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Old 03-19-2017, 09:18 AM   #21
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I HAVE NOT actually measured draft - but attached is the dimensional dwg of my 34HT. I have checked O'all HT when I had it shipped and dwg was right on w/ actual so I'd say the 3' 5" draft is a good #.

I don't know for sure but would guess twins are the same as the sand shoe / bottom of the rudder is the deepest point - and I believe it's the same for twins (single has a substantial tunnel to reduce draft)
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:24 AM   #22
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I HAVE NOT actually measured draft - but attached is the dimensional dwg of my 34HT. I have checked O'all HT when I had it shipped and dwg was right on w/ actual so I'd say the 3' 5" draft is a good #.

I don't know for sure but would guess twins are the same as the sand shoe / bottom of the rudder is the deepest point - and I believe it's the same for twins (single has a substantial tunnel to reduce draft)
Bacchus,
Good info, thanks. The draft specs I've seen are 3' 4" from a few sources.... pretty close.

Do you know if the galley is "sunken" in most of the years, 2000 thru 2006?

And, there have been comments about how hard the engine is to access, much truth to that?

Thx much for your comments.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:30 PM   #23
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I suggested this a month ago when you were asking similar questions:

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Finally, there are lots of 350s/390s, 34Ts, and 40s for sale. It is well worth the time to find one of each and wander thru them in-person. You'll quickly find what works for you and what doesn't.
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Good info, thanks. The draft specs I've seen are 3' 4" from a few sources.... pretty close.

Do you know if the galley is "sunken" in most of the years, 2000 thru 2006?

And, there have been comments about how hard the engine is to access, much truth to that?

Thx much for your comments.
I was only on 2007-2008 MY 34T\HT's so can't confirm earlier era layout. I didn't think MS changed layout but someone did mention later MS 34's having galley up which I've never seen.
Engine & gen access on the single 34's are excellent. I have some ER pics if you'd like me to post or email them to you.

Steve Cyr's Stella Blue website has tons of info & pics of his (previous) MS400...ER are essentially the same as beam & engine are the same.

I've had three big males working in the ER at the same time with no issues. I think I could find room for 3 to stretch out and sleep w some padding.
ER access from the aft deck is a real treat vs moving saloon furniture, rugs and hatches. I can do a quick check of Racors and even drain while underway with the admiral at the helm.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:03 AM   #25
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Engine & gen access on the single 34's are excellent. I have some ER pics if you'd like me to post or email them to you..........
Don,

Thanks much for the info. If the pix are easy, that would be great. Email: Seevee7@gmail.com.

I was hoping to look at a 34 shortly, but just haven't got there, yet.
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In the 34T the engine access is a hatch built into the stairs going to the bridge. The 35/390 engine access is 3 hatches in the main salon/saloon.
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Another question....

Are washer/dryer's popular on the 34, and will it fit somewhere easy? Thx
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Old 03-22-2017, 06:04 AM   #28
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Are washer/dryer's popular on the 34, and will it fit somewhere easy? Thx
I've never seen / heard of WD on a MS 34
Doubt it could be done reasonably.
Get on one and I think it will be obvious.
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:43 PM   #29
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I looked at a 34 a few days ago.

It was a really nice boat, but had way to many negatives over the 40, that only a foot and a half bigger.

The huge differences:
The extra stateroom in the 40, mostly for storage, but great for occasional guests. Sleeping in the salon sucks and the admiral will not approve that.
The overhang on the sides, with the storage for kayaks above. Sure, the 34 is angled for more room above, but isn't needed.
The sunken galley.... HUGE negative as the admiral is out of the conversation loop down there. Our dirt home, the kitchen is the focal point of home and that works great.
The aft flybridge is bigger and has the nice grill, ice or fridge.
Electrical hookup both fore and aft. Not huge but really handy.

A few things that the 34 is better on....
GREAT engine room....could live down there.
Better economy and speed, but not huge numbers.

I could be happy with either, but seems like the 40 has a LOT of advantages.
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Seavee, pics I`ve seen of 40s show one side of the main cabin is all galley. Are they all like that? It`s a lot of galley and less space for seating etc. It`s what I have, I`d prefer it otherwise, but it may suit your family. Some seating either side provides a pleasant lounge conversation area.
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The sunken galley.... HUGE negative as the admiral is out of the conversation loop down there. Our dirt home, the kitchen is the focal point of home and that works great.

FWIW, our galley is down -- 3 steps -- but that doesn't really take the cook out of the crowd. When it's me, I haven't felt isolated from the rest of the saloon...

Different boat, of course, so maybe not applicable... but at least for us, the galley down arrangement has been a non-issue...

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Old 03-25-2017, 09:25 AM   #32
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It sounds like the onboard look at both has changed some of your priorities...
That can be part of the learning process and OK it a conscious change vs a bit of waffling on needs vs wants.
Sounds like overnight guests aboard is now a reqmt vs a 2 person boat.
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It sounds like the onboard look at both has changed some of your priorities...
That can be part of the learning process and OK it a conscious change vs a bit of waffling on needs vs wants.
Sounds like overnight guests aboard is now a reqmt vs a 2 person boat.
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The extra stateroom is not a requirement, but a "nice to have". Either for guests or junk.

I've had three smaller boats with two staterooms (well, a sleeping spot, not really a stateroom, however one was very comfortable for overnight guests. Two of the three have never had an overnight guest, and the other one has had a guest twice overnight in 10 years. So not a priority.

The "down" galley is much more of a negative. In my dirt home, the kitchen consumes half of the living/dining space and is without a doubt the focal point. Love it that way. My Admiral is only 5'1" and would disappear in the sunken galley and I know for a fact that she would not like it. But, still, could do with it.

But choosing boats is a lot of personal preference.
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mainship 40 vs mainship 34

I have owned a mainship 34 2006 yr for 2 years. At first I wanted a 40ft because of the 2nd stateroom etc. After looking at the 34 and 40 for 11mo I purchased a 34. The 40 does have a 2nd stateroom and a $50000 dif in price.
The 34 has the same flybridge,same beam and about 2ft less length.
the main plus about the 34 is the salon set up.
With the galley/salon set up in the 40 there is seating for 3. The 34 has seating for at least 5 because the galley with its sink cooktop etc allows seating on the galley side only by putting chairs in front of the galley. I have never seen this complain about the 40. Maybe its just me?
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