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The Span­ish boat­builder pre­vi­ously known as Menorquin — now Mi­norca Yachts — is back in the Amer­i­cas with a new boat and a new dis­trib­u­tor. The Is­lan­der 34 de­buted at the Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Boat Show in March with dis­trib­u­tor SYS Yacht Sales of Jupiter, Florida. Built in the Balearic Is­lands by the Sasga yard, these unique semidis­place­ment mo­to­ry­achts were briefly sold in the United States about 15 years ago.

The Is­lan­der 34 is the launch model for the Amer­i­cas. It’s a salty­look­ing boat with a steep plumb bow, ac­cen­tu­ated bow flare and a rounded stern. The lines and con­tem­po­rary de­sign cues are a bit eas­ier on the eyes than some of the builder’s past mod­els, which drew heav­ily from tra­di­tional Span­ish fish­ing ves­sels. “The new boats are com­pletely dif­fer­ent in each and ev­ery way, though they main­tain the fla­vor of the brand,” says de­signer Iñigo Toledo. “Ev­ery­thing you see and many of the parts you don’t see are new.”

A pair of Yan­mar 6BY3 turbo diesels pow­ers the Is­lan­der 34. Top speed is 22.7 knots, though most own­ers will cruise at around 16 knots. This is where the en­gines burn around 12 gal­lons per hour, of­fer­ing up a the­o­ret­i­cal cruis­ing range of about 229 miles with the 172-gal­lon fuel tank. The boat rides an ef­fi­cient but stout semidis­place­ment hull built us­ing a resin-in­fu­sion process.

There’s a two-cabin lay­out be­low, high­lighted by teak join­ery and con­trast­ing white up­hol­stery and in­te­rior com­po­nents. The master state­room is in the bow, with a large is­land berth and plenty of stowage cab­i­netry for a cruis­ing cou­ple. A full-beam guest cabin sits athwartships un­der the pi­lot­house with two sin­gle berths. An en­closed head/shower is to port, shared by both state­rooms. The roomy main saloon fea­tures a large dinette, a port-side lounge and a small gal­ley across from the star­board helm.

“Yes, it’s all about in­creas­ing the vol­ume,” Toledo says. “Ev­ery­thing is big­ger, in­clud­ing the state­room, the guest cabin and the main saloon.”

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