Down East Designs

Insider’s Guide to the Boat Shows in Miami - 2013

Jason Y. Wood

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Maine-inspired hull forms take their rightful place among the slips and seaways of South Florida, with innovative design in a classic profile.

Sabre 38MJM Yachts uses lightweight, high-tech construction and stern drives in the 36z and Volvo IPS pods in the 40z to provide spirited performance.

Back Cove Yachts has its proven 37, an efficient design with two staterooms ready to explore Down East and beyond. The Back Cove 30 and 34 will also be there to inspire.

The Grand Banks Eastbay 55 FB won the AIM Marine Group’s 2012 Editor’s Choice Award for Best Down East-Inspired Design.

Hinckley continues to develop new models consistent with the performance, impeccable construction, and style of the brand. Check out the T34, as well as a 48-footer and a Picnic boat.

If you haven’t yet met the Sabre 48 Salon Express, make it a point to remedy that situation. “Casco Bay was freakin’ outrageous when we got there,” wrote Executive Editor Bill Pike in his test of the boat. “And when I set a northerly course for our destination, with the rollers hammering the starboard bow like blazes, it became even more so. I continued to gently accelerate though, and soon we were sporting along at roughly 20 knots (according to one of the two Garmin GPSMap 7215 screens on the dash) with the promontories of the Pine Tree State to port and the gray vastness of the Atlantic to starboard.” The 38- and 42-foot models from Sabre Yachts will also make the scene.

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