Back Cove 34By Eric Colby
CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTAir temperature: 41°F; humidity: 50%; seas: calm
LOAD DURING BOAT TEST185 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
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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.
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.