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Back Cove 29 (Not in Production)
(w/ 1 x 315-hp Yanmar 6LPA-STP diesel engine)

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Brief Summary

The Back Cove 29 combines classic styling and contemporary amenities with a “Down East” design. She comes standard with an open bridge and bimini, or you can customize her with an optional hard top and enclosed bridge.

Key Features

  • Bow thruster
  • Long L-shaped settee in the cockpit
  • American cherry and ash woodwork in the cabin
  • Convertible V-berth
  • Galley complete with large refrigerator, microwave, and good counter space
  • Westerbeke generator
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 29' 6''
    Beam 10' 5''
    Dry Weight 10,000 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 30''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 16 deg.
    Max Headroom 6' 1''
    Bridge Clearance 8' 0''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 150 gal.
    Water Capacity 30 gal.
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1x 260-hp Yanmar diesel engine
    Tested Power 1 x 315-hp Yanmar 6LPA-STP diesel engine
    Opt. Power 1x 315-hp Yanmar 6LP diesel engine

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    1000 6.0 5.2 0.7 9.2 8.0 1236 1075 70
    1250 7.4 6.4 0.9 8.2 7.2 1110 965 70
    1500 8.3 7.2 1.6 5.2 4.5 696 605 74
    1750 9.4 8.2 2.8 3.4 3.0 461 401 78
    2000 10.3 8.9 3.8 2.7 2.4 364 317 70
    2250 13.9 12.1 5.1 2.7 2.4 368 320 81
    2500 17.6 15.3 6.3 2.8 2.4 377 328 82
    2750 19.5 16.9 7.7 2.5 2.2 341 297 84
    3000 22.0 19.1 9.5 2.3 2.0 313 272 86
    3250 25.0 21.7 11.7 2.1 1.9 288 250 86
    3500 28.0 24.3 14.6 2.0 1.7 259 226 87
    3775 31.6 27.5 17.0 1.9 1.6 251 218 88
    1000 1075 1989 9.70 2.65 3.89 70
    1250 965 1786 11.90 3.41 3.49 70
    1500 605 1120 13.40 6.06 2.19 74
    1750 401 742 15.10 10.60 1.45 78
    2000 317 586 16.60 14.38 1.15 70
    2250 320 592 22.40 19.31 1.16 81
    2500 328 607 28.30 23.85 1.19 82
    2750 297 549 31.40 29.15 1.08 84
    3000 272 504 35.40 35.96 0.99 86
    3250 250 463 40.20 44.29 0.91 86
    3500 226 417 45.10 55.27 0.83 87
    3775 218 404 50.90 64.35 0.79 88

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 6.0 sec.
    0 to 30 N/A
    Ratio 2.04:1
    Props 20 x 22 4-blade
    Load Load: 2 persons; Fuel: 7/8 full, Water: full, Gear: minimal
    Climate Temp: 78 deg.; Humid: 75%; Wind: 10 knots; Seas: calm

    Back Cove 29 (Not in Production) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    A Classic Design is RevivedModeling 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.Cockpit LayoutWhile 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.Stepping BelowThe 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.Meal TimeThe 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. Engine AccessA 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 ManeuverabilityA 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.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Back Cove 29 (Not in Production) is 31.6 mph (50.9 kph), burning 17.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 64.34 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Back Cove 29 (Not in Production) is 17.6 mph (28.3 kph), and the boat gets 2.79 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.19 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 377 miles (606.72 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 315-hp Yanmar 6LPA-STP diesel engine.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Optional


    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Standard
    Generator Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Deck Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    1-Year No No
    Engine Warranty
    Check with Engine Manufacturer
    Powertrain Warranty
    Gelcoat Warranty
    Blistering Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    5-Year No No
    Accessories Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    1-Year No No
    ISO Certification NMMA Certification Other Certification Yes CE- category B , USCG
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