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January 28, 2009

Venture 34 Tournament

This is certainly one of the best-running 34-footers on the market today.

Inside the console, discover several large hatches affording unobstructed access to the backs of electronics, hydraulics, pumps and thru-hulls, etc. At the same time, you have more than enough headroom to stand fully upright while taking a shower.

Venture also pays particular attention to functional detail. For example, check the stainless-steel strips as chafe guards for your dock lines. Add to that the fact that all deck hardware pops up: Bow light, cleats and hatch releases are flush to prevent snagged lines.

Venture answers one of my pet peeves by not only glassing in a receiver tube for the anchor shaft, but providing a notch for the anchorline to run through while the hatch is closed. I'm always amazed how many builders make you keep your anchor-locker hatch open the whole time you're anchored just for want of a small indent.

Venture never skimps on quality. All wiring consists of tinned-copper conductors and waterproof connectors covered in epoxy-filled heat-shrink tubing. Instead of screws, Venture employs stainless-steel bolts and lock nuts.

The laminate consists of both vinylester and isophthalic resins, Kevlar, PVC-foam coring and biaxial fiberglass in the topsides and deck. The running surface contains all that except for the coring. And the high-powered transom consists of high-compression, ceramic-matrix coring, meaning no flex or gelcoat checking from bolting on 900 horses.

If you're searching for one of the best fishing boats in this size range, don't overlook the Venture 34 Tournament, or you'll kick yourself later.

LOA......34 ft. 6 in.
BEAM......10 ft.
DRAFT......2 ft. 7 in.
DEADRISE......24 deg.
WEIGHT......6,800 lb. (dry, w/o power)
FUEL......350 gal.
MAX POWER......Triple 300 hp OB
MSRP......$264,267 (w/ triple 300 hp OB)

Venture Marine / West Palm Beach, Florida / 800-960-3434 / www.venturemarine.com