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Brief Summary

A couple of weeks ago we asked BoatTEST.com readers what boats they'd like us to test in the upcoming year, and several suggested the new 34' 10" (10.62 m) Corvette 340 trawler yacht. The Corvette 340 is an improvement on Corvette's earlier 320, not only 2' 10" (86.4 cm) longer but with a full-beam raised afterdeck that creates a larger master stateroom. The first 340 arrived in the U.S. at the end of 2010 and will be on display at the Miami Boat Show next month; we're working on setting up a full test. In the meantime, here's an introduction to whet your appetite.

Key Features

  • Solid laminate, commensurate for hull size, made in female mold
  • Vinylester resin used for outer laminations
  • Molded composite bulkheads, stringers and frames with gelcoat finish
  • Gel coated finish with imported Cook gel coat (USA)
  • Epoxy barrier coat below waterline -five coats
  • Two coats black Anti-foul paint
  • Bronze rudders
  • CE-approved windows
  • Shaft "A" Struts
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 34' 10''
    10.62 m
    Beam 13' 0''
    3.96 m
    Dry Weight 17, 416 lbs.
    7,900 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 3' 4''
    1.0 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 16' 4''
    4.98 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 290 gal.
    1,097 L
    Water Capacity 135 gal.
    510 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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

    Std. Power 2 x 315-hp Yanmar 6LPSTP
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 2 x 330-hp Cummins QSB 5.9
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    Captain's Report

    Corvette 340
    Stretching the afterdeck across the Corvette 340's full beam does away with sidedecks but adds lots of volume to the master cabin. We like the molded steps leading onto the flying bridge, the high stainless rails all around the boat, and the fender baskets.

    New Owners, New Boat

    Corvette Marine built the first Corvette 320 in Britain in 1974; the boat, often refined and improved, became one of the U.K.'s most popular cruisers, with steady sales throughout Europe and in Japan as well. However, like many boatbuilders, over the years Corvette saw several ownership changes; finally, in 2008 the company shut its doors – but not for long: In 2009, Duncan Cowie and Adi Shard, the management team for Fleming Yachts, bought Corvette, moved it to Taiwan and started work on the 340. The first hull shipped to the U.K. in the spring of 2010.

    Corvette 340
    The dinette and galley share deckhouse space with the lower helm. The galley has a gas cooktop and oven – sailors can tell you how convenient this is vs. electric: You don't have to start the generator every time you want to heat up some soup. There's a pass-though onto the aft deck, handy because there's no direct access otherwise.

    The Corvette 340 is built at the Tung Hwa boat yard in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the same yard that builds Fleming 55, 65 and 75 Motor Yachts. Flemings are known as high-quality boats, so we expect that level of construction is carried over to the Corvette, although we haven't seen a boat yet so can't be certain. But the relationship between Corvette and Fleming is strong, so we'd be surprised if the 340 wasn't in many ways a miniature Fleming. And that's a good thing in our opinion.

    Corvette 340
    Corvette widened the deckhouse by narrowing the side decks – there's an extra foot vs. the same space on the 320. (The side decks are still 18" (46 cm) wide, plenty of room for even big feet.) The added width creates more room for the helm, and also increases the size of the flying bridge.

    Accommodations

    Typically, trawler yachts this size have forward and aft staterooms separated by a salon with galley and lower helm station, and that's what you'll find aboard the Corvette. And why not? This layout has worked for decades, and we can't think of anything better.

    Corvette 340
    Her builder says "the spaciousness and comfort of this owner's stateroom is normally found only on 40 + foot yachts." We don't know if that's true, but the Corvette 340's master stateroom looks bigger than we'd expect on a boat this size, and there's plenty of room around the queen-sized berth. Joinery is satin-finished cherry.

    We like the extra volume in the master stateroom provided by the full-beam aft deckhouse – it carries the headroom out to the hull sides, rather than restricting it to fit in side decks above. There's room in the cabin for a centerline queen berth, a desk/vanity, a large hanging locker and plenty of drawers and cabinets. The en suite head is divided, with toilet and sink to starboard, shower to port.Please note that the forward cabin has a wet head on the centerline. This is a creative and practical use of space which is rarely seen. We like the separate single berths nestled in along the bow's port and starboard.

    Corvette 340
    The Corvette 340's layout is fine for a couple with one or two kids or friends who don't share a berth. The forward stateroom might be a bit cramped, with the head compartment between the berths. Note the divided head in the master stateroom.

    Power and Performance

    Standard power is twin 315-hp Yanmar 6LP-315-STP diesels. The only power option is a $25,715 upgrade to 330-hp CMD QSB 5.9 engines with digital controls and Vessel View displays. We doubt the small increase in horsepower will make enough difference alone to justify the upgrade, but the electronic aspects of the Cummins MerCruiser Diesels might, at least for many buyers.

    Corvette 340
    The Corvette 340 rides on a semi-displacement hull that her builder says can run efficiently at 7 knots but reach speeds "in excess of 25 knots." Construction is solid laminate, with a layer of vinylester resin behind the gel coat and an epoxy barrier coat below the waterline. The thruster is a $5,165 option. We think most buyers will want one, though.

    Corvette installs fiberglass fuel tanks, a fact that will mean nothing to many readers, but be important to those with experience with older Far East-built boats with black iron tanks. Iron tanks have an annoying tendency to rust out if water sits on top of them, which it often does. Replacing tanks usually means removing the engine, so Corvette's spending the little bit extra for fire-retardant fiberglass tanks now will save their customers big bucks, and big aggravation, later. If you're thinking of buying a Far East boat, check her tanks first. (The 340's freshwater tanks are stainless.)

    Corvette 340
    One thing a boat like this doesn't have is a big engine room: Here, the optional CMD diesels have little clearance in between or outboard, as far as we can see. However, hatches in the salon sole provide better access.

    Prices and Recommendation

    As for prices: The base boat, with Yanmars, lists for $415,000, without a genset ($18,500 for a 7.5-kW Onan) or A/C ($11,400 or $12,500, depending on the system). You'll probably want another $5,000 worth of options. On the other hand, the base price includes a nice electronics package that includes Raymarine C120W displays at both helm stations and a 4-kW radar. In short, a nicely equipped Corvette 340 will run about $450,000 FOB Taiwan, plus freight from Taiwan (which is about $27K to the U.S. West Coast.)We can't make a recommendation yet, since we have not tested the Corvette 340. However, we think it never hurts to look, so if you're one of the many cruising folks dreaming about a boat like this, why not add this boat to your list. We would.

    Corvette 340

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    Radar Standard

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Warranty

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