Whizzing by the sun drenched shoreline everyone aboard quickly agreed we had a winner on our hands. On this beautiful summer day in Belfast, Maine several Bluewater representatives had pushed off from the dock to help put hull #1 of the Back Cove Downeast 37 through her paces. Scott James, Hank Sibley, Bill Berger, Johnny Hicks and Jan Boone accompanied Back Cove and Sabre personnel on a successful and picturesque demo ride, easily proving this newcomer to the Back Cove lineup has what it takes to impress.

View this article in our Summer 2014 issue of OnBoard magazine

A beautiful modern design with traditional lines, the Downeast 37 is thoughtfully rigged and appointed for easy single-handing and comfortable operation for cruising couples of any skill level. Below, the layout boasts an island berth, functional galley and entertainment center and fantastic storage space and machinery access throughout, making relaxation and maintenance a breeze. On deck, convertible seating and a retractable cockpit awning ensure a comfortable day on the water for a variety of guests and activities. Approaching 27 knots at only 65% load, the single Cummins Diesel effortlessly propels the 37. It also sips fuel at the miserly rate of 2 nmpg at a comfortable cruise of 22 knots. While this new design and her modern controls signify a new chapter in the Back Cove line, her heritage and timeless styling also make it easy to appreciate.


A few of our Bluewater Sales Professionals offer up their expertise and opinions from their time spent aboard and running the Back Cove 37 Downeast.

A perspective from Hank Sibley:

Hank SibleyWhat I love are the wide decks to the bow and the ease of use for one person to dock the boat with bow and stern thrusters. It’s speed and efficiency are a big plus, as the boat cruises easily at 25 knots with very low fuel burn. I am also impressed with the soft ride. The entire boat is easy to keep clean and is manageable for as few as one to two people.

A perspective from Mark Connors:

Mark ConnorsI was very impressed with the ride, the cruising speed, efficiency and the low noise levels at the helm. The layout is fantastic for a couple who like to entertain as well as spend a few nights aboard cruising. I feel that Back Cove hit a home run with this boat!

A perspective from Scott James:

Scott JamesI ran the boat on a choppy afternoon and was very impressed with the quick throttle and helm response, the nice flat running angle and the low, flat wake. To me, the flat wake is indicative of a boat that is moving through the water with very little effort. This is an easy, pleasant boat to run.