2016 Fishing Boat Buyers Guide: Davis Boats 34 CC

Fishing is the boat’s focus, and it’s fishing-ready

Looks aren’t everything, but when classic good looks are married to splendid performance, you’ve got something special indeed. In the mid-Atlantic, they’re familiarly known as Buddy Davis Yachts, a nod to the brand’s originator and respect for the tradition they’ve commanded.

The flared Carolina-style foredeck and sharp bow entry bespeaks its East Coast rough-water origins. Its deep, narrow bow slices through massive head seas, and its keel tracks ahead of following ones. Its agility belies its length. Once offshore, hardcore angling amenities go to work. The Davis 34 CC is the second-smallest of the four-boat center-console series (including an express and a walkaround) and the full Davis line that stretches out to a 70-foot sport-fisherman. It boasts the dramatically flared hull famous for taming huge head seas and riding following seas as if on rails. A 24-degree deep-V hull softens the seas offshore but maintains a modest draft for confidence when returning to inland ports.

The lines might be classic, but the materials and technologies are state-of-the-art new. Advanced fiberglass composite is the basis for vacuum-infused resin hulls and decks, with all coring composed of closed-cell foam. A molded integral engine bracket welcomes a pair of big outboard engines, with a massive 300-gallon fuel tank to give it the range needed for safety and fun when heading to the canyons.

Fishing is the boat’s focus, and it’s fishing-ready with rod storage, livewell, tackle-storage stations, fish box and wraparound coaming. Its fighting cockpit is broad and stable too.

Within the console, the 34CC has a stand-up head with sink and handheld shower. The console face is hinged so it opens effortlessly, and electrical wiring is coded and run for easy access — just one more sight to add to the visitors tour. The electrical system is bonded. Good boat-keeping is aided by fresh- and seawater washdown on 25-foot hoses. Fish boxes are ready to ­swallow up a massive catch.

Quick specs. LOA: 34'0" Beam: 10'6" Fuel Capacity: 300 gal. Max HP: 900Courtesy of Davis Yachts