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.
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...
2016 FLIBS Must-See New Boats

Don’t Miss: FLIBS 2016 Must-See New Boats

It’s big. It’s bold. It’s the 57th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Boating enthusiasts from around the world descend on FLIBS to...
Marlow Pilot 31

Marlow Pilot 31: Downeast Dream

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,...
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...

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