Downeast

Downeast
They really aren’t lobster boats anymore. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine anyone pulling traps from the cockpit of a new Hinckley or a Grand Banks. For openers, you wouldn’t want to scratch the seven to nine coats of varnish on the teak. But today’s Downeast boats do all have the lobster boat heritage—the low profile, the long shear, the tumblehome, and, above all, the seakeeping ability. Today’s boats are definitely more user friendly, not only in navigation (Did a true lobsterman ever have a touchscreen chartplotter to get him home?) but in propulsion and maneuverability as well. Some are still single diesel, but many are twins and often paired to pod drives with counter-rotating props and joystick fingertip controls. Others are powered by outboards with new performance, fuel economy and low emissions. Here’s a look at some of the newest fleet of Downeast boats you’ll see at the fall boat shows.
Palm Beach PB65

All In the Family: Palm Beach PB65 and PB42

Palm Beach’s flagship yacht, the PB65 (70' LOA, 19'2" beam), has received a substantial upgrade for 2017. The Palm Beach PB65 has a high-quality...
Zurn/NEB 38

Don’t Miss the Zurn/NEB 38 at FLIBS

The Zurn/NEB 38 was designed for fishing and diving, and with jet drives powered by twin Volvo Penta D-6 diesel engines you’ll get to...
MJM 50Z

Catch the MJM 50z at FLIBS

The MJM 50z (55'3" LOA, 15' beam) has been redesigned with a new sliding-glass enclosed bridgedeck. With her advanced design, the 50z is built...
Hinckley Talaria 34 Runabout

Hinckley Talaria 34 Runabout

At the 2015 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Hinckley promised to introduce a yacht that would herald a new golden age of Hinckley runabouts. The...
Chris-Craft Commander 42

Chris-Craft Commander 42

The Chris-Craft Commander 42 marks the first step into the cabin cruiser market through a range of lobster-style boats thanks to a joint venture with...

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