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Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013)
Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013)

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One of the hardest jobs in the world must be designing a mid-30-foot express cruiser that's not like every other mid-30-foot express cruiser on the market – and there are a heck of a lot of them. At Monterey Boats, they combine European styling influences with hard-core American boatbuilding practices to create boats, like the 340 SY featured here, that will appeal to buyers the world over. One of four Sport Yachts in the Monterey line (the others are the 320 SY, 360 SY and 400 SY), the 340 SY provides its owners with a balance of speed, comfort, versatility and value, giving them a boat to enjoy for a couple of hours on a Saturday, or a couple of weeks on vacation, or anything in-between.

Specifications

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013) Specifications
Length Overall 35' 3''
10.7 m
Dry Weight 14,200 lbs.
6,441 kg
Beam 11'3''
3.4 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 40''
101.6 cm
Fuel Cap 210 gal.
795 L
Deadrise/Transom 17 deg. Water Cap 42 gal.
159 L
Max Headroom 6' 7''
2.0 m
Bridge Clearance 10' 2''
3.1 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013)Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Not Available

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013) Captain's Report

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

The cockpit is prime real estate aboard a sport yacht like the 340, where you'll find ample comfortable seating, easy passage onto the swim platform and creature comforts like a wet bar and transom shower. The radar arch has both red and white lights for setting the apres-sunset mood or night running.

Quality Starts at the Computer

There has always been a "seat-of-the-pants" aspect to designing and building small boats, which in some countries are still built without plans and by eye and rules of thumb. It's just the opposite at Monterey, where they employ sophisticated CAD software to create their boats. Starting not from a clean sheet of paper, but from a blank screen, company designers and engineers virtually "build" a new boat on the computer before taking the first step on the production floor.

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

Peel us another grape. The lounge opposite the helm is fine for lying down and watching the wake or sitting. There's seating for two at the helm.

Once the boat is designed, tested and tweaked on the computer, Monterey builds a full-scale model to ensure the concepts that work on-screen are equally functional in three dimensions. This practice, of mocking-up interiors, helms, cockpits and so forth, is common in custom yacht building, but not all production builders spend the time and money to do it. Taking this extra step, though, reveals glitches when they're still easy to fix.

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

The cockpit wet bar has a sink and ice bucket as standard, but can be improved by adding either an icemaker or dual-voltage refrigerator. Cockpit air conditioning is also optional.

Construction

After perfecting the boat in mock-up, Monterey then builds one or more functional prototypes for real-world testing. Prototyping lets the company fine-tune engines, systems, performance, handling – all the 1,001 things that go into a boat. When everyone is happy with the prototype, the manufacturing team goes to work building hull and deck molds and other tooling. Finally, after all this, the boat goes into production.

Monterey prototypes, tests and sea-trials its boats from an R&D facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida, but builds its boats inland, in two modern facilities in Williston, north of Orlando. The laminate schedule includes a layer of 4-oz cloth, laid in vinylester resin, immediately behind the gel coat to shield against osmosis, followed by sprayed-in polyester core to make the outer hull even tougher. The bulk of the laminate is conventional fiberglass fabric. After the stringers and floors are installed, the open spaces are filled with foam for sound-dampening and to add a bit of flotation.

Each Monterey is covered by a limited lifetime warranty on the hull and deck, transferable during the first 10 years. The warranty also provides coverage against gel coat crazing, stress-cracking or blistering for five years, covers upholstery against material and manufacturing problems, and even includes five years' canvas coverage.

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

A "conversation pit" amidships slides out to form a double berth when needed. The 340SY is arranged perfectly for two people to cruise.

Accommodations

Monterey designed the 340SY to be a two-person cruiser, with berths for two or more when necessary. The only permanent berth is a centerline double forward (where else?), open to the saloon – there's no door, so if privacy is one of your hang-ups, maybe this boat isn't for you. That's not an issue with only two aboard for overnights. The saloon has a small dinette, again ideal for a couple dining side-by-side, and an adequate galley. There's one head, convenient to the companionway, and a conversation pit aft that can convert to a double berth.

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

The open-plan saloon makes the space seem bigger by omitting the forward bulkhead, but at the cost of privacy in the cabin. It works fine when cruising a deux, but maybe isn't so good with four on board. The head is behind the door on the left.

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

The galley is small but adequate, with all necessary appliances. We like the opening port over the counter, and the ample locker space.

Power

The 340SY is powered by twin 300-hp sterndrives, either MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI CAT with Bravo Three drives and DTS (digital throttle and shift) or Volvo Penta 5.7 GiC with Duoprops and EVC (electronic vessel control). Mercury's Axius joystick docking system or Volvo's Aquamatic joystick are optional. We think either engine package would be fine, and would add the appropriate joystick control to make docking and maneuvering easier.

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

The multifunction navigator is placed just right: easy to see and directly in line with the compass. Both are just below the helmsman's sightline when he's looking where he's going; all he has to do is glance down at either one. The VHF is handy, too.

We haven't tested the boat, so we can't provide accurate speed data. We found published tests claiming top speeds in the low-40-mph range, cruise around 35 mph, with the Volvos. Sounds reasonable, but we can't vouch for those numbers. With twin 300-hp engines, the boat will be fast enough for most cruising folks.

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

Side-by-side helm and companion seats look comfortable. We like the flip-up armrests so we don't slide across the seat during hard turns when driving solo. The forward half of the seats lift to create bolsters for stand-up steering, another nice touch.

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

When it's time to catch some rays, the lounge in the cockpit converts to a roomy sunpad, complete with a rail to keep you from rolling onto the swim platform. The backrest, shown rigged here, lays down flat, too.

Recommendation

Sometimes choosing a boatbuilder is more important than choosing a boat and this is one of those times.

The pricing looks competitive. All we need now is a performance report and a Captain's Report on handling and ergonomics. For now, we'd put the Monterey 340 Sport Yacht on our short list.


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Standard and Optional Equipment

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Optional
VHF Radio Optional
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Optional
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Optional
Galley
Coffeemaker Standard
Icemaker Optional
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Arch: Electronics Standard
Hardtop Optional
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013) Warranty

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Lifetime Limited Hull Warranty
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013) Price

Monterey 340 Sport Yacht (2010-2013) Price
Pricing Range $268,556.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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