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Launched: Back Cove 32

Back Cove Yachts has added a sixth boat to its fleet of Down East cruisers. The Back Cove 32 bridges the gap between the 30 and 34. The Rockland, Maine, company also builds two 37-foot models and a 41-footer.

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Back Cove boats are known for simplicity and fuel efficiency, says Bentley Collins, vice president of sales and marketing for Back Cove and Sabre Yachts. “The 32 is a single-diesel boat that offers long-lasting durability and ease of maintenance,” he says. “Diesel engine efficiency is well known, and for owners of gas inboards, sterndrives and high-horsepower outboards, the fuel economy of these boats is undeniable.”

The builder was still sea-trialing the boat at press time, but Collins says that with a 370-hp diesel — Yanmar or Volvo Penta — she should get about 1.3 nautical miles per gallon at 20 knots, which translates to a range of about 217 nautical miles.

The 32 is an ideal cruising boat for couples, capable of long-distance trips at a comfortable speed, says Collins. “When it comes time to invite friends out for a day trip, there’s ample seating in the convivial helm deck and cockpit,” he says.

The Back Cove 32 and Downeast 37 are fitted with standard hardtops for kayaks, paddleboards and water toys that can be easily and quickly launched once the “mother ship” arrives at her destination, adds Collins.

In the 32’s cockpit, the seat boxes can be insulated for more cold-refreshment capacity. The builder went with a galley-up design “so that the crew and guests can enjoy their days lounging in comfortable seats and taking light meals without the need to go below,” says Collins.

The company uses the resin infusion process to construct a balsa-cored fiberglass hull and stringer system.

In addition to the hardtop, the boat comes standard with a swim platform, hot water heater, trim tabs, a Side-Power bow thruster with joystick, LED lighting, two-burner electric cooktop, drawer-style fridge/freezer, a varnished cherry cabin interior and a synthetic teak-and-holly sole.

For seating, the Back Cove has two L-shaped cockpit settees and a large port-side dinette settee across from the starboard-side galley. The cabin houses a port-side head, starboard-side enclosed shower and forward stateroom with an island berth.

The Back Cove 32 will debut Aug. 12-14 at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show in Rockland and will be shown Sept. 15-18 at the Newport (Rhode Island) International Boat Show.


LOA: 37 feet (including swim platform) 

BEAM: 11 feet, 10 inches

WEIGHT: 15,000 pounds

DRAFT: 3 feet

HULL TYPE: vee-hull with centerline prop recess

POWER: 370-hp Volvo Penta or Yanmar diesel

SPEED: 25 knots top (370-hp Volvo Penta, Yanmar diesel), 28 knots top (435-hp Volvo Penta diesel), 18-20 knots cruise

TANKAGE: 185 gallons fuel, 80 gallons water, 40 gallons holding tank

PRICE: $320,000 (370-hp Volvo Penta)

CONTACT: Back Cove Yachts, Rockland, Maine, (207) 655-2396.

This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue.