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August 06, 2011

Jupiter 34

When it comes to appearance, the Jupiter 34 is a supermodel — and some other center-consoles might suffer ­performance envy!

Design and Construction
Donald Blount and Associates drew the centerline, keel-pad running surface for this 34, and it works well. Blount enjoys a reputation as one of America’s preeminent high-speed-hull designers.

Jupiter is owned by the Herndon family, which has a history of building heavy, seaworthy Blackfin hulls. That bulletproof philosophy has been carried on to Jupiter but with modern technology added to the mixture. The company glasses a molded stringer grid into the boat, and then injects it with foam. Biaxial and triaxial knitted fiberglass, a high-density composite transom and a solid-fiberglass running surface all contribute to the strength of the 34, but actually add less weight than if they were all solid fiberglass.

A foldaway transom seat makes fishing the stern easy, especially with the legless design of the seat. The spacious lazarette provides easy access to all the baitwell pumps, through-hulls and hydraulics, and the high-gloss finish assures easy maintenance. The helm console offers space for a pair of 15inch displays with plenty of room to spare.

One of my pet peeves about forward seating stems from the snap-down cushion system. Most boat designs require you to unsnap and resnap the cushions each time you access the storage beneath — an awkward task. Jupiter resolves this by sewing steel-shot bags into the cushion bottoms and placing magnets in the fiberglass seats to keep cushions in place. Ingenious!

Fit and finish remain ­exceptional throughout this boat, as on all other Jupiters. I noticed one change, however: Most models come with all the piping powder coated. Our test boat featured powder-coated, low-profile bow rails, but the hardtop structure was polished aluminum. Since one little nick in powder coating can cause serious bubbling beneath the paint, I like polished metal where hands (with rings, watches, bracelets, etc.) most frequently come in contact.

This 34 sports a through-stem anchoring system controlled by a Lewmar Pro-Fish windlass. Other features to keep the bow and decks snag-free include pop-up cleats and bow light. Jupiter placed compartments in the bulwarks with hooks and bungees specifically to stow life jackets. And of course, in agreement with my philosophies on safety at sea, the company installs a Garelick tube ladder in the transom of every 34.

This boat blends the good “yachty” looks of a mega-yacht tender with the functionality of a hard-core fishing machine remarkably well.

LOA......33 ft. 9 in.
BEAM......10 ft. 5 in.
DRAFT......2 ft.
DEADRISE......23 deg.
WEIGHT......9,880 lb. (dry)
FUEL......320 gal.
MAX POWER......(3) 300 hp OB
MSRP......$278,370 (w/ triple 300 hp OB)......$234,500 (w/ twin 300 hp OB)

Jupiter Marine International / Palmetto, Florida / 941-729-5000 /