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Olson 34
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Description: Olson 34
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Author
LBeach
Junior Member

Registered: July 2000
Posts: 1
Review Date: Fri April 5, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Cons:

34 feet LOA, 10'10" Beam. Balanced rig, VERY easy to sail. Helm is not touchy and the boat tracks well. Excellent husband-and-wife or single-handing boat. We live aboard for two weeks at a time during vacations; we enter one "cruising race" per year and do very well each time. Hull is very similar to a Schumacher-designed Express 34. Tricabin layout. Both forepeak and aft cabin can each sleep a 6'2" guy w/spouse, with room to spare. Each setee can also sleep a 6' person . Large navigation table faces forward. There is room under the tilt-up nav. tabletop for many charts, half-folded. Aft head with counter and basin, h&c pres. water and shower. Three hanging lockers. Tankage: 15 diesel and about 40 water, with the optional factory second tank aft. 3-Cyl Universal diesel with open access from front, top and starboard side. 6 ft draft, eliptical keel and rudder. Note: Ericson sold one or two with a wing keel. Deck to hull joint is inward overlap, thru-bolted. All interior moldings glassed to hull. Solid hull layup, balsa core deck.
Good ventilation - 5 opening ports. Mine has the optional wheel and winch upgrade package, with Lewmar 46ST primary winches. Six winches total, two 30ST on the housetop for halyards. Hydraulic backstay and rod vang are standard. H & C pressure water is standard, as is an Origo 6000 model gimbaled stove-and-oven. One electric and one manual bilge pump. The traveler is Harken, and is on the bridgedeck, which is far easier to use than the housetop versions one sees on "sailing condo" boats. Six part Harken mainsheet system.
Rig is double-spreader, with in-line shrouds plus checkstays (used only out on the ocean). My rig is wire, but several others have rod rigging.
Cabin has teak bulkheads and large *sturdy* teak dining table with two fold-down leaves. Overhead is standard Ericson soft vinyl with zipper access to the hardware backing. Sole is teak and holly ply. I refinished ours with varnish. Very complete AC & DC breaker panel, same as the late 80's E-34 . The rudder post is oversized compared to similar boats from other mfgrs. Alloy mast step is on top of a molded-in rib and easy to keep dry and inspected. We added a PSS shaft seal so our bilge is always dry, except for some winter rain water down the inside of the spar. Ours is hull #8, molded out in '88. All of these were built by Ericson with solid frp hulls, except #1, by Pacific Boats, which had a cored hull. After hull #1, Pacific Boats went out of business and the tooling (for this and the O-911S and the O-25) was purchased by Ericson Yachts.
The fastest "standard" PHRF I know of is 99, in the SF Bay area. Our boat can jump up to over 9 knots on a reach with our furling 135 genny -- effortlessly. These are not always easy to find, or cheap, but well worth it. We looked for a year before finding ours. After living with it 7 years, we are still very pleased.
Questions? Drop me an email.
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olson34
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Registered: October 2000
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 666
Review Date: Thu May 19, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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34 feet LOA, 10'10" Beam. Balanced masthead rig, VERY easy to sail. Helm is not touchy and the boat tracks well. Ours came with the wheel option, but I would consider a tiller model a bonus "find." Unlike some boats, a wheel is not needed to cover up poor handling.

Excellent husband-and-wife or single-handing boat. We live aboard for two weeks at a time during vacations; we enter one "cruising race" per year and do very well each time. Hull shape is Very similar to a Carl Schumacher-designed Express 34. Roomy tricabin layout. Both fore-peak and aft cabin can each sleep a 6'2" guy w/spouse, with room to spare. Each settee can also sleep a 6' 2" person . Large navigation table faces forward, on the port side across from the L-shape galley. There is room under the tilt-up nav. tabletop for many charts, half-folded. Aft head, to port, with counter and basin, h&c pres. water and pull-out shower faucet. The galley and head fixtures are all high-quality "Grohe" brand.
Three large hanging lockers -- forward, aft cabin, and head compartment. Tankage: 15 diesel and about 40 water, with the optional factory second water tank aft. We have replaced the stock plastic water tank under the starboard settee with a larger custom SS one that holds 38 gallons compared to the stock 23 gallon tank.

3-Cyl Universal 23 hp diesel with open access from front, top and starboard side. Six foot draft, elliptical lead keel and elliptical rudder. Note: Ericson reportedly sold one or two with a wing keel. Deck to hull joint is inward overlap, thru-bolted with a slotted alum. toe rail -- strong and leak proof. All interior moldings are glassed to the hull. Solid hull lay-up with balsa cored deck. The interior moldings are balsa cored also, to conserve weight.

Batteries: Two standard group 24 with 1-2-all switch. There is room to easily upgrade to two golf cart batteries for a larger house bank and install a separate starting/emergency battery under the aft berth, and I did this.

Good ventilation - 5 opening ports. Mine has the optional second water tank, wheel, spinnaker, and winch upgrade package, with Lewmar 46ST primaries and 43ST secondaries. There are two 30ST Lewmar's on the housetop for halyards. Hydraulic integral backstay and gas-pressure rod vang are standard. H & C pressure water is standard, as is an Origo 6000 model gimbaled stove-and-oven. The ice box is well-insulated except for the lid, to which I added a layer of rigid foam before installing a Frigoboat(r) refrigeration system. One electric and one manual bilge pump. The head has a holding tank, also with provision for overboard discharge and pump-out where legal. The traveler and six-part mainsheet system is all Harken, and is conveniently located on the bridge-deck, which is far easier to use than the housetop versions one sees on "sailing condo" boats.
Rig is double-spreader, with in-line shrouds plus check-stays (which I only use out on the ocean). My rig is wire, but a few reportedly have rod rigging.

Cabin has teak bulkheads and large *sturdy* teak dining table with two fold-down leaves and bottle storage in the center compartment. Overhead is standard Ericson soft vinyl with zipper access to the hardware backing. Sole is teak and holly ply, and we refinished ours with varnish. large and complete AC & DC breaker panel, same as the late 80's E-34/200 . AC outlets are GFI protected.

The rudder post is oversized compared to similar boats from other mfgrs. Alloy mast step is on top of a molded-in rib and easy to keep dry and inspected. We added a PSS shaft seal so our bilge is always dry, except for some winter rain water down the inside of the spar. We have hull #8, molded out in '88. All of these were built by Ericson with solid frp hulls, except #1, constructed by Pacific Boats, which had a cored hull. After hull #1, Pacific Boats went out of business and the tooling (for this and the O-911S and the O-25) was purchased by Ericson Yachts and continued in production for two more years.

The fastest "standard" PHRF I know of is 99, in the SF Bay area. Our boat can sustain over 9 knots on a reach with our furling 135 genny -- effortlessly. These are not always easy to find, or cheap, but well worth it. We looked for a year before finding ours. We have owned ours since '94, we are still very pleased. Diagrams, a review, and a brochure copy are available for d/l at www.Ericsonyachts.org, and information may be exchanged with other owners at that site, and there is also regular discussion on the Ericson Forum at Sailnet.com.
Questions? Drop me an email.

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SCGrasnt327
Junior Member

Registered: June 2006
Review Date: Mon June 12, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good Racer, Good Cruiser!
Cons:

We have owned two O34's. Our first sank in Hurricane Ivan after 11 months of ownership. We like the Olson's so much (we sailed an O30 for about 13 years before buying a 34), we bought another one. Our current 34 is Hull #13, the only wing keel made! Although she does not point to weather as well as the fin keel, she is still a blast on the racecourse.

Easy boat to sail! My wife and I recently raced in our club's double handed with good results. Typically we race with 8 or 9 crew.

I would highly recommend this boat to anyone who wants to race and cruise. She is VERY stable, VERY easy to handle and VERY fast for her 10k lb displacement.

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Sam & Jennifer Grant
Destin, FL

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Sam & Jennifer Grant
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Olson 30 - Pigasus (victim of Hurricane Katrina)
Olson 34 - Fins (victim of Hurricane Ivan)
Olson 34 - Breakaway (still afloat and sailing strong!)
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