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Marlow Pilot 31: Downeast Dream

Marlow Pilot 31

Marlow’s entry-level cruiser, the new Marlow Pilot 31, is designed for comfortable cruising for a couple or a small family. The newly designed pilothouse, which now includes the galley and dinette, is protected from the weather by a hardtop overhead and large windows on both sides; Eisenglass can be rolled down aft for a full enclosure. The cabin below offers 6′ 3″ standing headroom, sleeps two in a queen berth and two more in a settee that can be converted into upper and lower berths.

The Marlow Pilot 31 replaces the 30 Pilot and is the third new model since David Marlow bought Mainship four years ago. It reflects quality and design changes, with more features at an affordable price. The new “summer galley” in the pilothouse includes a fridge/freezer, electric cooktop, microwave, and stainless sink. It is just behind the helm seat on the starboard side and faces an L-shaped settee with a dining table to port. A jump seat is just behind the galley. Below, a single seat is built in next to the queen berth. There’s also a good-sized hanging locker and a large head with separate shower. A single Yanmar 220-hp diesel engine produces a cruising speed of 18 to 20 knots and a top speed of 23 knots. A bow thruster is standard.

Conch-ed Out: Bimini’s Best Conch Salad

Best Bimini Conch Salad

Everyone knows the seafood motto: the fresher, the better. That’s why there’s nothing better than freshly prepared seafood, and at Stuart’s Conch Salad in Bimini, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Owner Fabian Stuart has been serving only the freshest conch and lobster in Bimini for over 30 years. Visit Stuart’s in Bailey Town to unwind in the island cabana with friendly locals and guests alike, and watch Stuart and family whip up the best conch salad you’ll ever have.

You won’t find anything fried at Stuart’s, and the menu consists of only the most essential four items: conch salad, beer, soda, and rum punch. Stuart’s has its own conch nursery just off shore from the stand, and visitors can observe the large ring of empty conch shells (and the piles next door!) that testify to the quality of their menu.

Traditional Bahamian-style conch salad is served with freshly diced tomato, onion, bell pepper, lime, and a little seasoning. If you’re feeling adventurous, try Stuart’s homemade hot sauce, but keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Stuart’s Conch Salad is a must-see (and definitely a must-eat) while in Bimini.

Pull up and relax in the breeze with an ice-cold Kalik and the freshest food in town. You won’t want to miss out on Bimini’s best conch salad!

By Susanna Botkin, Southern Exposure 2016

Bimini's best conch salad
Fabian Stuart prepares his famous conch salad.
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Conch shells piled outside Stuart’s Conch Salad.
Best Conch Salad
Clear water and conch shells.

Legacy 36

Legacy 36

Tartan Marine relaunched the Legacy brand 18 months ago with the original Legacy 32 and Legacy 38. Now Tartan has just finished the new Legacy 36, the first Legacy built in Tartan’s Ohio factory. The new 36 was designed by Mark Ellis, who designed the original Legacy, Tim Jackett, Tartan’s COO and designer and the Tartan design team. The Legacy 36 uses Ellis’ modified deep-V hull with wide chine flats running aft so the boat comes up on plane at low speeds. The V entry helps produce a dry and stable ride. A running keel and skeg protect the prop and the skeg-hung rudder. The Downeast appeal shows in the Legacy’s traditional shear line, raked transom, bow flare, and graceful tumblehome.

The Legacy 36 has a large, self-bailing cockpit with an aft settee and two other seats flanking the entrance to the helmdeck, which is enclosed aft with curved plexiglass and a Sapelle-framed sliding door. The captain and mate have pedestal-mounted swivel chairs; the settees convert to a berth.

Owners can choose a galley down and one cabin arrangement or galley up with a second cabin below. The private master stateroom is forward with a large queen-sized island berth. The head is to starboard with a stall shower. Standard power is a Cummins 480-hp diesel. 

Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX

Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX

When Grand Banks acquired Palm Beach, the luxury Australian builder, two years ago, it named Mark Richards, the Palm Beach president, and world-class sailor, to run the two companies. Richards, in turn, promised to build high-quality, high-tech cruising boats under the proud Grand Banks brand. The gorgeous new 44 Eastbay SX with IPS 600 pod drives is the direct result of that effort.  The 44 Eastbay, with its low profile, long sweeping shear and gentle tumblehome, has softer lines and more curves than the traditional Grand Banks. It somehow manages to keep its Downeast heritage yet looks like one of the most modern boats on the planet.

Entering the boat from the large teak swim platform, the cockpit has an L-shaped settee and aft-facing bench. In the salon, the aft and side windows open for a fresh-air environment. The galley to starboard boasts beautiful quartz countertops. A large U-shaped settee with hi-low table is to port. The helm, with two 16-inch Volvo displays, is wrapped in leather. The master stateroom is forward, then there’s a guest stateroom with twin berths and one with a single berth; you can also opt for two staterooms plus a utility room. They’re all finished in teak; fit and finish is excellent. The Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX has two heads with showers.

Back Cove 32: an Eastern Classic

Back Cove 32
Back Cove 32

It’s been ten years since Back Cove launched its first boat, a 29-foot single-engine diesel designed to make cruising easy. Since then, Back Cove, a sister company to Sabre Yachts, has built 700 boats ranging from 26 to 41 feet long, but all still single-diesel, fuel-efficient, low-maintenance, Maine-built cruising boats.The latest, the Back Cove 32, is scheduled to launch this summer and remains true to the company’s core values.

The Back Cove 32 combines traditional Downeast looks with comfort, functionality and smart use of space. A centerline transom door leads from the swim platform to the cockpit, and it’s all one level from there to the companionway. Matching L-shaped settees are in the corners of the cockpit, and a generous-sized optional hardtop protects the helm deck.

A galley with an electric, two-burner cooktop, fridge/freezer, stainless sink, and microwave is to starboard. To port, a U-shaped settee can be used as a dinette with a table or converted to a sleeping area. The cabin has an elegant cherry interior with satin varnish, and a large island berth is located in the bow. A head with toilet is to port; a separate shower stall is to starboard. Standard power is either a 370-hp Volvo or 370-hp Yanmar diesel. Base price $320,000.




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