More often than not, people who have a custom boat built for themselves start thinking they know enough to go into the boatbuilding business so they can write off their own boating. However, most don't build very good boats, and their companies don't survive too long.
Bonadeo represents a most distinguished exception to the norm. After extensively cruising his large custom sport-fisher for two years with his entire family, he embarked upon an equally great adventure building top-quality smaller boats. This latest 34-footer has an amazing cuddy cabin replete with beautiful and rare matched pommele sapele (a warm wavy grained wood from Africa), a head with a shower, comfortable bunks and a small galley.
As with all the most successful custom builders today, looks can be deceiving. It may look like the lines of an old-fashioned Carolina-style boat, but the Bonadeo 34's hull consists of Kevlar, E-Glass, carbon fiber and Core-Cell composite, which Bonadeo then infuses and vacuum-bags. In order to align the epoxy molecules into the lengthwise chains that make them strongest, Bonadeo bakes the hull in a huge oven at 140 degrees for two 10-hour periods. Additional "big boat" features, such as cambered decks, structural bulkheads, a separate pump room, centralized drain systems, and even faired and painted bilges, appeal to those who prefer to simplify big boats without sacrifice and those who want to take a significant leap in the quality and demeanor of their boat, but don't want huge size or cost.
The Bonadeo 34 sports a helm console large enough to accommodate twin 12-inch flat-screen displays, VHF radios with remote mikes, an autopilot and full engine-monitoring displays. We particularly like the integral running lights mounted flush into the hardtop corners. Fishing features can include anything you imagine, but this first hull boasts a 40-gallon livewell and more than a dozen rod holders around the cockpit. In sea trials, the 34 hit 54 mph and cruised comfortably at more than 40 mph.
BEAM......9 ft. 11 in.
DRAFT......1 ft. 10 in.
WeIGHT......6,800 lb. (dry)
MAX POWER......Twin 300 hp OB