Salona 34: A Mini Review
Jeremy McGeary reviews this racer/cruiser for the CW 2009 Sailboat Show.
A relative newcomer to North America, Salona is establishing a place for itself in the performance end of the market. The boats are attractively fitted out below and set up for racing on deck. The Salona 34 follows in this style, and the T-bulb keel, large-diameter steering wheel, and open transom are suggestive of where it will find its most fervent followers.
Clean lines and softly molded deck details make the boat's exterior easy on the eye, and the straightforward approach to the layout carries that effect below. In the saloon and galley area, the furniture is eased outboard to enhance the feeling of space, and perhaps to trim weight, and the compact galley reinforces the sense that this boat is for sailing, not for squatting aboard in a marina. A double cabin in the bow and another in the stern can be supplemented by the saloon settees when the race crew lingers or the family drops in for the weekend.