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Old 10-21-2021, 12:16 PM   #1
City: Vancouver
Join Date: Jan 2021
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Decided on a 34T

Hi, after a lot of research I have decided that a 34T ticks every box that I had on my list. Unfortunately I have not actually seen one in person so hopefully one will turn up close to Vancouver so I can go and visit. I am hoping to buy one early in the new year unless I somehow come across a great deal ahead of time. If anyone has any insights it would be appreciated and I am wondering if there is much storage and how it is for staying onboard for long periods. Thank you very much.
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Old 10-21-2021, 12:36 PM   #2
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You picked a great boat, particularly for a couple. We owned a 2006 34T for about five years and loved it. This is one 34'er that has room for twins with its wide beam, although it doesn't need them. Ours was a single Yanmar and would cruise at 12-13 kts burning 12 gph or go slow at 7 kts at 3 gph of fuel.

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Old 10-21-2021, 12:43 PM   #3
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I definitely want the single Yanmar and thank you for the fuel burn numbers. Much appreciated.
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Old 10-21-2021, 02:08 PM   #4
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City: Seneca Lake NY
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Vessel Model: MS 34 HT Trawler
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Welcome to the Mainship club.
We really like our 2008 34 HT so its identical except no bridge. The single is a pleasure to work on as there is plenty of room. I've had 3 large guys in the ER when they were helping (really doing and teaching me how to) adjust valves.
If you haven't yet, take a look at my Bacchus website. Lots of info, links and write up of many projects I've done on ours. I found it necessary to make some mods, additions etc to maximize storage. From the factory left several areas that were hard to utilize efficiently without mods.
I didn't like many of the things that MS did electrically and have made some mods in batty uses and the charging arrangements.
Re comfort living aboard... we find the 6-4-2 rule... 6 for cocktails, 4 for dinner and 2 for overnight... works well on our 34HT. We skipped a season slip in the NE and cruised from start of June to Mid Aug and it worked very well for us. Longest previous cruises were usually in the 4-5 week range. We did have a dingy and mixed things up as far as stays... some marinas, many lock walls & town walls, with anchorages thrown in when in desirable areas and Wx cooperated. Links for full 2019 cruise planning and daily track & log are also available on the website.
Let me know if you have specific questions.
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Old 10-21-2021, 02:57 PM   #5
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Thank you vey much Don, will definitely check out your site. Much appreciated!
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Old 10-21-2021, 10:37 PM   #6
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City: Victoria, BC
Vessel Name: Sounder
Vessel Model: Mainship 34T
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I have a 07 trawler and am in Victoria so if your ever over here let me know and I will try to get you a tour. We love ours and find the storage plenty although we have not spent more than a couple weeks at a time on her (we plan to just have to retire first). Itís a single yanmar which is nice for maintenance and fuel consumption (2.5/hr @ 7kts). I have done some upgrades, especially to the house batteries and charging systems. The only thing I wish it had was more fresh water, 70gal is ok for 7-10 days but I have started carrying a couple 20gal bladders for the trips in the summer. We also have added a portable 12v fridge/freezer as the fridge onboard is a bit small for us. Lovely boat and very comfortable for the two of us.
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Old 10-21-2021, 10:46 PM   #7
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Thank you for the invite and the info.Hopefully I will find a good one in Canada to purchase. Cheers!
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