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Back Cove 39O Tooling Progres

Tooling for the new Back Cove 39O is taking shape…

Tooling is one of the most exciting steps for our team because, until this point, each new model has only existed in our design software. This is the first time we get to see our designs completely to scale – and in the case of the 39O, we couldn’t be happier!

Construction will begin in the New Year…

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost here, but with the start of the new decade, our Production Team will also start construction on the prototype hull of the new Back Cove 39O. 

Stay tuned…

We will keep you updated as the molds arrive at our factory and fiberglass construction begins. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for updates on some new technology that will guarantee the Back Cove 39O is groundbreaking in more than just design!

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MAR-KAT Completes the Great Loop

Bill and Amy

Bill and Amy

After purchasing our Back Cove 41, M/V MAR-KAT, in October 2016, we decided to make a shakedown cruise during the summer of 2017 to Maine and then on to Nova Scotia. The Back Cove 41 felt right at home in the Maine waters, and we had the opportunity to visit the factory for a tour.

Traveling to the more remote parts of Nova Scotia was a challenge and a thrill to see such a beautiful part of Canada. The 41 proved to be a very capable and reliable boat. Now, what will our next adventure be? We decided during the winter of 2018 to travel the Great Loop, a 6500-mile journey crossing 13 states and the Province of Ontario. The route basically circumnavigates the eastern part of the US. So we ordered charts, cruising guides and joined the AGLCA. How do we live in a space that is less than 400 square feet? We had to take with us everything that a homeowner would need to run a house, but in this case, the house is our new boat. We had to be organized, and everything had its dedicated spot.

On any given year there may be 300 to 400 boats making this trip. And since it is a loop, you can start anywhere, and most people travel the Loop in a counterclockwise direction to receive the benefit of the river currents. So off we go on June 15, 2018, leaving from the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. After reaching Norfolk, the weather being good, we decided to go out to sea and run offshore to NY Harbor with one stop at Cape May.

We continued north on the Hudson River for about 155 miles. The scenery was stunning as we passed by the tall buildings of New York City. As we proceed northward, we noticed how the mountains came down steeply to the water’s edge. Further up the Hudson, we passed the US Military Academy at West Point and then on to Albany where we experienced our first big lock in Troy, NY. We decided to go west and enter the Erie Canal in Waterford, continuing on to Oswego, which is on Lake Ontario. The Erie Canal was a scenic cruise through the farmlands of New York. So far we have transited 30 locks. The Erie Canal was completed in 1825, and we were able to experience the many towns along the way and tie up at town docks. This part of the journey was very peaceful and relaxing since we did not have to worry about tides and currents,

Entering Lake Ontario, we noticed the geology change greatly as the soft bottoms of the rivers have been replaced by granite of the Canadian Shield. It was in Oswego we had to make a choice of going straight across to Kingston, Ontario or continue east down the St Lawrence River to Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands. And there really are 1,000 islands. If it is large enough to stick out of the water and has at least one tree, it is considered an island. This is where the famous Boldt Castle is located.
There are endless beautiful anchorages among these many islands. It was here in Gananoque, Ontario we decided to enter Canada, clear customs and hoist our Canadian courtesy flag.

Big Chute Marine Railway

Big Chute Marine Railway

From the Thousand Islands, we traveled westward for two months on our way to the Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. As we went the scenery got more spectacular with the many species of pine trees growing between the rocks down to the shoreline. In Trenton, we entered The Trent-Severn Waterway and negotiated the 41 locks and 240 miles on the waterway. Most of the locks are still hand-operated, and there are many rivers and lakes that interconnect the waterway. There are two unusual locks we encountered. One is a hydraulic lift lock where the boats are secured in a tub of water on the upper side, and an identical tub on the lower side and the boats ride up like an elevator. The other unusual lock is the Big Chute Railway that takes the boat completely out of the water on a carriage that travels overland to the other side.

After exiting the Trent-Severn Waterway, we entered the Georgian Bay. We decided to explore the Bruce Peninsula’s eastern shore. There were many remarkable anchorages we visited. In most cases, we were the only boat staying the night. Wingfield anchorage was one of our favorites. When we reached Tobermory at the north end of the Penninsula, we steered an easterly course to the Bustard Islands about 50 NM across the Georgian Bay. These are a small grouping of islands composed of mostly granite rocks and pine trees coming down to the water’s edge. The inflatable dinghy was a great way to explore the islands and also try some fishing.

Next, we traveled through Collin’s Inlet with a stop for a few nights at the Sportsman’s Inn in Killarney on our way to the North Channel. One thing that surprised me was how clear the water was. You can see at least 20 feet down. So checking the anchor for a good set was easy. The North Channel was probably the most beautiful place on the whole trip with endless anchoring possibilities and a few small towns along the way to get provisions and top off the water tanks. Baie Fine is a not to be missed destination up a 10-mile fjord to a popular anchoring spot called the Pool. The Pool is the only place on the trip that had neither cell service nor TV reception. Definitely, this is a place where you can disconnect.

MARKAT Anchored at the Bustard Islands

MAR-KAT anchored at the Bustard Islands

At the western end of the North Channel, we re-entered the US at De Tour Village in Michigan. The new Customs and Border Patrol app for the smartphone made clearing customs easy. From there, we decided to take a step back in time and spend a few nights on Mackinac Island. To this day, cars are not allowed on the island, so all transportation is accomplished by horse and wagon and bicycle. It was truly a wonderful experience. At this point, we had to decide which coastline of Lake Michigan to travel the 300 NM south towards Chicago. We decided to go down the Michigan side. There were many harbors of refuge about 50 miles apart. It took us about ten days to get to Chicago on account of 8 to 10-foot seas in the lake. It was great the Back Cove 41 has the speed to travel longer distances in a shorter time. We arrived in Chicago for Labor Day and some sightseeing. The deep-dish pizza and the architecture tour were fabulous.

Our next experience after leaving Chicago was navigating about 1,000 NM of the various rivers to Mobile Bay and back to the salt water in the Gulf of Mexico. The rivers down to Mobile are used primarily for commercial tows and barges, many of which push 40 to 50 barges at a time. We realized that the rivers belonged to them, and we are just sharing the river with them; we got along fine. AIS was most helpful at spotting the tows ahead of time so that we could make passing arrangements. From Chicago, it was 300 NM to the Mississippi River, and that is where the fun began. The river was up about 25 feet with a current of 4 to 5 knots. Buoys were being sucked under, and in some instances, on the Ohio River, we actually went over the dams, so we did not need to use the locks going upstream to Paducah, KY. We needed a few days rest in Paducah after traveling the “wild river” and fortunately did not hit any floating logs. The remaining rivers being the Cumberland, Tennessee and the Tenn-Tom canal completes the trip to the Gulf of Mexico. These rivers were much more tame and beautiful than the trip down from Chicago. We met up with many other “Loopers” on the river systems, and we tended to travel together for days at a time.

lock on the tennessee river

Lock on the Tennessee River

Once in the Gulf of Mexico, we were rewarded with the warm weather we had been looking forward to. It was getting close to Thanksgiving, and our goal was to be in Fort Myers and find a turkey to cook. It was sad to cruise through the hurricane damage around the panhandle of Florida, which occurred just months before. Our plan was to get to Key West by mid-December, so we had plenty of time to visit the towns along the west coast of Florida. We spent a month in Key West. What a fun place with great restaurants and historical places of interest. In Marathon, there was the Turtle Hospital and the Dolphin Research Center, which are very important for the rehabilitation of these beautiful animals that get entangled in man-made plastics and fishing gear.

After spending about two months in the keys, it was time to head north since we had been gone for almost nine months. There were still many great anchorages and towns we visited on the east coast. A few of the most fun places were St Augustine, Savannah, Charleston, and St Simons Island. There were great food tours in St Augustine and also Savannah. Our pace returning home in North Carolina was somewhat leisurely since we wanted to arrive back home with the warm spring weather. We arrived back home on March 27, 2019, after an amazing 10-month journey. We had so many great experiences, and the fellow boaters doing the loop were great to travel with.

The Back Cove 41 was the ideal boat for this trip. It was a perfect size and could fit under most bridges along the way. We put close to 500 hours on the boat, and the only maintenance required was a few oil changes.

We now look forward to our next adventure.
– Amy and Bill
Back Cove 41, MAR-KAT

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Guy Seiders Retirement Announcement

There may not be a more recognized name within the Back Cove Yachts family than that of Guy Seiders. Guy has worked tirelessly throughout his career assisting our dealers and owners in his role as our Customer Service Representative. Until recently, Guy had independently managed the warranty and after sales needs of our owners and dealers, which included well over 800 boats berthed throughout the US, Australia, Canada, and numerous other locales around the globe.

Guy came to Back Cove in 2006, beginning as a mechanic on the BC29 assembly line after a brief stint working at a local customer service call center. This move came after a successful career as a lobsterman, working the waters of MidCoast Maine. With Guy’s in-depth working knowledge of boats, ability to solve problems, and communicate effectively, it didn’t take long for him to create a home in customer service.

While we’ve learned so much through our dealer and owner communications over the years, there has been one common theme that we hear time and again; and that is how amazing, responsive, and helpful Guy has been. Often, one of the first questions we get when a Back Cove Owner arrives for a shop tour, is “Can we meet Guy? He’s helped us out so much and we’d love the opportunity to meet him.”

As some of you may not know, Guy has started down his much-deserved path toward retirement; he is reducing his schedule to three days per week, Monday through Wednesday. We have already bolstered our Customer Service capacity to continue the legacy that Guy has established during his exemplary career with Back Cove Yachts. So please join us in thanking Guy for all the work he’s done for Back Cove over the years, and also for continuing on a little while longer, so that your Back Cove is ready for that next voyage.

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Back Cove 37 Design Updates

The Back Cove Team is excited to announce several interior design updates to the Back Cove 37. Check out the image captions for all the details, and keep an eye out for more photos on the way!

Master Stateroom

– New storage lockers on shelf, port & starboard – USB charging port on the forward end of the storage lockers, port & starboard – Starboard cabinet with interior storage drawers – Mattress upgrade to 8”; 1.8 lb density foam with perforated top foam layer for better ventilation


Guest Stateroom

– Replace hanging locker with side table (same surface as head & galley) – Charging station moved to above the side table


– Larger sink – Two overhead lights (recessed) with dimmer – 2nd towel bar


– Microwave moved to countertop level for easier access – Silverware drawer in top drawer where microwave used to be

Other Changes

  • Water/exhaust separator added to geneset to reduce water discharge noise (Standard)
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Early Season in the San Juan Islands

March 1st, 2018 seemed like a good time to check on Ellgi (pronounced LG), our BC 41 hull #4, in Bellingham, WA., of the Pacific Northwest. After a flight from our home base in California, we arrived in Bellingham; the sun was shining, winds were calm and made for a perfect day to get her prepped for the upcoming season. 

It seemed like a long time since we had last seen her in November of 2017 when we left her winterized and in the snow at the Bellingham docks.

November 2017

After 3 hours of checking her systems, DE-winterizing, and making her shine, we left the docks and headed to Anacortes, WA, for provisions to last us through a 6-day cruise of the San Juan Islands. The flat water could not have been better, the only ripples were from playful seals and boats checking their crab pots.

Checked the Marine Traffic app to see who else might be cruising in the area and found only a handful of boats out and about. I think everyone else was surprised the weather could be so great in early March. We spent several nights at Roche Harbor, which is one of the best harbors in the San Juan islands.

Sunsets at Roche Harbor are a sight to behold. They have a flag ceremony every evening from May to October as the sun sets.

The cruise around the island of San Juan is worth the time – Mosquito Pass, Lime Kiln Light House, Cattle Point, Seal Rock, Bald Eagles, and on to Friday Harbor make for a special day cruise.

Next day we spent on Patos Island which is a small island just south of the Canadian border. There’s a great place to tie to a mooring ball called Active Cove, which has just enough room for two boats. This time of year we were the only ones on the island. A dingy ride to shore, a short walk to the Light House and then a nice driftwood bon fire made for an enjoyable island adventure.

After six days in early March with mostly sunny skies and calm seas, it was time to head back to Bellingham. We cruised through Bellingham Bay with water like glass, then it was time to give Ellgi a bath, secure her to the dock, and say goodbye until we see her again in mid-April. We did have the reverse cycle heaters on for a warm  Galley, Salon, and Staterooms.

We hope to see you sometime in the Pacific Northwest cruising the San Juan’s, Canada and Alaska!

Lynn and Lori

BC 41 – Ellgi (named after our initials LG)


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