Jay Pilini of Pilini Marine has finished the hull mold for his new 34 XCS catamaran and is beginning construction of the first model. According to the well-known Clearwater, Fla.-based boat builder, he already has five orders for the 34-footer, all of which will be powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines. The cat also is available with stern drive power packages.
In addition to an overall running surface of 34 feet 3 inches, five-step sponsons and a 59-inch-wide tunnel, the 34 XCS boasts a trailering friendly 10-foot beam.
“Lightweight construction is achieved through our advanced vacuum-bagged Kevlar/foam core layup,” said Pilini. “Fuel tanks are time-proven aluminum for durability with a variety of fuels.”
Standard features of the cat include a wraparound windshield with “design incorporated into the aerodynamic deck that is similar to the fully enclosed cockpits of modern race boats” and a six-person cockpit with seating that can be upholstered in a variety of buyer-specified fabrics. The boat’s dash can be customized to accommodate traditional analog gauges, a variety of digital monitor screens such as Mercury Marine’s Vessel View or a combination of the two.
According to Pilini, the price of a complete 34 XCS catamaran with twin Verado 400R outboards is less than $200,000.
“The tooling took a little longer that we expected,” he said. “But we’re glad to be back in this market.”