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The SeaVee 390 Series represents a new breed of do-it-all center consoles.
Looking for a well-built center console that can run and fish as hard as you want it to, but also pamper you when the time calls for it? SeaVee has got you covered.
When it comes to versatility in the power department, the SeaVee 390 Series is hard to beat. She’s available with outboards (twin, triple, or quad), inboards, or Volvo Penta’s IPS (pods with joystick helm control). Being a semicustom builder, SeaVee could make an inboard-outboard a reality, too, if a customer wishes, says Ariel Pared, president of the Miami company.
SeaVee is known for its innovative deck features, such as its hull-side doors, which open outboard and forward “so you can keep the engines in gear and land trophy fish,” Pared says.
Robbie Buckley of Pompano, Florida, has bought four SeaVee boats, including the first SeaVee 390 IPS, built in 2007. Buckley now has a 2010 SeaVee 390 IPS with a tuna tower.
He speaks highly of SeaVee’s customer service.
“On this 39 I bought, I wanted a transom door because we do a lot of wahoo fishing,” says Buckley, who has owned two outboard-powered 34 Open SeaVees. “Well, they don’t come with a transom door, but they cut me a transom door anyway.”
Buckley’s also enamored with Volvo Penta’s IPS “Sportfish Mode,” which directs the drive units outboard to their maximum for rapid response when maneuvering the stern to fight a fish. “It’s just phenomenal, just the way you can operate the boat, fighting a fish in a tournament,” says Buckley, who competes in sailfishing tournaments in Florida. “It’s all about time and speed. In a matter of a second and a half I can have the bow back to where the stern just was. It’s that quick. It’s almost like a carnival ride.”
The boat is relatively long and narrow, with an LOA of 39 feet and a beam of 11 feet. Those dimensions packaged in a deep-V hull (designed by Ocean5 Naval Architects; www.ocean5inc
.com) equate to a soft-riding deep-V offshore boat.
Standard equipment includes 160- and 70-gallon forward insulated fishboxes, an electrically actuated engine access hatch with built-in engine room day hatch, salt- and freshwater wash-downs as well as a freshwater pull-out shower.
With triple 350-horsepower Yamahas, the SeaVee cruises at 38 knots and tops out at close to 55. With the IPS600 twin-screw setup (435 horsepower), she attains a top speed of more than 43 knots and cruises in the mid 30s.
As an offshore fisherman, Buckley also appreciates the better fuel economy of IPS and its diesels. Cruising at about 32 knots, his 390 can travel 1.5 miles to the gallon.
“It’s great,” says Buckley, “From my house to Bimini I burn about 48 gallons of fuel—and that’s running almost 35 knots. It is about 62 miles.”
For inboard power, choose twin 480-horsepower Yanmars or Cummins. With either, the 390 will exceed 35 knots for a top end and cruise in the high 20s.