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.
Downeast Buyers Guide

Downeast Buyers Guide

These 16 new downeast models have a lot to offer. They really aren’t lobster boats anymore. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine anyone pulling traps from...
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...
True North 34

True North 34

With its iconic profile—plumb bow, graceful shear line and reverse transom—the True North 34 Outboard Express is a unique take on a traditional Downeast...
Sabre 66

Sabre 66

The flagship of the Sabre fleet, the new Sabre 66 luxury express is the largest, most powerful, most sophisticated, and the most yacht-like Sabre...
Reliant 40

Reliant 40

A traditional-looking Downeast boat from stem to stern, the new Reliant 40 Commuter is the first model from a new company based in Newport,...

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