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Baja 342

2 x 415-hp MerCruiser 502 MPI (Bravo I)



Brief Summary

The 342 is the entry-level boat in Baja’s “luxury performance” series, and it’s a good place to start for anyone new to- or moving-up in performance boating.

Key Features

Twin McLeod bolster seats (optional) really lock you and your navigator into position at the helm while power steering, dual-ram performance trim tabs, and Kiekhaefer controls give you the performance feel you’re looking for. A small integral swim platform with ladder and large sunpad/engine hatch are standard equipment here along with a well-finished interior.

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
650 5.5 4.8 3 1.83 1.59 371 323 67
1000 8 7 4.8 1.67 1.45 371 293 67
1500 11.1 9.6 7 1.58 1.37 229 278 108
2000 16 13.9 13.4 1.19 1.04 318 210 106
2500 31.4 27.3 15.8 1.99 1.73 368 350 104
3000 42 36.5 22.6 1.86 1.61 376 327 86
3500 50.1 43.6 27.6 1.82 1.58 402 320 77
4000 57.5 50 36.6 1.57 1.37 242 277 76
4500 65.1 56.6 57.6 1.13 0.98 338 199 68
5000 70.1 61 66.4 1.06 0.92 214 186 108
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Specifications

Length Overall 34' 2''
Beam 8' 6''
Dry Weight 8,200 lbs.
Draft 3' 4''
Deadrise/Transom 24 deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 185 gal.
Water Capacity 16 gal.

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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane N/A
0 to 30 N/A
Ratio 1.5:1
Props 14x28
Load -fuel, -water, 4 persons on board, min. cruising gear
Climate Temp: 79F, Humid: 70%, Wind: 5-10 knots, Seas: 1-2 feet

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 415-hp MerCruiser 502 MPI (Bravo I)
Std. Power 2 x 375-hp MerCruiser Mag
Opt. Power 2x 425HP MerCruiser Mag HO
2x 525HP MerCruiser HP 525 EFI
2x 600HP MerCruiser HP 600 SCI

Warranty

Deck Warranty Extended Limited Lifetime
Engine Warranty Extended 2 years - Mercruiser or Volvo
Gelcoat Warranty Extended 1 year
Hull Warranty Extended Limited Lifetime

Captain's Report

At 34’2” overall, the 342 is big enough to give you a smooth ride even at high speed. And when we say “high” we mean it…our out-of-the-box 342 hit a top-end speed of just over 70 mph which is plenty to rearrange everybody’s hairdo. Her traditional deep-V bottom tracks straight and true with no tendency to chine walk, and Baja continues to make its case against step bottoms by proving it with the sure-footed carving and handling of the 342. And thanks to the fuel economy of the Merc 502 EFI sterndrives, the 342 can run for nearly 400 miles at 42mph on a single stop at the fuel dock. Down below she has adult-size luxury accommodations for two, or four in a pinch. But the cabin—with its full galley and enclosed head—is also a pretty nice place to hang out while waiting for the rainstorm to pass by. All in all, the 342 represents a way to get into performance boating at a price point that won’t sink your boating budget.


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