At first blush two important things stand out about the new Carver C34: first she has an entirely new exterior design, setting her apart from the rest of the Carvers we have seen for the last number of years. She is certainly modern and her design capitalizes on the trend we have seen to retro features like round portlights, which hark back to the 1920s. She also has a sheer line that reminds us in a general way of what Rybovich was drawing in the 1960s and Hargrave in the 1970s. She also has what appears to be a nearly plumb bow, again something done in the '20s and which has been resurrected among a number of European designs of late.Overall, we were impressed by Carver's new design approach and we look forward to seeing more new models.
The second notable aspect of the boat is her prodigious beam. At 13' (3.96 m) it certainly must be among the highest beam to length ratios in this size range, particularly when considering that her integral swim platform extends about 18" (.45 m) beyond her transom at the waterline. That is a good thing in a small cruiser like this, simply because it gives the boat the breadth it needs to accommodate two cabins and berths for four people below, and adequate seating on the main deck. The fact is that no matter how small the boat, people stay the same size. Carver's designers have clearly worked hard on the boat to make it ergonomically correct even though the LOA is only 35'.
Things Done Right
There are a number of aspects of the boat that show good thinking on the part of Carver's designers. Here's what caught our eye--
First, we like the U-shaped galley, which gets the cook out of the flow through the salon. When seated at the dinette it is possible to easily see out of the side windows and the table is a high-low which gives the space some versatility. Also, once the cook is ready to sit down at the table, two director's chairs can be placed on the inboard side of the table to seat more people. Note that the windows are…well…windows, and not swooping slits of glass with a fiberglass band in between. These windows maximize visibility for people sitting or standing. This design approach will pass the test of time.
The side decks are wide enough to move forward and there are hand-holds along the cabin all the way forward. Outboard the rails are high as they should be, so it is secure going forward.
The flying bridge is of good size for a 35' boat and we liked the fact that the U-shaped dinette is adjacent to the skipper. The sun pad is aft where it should be. There is only one seat -- the skipper's -- facing forward, but a companion can sit side saddle and look forward so that another pair of eyes are involved with piloting.
The master stateroom in the bow is pretty much what one would expect in a boat this size, but it is important to note that it has a bulkhead with door for privacy. Likewise, the guest cabin to starboard also has a door for privacy and standing headroom when entering this space. As one moves aft in this cabin the headroom diminishes as one would expect. The head to port is surprisingly large and has its own separate shower stall.
The construction of the C34 has some noteworthy advancements. For example, the hand-laid structural and non-structural fiberglass and core laminates are said to be "bonded with infused epoxy resin." The surface below the waterline is sand blasted to create an optimal bonding surface for the anti-fouling paint. And Carver is using an integral aluminum truss reinforcement in the cabin top structure. The engine room bilges are coated with white, low-VOC gel coat. The engine room also has a standard FE241 Fireboy automatic fire suppression system. Seacocks below the water line are marine grade bronze. The vessel has two 1,500 gph bilge pumps and there is a high-water alarm in the engine room.
Standard power will be twin MerCruiser 5.7 L inboard gas engines with V-drives. The C34 is also available with optional twin Volvo Penta D4 300-hp freshwater-cooled diesels. With these engines, an optional Xenta joystick control device is offered which ties the engines into both optional bow and stern thrusters to make docking even easier than it already is with the twins alone.
The Carver C34 has a LOA of 35'6" (10.82 m), a beam of 13’ (3.96 m) and a draft of 3'6" (1.07 m). With an empty weight of 16,500 lbs. (7,484 kg), full fuel and two people onboard we had a test weight of 18,420 lbs. (8,355 kg).With a pair of 300-hp 5.7 L MerCruiser engines turning 20 x 21 three bladed props we reached a top speed at 4660 rpm of 30 mph. At that speed fuel burn was 45.3 gph giving us a range of 149 miles. Carver's test team, however, tested this boat with a pair of Acme propellers with # 3 cups and reached a top rpm of 4830 with a reported top speed of 32.1 mph and a 45.3 gph fuel burn, and I have little doubt they were able to achieve that.Best cruise came in at 4000 rpm and 24.1 mph. At that speed fuel burn was reduced to 31.15 gph giving us a range of 174 miles and an endurance of 7 hour 12 minutes.For shorter runs, most will probably cruise her at 3650 rpm and 20.4 mph where she produced a comfortable ride and a 27.2 gph fuel burn. The C34 can keep that speed up for 169 miles and 8 hours 18 minutes. We reached planing speed in 6.4 seconds and accelerated through 20 mph in 5.9 seconds.
Powered by the standard twin MerCruiser 5.7L (300-hp each) gas engines with straight outboard shafts the C34 has an MSRP of $325,000.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Carver C34 (2014-) is 30.0 mph (48.3 kph), burning 45.30 gallons per hour (gph) or 171.46 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Carver C34 (2014-) is 24.1 mph (38.8 kph), and the boat gets 0.77 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.33 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 174 miles (280.03 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 300-hp 5.7L MerCruiser.
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Helm: Second Station||Optional|
|Oil Change System||Optional|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!