Fast, tough and well built, the Peterson 34 is an affordable performance cruiser capable of safely passaging whether on a weeklong cruise or as a contender in an offshore race. Ninety-one of these Doug Peterson-designed yachts were built over a five year production run; renowned in their day, they are now "classic plastics" in the best sense of the word and still remain popular on the brokerage market.
This particular example was originally built for the Granny Goose potato chip family and has been owned by the same knowledgeable family since 1991. They took her on three trips to Mexico and report that she makes a superb cruiser as well as a fun Bay boat or daysailer. Note she was repowered in 1996 with a brand new 30 hp Yanmar (vs. the original 14 hp diesel, and also the tankage was increased from 10 gallons of fuel to 70), and has benefitted from numerous upgrades over the years (like the $6,000 feathering MaxProp installed in 2018).
Note she's currently lying in the Sausalito Yacht Harbor in a potentially transferable slip; there's a long wait to get into the marina here so this is also a material benefit if you're able to take advantage...
V berth forward, head next aft port aft of the vee berth with storage across to starboard.
Continue aft to main saloon with settees and pilot berths both port and to starboard, next aft is galley to port with centerline companionway then chart table and quarter berth starboard.
Note new soft goods in salon, refinished teak & holley sole and good engine access by removal of the companionway ladder and cabinet enclosure
Stainless steel sink with hot/cold pressure water and manual fresh and salt water pumps (six gallon engine-fired hot water heater), Taylor model 030 pressurized kerosene two burner gimbaled kerosene stove with oven, ice box with 12V cold plate type refrigeration. LectroSan system.
110V AC /12V DC.
Handheld Garmin GPS, Trimble Inmarsat system tied into laptop, Autohelm Autopilot, Autohelm depth sounder, Autohelm knot meter, Horizon Eclipse VHF radio, Ritchie binnacle-mounted magnetic compass compass
Masthead sloop keel stepped aluminum double spreader mast, aluminum boom (1997, mast painted at that time as well) with rigid boomvang, swaged 1x19 stainless steel standing rigging (2010) and single backstay with Harken mechanical adjustment gear, Harken mainsheet with traveler.
Dacron full batten mainsail with two reef points, 135% jib on Harken roller furler, also 110%jib and 150% genoa, 1.5 oz. spinnaker with sock, a .75 oz. spinnaker and a .75 oz blooper.
Two Barient #28 winches, two Barient #26 winches, three Barient #21 winches, four Barient #20 winches The vessel also has a spinnaker pole, reaching strut and a whisker pole.
Hand laid cored FRP hull with external ballast, fin keel, spade rudder. Cored decks, hull-to-deck joint is an inward turned flange with through bolted toe rail.
Although the hulls might be considered thick by today’s standards, the materials were both lightweight and strong for the late 1970s.