1988 Catalina 34′


Name: Tropic Desire
1988 Catalina 34
Fuel: Diesel
Year: 1988
Cond: Used
Name: Tropic Desire
Length: 34
Boat Type: Sail
Condition: Used
Hull Material: Fiberglass

VERY POPULAR family boat from Catalina. This extremely well cared for and well loved 34 is 100% freshwater and in great condition. LOTS of upgrades and improvements (see Upgrade and improvement section). Well known to be comfortable, well sailing, and a great family boat- Tropic Desire’s tall rig and shoal draft wing keel will get you everywhere you want to go safely and in a timely manner. Day cruise or long weekends are a blast and and extended cruise can be had as well. Again- this one is very, very, well cared for.


  • Three cabin single head layout
  • Sleeps 6
  • Hot and cold pressurized water for shower and sinks
  • Full head
  • 6’4″ headroom

Master Cabin

  • Large centerline double berth
  • Twin hanging lockers
  • Abundant storage
  • Private aft head access with shower stall and electric head
  • 12V fans

Guest Cabin – FWD

  • Large v-berth
  • Private head w/shower stall and electric head
  • Sink with storage below
  • Separate shower sump
  • 12V fan
  • Custom mattress

Main Salon

The salon features a beautiful varnished teak and holly cabin sole. Also features several opening hatches & ports for plenty of ventilation and lighting. This really creates an atmosphere of luxury!

  • 6’4 head room
  • Large u-shaped dinette
  • Convertible table that lowers to make double berth
  • Single settee to port
  • Custom interior upholstery
  • Ample storage/shelving
  • Cabin hatch Zacor shades and screens. All opening hatches and ports have screens
  • Flat screen television mounted on forward bulkhead with ROKU, VCR and antenna
  • Sound bar for television surround sound


The aft head features a vanity, medicine chest, and shower stall. The head forward features a vanity counter, medicine chest, and shower pan.

  • Both heads are Jabsco  electric flush
  • Electric vents
  • Shower sumps


This Catalina features a spacious and well equipped, u-shaped galley.

  • Separate refrigerator & freezer, each with independent compressors and compressor cooling units
  • Double stainless steel sinks
  • Hot/cold pressure water system
  • 3-burner, propane stove w/oven
  • Built-in microwave oven
  • Custom composite countertops
  • Ample storage
  • Excellent LED lighting
  • Glass and dinnerware rack over prep area

Deck Equipment

  • Two (2) Danforth anchors with chain and rode
  • Stainless steel dodger with Eisenglass replacements
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Dock lines
  • Life preservers
  • Oversized fenders
  • Spare prop
  • Swim ladder with teak steps on transom
  • Custom teak cockpit grate
  • Fold out teak cockpit table
  • Extra large, Taylor Made dock wheel and dock fenders for seasonal installation directly on dock
  • Hard shell Lifesling MOB rescue
  • Sunbrella hand rail covers
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Stainless steel lifeline stanchions
  • Canvas winter cover
  • Integrated FRP toe rail
  • Teak rub rails on hull sides
  • Teak cockpit coamings
  • Teak grab rails on coach roof
  • Two plastic dorade vents
  • Manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • OBD compliant propane locker
  • VC17 bottom paint over Interprotect 2000 barrier coat

Cockpit and transom

The large aft cockpit features twin wheels for safety, visibility and walk-thru stern access. The large table & comfortable seating makes the cockpit a great place to relax, and gather with guests.

  • Custom cockpit cushions
  • Hot/cold transom shower
  • Cockpit table w/leaves
  • Swim platform with 5 step, fold up, stainless steel ladder
  • 2 stern rail perch seats
  • Synthetic decking with custom lettering (lettering can be changed)
  • Dual helms with Edson leather wrapped wheels
  • Port and starboard lazerettes
  • Manual bilge pump at port helm
  • Shorepower connections (port side transom)
  • Shorewater connection with quick connect (port side transom)
  • Phone and cable TV connectors (port side transom)
  • Propane locker on transom (stb side)
  • Storage locker on port side of transom
  • Stern light on pushpit railing
  • Outboard engine mount – teak
  • Padded lifeling covers at stern perch chairs and transom
  • Dodger with frame and canvas

Sails & Rigging

  • Stainless steel wire rope standing rigging
  • White Awlgrip aluminum spars
  • North “Offshore” Main fully battened w/ lazyjack flaking system
  • North “Offshore” Head sail 150% on Hood 915 Roller Furling
  • North Sails Gennaker with sock
  • Split backstay raised to accommodate taller skippers at the helm.
  • Sailcover, new 2017
  • Two Oversized Lewmar 46 ST primary winches
  • One Lewmar ST winch on stb coach roof
  • One Lewmar standard winch on port coach roof
  • Custom Garhauer hardware to lead all lines aft
  • Spinnaker pole with two adjustable genoa lead cars
  • Upgraded Garhauer ball bearing masthead sheaves.
  • Upgraded Garhauer ball bearing turning blocks and sheaves at mast base and deck
  • All running rigging led aft to cockpit
  • Mainsheet traveler
  • Genoa cars and track port and stb


  • All sanitation hoses replaced with flexible PVC to eliminate all odors
  • Solar powered air circulation system with five fans for continuous air exchange
  • Upgraded, 5 gallon propane locker  Interior heating system (engine coolant recirculation) for cold weather sailing
  • Anti-scald proportioning valve on hot water supply
  • Three halon fire extinguishers
  • Four (4) interior cabin ventilation fans, plus Two (2) Nicro ventilation fans – Decorative leaded glass, LED illuminated compass rose
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Hot water heater
  • Manual head with holding tank
  • Interior heating system run off engine

Electronics & Navigation

  • Complete NMEA 2000 network- ALL new 2021-22
  • TWELVE 12” B&G Zeus3 at helm
  • B&G Halo 20+ 24NM doppler radar on custom gimbaled mount
  • Raymarine EV-100 p70 Wheel Pilot
  • FUGAWI LCJ Windy Plug NMEA 2000 Ultrasonic wind sensor at masthead
  • Airmar 800 NMEA 2000 Depth/Speed/Temperature transducer
  • Fusion MS-RA70NSX NMEA 2000 SiriusXM-Ready Marine Entertainment System connected to Bose 151 cabin and Bose 151 cockpit speakers
  • Horizon HX890 handheld marine DSC VHF/GPS
  • Uniden 25 watt fixed station masthead VHF
  • Luna Sea Tri-color LED masthead light
  • Deck light and twin horns
  • Compass


  • House bank: Four (4) Lifeline AGM 6 volt batteries w/440 amp hours
  • Starting bank: (1) Lifeline AGM 12v 120 amp hours. –
  • Xantrex Prosine DC charger / 2000 watt AC inverter with control panel
  • Leece Neville 95 amp alternator with 4 stage alternator controller and battery monitor display.
  • Battery cables upgraded from single AWG 4 runs to double AWG 4 runs, effectively 1/0 gauge run.
  • Galvanic Isolator
  • 110V Shorepower system
  • 110V electrical breaker panel
  • 12V electrical breaker pane.

Additional Comments

  • All sanitation hoses replaced with flexible PVC hoses
  • Teak overlay on dinette table
  • Decorated leaded glass LED lighted compass rose
  • Custom propane locker upgraded to OPD regulations
  • Rudder exte


  • Engine Make: Universal
  • Engine Year: 1996
  • Total Power: 23hp
  • Engine Hours: 1700
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Direct Drive
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade
  • Propeller Material: Alloy


  • Dimensions
    • Length Overall: 34ft
    • Max Draft: 4.25ft
    • Beam: 11.75ft
  •  Tanks
    • Fresh Water Tank: 2 X 70 Gal ()
    • Fuel Tank: 1 X ()
    • Holding Tank: 1 X ()
  • Accommodations
    • Single Berths: 2
    • Double Berths: 1
    • Twin Berths: 1
    • Cabins: 2
    • Heads: 2
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.

Contact Information

  • 847-336-5456
  • pfroman@larsenmarineyachtsales.com
  • Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 4:30PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM Sunday: By Appointment