On deck, the 34 is simple but all business. Discontinuous rod rigging supports a John Mast rig that carries a full-batten mainsail and full-hoist nonoverlapping jib. The sail plan is both powerful and easy to handle, thanks to ample-sized self-tailing winches and a Profurl furler recessed below the deck. The mainsail is controlled by a traveler located on the cockpit sole just forward of a wide, sporty wheel and by a double-ended mainsheet led to winches on either side of the helm. The transom is open, though a seat for the helmsman is an option. We sailed closehauled at 6.6 knots in 7 to 10 knots of wind, enjoying feather-light control courtesy of the Solimar steering system.