The Back Cove 41, the latest and largest in the Maine builder’s single-diesel Down East express fleet, should excel as a platform “for couples who want to get into some serious cruising,” says Bentley Collins, vice president of sales and marketing for Back Cove and sister brand Sabre Yachts.
“You can cruise with four people comfortably in total privacy, and the boat performs as you would want it to. At 10 or 12 knots you can gunkhole along and get a lot of mileage out of the boat or increase your speed and still hold a cruising range around the 400 [nautical] mile mark,” says Collins.
Back Cove designed the 41 with two staterooms, each with a private head. The single 600-hp Cummins 8.3-liter diesel delivers a top speed of 24 knots and a cruise speed of 20 knots, where she gets about 1 nmpg. Skipper and companion Stidd helm seats help the yacht live up to its cruising-couple identity, says Collins. “The skipper and navigator are taking in the view together,” he says.
The resin-infused boat is built using vinylester resin, Core-Cell coring and fiberglass. “Every part and component is resin-infused, from the hardtop to the hatches to the decks and superstructure,” says Collins. “It’s important to keep the weight at the proper levels for performance.”
A 9-kW genset, Fusion stereo system, heating and air conditioning and a bow thruster with joystick from Side Power round out the standard equipment. “With an electronics package and some other key options, the 41 is under $600,000,” says Collins.
The Lenco Auto Glide Boat Leveling System with automatic trim tabs should be a popular option, he says. “It gives you the ability to keep the boat at optimal running angles for efficient speed and increased visibility.”
The Back Cove 41 marks the 11th year for this brand, with eight models offered since 2003. In addition to the 41, the current fleet includes a 30, 34, 37 and 37 Downeast.
LOA: 41 feet, 8 inches
BEAM: 13 feet, 10 inches
DRAFT: 3 feet, 11 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 27,000 pounds
HULL TYPE: modified-vee
TANKAGE: 400 gallons fuel, 160 gallons water, 55 gallons waste
POWER: single 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3-liter diesel, optional Volvo Penta 725-hp D11 diesel ($41,995)
SPEED: 24 knots top, 20 knots cruise (with Cummins)
CONTACT: Back Cove Yachts, Rockland, Maine,
April 2014 issue