This is an extremely rare model...This boat has twin CUMMINS 380 hp Electronic QUANTUM SERIES engines. Don’t confuse these with the old style manual Diamond “B” series diesels.The 341 was designed for speed and speed is fun. Beware of the gasoline powered engines... they seem to have a shelf live of about 12 to 15 years... regardless of use... As they die from non-use too!
The ol’ days of the mechanical diesel engines are quickly fading. As along with cars and any performance vessel, our computer technologies are catching up. To make this transfer in technology, In 2006 Meridian began offering the Cummins Quantum series. Yet they still had an inventory of the old 25p hp "Diamonds" But the new age began! Todays engines are Electronic! Computer assisted, working with a high-pressure common rail fuel system and Celect unit injection. Assuring a better burn ratio, cleaner starting, less noise and virtually eliminates smoke and odor. Quantum series earned the FIRST EPA tier 2/IMO emission standard certification. The full-authority electronic control continually monitors operating conditions and adjust to provide optimized performance. This improved fuel economy and has 80% less noise at idle. Points of Interests: 24 valve cylinder head for better breathing and acceleration. Strengthened “clam shape” block for long life and strength, while reducing weight (less weight = faster boat)., Smartcraft multiplexing digital control & Communication system. Constantly monitoring engine performance, measureing fuel burn and confirming all elements are working at optimum.. Compared to the Diamond “B” series of equal hp, expect 5% improved fuel economy, 20% increased torque.
But we are NOT talking equal powered engines twin 380 hp/ 760 hp combined. Compared to manual old style 250 hp engines offering a max of 500 hp combined. What's the difference? The "Diamond series" 250hp diesel engines only cruises at 16 knots and STILL has intensive requirements and cumbersome issues of Having to bleed the air out when filters are changed. (You remember, squirting fuel everywhere).
Meridian knew it was time to change when the new model 341 came out. But they still had the old 250hp diamond series in inventory. So that was the bargain diesel model, hence a common unit. So do expect to see this option too... except the speed is only around 15 to 16 knots cruising vs 22 -25knots (wot is 28kts)
Why did more folks buy the Gasoline engines.... As stated from a Meridian dealer " The twin 380hp Quantum series was almost a Hundred Thousand Dollar Upgrade over the Gas engines!" Ouch,
FOR SALE in YachtWorld June 10th 2020 there are 23 Meridian 341's on the market! Only three of them have a diesel engine package!
Of the Three, ONLY Two (2) boats in the US have the Quantum series Diesels! Of those two, only this boat has the 380 hp model. a boat (in Florida) has 330 horsepower engines. These two are the finest packages in the Country! Yet remember, 380 hp creates an extra 100 horsepower over the twin 330's. FYI: The last of the three diesels, has the older 250 hp engines. Everything else.. is Gasoline!
Further, this boat also comes with an extremely rare wireless remote control for the bow and stern thrusters! Lastly, her 12'6" beam offer's an economical ride, burning around 25 gallons an hour, when you cruise in the easy 20 to 22 knot range! But you got plenty more speed than that, when you want it! OK, so now you know why the price is higher than the other 2006 models and why the new Meridian 341's are offered with the Quantum Series! As it is the way of the future!
Facts from Cummins: Better Range! The QSB5.9-380 improves fuel economy 5%. (16.3 gph@2800 rpm) while offering a 6% increase in cruise power. Boats accelerate quicker from the combination of a perfectly matched turbocharger and a new 24 valve cylinder head which allows the engine to breathe easier.
Other items to consider:
1.In 2006 the Cherry wood is bleached to a Honey color. This is MUCH more attractive than the darker stains seen in 07 and 08 models.
2.Look at the burlwood coffeetable and note that this is simply a finer selection in wood grains compared to what was offered in the later "07 & '08 models.
3. 2006's interior trim is done in a padded velour that closely matches the Honey colored Cherry wood. Where the later models are done in a dark vinyl "basket weave" (that does NOT have a Yacht style texture).
4. As "digital" TV's became a must.... The '08 models put in a small TV that attached to a backing board covered in the above mentioned "vinyl basket weave". Where this '06 yacht got a custom installed (taking advantage of the FULL WIDTH Cherry TV Cabinet) Vizio TV that offers the latest "LCD - LED" Internet ready - Apps", Ready to play Netflicks, Pandora, facebook. This high definition TV comes with external stereo speakers and subwoofer (seperate subwoofer control for pounding base control) System also hooks up to an iphone/ipod, As well as house system too.
Buying a 341... know the facts... there is a difference!
See Meridain Yacht Owners thread: meridianyachtowners. com/showthread.php?4207-Buying-Used-Meridan-Are-250-Cummins-in-a-341-Sedan-Underpowered
We would really like to see the yacht remain in Santa Barbara Harbor... as she is perfect for the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and our lifestyle. She also makes a perfect condo getaway, if your looking to spend the weekends in Santa Barbara. But be it as it may... the buyer will decide where the boat lives.
The Meridian 341 Sedan is designed to offer a new level of cruising comfort and performance. She offers accommodations for four in two large staterooms with the added comfort of a pillowtop innerspring mattress in the master. Like all Meridian yachts, her opening salon windows provide panoramic views as well as fresh breezes, and her cherry-wood interior features a new premium gloss finish. Generous seating, plush cut-pile carpeting, Beautifully replaced main salon digital TV. Maximizing the TV size. Plus the TV has internal wireless Internet programing. Able to talk directly with any internet connection and go directly to your favorite Movie Sites (Netflixs etcs.) This well-appointed entertainment center is also connected to a sound enhancing speaker system with twin satelite speakers and wolfer. As well as hook up for playing music thru an I-phone or other music venues. The canvassed Cockpit guarantees cozy evenings on rainy days on board. Her molded staircase between the cockpit and bridge also allows easy movement between decks, and she includes standard underwater exhaust and an impressive list of Northstar® navigation and communications systems. Never before has so much cruising yacht been designed into such an attractive 35-foot, 10-inch package.