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The ‘new’ Endurance class

The boats may be built in Turkey, but the lineage is all New England.

The boats may be built in Turkey, but the lineage is all New England. The new Endurance Class line of traditionally styled boats is a resurrection of the Down East series Maine broker and builder Jarvis Newman commissioned Royal Lowell and Eliot Spalding to design in the early 1970s.

“All their boats started their lives as strictly workboats and worked their way into recreational boats as the years went by,” says Palmer Moore, a designer for C.W. Hood Yachts, which is a partner in the Endurance series.

The Endurance Class comprises a 46-, 38- and 30-footer, as did the Newman series. The Endurance 30 hull is built with a fiberglass grid system, biaxial fiberglass, vinylester resins, and Core-Cell foam coring. She has a tall bow, molded rubrail with stainless steel insert, stainless steel bow rail and pulpit, fiberglass swim platform and a transom door. The deck has Divinycell foam coring, molded-in non-skid, and varnished teak toe rails and eyebrow trim.

The boat’s simple layout and focus on fiberglass — appointed sparsely with teak and cherry accents — will make it easy to own, Moore says. “People want to use the boat, not spend a lot of time maintaining it,” he says.

The 61-1/2-square-foot cockpit contains a removable stern bench, table, fold-away aft-facing jump seat, and hot and cold freshwater shower. In the pilothouse are a double helm seat, a pair of guest seats with a table, and a full galley. The galley-up is equipped with a stainless steel sink, two-burner stove and refrigerator.

Below, the cabin has a teak and holly sole, double berth forward, convertible settee to port, and head compartment to starboard. The berth and settee each have stowage beneath.

Power comes from a 370-hp Yanmar diesel, and the boat comes equipped with a bow thruster. “It has a single diesel and a very efficient hull form, so people can just go out and enjoy these things and not take a big hit in the wallet,” says Moore.

The idea behind the new line, Moore says, is to build a standardized, limited-production and “more accessible” Down East-style boat than the high-end custom models on the market.

“It has the Down East aesthetic, and certainly we’re not compromising anything on quality,” says Moore.

C.W. Hood Yachts has discontinued offering its Wasque 30 in favor of the Endurance 30. “It wasn’t a true Wasque,” Moore says.

Bigger and beamier than the Wasque, the Endurance 30 and its siblings will be built at Ted Hood’s TeKaD Marine yard in Turkey. Hull No. 2 of the 30 and hull No. 1 of the 38 are under construction; the 46 is to join the line in a year. Moore says boats will be equipped with typical options, and some additional work could be done in the United States, though the thrust of C.W. Hood’s construction is building custom boats.

Chris Hood is Ted Hood’s nephew, and their respective companies — C.W. Hood Yachts and Portsmouth Marine — will represent the Endurance line in the United States. Base price of the Endurance 30 is $197,500; the 38 is $497,500.


LOA: 34 feet, 9 inches

BEAM: 10 feet, 10 inches

HULL DRAFT: 3 feet, 5 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 10,500 pounds

HULL TYPE: semiplaning


TANKAGE: 140 gallons fuel, 50 gallons water, 14 gallons waste STANDARD POWER: 370-hp Yanmar diesel inboard

SPEED: 32 mph top, 25 mph cruise


CONTACT: C.W. Hood Yachts, Marblehead, Mass.

Phone: (781) 631-0192.