|Length Overall||29' 6''||Dry Weight||10,000 lbs.|
|Beam||10' 5''||Tested Weight||N/A|
|Draft||30''||Fuel Cap||150 gal.|
|Deadrise/Transom||16 deg.||Water Cap||30 gal.|
|Max Headroom||6' 1''||Bridge Clearance||8' 0''|
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|Std. Power||1x 260-hp Yanmar diesel engine|
|Tested Power||1 x 315-hp Yanmar 6LPA-STP diesel engine|
1x 315-hp Yanmar 6LP diesel engine
Comfortable for weekends away.
For yachtsmen with a penchant for traditional boats and uncomplicated cruising, this may be the perfect couple’s weekender.
Elegant cruiser with many features.
The stern platform includes a recessed swim ladder, and there is a hot and cold fresh water shower just inside the transom, but I was a bit surprised the boat is not fitted with a transom door.
The Todd helm chair sits atop a storage cabinet on the starboard side, and an optional second Todd chair is offered for the port side.
The dinette easily converts for overnights.
The 29’s amenities are just right for two people. The table pedestal is gas-assisted, so the table raises and lowers effortlessly, with no extra parts to manipulate.
Weekends away will be a pleasure.
The galley includes a large refrigerator, plenty of counter space, and a microwave.
Good space for a 29-footer.
Also designed for easy upkeep, the head is mostly fiberglass and Corian, with just enough wood trim to satisfy the Maine craftsman building the boats.
A Classic Design is Revived
Modeling a traditional lobster-boat, the Back Cove 29 captures the essence of Maine boatbuilding while keeping maintenance to a minimum, at a price below the custom or semi-custom competition. The curved stem, reversed transom, gently sloping trunk cabin, and high windshield are unmistakably “Down East,” yet the only exterior teak is a small accent strip on either cabin side. The boat somehow captures its salty charisma with surprisingly little impact on Burma’s rainforests.
While offered with an open bridge and bimini, the boat we tested had an optional hard top and enclosed bridge. Oversized steps up from the cockpit and wide side decks make it easy to move from stem to stern. A high bow rail, hand rails mounted on top of the hard top, and vertical stanchions beneath the back of the hard top provide a sure grip the whole way. With eight mooring cleats and an efficient anchoring set-up the boat is easily managed by two people.
Inside the sheltered enclosure the opening center windshield and overhead hatches let in plenty of fresh air. The long L-shaped settee on the port side is fitted with removable back rests, making a great place to lounge with a good novel. The Todd helm chair sits atop a storage cabinet on the starboard side, and an optional second Todd chair is offered for the port side. While the wide side decks steal some space from inside the bridgedeck, there is ample seating for four or five under cover, with room for more on two large removable seats aft in the cockpit corners. Even with the aft seats inserted the cockpit is quite spacious, and the stern cleats are positioned so the seats do not interfere when docking. The boat is even quite fishable. In fact, it more closely resembles Hemingway’s Pilar than any of today’s modern sportfishermen. The stern platform includes a recessed swim ladder, and there is a hot and cold fresh water shower just inside the transom, but I was a bit surprised the boat is not fitted with a transom door.
The interior is also a careful blend of traditional and practical. American Cherry and Ash woodwork is balanced with white gel coat for warm but open feel. Back Cove incorporates minor design nuances for easy housekeeping such as the clean, unbroken surfaces of the solid-surface countertops and backsplashes. The teak and holly cabin sole adds to the interior’s yachty feel, but it is bordered by fiberglass with radiused corners, so there are no nooks or crannies to collect dirt. Also designed for easy upkeep, the head is mostly fiberglass and Corian, with just enough wood trim to satisfy the Maine craftsman building the boats. The cabinet doors below the vanity are made from StarBoard rather than wood, particularly important since the head also becomes a shower.
The 29’s amenities are just right for two people. I generally don’t like V-berth / table conversions, but Back Cove got this one right. The table pedestal is gas-assisted, so the table raises and lowers effortlessly, with no extra parts to manipulate. The forward section of the V-berth hinges open – complete with pneumatic lifts – to store the filler cushion that covers the table. The bed is long enough that it doesn’t even have to be completely unmade; peel the sheets up toward the bow and there is plenty of room for a cozy meal.
The galley includes a large refrigerator, plenty of counter space, and a microwave. To preserve the perfect morning quiescence of a secluded anchorage yet still enjoy a hot breakfast, Back Cove thoughtfully included a combination electric or alcohol stove. Anticipating that the boat might become an overnight haven from the world, they also left out one all-to-common accessory, a television set. The 3.8kw generator is just large enough to power the air conditioner or provide hot water and run the galley, but not both simultaneously. The small Westerbeke is exceptionally quiet, mounted in a sound shield in the engine room.
A large hatch in the bridge deck lifts, providing good access to all of the morning checkpoints on the single Yanmar diesel. It is a bit tight on either side of the engine though, particularly when accessing the Racor primary fuel filter – tucked beneath the deck just outboard of the transmission. The secondary fuel filter, air conditioning pump, and service items on the front of the engine are accessed through a small hatch in the cabin behind the companionway stairs, which I felt could be larger. Most of the ship’s equipment, such as sea strainers and the main DC electrical panel are quite easy to service, and a company representative said they are adjusting the engine compartment layout on future boats to provide better access to the items mentioned.
Handling and Maneuverability
A single inboard engine can be intimidating around the dock, but Back Cove installs a standard bow thruster which makes the boat quite easy to maneuver. At the end of our test run backing the boat into the slip was a piece of cake even though the wind was blowing across our bow. Once the boat was lined up and moving backwards, we made adjustments with the bow thruster to “steer” the boat right into the slip. On a boat this size, it is often easier to handle a single engine boat with a bow thruster than it would be with twin engines and no bow thruster. With only one lever and a steering wheel, a single engine is also more intuitive.
Steering was responsive but not too quick, which is sometimes a problem on single-inboard boats as they tend to have fairly large rudders. All-in-all, the boat was quite pleasant to run.
Whether holed-up in a secluded anchorage in Maine, snorkeling sapphirine waters of Exuma, or being pampered at a full-service resort marina, the Back Cove 29’s blend of classic and contemporary will be right at home. For yachtsmen with a penchant for traditional boats and uncomplicated cruising, this may be the perfect couple’s weekender.
|Dripless Shaft Seals|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
|Boats More Than 30 Feet|
= Standard = Optional
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|Years||Check with Engine Manufacturer|
|Other Certification||CE- category B , USCG|
|Price as Tested||$195,000.00|