Bruckmann 34e reviewed by PropTalk Magazine

What’s a Bruckmann, Anyway?

By Gary Reich


You Know, there are tons of boats out there, and I’m not half bad at picking them out, but when I saw an ad for a Bruckmann 34e during Prop Talk’s layout process a couple of months ago, I had to investigate. Crusader Yachts in Annapolis happens to be the East Coast dealer for the brand, so I got in touch with Nancy Cann and arranged for a ride.


You may not recognize the brand name, but you’ll certainly notice the designer’s: Mark Ellis. Ellis was an apprentice at the famous powerboat design offices of C. Raymond Hunt and takes many cues from his drawing table. Lately, Ellis has turned his eye toward Bruckmann Yachts of Mississauga, Ontario (Canada), where he’s turning out designs for the semi-custom firm.


I headed down to Port Annapolis for a ride on a hot and sunny June day, and the boat was immediately noticeable from a distance: lots of beautiful teak structural units and accents, a glossy navy hull, and a smart pocket-cruiser design.


As we motored into the Severn River out of Back Creek, what was most evident was the boat’s ability to rise out of being a displacement hull to planning at only 12 knots with help of the quiet 440-horsepower Yanmar diesel. Even with a moderate chop, the boat handled smoothly and turned without the usual rolling of similar hull designs. In short; a beautiful ride.


Bruckmann’s full line is available from Crusader Yachts (, where you can find out more about the 34e (there’s a beautiful one in stock) and all of Bruckmann’s other offerings.


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