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.
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...
MJM 50Z

MJM 50Z

With its classic good looks, low profile and long shear line, the MJM 50Z, a collaboration between Bob Johnstone (of J/Boats fame) and Doug...
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...
Padebco V25R

Padebco V25R

It doesn’t get much more Downeast than Round Pound, Maine, a beautiful, protected harbor that serves as the gateway to Penobscot Bay and that...
Surfhunter 32

Hunt Surfhunter 32

With its iconic deep-V hulls dating back to C. Raymond Hunt and the original Bertram 31 Moppie in 1960, Hunt Yachts knows how to...

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