The new 2016 Marlow Pilot 34 joins a long list of new powerboat introductions from Marlow, like the 58E and the 80 Explorer, which displays the broad nature of this builder’s line. From day cruiser to yacht, Marlow builds it. In fact, they’re not even limited to powerboats, with offerings like the Marlow-Hunter 31 and the Marlow-Hunter 40 on the water. The Pilot 34 is, however, the newest boat in this company’s line-up. And if you like traditional looks and design but want a modern powerboat, it could also become the newest in your own personal fleet. Take a look at the Pilot 34 in this First Look Video we shot at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.


Do you find the Marlow Pilot 34 tempting? If so, there are a few more details which we didn’t have time to cover in the video, which you’ll certainly want to know about.

  • This boat isn’t just traditional in design, it’s also powered in a rather traditional manner. It has a single diesel inboard, with 320 HP, 440 HP, and 520 HP available. This means it’ll be a rather slow but very fuel-efficient cruising boat.

  • A bow thruster is optional, and as is usually the case with a single screw inboard, will prove invaluable for dockside handling.

  • Headroom is 6’3”, so even tall folks won’t have to stoop.

  • While construction overall is quite good (Nida-core, vinyl ester resins, and Kevlar are all in the mix), we’re not thrilled by the use of plastic hatches in the cockpit. They seem below par, for a boat of this level.

  • The transom door and swim platform make getting into and out of the water a breeze, which isn’t always the case on boats of this nature.

See Marlow Pilot 34 listings.

For more information, visit Marlow.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.