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Old 03-31-2018, 08:26 PM
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Cool Nor-tech 340 vs 390

Hey all, Ive been lurking around here for quite some time and this forum has truly been invaluable to me. I'm finally in a position to purchase boat of my dreams after all my training and need your help. I'm a solid Nor-tech fan and would like to go this route. I plan on 70/30% entertainment/fishing, moving to Pensacola, but will be all around Florida (hopefully) for PR etc etc.
Reason for my post: Original plan was to build a new 340 w/trip 400's. However, knowing myself and after becoming comfortable with the 34, it would be very likely for an upgrade to a new 390 w/quad 400 (or whatever mercury has lurking out there) in 2-3 years. Does this make sense financially? How much of a loss would I be looking at? I know several members have gone through 340 nortech's and eventually upgraded. Would more experienced boaters say ease in with the 34 for several years and then go bigger, or just skip the stepping stone and make the one-time purchase.

Thoughts greatly appreciated.
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Buy the 390 and be done. I’m on my second 390 this one has
400 s great boat. 80 mph
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What bill said if you buy the 34 you will always want the 39
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You know what "THEY" say... BIGGER Is Better...
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Having owned two triple 350 NT-340, opting for 400ís would not be $$$ well spent in that size NT.

Triple 400ís would be fine on a NT-390 & Bill63 has given you an idea of the speed attainable but keep in mind Triple 350ís are $18k less & only 5-6mph slower, avail w/ better warranty & donít require difficult to find premium fuel.

If you have the $$$ to burn and want a quad 400 NT-390 then have at it but now you are looking at nearly $200k more than the NT-340, addtíl maintenance & fuel burn. Not sure how much faster it will run.

In summary both are great boats so you cant go wrong + they hold their value if you option them smart and take care of them.

Without knowing which dealers territory you are in keep in mind you could wait a year to build a 390 unless your dealer has a boat in the mold or a deposit on production date.

Hull 190 in production now and 206 was the best I could do. Thatís more than likely a Dec completion.

GoodLuck

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Thanks for the replies.

Iím looking at it from a first boat perspective. Is it really beneficial start ďsmallerĒ? I clearly assumed there will be added costs with a quad 400 39 (including final price), and I truly do not even know how much different maintenance/fuel etc a trip 400 vs quad 400 will be- hence why I am here. I plan on trying to sea trial the 39 trip/quad at some point. Iíve trialed a 34 with trip 350s and absolutely loved it. Though again, I would foresee wanting to upgrade and thatís why Iím hesitating on the 34.

Build times are not overly concerning for me. Iíve had enough patience until now, and have time before I pull the trigger. Iím just looking to get the best fit for me without wasting excess time/money by jumping between boats.

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I went back and forth on both boats. Opted for the 340, mine went into production last month. The cost difference, and a little easier towing were the deciding factors for me. There may be a couple of days crossing to the Bahamas, I’m going to wish I had the extra 5 feet, but the 34 rides larger than its size in my experience.
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Are you looking to build new or is pre-owned an option?
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Does anyone really want to go 80 MPH in an open cockpit boat?
Must be brutal if you’re not directly behind the helm/windshield.
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[QUOTE=ApachePete;4619076]
Does anyone really want to go 80 MPH in an open cockpit boat?
Must be brutal if you’re not directly behind the helm/windshield.




Thats what the guys who cant go 80 in CC say. I'd get the 39 x(3) 400's
(If you have more than 3 people on the boat you can always slow down)



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