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09-30-2012 01:01 PM
bobperry
Re: Peterson 34

720:
I think that one is a keeper. The frac rig alone puts it a whole design jump ahead of the Ganbare era boats.
09-30-2012 12:24 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Peterson 34

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Originally Posted by desertdozer720 View Post
It is a 34' and it was built in 1977 and for whatever reason it was for sale for a long time. We took her out last weekend and she sails wonderfully, is equipped very well and for our needs has a great compliment of sails. Her interior over the next several months will be fitted with some new creature comforts. She has a very tall, very high aspect ratio, fractional rig.
Congrats - I'll bet she goes to windward like a witch and slips right along in very light wind as well.
09-29-2012 11:44 PM
desertdozer720
Re: Peterson 34

It is a 34' and it was built in 1977 and for whatever reason it was for sale for a long time. We took her out last weekend and she sails wonderfully, is equipped very well and for our needs has a great compliment of sails. Her interior over the next several months will be fitted with some new creature comforts. She has a very tall, very high aspect ratio, fractional rig.
09-29-2012 10:57 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Peterson 34

That's not a Ganbare hull. It's a 34' and I'd put money on it being a 3/4 tonner. The stern is very different from Ganbare - not as much of a "pintail". Judging by the stern and the deck design, I'd venture that design is quite a bit later - '77 to '79.

Unless it's been extensively modified from original that is.

P.S. that boat has been for sale for a long time now.
09-29-2012 04:40 PM
bobperry
Re: Peterson 34

Are you certain that is the one tonner and not the 3/4 tonner? I used to race on a Peterson 3/4 tonner that looked quite similar to that. Regardless it sure is a pretty boat and should be a delight to sail.

If you had the rig dimensions I could quickly tell if it was the one tonner.
09-29-2012 02:55 PM
desertdozer720
Re: Peterson 34

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Originally Posted by desertdozer720 View Post
Working on getting to my 10 post mark and then I will put up some photos of her, would love to get some input. I have studied the photos of Ganbare, and specs and photos of the production Peterson 34's.
Here she is:




09-28-2012 09:21 PM
desertdozer720
Re: Peterson 34

Working on getting to my 10 post mark and then I will put up some photos of her, would love to get some input. I have studied the photos of Ganbare, and specs and photos of the production Peterson 34's.
09-28-2012 12:01 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Peterson 34

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Originally Posted by Silmaril View Post
I sailed (Raced) one of the Peterson 34 in the late 70''s early 80''s. The design was based on Doug Peterson''s winning "Ganbere"
It was Ganbare, pronounced Gan-bar-eh. There were lots of boats to that and similar designs. The actual Ganbare design was produced by Coopers and then Martin yachts in Vancouver and it was 35'. There was a 34' very similar boat built to a nice standard in Korea - a few of them showed up here.

You have to keep in mind that Ganbare was a game changer back then - it was the design that set the trend for IOR boats for many years. Only people with fairly trained eyes can see the differences between a lot of boats from different designers from that era.
09-27-2012 08:15 PM
desertdozer720
Re: Peterson 34

I just purchased one of the "one-offs" and so far am very pleased with it! It was by far the most boat I could get my hands on for my dollar and it is equipped very well and sails very well. It has auxiliary power by a well maintained Atomic 4 and a full compliment of 11 sails or various vintage and material but for our purposes work great. It does need a little spit and polish but mostly from sitting for so long.

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Originally Posted by Silmaril View Post
I sailed (Raced) one of the Peterson 34 in the late 70''s early 80''s. The design was based on Doug Peterson''s winning "Ganbere" (Don''t know if I''m spelling that right) which did indeed win the SORC. Another one, "Not by Bread Alone" won BI Week and much of the silverware in her class on Long Islan Sound.

When you are talking about a "Production" Peterson 34, they were built in Texas and were one of the first boats to use composites like kevlar in their hull and stress areas.

You can tell the difference between on that was campaigned and one that was ocasionally raced by the fact that the serious races all had tillers, the casual racers had wheels.

In addition, the production version from Texas also had a pretty nice interior for a racing design. Hot and cold pressure water, nice wood trim, etc.

Look around at the pics in yachtworld, the majority you see are the production boats. You can tell by the similarity of the interiors. Any major deviation from that would make the boat one of the one-off''s and not something I would be interested in.

They are a heavily IOR influenced design and do have the high aspect mains and huge foretriangle that is common in that era. When raced, they are remarkably influenced by very small rig and sail adjustments. The mast is one of the bendy types that uses the baby stay to affect mainsail shape. Runners were needed in slop to stop mast pumping.

They were pretty rugged little boats though. We were comming into the harbor with just the main up at night, when we were caught in a squall that pegged the anamometer at over 60 kts (NOAA later reported micro bursts in excess of 100 kts) we were blown flat, mast to the water and held there for about 5 minutes. Wind died down, boat popped back up, nothing broken, we motored the rest of the way in to our slip.

This is one of my favorite racer/cruisers from the late 70''s. I think that with the advanced (for its day) construction techniques used in the production models, they have held up very well.

With a fresh set of rags, and a competent crew, they are still quite competitive at the club level today. Just remember that they are dip-pole jibes, large foretriangle boats that need some muscle to get the most out of them. They would also make an excellent "Express" cruiser, leaving many of the modern floating condos in her wake.
03-20-2004 07:46 AM
sailingfool
Peterson 34

Not much info likely to be available - as I don''t believe Tartan ever made a 36 footer - I''ll bet you have in mind the aged (venerable?) 34C, about which there are numerous threads discussing the pros and cons.

Good luck.
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