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BOATS

BOAT TESTS

Back Cove 34

CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TEST

Air temperature: 41°F; humidity: 50%; seas: calm

LOAD DURING BOAT TEST

185 gal. fuel, no water; 2 persons; 250 lb. gear.

TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS

Test Engine: 1/480-mhp Cummins QSB5.9 diesel

Transmission/Ratio: ZF 85A, 2.5:1 ratio

Props: 24 x 31.5 ZF FPS 4-blade NiBrAl

Price as Tested: $375,000

The Numbers

Back Cove 34 - Final Boat Test Numbers:
RPM Knots GPH Range dB(A)
700 4.7 0.4 1,956 67
1000 6.4 1.2 888 78
1500 8.3 3.6 384 73
2000 12.1 8.5 237 76
2500 18.2 12.7 239 82
3000 24.7 19.2 214 83
3340 28.3 25.1 188 83
Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Raymarine E120 display. GPS estimates taken via SmartCraft VesselView display. Range is based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.
Sound levels measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.

On Location

Better Boat: Turning Point

Single-engine installations sometimes have their own unexpected challenges. After early sea trials of the 34 revealed a slight roll or heel to port under hard acceleration, Back Cove decided to switch from a right-hand- to a left-hand-rotation propeller on all its models. It helped level the ride without compromising performance.

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