1996 Custom Carolina 34 Sunny Briggs Express

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Hatteras, NC

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Class Power
Category Express Cruiser, Sports Fishing Boats
Year 1996
Make Custom Carolina
Length 34'
Propulsion Type Twin Inboard
Hull Material Wood
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Hatteras, NC
2009 refit by Sunny Briggs
  • Complete Refit by Sunny Briggs in 2009 including the following
  • New custom hardtop
  • Fighting Lady Hull paint 
  • Original Bow railing and Anchor Pulpit removed
  • Teak coverboards installed
  • Transom Fishbox  (Stainless Steel lined)
  • Fighting Chair added
  • Bottom soda blasted, Barrier Coated and bottom painted
  • This boat goes back to the Briggs facility yearly for maintenance
Notable Items
  • Front and sides of helm enclosure replaced with custom Polycarbonate panels 2019
  • Rear of helm enclosure has Strataglass in canvas panels (3 pieces across the back)
  • Optima Batteries 4 years old
  • New ProNautic battery charger 8/19
  • Complete Cooling system service Spring 2018
  • Cat Special Application engine oil used in engines
  • Cruise at 2200 rpm= 22-23 kts
  • WOT at 2850 = 30 kts
  • Typical daily fuel burn from Hatteras is 75 gpd
  • Dripless Shaft seals, with spare seals
Cockpit and Fishing Equipment
  • Deep/safe cockpit depth
  • Wide Teak Cover boards
  • Stbd transom door
  • Stainless Steel lined transom fishbox
  • Cockpit deck hatch for rudder post and aft bilge access
  • Pompanette Fighting chair with adjustable footrest
  • Release rocket launcher backrest
  • Under gunwhale courtesy lighting
  • Under gunwhale outlets for electric reels
  • Non-skid cockpit floor
  • Dockside fresh water connection
  • Single 30 amp shore power connection
  • Fresh water washdown
  • Raw water washdown
  • Raw water connection (can be used for aux livewell)
  • Stbd side tackle storage
  • Port side storage
  • Port forward, stainless steel lined Bait Freezer
  • Rupp double spreader outriggers (double rigged, plus teaser lines)
  • Center rigger (rigged to be fished from downstairs)
  • Recessed Teaser reels (teaser line runs through hardtop)
  • Gap Tower with full controls and buggy top
  • (2) forward facing "cobia rod holders" mounted at tower helm station
  • (5) rod holders across rear of hardtop
  • (6) rod holders on rear tower legs
  • (6) rod holders are flush mounted in coverboards
Helm Deck and Electronics
  • Two steps up from the cockpit
  • Pedestal mounted helm chair with ladder back
  • Center console style helm station, offering full walk around
  • Teak Helm Pod with single lever electronic controls
  • ZF electronic controls at each helm station
  • Hynautic Steering at each helm station
  • Twin engine analog engine gauges
  • Engine start/stop and trim tab switches on under side of helm pod
  • Hydraulically actuated hatch with flush mounted electronics 
  • Port and Stbd side bench seating with removable cushions and storage beneath
  • Deck hatches allow for access to the top of both engines
  • Overhead Radiobox with flush mounted electronics
  • Custom hardtop with recessed teaser reels
  • Ritchie Powerdamp compass (one at each helm station)
  • FURUNO 10" color monitor (NavNet VX2 GPS/Fishfinder/Sounder)
  • FURUNO open array radar
  • FURUNO GP32 (one unit at each station)
  • FURUNO GP30 (one unit at each station)
  • Standard Horizon VHF Radio (GX 3000s, in overhead radiobox)
  • Standard Horizon VHF Radio (GX1500s, in tower radiobox, with RAM Mic at main helm station)
  • Fusion MS-CD600 AM/FM/CD stereo
  • Remote spotlight
  • Custom 3 sided polycarbonate helm enclosure (front and sides, NEW Spring 2019)
  • Rear enclosure is Stratsglass (3 separate panels, zip-up/roll-up door in center
  • Custom overhead handrail above helm station
Lower Cabin
  • Lockable door to lower cabin
  • Teak & Holly floor
  • Steps with storage beneath
  • Port side AC/DC Breaker panel with remote generator controls
  • Under counter storage drawers
  • Refrigerator
  • Solid Surface counters
  • Stbd side sink with medicine cabinet and additional storage
  • Enclosed head with electric flushing toilet 
  • Holding tank with macerator pump and y valve for overboard discharge of holding tank
  • Deck fitting for holding tank pumpout
  • Forward V-berth with sleeper cushions
  • Drawer storage beneath V-berth
  • Overhead Rod storage
  • Overhead deck hatch allows light and fresh air when desired 
Engine and Mechanical information
  • Engine Access is extremely good, with 3 deck hatches
  • Engine room lighting is excellent, and access to the front, rear and outboard sides of both engines is easy
  • Twin Caterpillar 3116, 350 hp each, 2250 hrs
  • Complete cooling system service Spring 2018
  • Twin Disk model MG505 direct drive transmissions
  • Northern Lights 8kw diesel powered generator, 1820 hrs 
  • 1.75" prop shafts with Dripless Shaft seals (spare shafts included)
  • 4 bladed Nibral 22x26 props
  • Oil Change system for engines and generator
  • Racor Primary fuel filters
  • Fireboy automatic fire suppression system
  • (3) Bilge pumps with automatic float switches
  • High water alarm
  • Single 250 gallon aluminum fuel tank
  • 39 gallon water tank
  • 12 gallon holding tank 
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Speed and Distance
Cruising Speed
Max Speed
Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Draft
Engine Make Caterpillar
Engine Model 3116
Engine Year 1996
Total Power 700hp
Engine Hours 2230
Engine Type Twin Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
HIN BBW034036I96
Hull Shape Modified Vee
1996 Custom Carolina 34 Sunny Briggs Express This classic custom express was built and has been maintained by Sunny Briggs, one of the True Pioneers in Custom Carolina design and construction. Beautiful proportions with excellent use of space. Great cockpit with Stainless Steel lined transom fishbox, transom door, Teak coverboards, Fighting chair with footrest and launcher backrest. Electric reel plugs and courtesy lights beneath both gunwhales. Stainless Steel lined cockpit bait freezer, built in tackle storage. Outriggers and Center rigger, built in recessed teaser reels. Center console style helm with Teak Helm Pod and single lever controls, pop-up Electronics box and overhead radiobox, tower with full controls. Twin 3116 Caterpillar inboards 23 kt cruise 30 kt WOT. New polycarbonate 3 sided helm enclosure, strataglass back curtain. Clean/functional cabin with enclosed head/v berth/small galley/hanging locker/overhead rod storage.
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