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Ocean Master 34 Review
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Pushing the Limits
Ocean Master President Mark Hauptner was a pioneer in the development of the large, offshore center console. The 31 foot Ocean Master, Hauptnerís original boat, is a classic among center console enthusiasts, but he is now pushing the limits of outboard center consoles with his 34-footer, although we should note that the boat is also available with inboard power.
Ocean Master 34 Center Console
tested the 34 recently, and came away impressed by its agility and
performance. With the new generation of higher displacement and
higher horsepower outboard motors available today, big center
consoles really are outstanding performers.
Six to Nine Foot Seas
Master dealer Dean Stuhlmann provided the test boat through his Ft.
Lauderdale dealership, Keys Custom Marine in Tavernier, and we spent
an afternoon running the boat in 25-knot southeasterly winds that
had six- to nine-foot waves stacked up along the edge of the reef.
We took a considerable amount of spray in the rough water, but the
heavy glass hull was stable and solid, both at rest and when running
into and with the seas.
In calmer waters, the big Mercs yielded a cruising speed of 27 knots at 4000 rpm, and a wide-open throttle setting of 5300 rpm has us going 38 knots. The boatís performance exceeded our expectations, and the only downside we could find with this setup came when the big center console was running down-sea in steep six-footers inside the reef. The small diameter propellers on outboard motors sometimes struggle or cavitate when pushing this much mass up the back of a steep wave, but thatís a problem all large outboard boats must contend with.
Ocean Master is a conventional center console design, with a huge
amount of fishing space fore and aft. The humongous console contains
one of the largest cabin spaces we have seen in a center console,
with both side and forward bunks, and a marine head between them.
Ocean Master allows its dealers to customize the final product
considerably, so you could leave this space relatively open or
finish it out in great detail. Thereís even a large storage space
forward that could hold either loose gear or an air-conditioning
storage consists of two sets of tackle drawers with four drawers
each in the rocket launcher, and there are two fishboxes in the
cockpit deck that are over six feet long and which drain overboard.
Thereís plenty of room for storing coolers on deck, too.
Serious About Live Bait!
in-deck baitwell was the most interesting thing in the cockpit,
however. This huge well is located below deck, forward of the
transom on the centerline, and looks like it could hold 100 gallons
or more. It is filled by a 3500-gph Rule pump, and is drained by two
2 inch overflows. This is a livewell for people who are serious
about live bait!
A Refreshing Development
Itís clear that Ocean Master has designed a boat for the hardcore fisherman, with a few creature comforts thrown in for good measure, and the ability to customize as little or as much as you want. These days, when serious fishing boats seem harder and harder to find, thatís a refreshing development.
Ocean Master Sportfishing Boats is located at 1525 53rd Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 map
Phone (561) 840-0448 © 2009 Ocean Master Marine