Cape Horn is a Florida-based boatbuilder known for tournament-quality center consoles. Its newest model, the 34XS, is designed to provide a level of performance typically not found in other twin-engine boats.
“We wanted the 34XS to be a missile, a twin-engine boat built for fast runs offshore,” says Cape Horn vice president Tyler Cesar. “The critical design component was achieving just the right length-to-beam ratio. At just under 35 feet in length with a 9-foot, 3-inch beam, [the 34XS] is one of the best-riding boats I have ever experienced.”
Powered by a pair of 425-hp Yamaha XTOs, the boat has a top speed of more than 65 mph, according to Cape Horn. At 4,500 rpm, she cruises at 47 mph, with a 44-gph fuel burn for a range just north of 300 miles with its 275-gallon fuel capacity. The most efficient cruise speeds settle in between 28 and 35 mph, where range increases to 440 and 400 miles, respectively. The 34XS rides a deep-vee hull that has 23 degrees of transom deadrise and a draft of 1 foot, 10 inches; it weighs 12,300 pounds, including engines and full fuel.
Standard fishing features include copious space for electronics, 18-foot outriggers, 41 rod holders, a 700-quart insulated fishbox with macerated overboard discharge, and 50- and 60-gallon live wells. The cockpit has plenty of room for playing big fish, and the low freeboard aft makes easier work of gaffing and hauling aboard or leadering and releasing.
The XS in the name represents extra seating and stowage. Two Llebroc captain’s chairs at the helm are accompanied by aft-facing, mezzanine-style seaing and a fold-away transom seat. A two-person bench forward of the console and a U-shaped lounge in the bow conceal stowage, and there are additional stowage areas abaft the anchor locker. The cabin has 6 feet of headroom and a Sanipottie head, with a VacuFlush available as an option.
All Cape Horn models are designed in-house by Chris Fabbro, who has more than 35 years of experience in design and construction. He drew the 34XS with Cape Horn’s typical tall, flared bow and an aggressive, forward-raked stance. A fiberglass hardtop and its supporting pipework blend nicely with the overall look.
With its impressive performance and fishing features for hardcore offshore anglers, the 34XS is establishing itself as a top seller in the builder’s fleet of center consoles.
For more information on the 34XS and other models from Cape Horn, go to capehornboats.com or call (850) 626-2211.