Since 2003, Back Cove Yachts has built a reputation for producing practical and attractive Downeast-style cruising powerboats using high-quality construction methods. One of its most popular models to date is the Back Cove 37, of which more than 200 have been built since it first splashed in 2009. In 2020, the production mold for the 37 was ready to retire after 11 years, giving Back Cove the opportunity to reimagine the design while retooling the mold.
The company will launch the updated model as the Back Cove 372, which will have new features built into the original modified-V hull, with 16 degrees of transom deadrise, high freeboard and gentle sheer. The hull stringers will be dry-installed, and then infused with the rest of the hull using a vacuum resin infusion process, which the company says improves structural integrity, saves weight and maintains the appearance of a hand-laid part.
When seeking inspiration for this redesign, Back Cove turned to a knowledgeable source: the more than 200 owners who have put the boat to the test since 2009. The original 37 was powered by a 480-hp Cummins diesel, which produced a top speed of 21 knots. With more than 95 percent of owners opting for a larger engine, however, Back Cove decided that a 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3 will be standard on the 372. That iron should propel the boat to a top-end speed near 26 knots. A Volvo Penta D8 will be optional.
The boat’s performance should be further improved by the SidePower SE 100 bow thruster, which is an upgrade from the original SE 80 series on the 37. Stern thrusters are optional, and both bow and stern thrusters will have an increased run time due to the efficient 24-volt DC electrical system.
Comfort and functionality will be upgraded, too. New fixed-glazed pilothouse windows will replace the original sliding windows for improved sightlines, and a black windshield liner will reduce glare. The head has been redesigned with a larger cabinet and improved shower, and the cockpit will feature a new aft-facing seat and bi-fold window to starboard, as well as a new salon door to port.
Back Cove has already pulled the first 372 out of the new mold in its Rockland, Maine, facility, and the boat is expected to hit the water in late summer. It will make its official debut in October at the United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland.
This article was originally published in the August 2021 issue.