1978 Mainship Motor Cruiser

£ 32,672
Everett, WA
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Everett, WA
Hull Material:
Last Listed Price:
US$ 45,950 (£ 32,672) 

The Mainship 34 series was very popular, with over 900 of these built in the 1970' and 1980's.  Imani has been taken care of very well by multiple owners, resulting in an excellent value for today's boat buyer.  Her miserly 6-cylinder Chrysler/Mitsubishi diesel (200 hp) is a 2 gallons/hour proposition at 7-8 knots.  She has plenty of room to make her quite comfortable, yet at 34 feet is easily managed and won't break your moorage budget.  

Imani is quite complete, ready for NW cruising.  She's under covered moorage here at the Everett marina, which a new owner can readily take over.  This vessel is very clean from stem to stern, with new curtains, carpets, and well-oiled internal teak, plus custom port lights that provide vision to the outside while seated in the main salon.  A new inverter/charger and new battery bank have recently been added. But, be sure to look at the details below of many improvements and upgrades done over the last few years to this boat.

Here are a few key comments from Jack Hornor, the naval architect, whose review of this boat is found in the October, 2012 issue of BOAT US newsletter/magazine: 

Mainship 34 Motor Cruiser

The Mainship 34 was intended as a fuel-efficient family cruiser and its introduction just before the fuel crisis in the late 1970s practically ensured its instant success. Since that time, this Mainship model has become one of the most popular 34-foot cruisers ever built. The older models remain reasonably priced and one of the better used boat values for boaters content with cruising along at a leisurely pace and willing to deal with the maintenance of an older boat. The Mainship 34 Motor Cruiser is often referred to as the "Mainship Trawler", and although the design somewhat resembles this genre, this is not a trawler. The single engine, semi-displacement hull form with deep forefoot and a long deep keel actually more closely resembles Down East-style workboats and cruisers.

The Mainship 34's hull is constructed of solid fiberglass laminate and the decks are sandwich construction with fiberglass outer layers and a balsa wood core. For the most, part hull construction is sound and these older boat show few signs of deterioration. Some osmotic blistering and elevated moisture below the waterline is common and can most often be treated with local repair of effected areas.

Several other exterior features of the Mainship 34 series are bound to appeal to potential owners. The side decks are wide enough for safe passage and well guarded with handholds and rails well above normal knee height. 

The owner's stateroom forward has a comfortable double berth with plenty of storage below. The head has full standing headroom and a very nice stall shower adjacent to the head.

The main saloon is comfortable with nearly 360 degrees of visibility and 6' 3" of headroom throughout. 

In rough conditions the Mainship 34 can be a bit of a wet boat but she doesn't pound, tracks a true course and is responsive to her helm.

There were over 900 Mainship 34 hulls built over the 10-year production period, many of which were originally sold through dealers along the East Coast and in the Great Lakes.

Classically styled boats have enjoyed a tremendous resurgence over the last few years as evidenced by the proliferation of "picnic" and "commuter" models on display at recent boat shows at prices that would likely make J. P. Morgan wince. The Mainship 34 is no Hinckley Picnic Express, but its combination of styling, comfortable accommodations, economical performance and reasonable price keeps it in demand and a good choice for economy-minded boaters everywhere.


Call Roger at 206-261-3790 or Marty at 206-769-6142 to arrange a showing of the Mainship 34 Imani.  She's a great boat at a very affordable price, fully-equipped and ready to provide years of enjoyment for her next owner.  We're open during the winter months Monday-Saturday from 10 AM to 4:30 PM.  Drop-ins always welcome, but calling ahead is best.

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Everett, WA 98201
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