LOA: 39’8” / Beam: 11’1” / Draft: 2’0” / Weight: 19,180 lbs. / Fuel: 200 gals. / Water: 70 gals. / Power: (2) 260-hp Volvo / Penta I/O diesels / Price: $539,000
A family-owned company in Naples, Italy, builds the Gagliotta Lobster 35 as one of a small line of semi-custom models that it offers. The 35 has been in production for a couple of years, and it recently hit American shores when Springline Yacht Sales in Mystic, Connecticut, signed on as the exclusive U.S. distributor.
“Gagliotta calls this Downeast-style boat a lobster because that’s the moniker used in Italy for a gentleman’s day boat,” says John Thomas of Springline Yacht Sales. “We think it will have great appeal in Maine and coastal waters in the Northeast.”
The retail price of $539,000 buys a midsize cruiser with handsome lines, plus the systems you need for a day or weekend aboard, including generator, air conditioning, bow thruster, autopilot and trim assist. The Lobster 35 at the Newport International Boat Show this past September had a pair of 260-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesel sterndrives that allowed a cruising speed of 24 knots and a top end of 31 knots. “She’s fuel miserly, too,” says Thomas, adding that the 35 burns 10 gph at cruise speed. “And the broad flare at the bow of the deep-V planing hull makes for a dry ride. On some Downeast boats, the spray will blow back. That’s not the case here.”
For weekends, the Lobster 35 can accommodate two people in the cabin, where there’s a queen-size berth and head. For day trips, the cockpit has a U-shaped settee and a teak dining table that drops down electrically to create a sun lounge or a place for a guest to sleep if the enclosure is up. The cockpit also has an electric stove, sink and refrigerator, all opposite the helm station and under a fiberglass hardtop with a sunroof.
Thomas says the boat’s major components and systems are from companies with a presence in the United States. “Everything can be easily serviced here, and that gives owners more peace of mind,” he says. “She’s highly functional, and local boaters will appreciate that. But the 35 also is just plain cool. She has great Italian lines.”
This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue.