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Fisher 34

Brief details

Builder

Fairways Marine/Northshore Yachts, Itchenor, Sussex

The Fisher 34 is a traditionally styled motor-sailer on the general lines of a North Sea fishing boat, of very heavy displacement, and with an excellent reputation for seaworthiness. The Fisher 34 is generally regarded as the model in the Fisher range with the best sailing performance. Few yachts have had a longer run of production than the Fisher 34 - over 35+ years. There were of course minor changes over these years, in general the interior fitout went upmarket as they were always expensive yachts, and the later ones very expensive.

LOA

34' 4"

Sail area

626 sq ft

LWL

29' 10"

Rig

ketch or sloop

Beam

11' 3"

Cabins

Forecabin, saloon and aft cabin

Draught

4' 11"

Berths

6

Displacement

25,760 lbs

Engine

single diesel

Ballast

10,640 lbs

BHP

60 - 75

Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated iron ballast

Fisher 34

Designed by Wyatt and Freeman in 1977, the Fisher 34 was in continual production, with minor variations to internal layout and fit-out, from then until around 2010, when Northshore appeared to cease advertisng new Fisher yachts. Northshore went into administration in 2013, restarted briefly as Southerly Yachts, but again went into administration in 2014. It appears that new Fisher 34s may be still available to order - built in Sri Lanka, by the Neil Marine and the Fisher Boat Co. who have acquired the moulds. We do not know if any have actually been built there yet.

When the Mk I was introduced in 1978/78 almost all were ketch rigged, as was the fashion then to keep individual sail areas low. As sail handling gear such as furlers and winches improved, sloop rigs began to appear. The photos here are of Mk I boats of varying ages. From 1988 there was the Mk II with slightly higher side decks to increase interior space, and from 1989 the Mk III sloop had a full-length galley, improved heads and roomier forecabin. One advantage of the sloop rig is that it can have a larger wheelhouse door, without the mizzen mast restricting size.

Fisher 34s were first marketed by Fairways Marine, but have always been built by Northshore. As they were in production for over 30 years, used values vary greatly according to age and condition.


To quote 'Yachting Monthly' ".... sailing performance is definitely towards the motor end of the motor-sailing spectrum, but given a decent breeze on the beam they do genuinely sail. To windward, when it's miserable, their powerful engines and cosy wheelhouses make the discomfort more bearable"

Fisher 34
Saloon

Fisher 34

Fisher 34

Fisher 34 Mk I layout plan
from Northshore

 

Forecabin
Heads

At right: hinge out washbasin unit in heads

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Fisher 34
Fisher 34
Saloon aft

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Fisher 34

Aft cabin

Engine access is from under the wheelhouse sole, with three large removable panels (two open here). The most common engine is 60 hp, although later boats now have 75 hp engines.

Engine
Fisher 34
Fisher 34
Wheelhouse
Fisher 34
Wheelhouse
Fisher 34

A removable tiller fits on the rudder head in the cockpit if required

Fisher 34

 

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Cockpit forward
Cockpit doors
Moored aft
Moored

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