The Bruckmann 34e rides on a type of bottom that Ellis first drew for a custom 39-footer built by Bruckmann Yachts in 1994. Heavily influenced by the work of C. Raymond Hunt, for whom he worked in the late 1960s, Ellis created an unusual iteration of that designer's legendary deep-V. From the stem aft to slightly forward of amidships, the bottom has the usual steep deadrise and fine sections of a deep-V, but it doesn't have the lifting strakes we're accustomed to seeing. Instead, Ellis has drawn a single chine on each side. These chines grow from very narrow at the stem to very wide at the transom, and if you follow their sweep aft in profile, you'll see an echo of the sweep in the sheerline. These chines pierce the static waterline forward of amidships, becoming deeper on their run to the transom, and they provide all the lift she needs to hoist herself onto plane. In fact, the trim angle of the 34e changes very little as it accelerates from rest to its maximum speed of 24 knots.