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Barton & Gray Mariner’s Club Gets Its First Daychaser


Barton & Gray Mariners Club offers 70 captained yachts in 30-plus harbors and islands. The club (members pay a base fee of $39,500) was founded in 2006 in Nantucket and has been growing rapidly. It is forecasting 12,000 outings for this year alone, a record number.

The Barton & Gray fleet is mostly comprised of nearly 70 Hinckleys that are spread around the country, but a few years ago the club realized that it needed a boat with more social spaces above and fewer cabins below. To address that, Barton & Gray commissioned Doug Zurn and his Marblehead, Massachusetts, design office to draw the Daychaser, a sharp-looking 48-foot luxury dayboat. The club just took possession of its first hull.

Built at Boston Boatworks, the Daychaser has classic Downeast styling with lots of teak and mahogany. It has an open plan with a walk-through windshield, bow seating, a cockpit galley, a bar, tables, lounges, a large cockpit, and a swim platform for water access. Since most meals are catered, the freezer and refrigeration spaces are oversized.

Because the typical member goes out for a 1- to 4-hour cruise and doesn’t need full staterooms, the lower cabin is minimalist with a single berth for a nap, a head with a shower and a worktable to take care of some quick business.

Twin 550-hp Cummins diesels are paired to Hamilton water jets to give the boat a top speed of 35 knots. Zurn says the boat was designed for entertaining, not speed. It has a draft of 2 feet, 6 inches, so getting onto the beach will be a breeze.

Boston Boatworks is delivering nine more Daychasers in spring 2023.

You can read more at Barton & Gray’s website.

LOA: 48’9”

Beam: 14’11’

Draft: 2’6”

Displ.: 29,098 lbs.

Fuel: 584 gals.

Water: 173 gals.

Power: (2) 550-hp Cummins diesels and Hamilton jet drives. 


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