Ideal for a cruising couple, the Pilot 34 is designed with an all-fiberglass exterior construction and features a sharp entry hull, delivering an easy-care, yet truly rock-solid ride with a variety of economical diesel engine options. The Pilot 34’s wide transom door provides easy boarding and access, while the cockpit and helm area offers plenty of room for entertainment and relaxation, featuring two upholstered high-back bench seats for captain and mate, complemented by a pair of convertible upholstered settees. At day’s end, you’ll welcome the opportunity to retreat to the Pilot 34’s relaxing living quarters. Step down into the large salon with its 6’4″ headroom that features a deluxe portside galley, dinette starboard that converts to a double berth, Unusual on a boat of this size, the Pilot 34 also features a lower deck with private stateroom featuring v-berth that converts to a double berth, along with twin cedar-lined hanging lockers and cabinet storage. A full head with shower rounds out the interior package on the Pilot 34.
Mainship Pilot 34: Simple Cruiser
Want a weekender that doesn’t remind you of a Clorox bottle? This New England-style cruiser looks good and is well-appointed below. Downsides: Engine noise levels are high and the helm layout needs an overhaul. With its high windshield and trunk cabin, gently sloped shear, graceful bow, the Mainship Pilot 34 would look right at home plying the waters of Long Island Sound, the Chesapeake Bay or Cape Cod. Its classic lines and Navy blue hull turn heads, no doubt about it. From afar, you might think the boat was a half million dollars. But it’s not. The Mainship Pilot 34 retails for $234,000 with a pair of 240-hp Yanmar diesels. That’s still a lot of dough, but it’s about half the cost of some fancier traditional-looking boats. … http://www.powerboat-reports.com/issues/18_9/features/5579-1.html
Making a Good Thing Better by Tom Thompson
Mainship’s Pilot 34 improves on a timeless design Perhaps no design is more timeless than the Down East lobster boat. It typifies the art of New England shipbuilding as much as the clipper in full sail. A sharply upswept sheerline, low-profile trunk cabin and sparingly applied details are key components of the look. It’s a simple, utilitarian scheme that gets the job done. This is the heritage of Mainship’s new Pilot 34.
The Pilot 34 addresses the Pilot 30’s most conspicuous inadequacy: the lack of belowdecks room. Where the 30 was essentially a day boat, the 34 supplies extra space for the amenities needed for extended cruising.
The cabin of the Pilot 34 is separated into two living spaces, but the areas can be brought together if desired. The bulkhead separating the main saloon amidships from the berth area forward contains two sets of bi-fold, louvered panels. With the door wide open, it all creates a continuous flow of space through the cabin. When the time comes to have guests bunking in the convertible seating area of the saloon, everyone can have privacy. http://www.goboatingamerica.com/boattests/DM_article.asp?id=240
By: Jeff Day
Meet the PT Cruiser of the seas.
The Mainship Pilot 34 is one of the most refreshing boats to slice through the waves, since, well, the last time it did.
While the four-wheeled PT Cruiser has captured the public’s imagination with its throwback styling, the Pilot 34 is in the same boat.
If you can catch a glimpse of one by itself, without all the other express cruisers and their radar arches and pointed race car designs whipping around, you can transport yourself back a couple of decades when the lakes weren’t so busy and a day on the water was a day spent cruising, not rushing.
This is a good, old Down East lobster boat and it oozes tradition.