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Down East Cruiser

Down East cruisers are styled after the working designs made famous by lobster and commercial fishermen who make their living along the open waters of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Some Down East cruisers use the same hull molds still used commercially today, while others have specifically-designed hulls to accommodate modern yacht systems and accommodations. They typically have only a lower helm station in the main cabin, with accommodations and sometimes the galley positioned lower down in the forward part of the hull. There are a few designs that do have flybridges.



Our March 2017 cover story featured the history, inspiration, and development of Downeast-style yachts that were born from iconic lobster boat designs of the early 20th century. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the lobster boat style should be flattered indeed. By the…

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Grace & Power

Grand Banks 46 Eastbay SX

The bow of the Grand Banks 46 Eastbay SX dipped several feet as I guided the boat down into the trough and then steered off at an angle to make her climb the oncoming 5-foot wave at roughly a 45-degree angle. The sharp stem entry…

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Diplomat IV

Isn’t it funny how things turn out? Go to a boat show, ostensibly to see the vessel your children are considering for themselves and you end up purchasing one yourself. After one boat show visit, a chain reaction of events gets set in motion, culminating…

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Eastbay 47

The year was 1995, and the out-of-the box 38-foot Eastbay by Grand Banks was blasting through winter fog on Seattle’s Lake Washington. There were two people aboard-a failing boat broker (me) and a possible buyer. We burned doughnuts in the water, the massive Evergreen Point floating bridge protecting us from traffic coming…

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Maine Event: The Sabre 42 Hard Top Express

One of my favorite cruising grounds is the 218-mile length of the Intracoastal Waterway stretching from Charleston, South Carolina, to Fernandina Beach, Florida. The last time I made this trip, I was heading south on a new single-stateroom model of the Sabre 42 Hard Top…

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An Affordable Lobster Yacht Floats To The Top

In the October 2008 issue, PMM announced the Westlawn-PassageMaker Design Competition. Sponsored by ImtraMarine Lighting, the competition would build on Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology’s tradition of not only training boat designers but also encouraging new and innovative designs to meet realworld needs. It also would offer…

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Maine Style: The Duffy 50 Is Designed With ICW Cruising In Mind

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After years of cruising the Intracoastal Waterway on twin-engine boats ranging from a fast, 42-foot semi-displacement trawler to a 49-foot fulldisplacement trawler, Ray and Donna Kurlak were ready to commission the cruiser of their dreams. Because Ray stands 6 feet 7 inches tall, he was…

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