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March 12, 2009

Rampage 34 Express IPS

This Rampage should be an easy sell to both hard-core fishermen and their wives!

A 70-square-foot cockpit affords multiple anglers room to fight fish simultaneously without stepping on each other. And between the comfortable settee on the bridge deck and the aft-facing module seat on the starboard cockpit module, watching the baits between strikes becomes quite relaxing. Rampage supplies large modules along the forward end for storing tackle and rigging baits as well as a baitwell in the transom. You can stipulate as many rod holders as you want on this boat. Tred Barta's version had some 38 just around the cockpit.

Design and Construction
When Rampage decided to redesign its 33-footer to accommodate Volvo Penta's IPS drives, it needed to differentiate it from the company's old standard-propulsion model. So though it may look like the old 33, the running surface has changed dramatically and the interior has much more space thanks to the engines and drives being under the cockpit floor.

Belowdecks, the 34 resembles the old 33 except with more space. The dinette table drops to create a queen-size V-berth in the bow. Two more berths in oblique singles line the bulkheads above the large bunk. Or you can create four singles without the drop-down table. The saloon sofa also converts into a double berth. I particularly appreciate the 6 1/2 feet of headroom in the cabin.

Years ago, Rampage had a reputation for being loud. Not anymore. Both the exhausts and engine compartment have been treated with soundproofing, and the living quarters have 3M Thinsulate sound insulation throughout.

Overall, this boat proved to be a pleasure to fish and more fun to run than I've had in years. In fact, even if you aren't planning to buy a new boat right away, you really must sea-trial this boat just to experience what the next generation offers.

LOA......35 ft. 6 in.
BEAM......13 ft.
DEADRISE......18 deg.
DRAFT......2 ft. 5 in.
WEIGHT......17,200 lb.
FUEL......338 gal.
MAX POWER......Twin 435 hp Volvo IPS D6 diesels
MSRP......$451,693
 (w/ 435 hp Volvo Penta D6 IPS 600)
 $417,253 (w/ 370 hp Volvo Penta D6 IPS 500)

Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts / Oconto, Wisconsin / 920-834-2211 / www.rampageyachts.com