Down East Boats
When you think Down East styling, New England-built lobsterboats often come to mind, or rather lobsteryachts, as the recreational variety is often termed. And indeed many builders and purveyors of Down East-type vessels these days are based in New England. Which is why, perhaps, virtually every member of the genre evokes a foggy backdrop with pine trees and granite, even when cruising the aquamarine depths of the Florida Keys. Or the picturesque Amalfi coast.
The brand-new Back Cove Downeast 37 combines racy good looks with single-diesel efficiency. If you’re in the market for a Down Easter with a tad more curvaceousness, you might check out Back Cove’s sister company Sabre Yachts. They’ll have three luxurious swept-back, pod-propelled, express-type powerhouses on display, the 38 Salon Express, the 42 Salon Express, and the 48 Salon Express.
MJM Yachts will be on hand with a 30z with twin Volvo Penta D3 diesel-drive stern drives, and a 40z with stern drive power backed up by a pair of Yanmar 8LV diesels. The Cutwater 30 and 28 will be in attendance as well.
Long awaited by lovers of the classical Down East look is the Eastbay 50 SX from the folks at Grand Banks Yachts. Also check out the Eastbay 46 SX.
If there’s a brand that evokes all things New England it’s The Hinckley Company. Once famous for building only sailboats, the Hinckley name is now closely identified with an iconic design that was first marketed as the shallow-draft, waterjet-powered Hinckley Picnic Boat. At the Lauderdale Show this year, Hinckley will have two vessels on hand that proffer classic picnic-boat-type styling, a Talaria 48 and a brand-new T34, each outfitted with Hamilton waterjets and the signature Hinckley Jetstick for maneuvering dockside. Reported top end for the T34? Try 32 knots on for size, along with a nice big bib for that giant lobster dinner you’ll have to celebrate buying the boat.
Now here’s something new from Australia. The Palm Beach 55 Flybridge is fast, furious, and luxuriously appointed. Another model new to the U.S., the Volvo Penta IPS400-powered Palm Beach 45 Express is expected to debut as well.
Turkish builder Vicem Yachts got its start in the United States with cold-molded-mahogany vessels that featured good ol’ West System epoxy from Bay City, Michigan. Vicem makes use of this same technology in the 80 Classic that’ll be on display at the show.
And finally, Marlow Mainship launched the Mainship 32 last year, a gorgeous little jewel of a boat, with a superb finish, a no-nonsense layout, and single, Yanmar-diesel-driven shaft propulsion. According to those who are in the know, it’s very likely that she will be followed up by a 37-foot version, the Mainship 37, at this year’s Lauderdale Show. Few details were available prior to the debut, but we expect she’ll be well worth the wait.