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Old 11-19-2016, 03:25 PM
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http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2009...s#.WDAx7JA8KK0



What do you boys think of this.

Sold boats has them closing at around 130-150k.
2008 closed at 130k

I ran a 37 to rum cay and loved it.

What's the knock on the 34 other than forward deck?

Ventures aren't my speciality but have always loved them.

Resale seems kinda mixed .

Listed on eBay and no bids anywhere near.

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Old 11-19-2016, 04:30 PM
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They are nice riding boats and hold up well.

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...ting-102842875
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I don't think they ever built a 37, so not sure what you ran to Rum...

34 is a nice boat. Have fished on one a few times, solid ride and well built.
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I have had a 34 Venture for 2 yrs now. Love the boat.I have a 2002 with 2005 Yamaha 250's.

Happy to answer any questions.
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Type 0. Kind sir the 39
Old 11-20-2016, 05:33 AM
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Have been running one for 10 years. Have run and owned many other brands. Not the lightest, not the fastest, but an absolute beast in an open sea. Their mission was to build as much initial quality into the boat as they could. They weren't focused on bells and whistles, but on pure long term durability and seakeeping. Great platforms for upgrading, as we are doing, with current electronics. Next phase of ours will be a new set of engines. The 300s are a much more efficient setup than our 250s. My boat partner and I just returned from the Fort Lauderdale show, and we agreed once again that there are not enough dramatic improvements in the newer boats to be able to rationalize anything else for what we use the boat for. This looks like very aggressive pricing on this one. Electronics may be a bit dated, but otherwise looks pretty good. Photos reflect pretty good maintenance of gelcoat and such also. Based on number of through hulls, it looks like the trim tab pockets have been vented also.
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I owned a Venture 34, solid boat, exc build quality. Great for a long term boat that you can upgrade and still hold its value. Not that fast or efficient. Bow is too light and narrow causing the center of gravity to be too far aft. Boat rides best with some weight up front. If I owned one again I'd put lots of sand bags in the anchor locker. You can use some tab but it kills economy, weight up front works better. Not the best range if you want to do far offshore fishing, canyons, overnight trips.

Also fairly poor at a following sea (due to narrow bow and little flare), would bang some on a quartering sea, incredible at a dead on head sea. Overall it can go in just about anything and you can have confidence the boat will get you home.

If you plan on keeping the boat for a long time, or dont want much depreciation its a great boat. I bought mine put new electronics, new upholstery, used it for 2 years and got all my money back plus some-- boat cost me nothing in regards to depreciation.

That said as soon as I test drove a YF39 it was so much faster, more efficient, rode much better, didn't roll nearly as much at rest, felt more buoyant, drier ride, had more room, more comfort. As it should considering it costs 4X as much. However over a ten year period the Venture will hold up much better as its built a lot more solid and will last. It's just not the latest in hull design. Get one with decent engines (light weight 300's would be a good fit), then upgrade everything else the way you want ($4K for upholstery and $10K for electronics). The hull is bulletproof.
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Originally Posted by GR1FFIN View Post
...................... If I owned one again I'd put lots of sand bags in the anchor locker. You can use some tab but it kills economy, weight up front works better.
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Also fairly poor at a following sea (due to narrow bow and little flare).............................
You know adding weight to the bow is detrimental to following sea performance and handling...
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You know adding weight to the bow is detrimental to following sea performance and handling...
Yes, the reason it is poor at a following sea is the narrow bow with no flare (not the CG or bow weight) it is a relatively easy boat to stuff the bow, but that only occurs in very large waves and when you are going straight down sea--which is not a frequent occurrence. Plus it can be controlled by trimming engines up and going slower. With a bobbing bow, and more pounding due CG being too far aft occurs in all other sea conditions, all the time. The boat handles and drives much better with added balast to the bow. In a following sea with very large waves you'll just have to go slower and trim engines up more.
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I have fished in one many times. The forward deck is probably the main complaint you will hear about them, but I didn't find it that bothersome... of course, I didn't fall down it catching a fish either. I think with F300s one day and some wedges it would be a bad a$$ machine.
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I don't see a reserve on the eBay auction. Nice looking rig.
Old 11-22-2016, 05:12 AM
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I'm sure it's hidden reserve. I'm the highest bidder with a 125k Max bid
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I know that boat well, was our demo boat when we were a Venture dealer. I spent a lot of hours in that boat, it is an exceptional sea boat. With proper boat handling knowledge, you will never get it to bang, although you will get wet in a heavy quartering or beam sea if it is too rough to out run the spray. The boat likes to run at 35-40 MPH, gets it up on the pad and runs very flat at that speed, minimal trim tab input needed. We had wedges on it, but I cannot remember a time when we ran the motors tucked all the way in except when getting on plane. In fact, we ran Tempest props for added bow lift on that boat and it responded very well, picked the whole boat up out of the water. I think at $125k, I can't see paying more than that. I think we sold the boat originally for $160k back in 2010.
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See that puppy every day on Market Street here in Wilmington.

Pretty boat for sure....was wondering if it had enough power though.
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was wondering if it had enough power though.
When i bought my 1999 Venture 34 it had twin Yamaha F250 + 18'' Mirage Pro and it run:
8 knots @ 2000 rpm
28 knots @ 4500 rpm
40 knots @ 6000 rpm
I have a Gen 1 with a stepped transom plus i have a full tower and this adds some extra drag and weight!

I switched recently to Suzuki DF300AP but i struggle to find the right propeller/transom height so the new values are not very important.

Twin 300HO Verado are more than sufficient as this boat is heavy and like to cruise around 28/30 knots.

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300s are plenty of power, here are the numbers I recorded on that boat when it was new:
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1.4 at 39 MPH works all day long.
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wangotango321: You probably ran a Bahama Boat Works Hull. They are very similar to Venturres just bigger beam and longer and they make a 37.


If someone is looking for a Venture34, I am going to be putting mine on the market. 1999 Venture 34 Hull with twin 2015 Yamaha F300's warranty until 2021. PM me if interested.
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Originally Posted by Miss Trial View Post
1.4 at 39 MPH works all day long.
Yup and that was with a full load of fuel and water too.
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Originally Posted by wangotango321 View Post
Type 0. Kind sir the 39
Just noticed this post. Please ignore my Bahama Boat Works comment.

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