Black Horse Yachts’ new 29R

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Since 2000 Black Horse Yachts has been turning out a Down East-style33-footer in express, sedan and flybridge configurations. The semicustom boatbuilder in Harpswell, Maine, now has added a second model to its lineup.

Since 2000 Black Horse Yachts has been turning out a Down East-style33-footer in express, sedan and flybridge configurations. The semicustom boatbuilder in Harpswell, Maine, now has added a second model to its lineup.

The idea behind the Black Horse 29R was to build something simpler than the 33, with dayboating in mind and without all the amenities of a larger boat to worry about, says general manager Howard Hagar. “We’re trying to diversify,” says Hagar. “We wanted to build something uniquely different from [the 33], but keeping a family design.”

The “R” in 29R stands for runabout … at least for now. “We were hoping to do a kind of runabout style, but people always want something different,” says Hagar. “They seem to want a cuddy boat or a center console.”

Because it’s a semicustom boat, Hagar says Black Horse will be flexible on the first five or so it builds. In the early stages the configuration really depends on the customer. “We don’t have tooling for anything more than a hull at this point,” says Hagar. The hull tooling, based on a design by Geoff Dickes Yacht Design, was built on a five-axis CNC router.

The first 29R hull has been built — the configuration will determined when there is a buyer — and Black Horse uses a vacuum resin infusion process for construction. Hagar says an infused hull makes for a light, strong boat with an optimized strength-to-weight ratio. Vinylester resins and Core-Cell foam coring are used, and the hull incorporates a hand-laminated, foam-cored grid system.

The hull is gelcoated in the buyer’s choice of color, though Awlgrip is available as an option. Other options include a varnished teak rub rail, Awlgripped deck (Awlgrip non-skid is standard), stainless steel bow rail, and teak windshield frame, hand rails and toe rails.

The 29R’s traditional profile shows an upswept bow with a gently sweeping sheer that flattens aft. Her modified-vee hull has a 10-foot, 1-inch beam; 26-foot, 8-inch waterline length; and 16-degree transom deadrise.

“There might not be a lot of boats like this built up here in Maine, with 16 degrees of deadrise — we’re known for lobster boats with the round bilge — but it’s not an abstract design,” says Hagar. “It’s not unlike a lot of boats used for sportfishing. I think it would be a great boat anywhere up and down the [East] Coast.”

Power for hull No. 1 will come from a pair of 250-hp outboards. However, the 29R was designed to accommodate single or twin inboards, as well (straight shaft, jetdrive, sterndrive or surface drive). “With fuel being such a consideration these days, it seems an inboard diesel is a sought-after propulsion option in this size range,” says Hagar. A bow thruster is available as an option.

The layout features a long cockpit that the semicustom builder can set up with a compact galley and a variety of seating options, including an L-shaped settee with a table, centerline or outboard helm and companion chairs, and transom seating. There’s 5 feet, 2 inches of headroom below, and the standard arrangement calls for a V-berth and freshwater marine head. The galley can be set up below, and other layout plans can be accommodated, according to the builder. All interior woodwork is finished in satin varnish.

Base price for the 29R is estimated at around $200,000.

Black horsespecs

LOA: 29 feet, 5 inches

BEAM: 10 feet, 1 inch

DRAFT: 1 foot, 5 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 9,100 pounds

TRANSOM DEADRISE: 16 degrees

HULL TYPE: modified-vee

TANKAGE: 200 gallons fuel (water and waste determined by customer)

ENGINE OPTION: twin outboards, single or twin inboards

SPEED: 43 mph top, 37 mph cruise

PRICE: $200,000

CONTACT: Black Horse Yachts, Harpswell, Maine. Phone: (207) 833-2400. www.blackhorseyachts.com