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Old 08-29-2002, 10:05 AM
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Any opinions on the boat with 500's or 575's. Handling above 92mph???

Any comparisons to another boat ...maybe a 388 slingshot


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I have looked at both, They are first class boats. I haven't seen many 344 used forsale, so people must really like them. I have been out in a 38 w/ 500s. Very fun and felt like you could easily catch air if you trimmed it out. Also note it didn't rattle, was solid as a rock. I would compare the ride and speed to a Fountain or Velocity.

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..I was in a 388 during our Seaside NJ race, as Pace Boat 2..great ride from Manasquan to Seaside..fast and nice solid feel...

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`ITS NOTHING BUT A 32 MADE INTO A 34 !! THEY TEND TO BOW STEER,
ROLL, & HANDLE TERRIBLE ABOVE 95 AND LIKE ITS BIG SISTER THE 388 HAS LITTLE RESALE VALUE,JUST LOOK HOW CHEAP THEY ARE IN TRADER,ECT.[B]
AND I OWN A 388 NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Fact is:
There are a couple of steps on the 34 and none on the 32... there is NO comparison between the two. The 34 was tested with 30 plus bottom combinations, the slingshot was not nor were many other stepped bottom boats. Never rode in either one but a friend did alot of work on the cheetah, and went for alot of those test runs, he says the cheetah is the most stable boat they have. CHEERS
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Low freeboard .... can you run it standing up ????

How does it run in bigger water?
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HAD A 1998 388 NICE FAST BOAT, BUT THE STEPS MAKE IT HAIRY,I HATE THAT FEELING, BUT GOING 90 + MPH WITH LITTLE HP IS A PLUS
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has to be more opinions!!?!?!?!?!
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I didnt' think there were all that many 34's out there. We looked at the 344 Miami unveiling boat. Nice boat, cool graphics.

Cardshark has a Slingshot and has run it in some poker runs, etc. He'll likely have a wealth of info!

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I have not been in a 344 yet, so I can't comment on the ride. Although it did get good reviews. But i would disagree that it is just a 32 made into a 34. Start with the bottom:V-bottom-32 vs stepped-344 is no comparison. I don't care who's the manufacturer, take a stepped hull & compare to earlier model with v-bottom, it is going to handle & perform differently.The cabins are the basically the same. But, most performance boats have basically the same cabin! Styling of hull is considerably different, including the molded-in swim platform. Styling is more similar to a smaller version of the Slingshot.I don't see how anyone can make a determination on resale at this point in time. There are simply too few on the market for-sale to say they have poor re-sale.The boat from Miami show with Cheetah graphics has been for sale awhile. But, personally I am not wild about the graphics.An expensive boat with ugly graphics is still an ugly boat. The 344 is not like the Slingshot where always seems 1/2 dozen are always for sale.Given small number ever produced,I think you'll find opinions and first hand experiences are going to be very limited on this model.
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