BOAT TEST: STEM TO STERN 57FT SEMI-TRAD
Why wait years for a bespoke build? Adam braves the last blast of winter to test a top notch spec boat that is ready to go
A spec boat is the solution for boaters who don’t want to delay delivery or break the bank
With spring in the air, the number of people thinking about having a boat built goes up a bit. But one of the problems with commissioning a new build is the length of time it takes. Some builders have waiting lists of up to two years for a build slot, but even in a best case scenario you’ll be waiting several weeks for a shell to be built, and then at least a couple of months for the fitout to be completed.
One way of avoiding the wait is to look for a spec boat – a boat built on spec, to a standard spec. If your needs are relatively straightforward, a spec boat can be a good way of getting a high quality boat at a reasonable price in a quick timeframe. Some bespoke builders put the occasional spec boat into their schedules, but Phil Herrington at Stem To Stern has decided to take a different approach.
Phil has room in his workshop for two boats, so his idea is to build bespoke and spec boats alongside each other. It makes sense, because it will make efficient use of labour as well as space. His first spec boat had gone into the water just a few days before we went to look at it.