Back Cove 41
Looking for pod-type maneuverability without the expense and complexity of pods? Back Cove’s new two-stateroom, two-head 41 will likely fill the bill, thanks to her standard-issue—yup, that’s right, standard-issue—Side-Power proportional-controlled bow and stern thrusters. Add this nifty feature to a single-engine propulsion package that’ll push the boat along at displacement speeds with trawlerish efficiency and still knock out a top hop of 27 knots.
The Back Cove 41 is constructed using state-of-the-art boatbuilding techniques. The hull and the foam-cored longitudinals and athwartship members that are assembled inside it, for example, are wholly resin-infused in one shot—there’s no secondary bonding between the inner skin of the hull bottom and the interior strengthening grid that stiffens and stabilizes it. Super-strong? Oh yeah. Moreover, the folks at Back Cove core the hull bottom with Corecell to add even more resilience, relying on perforations and a closely controlled infusion process to ensure proper resin dispersion. Compression-resistant Coosa board replaces Corecell in way of through-hull fittings. And there’s a vinylester-impregnated skin coat that prevents print-through. The deck molding, by the way, is only slightly different—it’s cored with balsa instead of Corecell.
Practicality and elegance highlight the main deck of the Back Cove 41. Up forward, to starboard, there’s a set of Stidd helmchairs, each mounted atop a beefy fiberglass molding. There’s a small, L-shaped lounge. Further aft, an ample, U-shaped dinette is located to starboard and, just across the way, there’s a long galley with a cooktop, under-counter refrigerator, and a microwave oven, all nicely ensconced in some finely-crafted, made-in-the-USA cabinetry. A feature I took a particular shine to was the door to starboard of the helm seat—nothing facilitates docking a boat (or casting off, for that matter) like fast, easy access to a side-deck, that’s for sure.
The layout belowdecks was equally straightforward. The master stateroom, with an island queen, is at the bow and there’s a head (with separate shower stall) that adjoins it on the starboard side. Across the passageway, to port, is a somewhat-less-ample dayhead which doubles as the head for the guest stateroom, a comparatively luxurious space with a double bunk (running athwartship beneath the saloon sole), plenty of standing headroom, an opening port, hanging locker, a couple of drawers, and more fine cabinetry.
Access to the cockpit from the interior leads through a heavily constructed bi-fold door in the aft bulkhead. The door is adjoined by a window that powers up or down electrically. With it and the window open, the saloon and cockpit become, more or less, a single integrated space. There are two L-shaped sofas in the cockpit, one in each rear corner, and another aft-facing, bench-type sofa against the main bulkhead on the starboard side.
Talk about cruising options! I sea-trialed a brand-new Back Cove 41 on a virtually flat stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway and got some very choice results. For starters, I found I could cruise the boat at a displacement speed of, say, 7.5 knots and burn just 1.5 gph, a very efficient number, even for a much smaller, trawlerish sort of vessel. But what was even more attention-grabbing was the average top end I recorded of 27 knots—that’s really movin’, considering that there was just a single 600-hp Cummins QSC8.3 diesel down in the basement. And in addition to everything else, at sea trial’s end, I was mightily impressed with the Back Cove 41’s maneuverability—I had to back her into a very difficult corner slip, with little fairway room to turn around in and I’d say she handled the task with more aplomb than a pod-type vessel might have.
Back Cove Yachts, 207-594-8821; www.backcoveyachts.com
: 29,436 lb.
: 400 gal.
: 150 gal.
: 1/600-hp Cummins QSC8.3 diesel inboard
: $563,000 (w/600-hp Cummins)
: 9-kW Onan
: 1/725-hp Volvo Penta D11 diesel inboard or 1/715-hp Cummins QSM11 diesel inboard
: ZF286A/2.39:1 ratio
*Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.