The style of the Down East lobster boat is closely associated with Maine’s proud boat building heritage. The Back Cove 30 is a grand example of everything that makes the Down East lobster boat a work of art. She has a traditional spoon bow and her transom is gently sloped: a style that will turn heads in any harbor.

Below the surface she is modern and contemporary. A resin infused, deep-vee hull with propeller recess and standard trim tabs, offers a quiet and comfortable ride. With her standard 320 horsepower 6 cylinder diesel, she will cruise at 20 knots and top out at 25, and with optional higher horsepower, she will cruise at 25 knots. Around the docks, you will appreciate the maneuverability provided by her standard bow thruster. Her deck hardware is as rugged as the coastline she calls home.

The Back Cove 30: the perfect design for day boating or overnight cruising.


Back Cove 30 Specifications

LOA 30’ 6” (9.3m)
Beam 11’ 2”’ (3.4m)
Draft 2.6’ (.76m)
Displacement (est. light load) 12,000lbs
Fuel capacity Fuel 160 US Gallons (600 L)
Water capacity 60 US Gallons (225 L)
Holding 30 US Gallons (113 L)
Designed to ABYC, NMMA, USCG and CE Category standards  


  • Back Cove white iso-npg gelcoat
  • Vinylester backup resin
  • VIP Resin Infused hull w/ PVC foam core sandwich VIP Resin Infused foam core stringer system
  • Advanced prop pocket hull design
  • A wlgrip boot top
  • Molded cove stripe depression w/ “gold leaf” style stripe


  • Back Cove white iso-npg gelcoat w/ graystone anti-skid on walking surfaces
  • VIP Resin infused balsa core sandwich structure
  • Mooring cleats forward, aft and spring line cleats. Aft cleats are pull-up style
  • SS anchor roller
  • Anchor locker w/ ground tackle storage
  • Running lights
  • Teak accent stripe on cabin side
  • Custom 1-1/4’’ 316L stainless steel perimeter rail SS handrails on hard top, port and starboard Compressed air horn on hardtop (mast opt.)
  • (4) opening Port lights w/ insect screens
  • Port & starboard molded steps leading to side & fore deck Molded quarter seating in cockpit w/ storage, port and starboard Transom door on centerline
  • Swim platform w/ SS under-mount swim ladder
  • Hot and cold cockpit shower
  • Self draining cockpit

Mechanical Systems

  • Y anmar 8L V320 hp engine and Kanzaki marine gear
  • 1.5’’ Aquamet shaft (1.75” w/ optional engines)
  • 4 Blade NiBrAl propeller
  • PSS Dripless shaft log
  • Binnacle mount single lever engine control
  • Engine instruments w/ alarms and hour meter
  • Internal sea strainer
  • 160 gallon fuel tank w/ 2’’ fill
  • Racor Fuel Filter
  • 6’’ Exhaust w/ two stage horizontal muffler
  • Electric actuated trim tabs port and starboard w/ helm controller
  • SeaStar hydraulic steering w/ tilting helm pump
  • SidePower bow thruster w/ joy stick control (SE40i)
  • Hot and Cold pressurized water system
  • 6 gallon hot water heater w/ heat exchanger
  • Marelon sea valves on underwater thru hulls
  • Automatic Fireboy extinguisher system w/ manual back-up

Electrical Systems

  • AC and DC control panels with polarity indicator
  • DC system battery management switching
  • DC breakers for electronics
  • 12V outlet at helm and in cabin
  • Emergency cross over switch / ACR
  • 110V AC 30 amp shorepower w/ 50 foot cordAC shorepower system ELCI protected
  • Galvanic isolator
  • GFI protected 110V circuits
  • Battery Charger
  • (2) 31 DCM house battery
  • (2) Group 31 engine start battery
  • (2) 12VDC bilge pumps
  • Bonding system w/ zinc transom anode
  • Engine room lighting (2) w/ bezel switches
  • Cockpit courtesy lights switched at transom door and helm
  • Overhead LED cabin lights, individually bezel switched
  • Reading lights in berth area
  • Overhead dual color LED helm deck light w/ switch

Head / Sanitary Systems

  • Built-in vanity w/ sink and storage
  • Stainless steel opening port w/ insect screen and shade
  • Cherry framed mirror
  • Solid surface countertop
  • Pull out single lever faucet / shower
  • Shower sump and pump system w/ overboard discharge
  • Fresh water electric MSD with holding tank
  • Holding tank monitor level
  • Macerator for holding tank overboard discharge as permitted • Holding tank pump out fitting on deck
  • Sealed overhead lighting w/ bezel switch
  • Powered exhaust fan (12V)

Helm Deck

  • Clear anodized aluminum windows w/ opening windows port, starboard and center.
  • (3) windshield wipers w/ fresh water washer system • Lewmar sliding hatch w/ OCEANair Skyscreen
  • Compass, illuminated
  • Arrigoni helm seat (Choose white or tan vinyl)
  • White translucent acrylic companionway slider w/ lockable latch • Raised L-settee seating aft of helmsman
  • Mates bench seat to port, removes to face aft
  • Raised settee to port w/ backrest converts to berth


  • Alcohol / 110V single burner stove w/ cover
  • SS front loading AC/DC fridge
  • Galley sink with single lever faucet & drop in cover • Solid surface countertop
  • Countertop cabinet storage
  • Built-in microwave
  • Drawer and doors storage below counter


  • Varnished Cherry interior joinery on molded composite hull liner
  • Lewmar hatch w/ OCEANair Skyscreen
  • Custom hi-lo table w/ Birdseye Maple inlay
  • V-berth w/ filler and cushion, converts to dinette
  • Shelves outboard of berth
  • Cedar lined hanging locker
  • Cherry hull ceilings
  • “Teak and Holly” high pressure laminate cabin sole w/ surface texture
  • XM friendly stereo system w/ CD, MP3 jack and wired helm remote
  • Interior / Helm Deck speakers
  • Storage under dinette and forward berth


Virtual Tour


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Back Cove 30 Performance Data

The reports provided in this section were performed by the engineering staff of Back Cove Yachts and should be used as a guideline of speed and fuel consumption that you can expect when you operate your own Back Cove 30. Sea state, air and water temperature, boat loading and bottom condition will all create deviations from these numbers. The conditions existing during the test are stated in each document.


The information on this page will enable you to build your own Back Cove 30 to your specification.

Hull Gelcoat


  • Yanmar 320hp 8LV electronic common rail engine-Standard
  • Yanmar 370hp 8LV electronic common rail engine
  • Volvo 370 hp D6 electronic common rail engine

Interior Cushions (Cabin and Helm Deck)

  • Standard fabric selections
  • Ultraleather upgrade for helm deck (Does not include standard Arigoni helm chair)
  • Ultraleather upgrade for cabin
  • Ultrasuede upgrade for cabin

Aft Seats

  • Vinyl (Huron, Snow Cap, Stoneware)
  • Sunbrella from standard fabric selections
  • Centerline cockpit seat fille

Deck / Mechanical / Electrical

  • Stidd helm chair in lieu of Arrigoni helm chair. (Includes upgrade fabrics when selected)
  • Icemaker under mate’s seat
  • Indel 49L 1.75 cu. ft. refrigerator drawer below mates seat
  • Insulate one aft cockpit seat box
  • Helm deck trim package. Wood trimmed wheel, battens and hand rail on overhead, trim on dash
  • Cockpit table triangular shape with three brackets
  • Teak decking on swim platform
  • Teak decking in aft cockpit
  • 4 KW Fischer Panda Generator
  • Ignition Protected Stern Thruster
  • Anchor Windlass
  • Fresh water washdown anchor locker
  • Salt Water washdown pump fore and aft
  • Oil Changing System
  • LCD TV/DVD on swivel bracket
  • Below deck air conditioning, 8K btu
  • Helm deck air conditioning 16K btu
  • Espar Heating
  • 1800 Watt Inverter
  • Mast for Hardtop


The marine press is always interested in testing boats so as to provide third party opinions of new models as they are introduced to the market. We encourage magazines to test our boats because we are confident that they will find them amongst the best in their class. In this section you will find reviews written by editors whose job it is to provide both their opinions and scientific data to their readers.

We hope you enjoy their findings and that these tests are helpful in assisting you with your search for you next boat.

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