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Draft (max): 3'6"
Displacement (approx.): 18,000 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 11 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 12'7"
Max Cabin Headroom: 6'9"
Fuel Capacity: 250 gal.
Max Horsepower: 1,050
Available Power: Twin MerCruiser gasoline V-drives to 600 hp total; twin Volvo Penta diesel V-drives to 600 hp total
Carver’s C34 abounds with details that impress experienced skippers, such as raised edges on stair treads to ensure safe footing, deep hatch gutters to promote good drainage and keep gear dry, and cleat placement that provides security and several options while docking, anchoring or rafting with other boats. Also, from its seven-seater flying bridge lounge to its two-stateroom, two-head cabin plan, the C34 boasts features bound to impress guests.
What else did we discover? Read on, learn more details, and take a vicarious ride aboard the Carver C34.
While the C34 topped out at 31.8 mph, I was more impressed with the comfort this broad-bow, straight-stem little yacht delivered at 24 mph cruising in our test day’s blustery Atlantic chop: I enjoyed both the ride and the view from the flying bridge, and that’s not something that can be said of all flying bridge boats this size.
Running from a flybridge is like being on the long end of a stick. Motion is amplified. The three major components of a boat’s motion — roll, pitch and heave — which can feel comfortable at deck level, often become tortuous when experienced from 8 or 10 feet higher. It’s hard to pin down exactly why a certain boat behaves a certain way in a given set of conditions, but in the C34’s case, we can make some assumptions as to why it delivers a rather comfortable ride.