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Berthon UK
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)

Sue Grant
sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
0044 (0)1590 679 222

Berthon France
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)

Bruno Kairet
bruno.kairet@berthonfrance.fr
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80

Berthon Scandinavia
(Henån, Sweden)

Magnus Kullberg
magnus.kullberg@berthonscandinavia.se
0046 304 694 000

Berthon Spain
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Simon Turner
simon.turner@berthoninternational.com
0034 639 701 234

Berthon USA
(Rhode Island, USA)

Jennifer Stewart
jennifer.stewart@berthonusa.com
001 401 846 8404

Broker’s Comments

Back Cove Yachts are the sister company to Sabre Yachts of Rockland, Maine. Founded in 2003, Back Cove have majored on Down-easter style lobster boats with a single shaft-drive engine, advanced vinylester composite construction, and a high quality, traditional yacht-style interior finish. The Back Cove 26 has charming lines, decent side decks and a well-protected aft cockpit with plenty of seating.

This highly specified Back Cove 26 has enjoyed two UK ownerships, and is built to meet CE regulations. She is fitted with the larger 260HP Yanmar 6-cylinder diesel for mid-twenties performance, and having taken sister ships cross-channel – we can attest to the rough weather capabilities of her deep-v hull. The smart use of a prop pocket provides extra protection for her stern-gear – whilst keeping her running draft at well under 3’. With upgrades such as a new Axiom plotter in 2022, Eberspacher heating, recent stern-thruster and a useful stainless gantry fitted during her first ownership, she is well-sorted and a very handsome hull on the water.

Back Cove Yachts – The Story

“Practical Elegance. From Maine. Back Cove Yachts, founded in 2003, is a sister company of Sabre Yachts. A group of Sabre dealers requested a smaller Downeast style cruising boat to suit the needs of owners who admired the look and feel of the Maine lobster boat and the dependability and fuel efficiency of a single diesel engine. The Back Cove 29 was launched soon after, and so was a new brand. Today, the two yards are the largest recreational boatbuilding company in the State of Maine where America’s first ships were built on the shores of the Kennebec River as early as 1607.

Utilizing production line method and vacuum infusion technology Back Cove Yachts leads the industry in 30′ to 41′ cruisers. Currently, more than 750 Back Coves can be found in harbors from Greece to Norway and from Japan to Australia and New Zealand. In the USA boats have found their way to almost every body of water from the coasts to inland lakes.

Back Cove Yachts are built by 200 of Maine’s finest boat builders in a modern 240,000 square foot facility in Rockland, Maine. Back Cove associates continuously demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of their role and its influence on the final product. Team dynamics, an emphasis on safe procedures and cross training, and a thorough awareness of each model’s competitive position in the marketplace have enabled are essential ingredients that allow Back Cove yachts to exceed today’s high standards of excellence in manufacturing and design.”

Press Review

Motorboating, USA – April 2005.

“Boating enthusiasts around the world have long admired Maine lobster yachts. And why not? These vessels are salty yet sophisticated, old-fashioned yet eye-catching. Back Cove Yachts has designed its authentic Downeast pocket cruisers for those who want that Maine-built look in a boat that’s not so big it requires a lot of work or crew to enjoy. A sister company to Sabreline, itself a maker of New England-inspired express boats and fly bridge sedans from 36 to 47 feet, Back Cove was founded two years ago in Rockland, Maine. Its models are built by North End Composites, a well-established company that has also done work for the likes of Hinckley, Shelter Island and Grady-White. Back Cove launched its first model, the 29, in the fall of 2003. The 26 is its newest craft, which is offered at a base price of $115,000.

Yacht Registry provided a boat for us to cruise aboard in the waters off Dunedin, Fla. (see “Edinburgh in Florida?”). It was rigged with a 200-hp Yanmar diesel inboard. In fact, all Back Coves are powered by economical, single diesels and also come with a bowthruster. The 26 produced a top-end speed of 25.4 knots (3400 rpm) with this power plant and had a range of more than 300 nautical miles when cruising at 16.9 knots (2500 rpm). Sight lines from the raised helm deck were excellent—the 26 runs nearly flat at cruise without the standard trim tabs applied — and the captain is positioned high enough so that visibility is never obstructed.

The 26’s good performance can be attributed to its modified deep-V hull with 14 degrees deadrise at the transom. Wide chines increase lift and stability, thereby helping the boat plane quickly and grip the water for sharp turns at wide-open throttle. Spray rails with a downward angle keep the 26 dry as the graceful spoon bow parts the waves. A shallow prop pocket allows the engine to be mounted low and amidships for enhanced balance, and reduces the draft to 2’6″. The hull itself is constructed of strong, lightweight E-glass and Divinycell foam.

The Back Cove 26 is fashioned for capable cruising and entertaining. The aft cockpit is as roomy as those aboard some fishing boats and can accommodate a group of anglers or a number of dive tanks, deck chairs and water toys (some of which can be stored in the lazarette below). A self-draining gutter borders the cockpit—just clean up with a hose—and steps lead up to the wide side decks. Optional port and starboard jump seats are available at the transom, as is a sturdy swim platform. The entire helm deck lifts up on gas struts to expose the engine and related systems. The layout here is impeccable, with lots of room and plaques identifying each major part. At the helm itself, two console seats rest atop storage cubbies with drawers sized just right for holding fishing tackle. The helm gauges lie flat above the wheel rather than slanted, where they would be easier to read when seated. An angled panel forward will hold flush-mounted electronics. The single-lever throttle is on the starboard side wall; the bowthruster joystick is behind the wheel.

The cabin is bright and comfortable, with cherry wood paneling and a teak-and-holly sole to add a touch of luxury. The layout is nothing unusual, but it’s very well done. There’s a head with vanity to starboard, a railroad galley to port and a convertible dinette/V-berth up front. Headroom is 5’7″. An overhead hatch and four screened portholes allow for cross-ventilation, plus dockside air conditioning is available as an option. There is a good amount of storage space under the V-berth and in the galley cabinets, but these areas could benefit from pull-out storage bins or partitions, and a gel coat finish.

Other notable options for owners include a hardtop, an anchor windlass with bow roller, and choice of four hull and interior fabric colors. Yet even without these frills, a cruising couple will find the new Back Cove 26 a pleasure to operate and to own.”


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Yacht Details
  1. Builder: Back Cove
  2. Model: Back Cove 26
  3. Yacht Name: SEA KESTREL
  4. Hull Designer: Back Cove Yachts Design
  5. Year Built: 2008
  6. LOA: 26’9” / 8.15m
  7. Beam: 9’5” / 2.87m
  8. Min Draft / Max Draft: 2’6” / 0.77m
  9. Displacement: 3,864kg / 8,519lb
  10. Berths: 2 berths in 1 cabin(s) / 1 head/WC(s)
  11. Engine Count: 1 Yanmar 6BY260 (260hp) Diesel
  12. Country: Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom
  13. Asking Price: £84,990, VAT paid
Contact Details
hugh-rayner-2019, Berthon Brokerage

Hugh Rayner
Berthon UK
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222
E-Mail: hugh.rayner@berthon.co.uk
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Your Local Broker, Internationally

Berthon UK
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)

Sue Grant
sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
0044 (0)1590 679 222

Berthon France
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)

Bruno Kairet
bruno.kairet@berthonfrance.fr
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80

Berthon Scandinavia
(Henån, Sweden)

Magnus Kullberg
magnus.kullberg@berthonscandinavia.se
0046 304 694 000

Berthon Spain
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Simon Turner
simon.turner@berthoninternational.com
0034 639 701 234

Berthon USA
(Rhode Island, USA)

Jennifer Stewart
jennifer.stewart@berthonusa.com
001 401 846 8404


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