SeaSport, a small-volume semi-custom aluminum boat manufacturer. They have built about thirty like this, over fifteen years, of varying sizes and layouts, and are a well-respected manufacturer. Let me know if you want to get in touch with them.

Stella B. surveys very well (1996 & 2000), looks beautiful and is a pleasure to handle. Mechanically excellent, scrupulously maintained.

She spent her early life as a charter-fishing boat on Lake Ontario, out of Kingston, which explains her very practical layout. I used her for cruising, but she could have gone back to fishing in an instant. Stella B. is now easily going to be modified into a great dive boat.

The eminently practical Stella B.

Line diagram of the Stella B.

updated 2001-07-13