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Crown 34
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Description: Crown 34
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z00dles
Dock Rat

Registered: February 2003
Location: Pacific NorthWest
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed February 26, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat was a limited production sloop originally designed on the west coast of Canada and built there between 1975 and 1979. The molds were then sold to a Washington state firm which built and called them the "Sun Crown" and then called the San Juan 34. I believe the molds were also used to build the Sceptre 36.
Very fast and well-built with keel-stepped mast and shroud loads carried through to the keel also. Points extremely well. Won many races in the Pacific NW in the 70's and 80's and continues to do well. I sold my boat in 98, but would buy one again.
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davidr8
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Registered: June 2010
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sat August 28, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: quick, very well founded, points very high, great cruiser for a couple
Cons: 15 hp original engine not always ample

have had our C34 for 6 years. Replaced ports, and sails, installed 18 gal holding tank. Re-bedded the genoa tracks.

They were built in Vancouver, BC by Calgan Marine on Crown St (hence the name). Very well built. Our surveyor sounded the entire hull and found no indications of delamination or water leaks. We have a slight amount of osmosis but it has not changed in the time we have owned her.


Original 2QM15 engine still going strong. It a bit under-powered in a serious blow but will do hull speed of 6 kts on flat water. Engine access is a mite cramped on our boat as the engine cover swings out vs. other arrangements we have seen where the cover lifts off.

Whatever sound insulation existed is long gone so the engine noise is a much at times. We plan on re-powering in the next year or two at which time we will add sound-proofing.

Cockpit locker is huge; almost too large as it swallows all matter of stuff. Challenge is to create usable storage for lines etc.

Icebox on ours is well insulated; we can push ice for 4 days, 5 days is possible but not ideal. Secret is the use of plastic containers (Lock&Lock from Starfrit) and starting out with cold food.

We have minimal electronics; knotmeter, depthsounder and the usual interior lights. We have 2 group 27 batteries and a group 24 battery for starting. Charging comes from a 35A alternator, a Xantrex 20A charger and a 23W solar panel. We have never run the engine @ anchor to charge the batteries. while we are on the hook, the solar panel usually brings the batteries back up to full charge by noon every day.

We changed out the original (!) sails 3 yrs ago with a 110% genoa and a full batten main. The new sails completely changed how she sails. She points high, about 38 to 40 degrees off the wind and will do 7 kts easy in a 10-12 kt wind.

Beam to broad reaching is very easy sailing with a neutral helm. Dead downwind requires attention because the pinched stern means she will round up fairly easily.

We have 10+ kts broad reaching in 35 kts so she is capable of moving along. We don't race but they are typically rated at about 132-138 PHRF. A Crown 34 can keep her own in a fleet especially if the there is a lot of upwind work.

We highly recommend the boat, she is fast, comfortable and easily maintained.
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mustangxr
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Registered: July 2015
Location: Saanichton Bay, B.C.
Posts: 33
Review Date: Tue May 17, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Tall rig, initial tenderness good for light air, deep keel, good ballast ratio, points high, and fast in light air.
Cons:

We have just come aboard this Crown 34 as partners in the boat. As an aviator in my previous life, I know a little about preventative maintenance, and my main focus has been on getting this Crown back into shape. Structurally the boat is sound, but the decades of electrical and plumbing folly/neglect have caught up.

Like a lot of old boats, the lack of Logbooks and records is a common disease, with not even an operating hour meter on the engine. So my focus is to get back to ground zero and establish standards and records for all systems.

We have just done the bottom, and proved that she is fast in light air.
Like when every other sailboat has doused sails and is headed for the barn, this Crown takes off and sail up to 7.1 knots in just a light riffle on the water. Never less than 4.5 knots on glassy water. The very rounded hull form creates an initial tenderness that fills out the sails very nicely until she starts making her own wind. With a good 12 knots on the beam, she lays over but stiffens up to between 15 and 20 degrees, Oh, and takes off! The autopilot makes it quite possible to single hand the boat quite handily.

I would like to stop this review here but revisit in the future when I have had more experience with her.
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