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.
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...
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 25z

MJM 35z

Have you seen the new MJM Yachts 35z? The MJM 35z is an elegantly designed outboard-powered family boat. Fast, efficient, and ultra-stable, the 35z is easy...
Back Cove 32

Back Cove 32: an Eastern Classic

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,...

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...