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.

Bruckmann Abaco 40

They don’t come much more traditional—or much better looking—than the Bruckmann Abaco 40, a single-diesel, straightforward, solid Downeast boat with elegant fit and finish....
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,...
Palm Beach 65

Aussie Attention

Forget the fact that the Palm Beach 65 was one of the most beautiful boats I’d ever seen—sleek, low, classic lines, and exquisite fit...
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...
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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