Buzzards Bay 34 Cat – Couple’s Expedition Cruiser

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

This might be the perfect boat for a couple looking to cruise the coastline in a boat that puts a premium on comfort — a comfortable ride in seas, comfortable accommodations topside, and a seriously comfortable stateroom. 

Buzzards Bay 34 Cruising -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

Buzzards Bay 34 Cruising -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

The comfortable ride is courtesy of the twin displacement catamaran hulls, designed by Chris White, which slice through chop and significantly reduce the pitching and slamming; not to mention damping the rolling motions. In the main cabin, the centerline helm station features two comfy captain’s chairs, and an L-shape settee provides seating and lounging room along the starboard and aft bulkheads. An efficient galley is along the port bulkhead and has everything you need to fix nice meals, including a two-burner Princess propane stove.  When it’s time to retire, the stateroom is down a few steps to starboard and forward, with the bed arranged athwartships. It’s a roomy, memory-foam mattress that lifts easily to reveal massive storage underneath.

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Layout

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Layout

That stateroom also features a unique hanging locker with slide-out rails from both the stateroom side and the port-hull based head. A small fan in the overhead pulls air into the stateroom and it exhausts through the forward anchor locker; keeping the air moving and helping to keep the anchor locker dry and odor-free. That’s a nice touch. The overhead hatch and LED lighting ensure plenty of natural and electric illumination.

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Stern View

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Stern View

Another unique feature of the Buzzards Bay 34 is its outboard propulsion.  The first hull built actually had inboard-outboard diesels, but the advent of newer, high-horsepower outboards offered a chance for more simplicity and convenience and they are the standard offering now. The boat I visited yesterday at the Newport, Rhode Island, International Boat Show, is a pre-owned model (for sale, incidentally) that had the biggest Suzuki’s on it. Standard propulsion is a pair of 225hp Mercury Verados, although the factory can hang any outboard you like.

Buzzards Bay 34 Helm

Buzzards Bay 34 Helm

The cats are built right in Pocasset, Massachusetts, in the heart of Buzzards Bay. The company,Multihull Development, Inc., decided from the outset that the cat would be built without compromise.  The hull is balsa cored and resin-infused, while the decks are vacuum-bagged. Both technologies result in light, strong structure.

Buzzards Bay 34 Stateroom

Buzzards Bay 34 Stateroom

The boat, configured nicely and requiring only electronics and a few optional amenities for most customers, is priced at $405K.  That’s not cheap, but still represents significant value when you consider the construction methods, and level of fit and finish.

Buzzards Bay 34 Head

Buzzards Bay 34 Head

I’d take a close look at this boat for everything from coastal cruising in the Northeast, to snowbird migrations, to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Inside Passage explorations. It will handle significant seas with comfort, has good range and can pull right up to the beach when it’s time to explore ashore.

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom’s tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .