Lavranos L34 “Assagai”

A rare opportunity, SA built, a strong & capable cruiser.


“Assagai” (a short African javelin or spear) is a very tidy example of the well respected Lavranos 34, namesake of renowned South African designer of ocean going catamarans and keelers, Angelo Lavranos. The L34 earned a fine reputation worldwide for sailing off the South African coast and beyond. Consequently, they occassionally appear for sale on our shores. Assagai is an affordable and very capable cruiser, making our spectacular coastline and neighbouring South Pacific islands, just a short spear throw away.
First impressions approaching Assagai is her impressive stature built into 34 feet. She feels much bigger. I compare her to a Farr 1020, her NZ equivalent but they are not in the same league. The Lavranos 34 is more of a compact and affordable passage maker that is built to handle Slouth Africa’s harsh sea conditions. Inside is roomy and welcoming. Once again the feeling is of a bigger boat. The galley to port has plenty of natural ventilation, the berths are generous and as can be said, sleep more people than you want to have to feed.

On a personal note: In 2019 I completed my RYA Offshore Yacht Masters in Cape Town and Saldannah Bay. The boat we were assigned to was a Lavranos 34. For two weeks 5 burly guys were living on board with an instructor doing the practical before the 36 hour exam. The wind was consistently 30 to 40 knots which she handled superbly. The practical was to teach all aspects of seamanship in the most adverse conditions. The boat was ideal for that. I would have sailed that yacht to Miami.

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Vessel: Lavranos 34 “Assagai”  (A short, iron tipped, African javelin or spear)

LOA: 10.36m

Beam: 3m      

Draught: 1.8m

Displacement: 3200kg

Designer: Angelo Lavranos

Built: South Africa

Construction: GRP hull. Walk through Transom.

Engine: Diesel, Yanmar 2YGM 20hp.

Comments: Recently serviced. Runs very well.

Drive: Shaft and prop, new Cutlass bearing

Diesel tank: 75 litres

Sails: Main, Genoa on roller, Spinnakers x 2 –  all in good cruising condition.

Canvas: Boom cover and dodger, clears in good condition.


  • Aluminium mast single spreader.
  • Roller furling headsail.
  • Halyards, and all lines return to cockpit.
  • Spinnaker pole.


  • Well positioned for good ventilation and ease of serving crew in salon or cockpit while under way.
  • Good shelving and storage.


  • Fridge / Freezer, Can be run as Fridge or Freezer. 12V


  • Fresh water 200 litres.
  • LPG califont for instant hot water

Cooker: Oven and Hobb 2 x burner.


  • Double aft starboard, large single aft port.
  • Saloon berths port and starboard  settee, forward berth.
  • Total 5 separate berths.

Shower: 2 showers, I x in bathroom, 1 x transom       

Head: Electric head with holding tank

Batteries: 1 House, 1 Starter

Solar: Total 350 watts on Stainless Steel arch

Electronics: Chartplotter, Depth, VHF, Stereo,

Auto-pilot: Yes. TP2000

    Additional Items included

    Safety Equipment

    Please contact Stephen about additional safety items.

    Ground Tackle & Additional

    Windlass: Bronzed 12V electric replaced 2014 by GMS Auckland.

    Anchor: Primary anchor on Full chain. (length tbc)

    Dingy: Inflatable

    Outboard: 2HP Yamaha

    Additional: Stainless steel arch supports solar. Can also act as a dinghy davit.

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      *The information and specifications supplied here are believed to be correct to the best of our knowledge as provided by the current owner. Potential buyers are responsible for confirming the accuracy of this information. They should inspect the boat and have a professional survey completed.

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