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AMERICAN MARINE PUBLISHING, INC. 2015
March 31, 2015 (Updated February, 2017)
The popularity of traditional Downeast yachts has soared in recent years, that’s a fact. Once the domain of a few New England custom builders, today’s Downeast market is led by products from Hinckley, Sabre/Back Cove, and Grand Banks/Eastbay. For those with an interest in this diverse market, the models profiled below have been selected to represent a cross-section of the current Downeast brokerage market. Some are luxury-class cruising yachts, a few are pure dayboats, and all embody signature styling touches that add to their brand personality.
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Successer to the original Sabre 42 Hardtop with updated pilothouse styling, minor interior upgrades. Note deck access door at helm. Zeus pod drives. Prices start around $500K.
Original Eastbay model. Galley-down interior with U-shaped dinette. No hardtop option. A hugely popular boat for Grand Banks, over 130 built. Prices for older models start in the mid $100s.
Distinctive dayboat with huge cockpit, small-but-elegant interior. Twin Waterjet propulsion. Note slender beam, shallow draft. Asking prices start around $500K for older models.
Galley-down, two-stateroom interior with single head. Called Sabreline 42 until 2007. Most were inboards. Zeus pod drives were optional in 2009. Prices range from the low $300s.
Two-stateroom, galley-up interior with open or enclosed salon. Note large forward stateroom. Single diesel inboard with bow/stern thrusters. Good selling boat, hard to find at under $400K.
Hardtop cruiser with helm open to cockpit. Upscale interior with wraparound dinette, private bow stateroom with island berth. Inboard power. Prices for older models range from $250-300K.
Very distinctive Downeast express with semi-enclosed helm. Reverse transom opens for dinghy stowage. Single inboard. More dayboat than cruiser. Newer models sell at $250K-plus.
Classic Downeast styling. Dayboat deck layout with large cockpit and semi-enclosed helm. Small interior is not for cruising. Single-diesel power. Early models run in the mid $100K range.
Sabre 42 Hardtop Express
Sabre 40 Sedan; 42 Salon
Hinckley Talaria 40
Grand Banks 38 Eastbay
Pearson True North 38
Sabre 38 Express
Back Cove 37
Hinckley 36 Picnic Boat
Brokerage Shootout: 12 Great Downeast Yachts Priced From $150K
At a Glance: One of the most acclaimed yachts of her generation, an impressive mix of traditional Downeast styling and impeccable craftsmanship. Built on a modified deep-V hull with a short keel and prop pockets. The SX model has a fully enclosed salon while the HX version has semi-enclosed helm, i.e., no aft salon bulkhead. The Eastbay 49 offers an excellent turn of speed, exceptional blue water performance, and spacious and comfortable accommodations. If the Eastbay’s elegant two stateroom interior comes up a little short in salon space, her spacious semi-enclosed helm deck (where guests will certainly prefer to congregate) provides comfortable seating for a small crowd. Note the power-assist center windshield panel and teak swim platform. Cat 705hp Cat C12 diesels cruise at 24–26 knots (30+ top).
Price Range: From the mid $300s to low/mid $700s.
Sabre 48 Salon Express
Grand Banks 49 Eastbay SX/HX
At a Glance: Currently the best selling yacht in her class, a classic Downeast yacht of uncommon beauty and sophistication. An enclosed pilothouse with cherry joinery provides a weather-protected environment for cruising or entertaining, and large salon windows provide panoramic views of the water. The fully equipped galley and two double staterooms, each with a walkaround queen bed, are below. Two heads with showers separate the staterooms. The helm deserves special notice for it’s standard Stidd chair, joystick controls, and nearly unobstructed 360-degree sightlines. In the salon, an electrically operated window in the aft bulkhead drops down to open the area to the cockpit. Wide side decks make getting around easy. Cummins 550hp diesels with Zeus pod drives cruise at 26–27 knots (30+ top).
Price Range: From the high $800s to low $1 Million.
At a Glance: An enlarged version of Hinckley's iconic 36 Picnic Boat — old-world yachting elegance with sophisticated boat-building technology. The heart of the Talaria is her spacious semi-enclosed deckhouse with its posh furnishings and handcrafted teak joinery. Forward is the helm area (to starboard) and navigator chair to port. Aft of the port chair is a L-shaped settee with varnished teak table on an electric pedestal that can drop down and form an additional bunk with cushion. To starboard is a second L-shaped settee with a small bolster cushion forward. (The settees can be raised on hydraulic rams for access to the engines.) The Talaria was offered with one or two staterooms. Yanmar 420hp diesels matched to Hamilton waterjets cruise at 25 knots (28–30 knots top).
Price Range: From the mid $400s to about $600K.
Grand Banks 43 Eastbay SX/HX
Hinckley Talaria 44 EX
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