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My First “Real” Job at Back Cove Yachts

Having grown up in Midcoast Maine for the entirety of my life I have come to understand the importance of the ocean on the lives of everyone in this community and beyond. One of the most important aspects of my life that has been granted by the presence of the ocean is the need for boats to be built, and likewise, people to build them.

My father has worked with boats for most of his life, and due to this I had become aware of Back Cove Yachts at an early age. I was brought to the annual Maine Boats, & Harbors Show many times in my adolescence, where I got to actually see the yachts that my father had helped build with my own eyes. The summer preceding my Junior year of high school and this last summer of 2014 I have had the opportunity to work at Back Cove Yachts.

Going into what I considered to be my first “real” job I was excited to learn how the yachts I had seen at the boat show came to be from the amalgamation of fiberglass, wires, and many other components that I saw my first day at the boat shop. Needless to say, after two summers I knew a lot more about the yachts that Back Cove produced, and likewise, I was much more excited for this years Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors Show. This year I knew I could bring my family or friends and literally show them parts of the boat that I had taken part in construction on similar models back at the shop. I liked being able to show people what I was a part of creating, and I took pride in what I had learned.

Another aspect of working at Back Cove Yachts that I enjoyed was that fact that many of the people I worked with were genuinely interested in my life outside of work. In general, I was much younger than most of my co-workers, and as a result of this I often had earnest conversations with those around me about high school and, due to the fact that I am going into my senior year, my plans for education after high school. Hearing my co-workers insights and having their support has given me increased confidence going into my senior year, and I’m happy to say that I look forward to the future, but even so, I will remember my experience at my first “real” job at Back Cove Yachts.



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A Back Cove 30 in Western Australia



Our owners Jason & Mandi recently shared about their experience as recent Back Cove 30 owners in Western Australia. 

” Geographe Bay in the South West corner of Western Australia is home to our beautiful 30 foot Back Cove, Storm. Since the arrival of Storm in September 2013 we have thoroughly enjoyed life aboard her, spending every possible opportunity out on the bay, fishing, swimming and entertaining family and friends.

One of the main reasons for choosing the Back Cove 30 is the fact that you can escape any weather conditions in the protection of the magnificent wheelhouse. Whether it’s blistering cold and or brutally hot, we are able to escape the elements, whilst having a complete 360 degree visual around us.

Everyone that comes aboard and views Storm always comments on how pretty a boat she is and also the quality of construction. I must add the end product really blew us away. Just for the record Storm in her relative short life has been known to have landed some awesome, quality fish, much to the owners thrill.”

Proud Owners

Jason & Mandi 


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A New Back Cove 34 in the Chesapeake

Joe and Margie spent many hours cruising boat shows looking for the perfect boat. They looked at many different brands. They were looking for a elegant boat that they could enjoy on day trips and overnight trips around the Chesapeake. Joe had recently seen an ad in the used boat section of his local paper for a Back Cove 29. They had seen a Back Cove at a show and liked the layout, the classic Downeast lines and the blue hull. They contacted their local dealer to see the Back Cove 29 in Annapolis. Joe & Margie ended up buying the Back Cove 29 and were very excited to have made the purchase.  They have 7 children and 11 grandchildren who enjoyed cruising on their Back Cove 29 over the next several boating seasons. Soon they came to realize that it was time to upgrade to a larger boat. They wanted the capability to have more people aboard and do more long range cruising. They spent the next several boat shows getting aboard larger Back Cove’s. They loved their Back Cove 29, the looks the ride and the economy of a single engine. Which made them finally decide on the Back Cove 34. They loved the island berth and the full head. It met all their cruising needs.  They sold their Back Cove 29 in April and that gave them time to focus on purchasing their Back Cove 34.  Joe and Margie have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of their Back Cove 34. They visited Back Cove Yachts in Rockland and saw their Back Cove 34 prior to decking which only heightened the anticipation. Their Back Cove 34 will be arriving in Oxford, Maryland in early July. In addition to cruising the Chesapeake on weekends with their children, grandchildren and their friends, they have plans to head south, possibly to Florida. They would like to eventually head back to Maine and maybe attempt The Loop. 

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Back Cove 37 Chinook

Klaus and Elizabeth took delivery of their Back Cove Chinook on May 2nd in Rockland, ME. Their dealer was Coastal Carolina Yacht Sales of Charleston, SC: commissioning and launch were completed at Journey’s End Marina in Rockland. 

Klaus, a USCG licensed Master, and Advanced Pilot and Instructor in US Power Squadrons sailed a 33 ft boat in New England, a 43 ft sloop along the East Coast from Bahamas to Maine, and a Nordhavn 40 Trawler on the West Coast, from Dana Point, CA, to Seattle, for 12 years along the Inside Passage to Alaska from Seattle to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay.

Klaus selected the Back Cove 37 for renewed sailing along the entire East Coast with excursions into inland water ways. Klaus states ” I am convinced that the Back Cove 37 will be suited for our plans, offering a range of good performance and economy of operation. At 1400 RPM our 37 achieves a good 10 kt, 2.6 nmpg, using 4gph. This is comparable to our trawler’s at 8 kt, and a good setting for running the ICW, rivers, and canals. Much higher speeds are at hand when appropriate and needed.” 

” We were very pleased by our dealer, Journey’s End Marina, and the support by Back Cove Yachts. Rockland has become one of our favorite small towns.” DSCN1431

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Lynn & Lori , Why we opted for the Back Cove 41

We had recently sold our 25 foot Grady White. We were invited by some friends to cruise the San Juan islands of the Pacific Northwest. Spending  several days with them on their 41 foot sail foot was great. During that time we had begun looking at several different boat styles all of which were power boats. We came across the Back Cove 37 and opted to charter for one week. During that charter we began getting compliments about the look and wonderful design of the Back Cove 37. Sadly enough we had to say it wasn’t ours and that we had chartered for only one week. The short time we had spent on the Back Cove 37 told us that this was the boat we should seriously consider for our next boat purchase. 

In September of 2013 at the Seattle boat show we were introduced to the newly designed Back Cove 41. With only a rendering of the BC41 and spending time with the Back Cove Dealer from Bellingham, Wa., he told us hull#4 would be available May of 2014, that’s when the research began. We began looking at the pros and cons of the design 41, the straight lines, the smooth ride (we were able to sea trial in Miami), the ability for long range cruises, enough power and speed to keep us of trouble in the straight and narrows of tidal changes in the Pacific Northwest. The down east design will be our perfect fit for cruising the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. We loved the layout of the galley and the salon located where the chef is not isolated down below from the view, from our conversation, or from our guests. The master stateroom and private guest cabin each with their own private head and shower was a must for us to cruise with friends or family.  We love that both of us, Captain and Admiral, can sit next to each other in the two helm chairs, something few other boats of this size have to offer. We are looking forward to the Dutch door in the helm for added air flow and additional ease of docking. Engine room access for daily maintenance checks, plenty of storage, thrusters, roomy cockpit and 50 amp power.

Best Regards,

Lynn and Lori 


Lynn and Lori Garber

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