The SeaVee 34 has long been one of the most recognizable and popular large center consoles on the water. It owes its popularity to the fact that SeaVee has been in the game since the invention of center console fishing and has consistently evolved with the changing needs of the sport. I’ve long been a fan of the functionality and the ride of the original 34 and saw little room for improvement until the 340Z proved to me that you can build a better mousetrap. The new twin stepped, cross ventilated hull design pushes an already remarkably well behaved boat up a notch on the speed and comfort scale.
The 340Z will provide tournament competitors and serious recreational anglers alike, a fast comfortable ride on marginal weather days, and all of the tools required for a successful day offshore. On our test day, we ran the 340Z in conditions ranging from flat calm to a sloppy 3-4’ confused mess, never once getting the boat to pound at speeds up to 60 MPH. The boat handled very obediently and rode on the steps like a champ keeping everyone dry on the long quartering head sea ride home. This is something worth considering if you often make long runs in less than ideal conditions.
As far as fish ability goes, this is a boat designed for playing at the highest level. Storage that begins with a place to keep up to 42 rods indicates a boat layout with hardcore angling in mind. Kingfish and Sailfish tournament anglers alike have played a big role in the features incorporated into this boat and common to both groups is the need for plenty of live well capacity. The standard model includes a 60-gallon transom well which is more than enough for the average angler but an optional sea chest with four 2000-GPH pumps driving an additional three wells totaling an extra 135-gallons for back up should meet anyone’s needs regardless of how serious you are. Forward deck storage includes a 720-quart and 212-quart insulated fish box in the center deck flanked by twin 180-quart wing boxes with rod storage racks. In the cockpit, a 240-quart fish box and two more 160-quart wing boxes add more storage options than most will ever use. The console is a massive forward entry model with tons of room to store gear, even with the addition of the optional head.
The 340Z is a highly customizable boat also offered in the LE (Luxury Edition) for the angler who also enjoys leisure time not involving fishing. Various forward seating and sun lounge options are available with electronically adjustable backrests. Additional fold down or L-Shaped rear bench seating is also available in the cockpit. The sport versions can range from a base model which has all the features required for the weekend angler to a seriously tricked out competitive machine capable of running with the big dogs. For a go anywhere fishing boat, this SeaVee hasn’t got much room for improvement
Length – 34’ 9”
Beam – 10’
Draft – 20”
Dead rise – 23.5-degrees
Weight – w/o power- 7950LBS
Max Engines – 3
Max HP – 1200
MSRP – $208,000.00 w/2-Mercury Verados