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Back Cove Downeast 37

A new 37-foot express cruiser designed for dayboating and weekending has joined the Back Cove fleet — the Downeast 37. The Maine builder uses the same hull as the Back Cove 37, but the deck is “totally different,” says Bentley Collins, vice president of sales and marketing for Back Cove Yachts.

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“The windshield is farther forward. The pilothouse is longer,” he says. “In terms of exterior social spaces, this boat has almost 20 feet of cockpit and helm deck combined, lengthwise.” Plus, a retractable SureShade awning covers the entire cockpit, he says.

The Back Cove 37, which will remain in the fleet, is geared more toward cruising. The boat has a forward master stateroom and a guest stateroom, and the galley is up on deck in the enclosed saloon, across from the helm station. Maximizing helm deck space for seating, the Downeast 37 has a galley-down arrangement and only a forward master stateroom. A head with a separate shower rounds out the layout below. “We saw an opportunity to take the same hull and create a second purpose,” says Collins. “So we have two boats with two different purposes.”

The Downeast 37 should get the same performance numbers as the standard 37. With a 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3 diesel, the 37 gets 1.25 nmpg at 24 knots for a range of 336 nautical miles. With a 530-hp Yanmar diesel, she gets 1.2 nmpg at 20 knots. And with a 480-hp Cummins, she gets 1.34 nmpg at 20.4 knots. The first Downeast 37 is powered with the 600-hp Cummins, and the Yanmar powers hull No. 2.

The strengths of Back Cove boats are their single-engine fuel efficiency, lower cost of operation and maintenance, and attractive profile, says Collins. “Our boats are for people who like that workboat-like profile in a modern planing hull,” he says.

In addition to the two 37-footers, the Back Cove fleet includes a 30 and a 34. The company has a 41 in the works, with a debut at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show planned.


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LOA: 42 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 13 feet, 3 inches

DRAFT: 2 feet, 8 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 22,100 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 120 gallons water, 50 gallons waste

STANDARD POWER: 480-hp Cummins QSB 6.7

OPTIONAL POWER: 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3, 530-hp Yanmar 6CX

PRICE: $433,500 (with standard power), $448,400

(with Yanmar 6CX), $457,150 (with Cummins QSC 8.3)

CONTACT: Back Cove Yachts, Rockland, Maine,

(207) 594-8821.

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