USED BOAT

Soundings - - Contents - BY STEVE KNAUTH

A Back Cove 37 may be March and Lorry Young’s last boat.

You start out small in a skiff or a run­about, ex­plor­ing the lo­cal wa­ters: the river, the bays and the coves close to home. But there’s al­ways the lure of a more dis­tant shore, a far­ther hori­zon — and a larger ves­sel to get there. Step­ping up to your first “big boat” brings the prom­ise of longer cruises and new des­ti­na­tions.

March and Lorry Young be­gan their boat­ing lives with a 6-year-old MFG run­about they bought in 1982. “We liked to cruise and ex­plore the back­wa­ters of the Con­necti­cut River,” says March Young, 67, a re­tired aero­space en­gi­neer. “The MFG tasted salt water on our an­nual trips to Say­brook Point Ma­rina and a trip to Niantic” on Long Is­land Sound.

In 2005, the cou­ple bought their first “big boat” — a 1999 Sea Ray 290 Sun­dancer that ex­panded their cruis­ing grounds be­yond Long Is­land Sound to Newport, Rhode Is­land, and Jer­sey City, New Jer­sey, where they’d tie up at Lib­erty Land­ing Ma­rina.

Four years ago, they traded the Sea Ray for a Back Cove 37, which has got­ten them to North­east Har­bor in Down East Maine. Plans are in the works for a cruise down to the Ch­e­sa­peake aboard the sin­gle- state­room, Maineb­uilt, hard­top cruiser.

They found the Back Cove — and its owner — in Port­land, Con­necti­cut, at a 2013 Pet­zold’s Marine Cen­ter sem­i­nar on longdis­tance cruis­ing. As they lis­tened to the speaker talk about his boat, the cou­ple re­al­ized they were look­ing for just such a craft.

“We con­cluded that his boat [ the Back Cove 37] could be just the boat we were look­ing for, as it sat­is­fied all the items on the next-boat wish list,” Young says. “The gal­ley had to be at the same level as the sa­loon, the ta­ble in the sa­loon had to be flat and level, and the boat had to be diesel-pow­ered and had to have au­topi­lot ca­pa­bil­ity.”

The Back Cove went on the mar­ket in Au­gust that year — for one day. “We snapped it up,” Young says. The cou­ple swapped their Sea Ray for the Back Cove. “[Pet­zold’s Marine] fa­cil­i­tated the trade and essen­tially made the trans­ac­tion very easy.”

The Youngs keep the boat on the Con­necti­cut River at Cromwell, Con­necti­cut, 30 nau­ti­cal miles from the mouth at Say­brook Point. “We do en­joy the river for its nat­u­ral beauty, wildlife and the ben­e­fit of fresh­wa­ter [en­gine] flush- outs,” Young says. “We also raft up with our boat­ing friends around the river’s is­lands. Nott Is­land [in Es­sex] is a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion to raft up with oth­ers.”

The Back Cove has a sin­gle 600-hp Cummins diesel, a change from the twin gas V-8s that pow­ered the Sea Ray. “We had some con­cern about the sin­gle-en­gine propul­sion,” Young says. “How­ever, when you start think­ing

about all the sin­gle-en­gine diesel boats out there, you quickly get over the con­cern.”

The Cummins is a good match for the 12,000-pound boat. Av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion is about 1.25 nmpg, Young says. Cruis­ing speed is 21 to 22 knots at 2,300 to 2,500 rpm.

The mod­i­fied-vee hull makes for re­li­able han­dling, Young adds. “The hull’s flare sep­a­rates the water nicely in high seas,” he says, re­call­ing a trip out of Nar­ra­gansett Bay. “We had a south­west wind and an in­com­ing sea, and the ride was not for ev­ery­one, but the boat han­dled it well.” The boat also ma­neu­vers well when nec­es­sary; Young found that out while dodg­ing lob­ster pots in Maine.

The Back Cove car­ries two Fu­runo NavNet 3D mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays, au­topi­lot and AIS. “The left-side MFD is ded­i­cated to the raster chart for nav­i­ga­tion in front of my wife, Lorry,” Young says. “The right- side MFD is ded­i­cated to radar. Both dis­plays in­clude per­ti­nent data blocks like depth, head­ing, lat/lon, speed and time.”

The Youngs owned the MFG for a good many years and kept the Sea Ray for eight sea- sons. They’ve had the Back Cove for four years — and count­ing. “We have no de­sire to move to a larger or a smaller boat,” Young says. “The Back Cove 37 works well for the two of us.”

WALK­THROUGH

Power­Boat Guide calls the Back Cove 37 “an eco­nom­i­cal, low- main­te­nance lux­ury yacht … in the Down East tra­di­tion.” The 8-year-old model is built in Rock­land, Maine, us­ing vac­uum- in­fu­sion tech­nol­ogy. The foam-cored, mod­i­fied-vee hull (16 de­grees of tran­som deadrise) has high free­board all around and a gen­tle sheer. There’s room on the fore­deck for work­ing lines, and the bow rail ex­tends well aft for safety.

The sa­loon/wheel­house (with slid­ing en­trance doors) has side win­dows, and the triple-pane wind­shield gives good vis­i­bil­ity to the star­board-side helm sta­tion. The gal­ley is up, to port, equipped with all the cruis­ing ameni­ties. There’s an L-shaped dinette and ad­di­tional seat­ing in the sa­loon aft.

The cock­pit has cush­ioned cor­ner seat­ing, and a tran­som door leads to the swim plat­form. The master state­room is for­ward with an is­land berth and an ad­ja­cent head com­part­ment with shower. An amid­ships state­room is to star­board with a berth for two. The stan­dard 480-hp Cummins diesel de­liv­ers a 24- to 25- mph top speed; the 600- hp model ups that num­ber to 30 mph.

Lorry and March Young

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