The 34z Express offers an alternate styling with the opportunity to provide additional solid-glass protection for rougher water, higher speed operation while still have the flexibility to open up the sides, back and windshields for optimum control of ventilation. Apart from the design of these pilothouse side windows, the Downeast and Express models are alike.
There are other reasons why some owners prefer the Express. One is the accessibility of the handrail on the arched portion of the window. It's easier to grab when getting up on or off the boat amidships. Also, for those with small children, the Express provides more security if the kids are climbing on the pilothouse settees with the side curtains rolled up. And, for kids working their way forward on the deck, the curved window handrail offers them something at their height to hold onto between the aft corner post and the bowrail. It should also be noted that we have, as a special option, extended the bowrail further aft to just forward of the midships cleat.