John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
JULY 2011
 
   
Length overall  37' 2"
Beam  12' 4"
Deadrise 16 degrees
Draft  2' 11"
Displacement 12,000 lb
Fuel 180 gal Water 60 gal
Base Price $395,000

Following the emerging trend to green power, True North Yachts is developing a diesel-electric based on True North's proven 34-foot hull. According to company specs, the 34G will be able to run for more than 4 hours at up to 6 knots using only the battery-powered electric motor in its hybrid powerplant. In conventional 280-hp diesel mode, the 34G provides a 19-knot cruise and a 22-knot top end.

The lightweight Steyr hybrid engine boasts several performance breakthroughs in addition to its quiet electric mode. The gear-mounted electric motor works in unison with the diesel to increase fuel efficiency during acceleration. The diesel also sends 48-volt power to recharge the battery bank and, with the Mastervolt inverter-charger, provides ample AC power for the hot-water heater, microwave and even an air conditioner.

Other features include LED interior, exterior and navigation lights, which reduce power consumption by 75 percent. Canopy-mounted solar panels constantly charge the 34G's battery banks when the engine isn't running. The carbon-fiber canopy, light engine and compact Mastervolt batteries reduce overall weight, so the 34G requires less power and fuel to reach the same speeds as her conventionally powered sister and her competition.

On deck, the 34G features a large cockpit with transom bench and aft-facing seat against the cabin bulkhead. The bench seat and mid-transom "tailgate" fold down to provide wide-open access to the teak swim platform with telescoping swim ladder. The pilothouse has a roomy L-shaped settee to port, with a table that lowers to form a full berth. The starboard galley offers a refrigerator, single-burner alcohol/electric stove and sink. The louvered, sliding companionway door provides ventilated privacy to the cabin's V-berth and full head. The aft end of the pilothouse is open to the cockpit, but a drop curtain is available for inclement weather.Base price for the True North 34G is $395,000.

Pearson Marine Group, Warren, R.I., 401-247-3000; www.tnyachts.com.