Hi, we drove the 34 and liked it, but bought the 44.
Had an experienced captain take her out last summer and he really liked the ride and handling.
I think either is perfect for the Chesapeake and coastal cruising, in fact, I'm surprised that there aren't way more around!
Our dealer, Annapolis Yacht Sales, offered to buy ours back after 1 year, at full price, if we didn't like it.
No need, we love her.
Good luck with whatever you decide!