Boat Review: SeaVee 340

While most dedicated billfishermen want the size and comfort that big sport-fishing boats provide, the lion's share of family fishermen prefer small, open boats, due to their economy and ease of use.

While most dedicated billfishermen want the size and comfort that big sport-fishing boats provide, the lion's share of family fishermen prefer small, open boats, due to their economy and ease of use. These anglers also prefer not to pay for more than they need - they simply want room to fish and the ability to get to their destination quickly and smoothly. The SeaVee 340 series fits the bill perfectly.

From speed to fishability, the new 34-foot semi-custom 340 offers everything a hardcore angler could want. Available in either open bow or cuddy cabin, these center-consoles feature the typical SeaVee deep-V hull design. The hull contains a Divinycell PVC core topsides and a bottom of solid fiberglass. Vinylester resins produce a solid laminate as well as a nearly impervious osmosis barrier, all wrapped in a colored vinylester gelcoat. It's all vacuum-bagged to ensure perfect bonding without voids.

Above deck, the 340 features hatches built in two-part molds producing a gelcoat finish inside and out, and internally stiffened for additional strength. All compartments are lined and sealed to ensure contents stay dry, even in the heaviest weather. And storage space will never be a problem on this boat. The basic design features two large storage compartments in the foredeck, both port and starboard, separated by an 800-quart self-draining, insulated fish box and a smaller 200-quart fish box. These in-deck compartments ensure that the nonskid deck stays clear. Combine that with the 10-foot beam, and you get plenty of uncluttered fishing area. Additionally, the self-bailing cockpit features a transom with a walk-through door and a 70-gallon livewell.

Power options range from twin 250-hp up to 400-hp Yanmar diesel engines located amidships under the center console. The engine compartment can be accessed either through the console or via a console lift system that literally raises the entire deck off the engines for serious maintenance.

SPECIFICATIONS

LOA 34'9" BEAM 10' DRAFT 33" WEIGHT 5,500 pounds (w/o engines) FUEL250 gallons WATER 50 gallons POWER 250-hp Yanmars BASE PRIC E$142,000