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Back Cove 26 (Not in Production)
(w/ 1 x 260-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesel)

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Brief Summary

Another Down East tradition from Back Cove Yachts hits the water this year with the introduction of the Back Cove 26. She is designed to cruise at 25 knots and to carry you over 260 miles on a full tank with the standard four-cylinder diesel power plant. How many 26 footers have you seen with a standard bow thruster and optional stern thruster? Tight slips and busy harbors are no problem for this one.

Key Features

  • Large open cockpit with open generous space at the stern for entertaining or fishing
  • Easy lift engine access under forward cockpit
  • Large space at helm for added electronics
  • Bow thruster, dripless shaft seal, zinc saver and diesel power standard
  • Hand varnished American Cherry woodwork in cabin
  • Vee-berth and drop down table/sleeper accommodations
  • Fully enclosed head
  • Galley with refrigerator, microwave and two-burner cooktop
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26' 6''
    Beam 9' 4''
    Dry Weight 8,500 lbs. (full load)
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 2' 6''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 14 deg.
    Max Headroom 5' 7''
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 100 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 1 x 200-hp Yanmar diesel
    Tested Power 1 x 260-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesel
    Opt. Power 1 x 240-hp Yanmar diesel
    1 x 260-hp Volvo D4

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    700 4.7 4.0 0.4 13.3 11.6 1196 1040 65
    1000 6.2 5.4 0.7 8.9 7.7 797 693 72
    1250 8.0 6.9 1.0 8.0 6.9 716 622 79
    1500 9.3 8.1 1.7 5.6 4.9 507 441 77
    1750 10.0 8.7 3.3 3.1 2.7 276 240 78
    2000 12.0 10.4 4.2 2.9 2.5 259 225 80
    2250 15.1 13.1 5.8 2.5 2.3 234 204 82
    2500 19.2 16.7 7.3 2.7 2.3 238 207 84
    2750 23.3 20.3 7.8 3.0 2.6 269 234 84
    3000 27.4 23.8 9.4 2.9 2.5 262 228 86
    3250 30.6 26.6 11.4 2.7 2.3 242 211 86
    3500 33.0 28.7 13.7 2.4 2.1 217 189 87
    700 1040 1925 7.60 1.51 5.65 65
    1000 693 1283 10.00 2.65 3.77 72
    1250 622 1152 12.90 3.79 3.38 79
    1500 441 816 15.00 6.44 2.40 77
    1750 240 444 16.10 12.49 1.30 78
    2000 225 417 19.30 15.90 1.22 80
    2250 204 377 24.30 21.96 1.06 82
    2500 207 383 30.90 27.63 1.13 84
    2750 234 433 37.50 29.53 1.27 84
    3000 228 422 44.10 35.58 1.24 86
    3250 211 389 49.20 43.15 1.14 86
    3500 189 349 53.10 51.86 1.02 87

    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 7.6 sec.
    0 to 30 17.2 sec.
    Ratio 2.04 : 1
    Props 18'' x 26
    Load 3 persons, 7/8 fuel, 1/2 water, moderate gear
    Climate 85 deg., 65% humid.; wind: calm; seas: flat

    Back Cove 26 (Not in Production) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Seaworthy 26 – Lobster Boat Design with Modern AmenitiesBy Capt. Bob SmithTest CaptainThe Back Cove 26 follows a Down East tradition of boat design that looks beefy and simple topside, yet stunning with her elegance and craftsmanship down below. This boat’s spoon bow lobster boat heritage is sure to bring back memories while creating a few of her own. She carries a slight tumblehome aft in the hull with a reverse transom, deep-vee, and prop pockets. Easy Access to the Bow Making your way forward is made easy with molded-in steps up to the side walkways. The integrated handrails, full framed anodized aluminum windshield, and heavy duty stainless steel grabrails give plenty of safe grips going forward to the anchor, or for laying out on the spacious bow area. Simple and Clean CockpitThe cockpit is spacious for a 26-footer and allows you to use it for cruising, fishing, or entertaining. Our test boat featured optional corner seats that can be removed to open up the entire area for fishing, if you like. At the helm, twin pedestal seats are positioned well with slide and swivel adjustments and under-seat storage. They both have removable cushions for easy care. The large dash has lots of room for optional electronics. Rocker switches and a 12-volt socket are to the left of the hydraulic tilt wheel as is the Clarion stereo remote. To the right are the bow plane controls and joystick for the bow thruster.Moving to the stern the 26 features a swim platform with ladder to easily get back on board after a cool dip. There’s also a hot and cold transom shower back here.Finely-Built and Functional The moment you step down into this cabin you’ll realize the quality of craftsmanship put into this boat, starting with the hand-varnished American Cherry. Even though the cabin is simple, Back Cove has designed it in such a way that gives this 26-footer a much larger feel. The V-berth dinette sits four comfortably for meals and easily converts with a drop-down table into a double berth for two adults. The galley is situated to port and features enough counterspace to prepare a snack or quick meal. There’s a stainless steel sink, microwave, stove, and 120V AC/12 VDC fridge just below. The stereo and power distribution panels are located on the bulkhead above the galley.The head is located to starboard and has a portal for added light and air, vanity and toilet with enough of room to move around and take a quick shower before disembarking.Power Plant Getting to the power plant is simple. The deck under the seats lifts up for easy access to the engine and other mechanical systems as well as the sea strainers and shut-offs. Our test model was equipped with the upgrade, a Yanmar 4L HA-STP 240-hp diesel with ZF transmission and Nibral 4-blade prop. She also had a standard SidePower bow thruster for easy maneuvering out of the slip.Optional EquipmentOur test boat had several of the options available on this model. We had the upgrade 240-hp diesel engine and the anchor/windlass with stainless steel roller up front. Our boat also had the optional cockpit corner seats at the stern and swim platform. This model can be outfitted with a sturdy hardtop on pipes with canvas filler which would make her even more comfortable in the hot summer sun in Florida, or elsewhere.SpecsThis Back Cove measures 26’6” length overall and carries a beam width of 9’4”, with a displacement of 8,500 lbs. She has a fuel capacity of 100 gallons and a fresh water capacity of 30 gallons. With a draft requirement of 2’6” she shouldn’t have much of a problem getting close to shore. This 26-footer also features pretty good headroom with 5’7” in the cabin at the bottom of the steps.Test ResultsWe tested the new Back Cove 26 on the waters of Casco Bay near Portland, Maine. With 3 people aboard and a 240-hp Volvo D4 electronically controlled diesel, the boat topped out at 33 mph and had a best cruise of 27.4 mph at 3000 rpm, yielding a cruising range of 262 miles (228 nautical miles) with a 10% fuel reserve and a full 100-gallons in the tank. Like most diesel-powered boats, the BC 26 is a bit slow to get moving, but once he's up she accellerates quickly. Handling is light to the touch at speed, and the Volvo has a unique "Emergency Stop" system where you can jam the throttles from full ahead to full astern and the computer will automatically take the engine down then shift into reverse for you so you don't find your gear box under the forward V-berth.Keep in mind this is a single-screw boat, so I not only recommend using the standard forward bow thruster, but also getting the optional stern thurster. This makes docking and coming alongside MUCH easier than fiddling around with a single-screw boat in reverse (where steering is quite limited at low speeds). She carves turns nicely and easily snaked her way thru the lobster-pot minefield in Casco Bay. And at more than 8,000 pounds, she delivers a very solid ride into big wakes and larger seas.For a cruiser with Down East style and cruising ability for a day or a weekend, the Back Cove 26 brings you the amenities and the ability to satisfy many of your needs on the water.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Back Cove 26 (Not in Production) is 33.0 mph (53.1 kph), burning 13.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 51.85 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Back Cove 26 (Not in Production) is 27.4 mph (44.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.91 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.24 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 262 miles (421.65 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 260-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesel.

    Standard and Optional Features


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


    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

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


    Bimini Top Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Standard
    Oil Change System 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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