BACK COVE 30 – This luxurious lobster yacht is feature-rich, built to last generations and ready for your next adventure!

The sense that you’re witnessing nautical history is strong when you see the Back Cove 30. Like her big sisters, the Back Cove 34 and 37, she exudes class, charm and a sense of her Maine heritage as a down east lobster boat. But she is – although every bit a Maine-style yacht – modernly constructed, a planing hull (vs. a traditional displacement hull), and built both for pleasure boating and to cruise through rough seas in safety and comfort. Built by about 100 (proud to be doing what they’re best at) seasoned folk in their Rockland, Maine facility, Back Cove yachts are an easy profile to identify on the water. The boats are beautiful and sleek and present themselves with a sort of pride … that knowledge of what they come from, how they are made and what they can do.
Though the Back Cove 30 doesn’t include an aft wall (enclosure), it’s big enough that the “open” bridge deck is sheltered enough to provide refuge from the elements, and the forward cabin – where the sleeper, galley and head are located – is enclosed (and lockable) via a stout fiberglass sliding door. An Eisenglass or plastic wall (that can be erected or taken down at will) can be ordered for the Back Cove, but we don’t think it’d be used very often, as the design of the bridge deck and cockpit is great as it is.
Board the yacht via the spacious swim step (thoughtfully provided with cleats at both ends for securing your tender and other items and boarding handholds for coming at out of the water) and the cockpit door at midships (which opens outward) and you find yourself in the cockpit. The space is immediately luxurious and easy to get around. Two corner settees (one with a table) beckon you and your guests to relax and enjoy the boat at it’s surroundings. Non-skid surfaces cover the fiberglass decking, and stairs lead forward on both sides. Stainless steel drink holders are convenient to the settees and there is ample night time lighting in the area. The fabric surfaces are rich and durable, and the two-tone triangular table(s) – ideal for drinks and snacks – is movable to several locations in the cockpit and bridge where it can be mounted via a clever stainless fitting attached to the seat front. A large lazarrette is centered in the cockpit floor and provides storage and mounting platforms for various optional equipment. 


  • LOA 30’ 6” (9.3m)
  • Beam 11’ 2”’ (3.4m)
  • Draft 2.6’ (.76m)
  • Fuel 160 US Gallons (600 L)
  • Water 60 US Gallons (225 L)
  • Holding 30 US Gallons (113 L)
  • Displacement Est. 12,000 # (light load)
  • Designed to ABYC, NMMA, USCG and CE Category
Walking forward along either the port or starboard side, the stainless steel 1 1/4 inch side rails are reassuring, especially when the sea is rough, and there are top railings on both sides. The ‘graystone’ non-skid is generously applied on these side decks, as well as forward where there’s lots of room to sight-see or handle the ground tackle (which can include a Lewmar verticle windlass and foot switches, in addition to helm control). A well-finished hatch gives you access to the forward locker for the anchor’s chain and rode. There’s lots of seating on the roof to the saloon, which is coated with non-skid for your convenience. The roof of the bridge is accessible from up here.

Back in the cockpit, take a step up and forward and you find yourself in the bridge, surrounded port and starboard with comfortable, versatile seating. There is a dining venue to starboard, behind the helm, with a larger, two-toned table that matches the one in the cockpit. The bench seat wraps around the table, and is complimented by a raised port bench seat (also “L” shaped) which, when the navigator’s seat is removed, makes a spacious twin bed.

Thoughtful, molded-in, fiberglass storage compartments are built in everywhere, including in the base for the Arrigoni helm chair (much sturdier mounting than those I’ve seen on other boats, where the space is taken by a single, long, chair pedestal). A word should be said here in praise of the Arrigoni helm chair, which promises a firm, supportive voyage and a variety of comfort options as you fold away the armrests, make adjustments to the back and lumber supports, etc. This is the most comfortable helm chair I’ve experienced on a yacht in our review class, and I commend Back Cove on their thoughtful, quality choice (available in white or tan).

The helm is inviting just to look at, and is laid out to accommodate everything the helmsman must accomplish, and most things he wants to. The skipper is supported by teak at the footrest and the aforementioned (excellent) Arrigoni helm chair. The wheel is an attractive combination of a destroyer spoked affair with rich wood surrounding its circumference, and is set at the ideal angle to facilitate comfortable steering. Throttle and transmission controls are located at a convenient height to the right of the wheel, and instruments are positioned in easy viewing range, including the top-mounted MFD (multi-function display) if so equipped.

Inclement weather shouldn’t be a problem with the three pantograph wipers and the AFI washer system that Back Cove puts on this boat. A Lewmar sliding hatch with the OCEANair sky screen and three large opening windows with screens (port, starboard and front center) along with the open aft space provide excellent ventilation.

There are footrests everywhere one could want them and, due to the area being open to the weather, the non-slip treatment extends to the flooring in this cabin. The engine compartment, the Yanmar LP 315hp diesel engine (or your choice of optional engines including the Cummins QSD 350, the Yanmar 380 and the Volve D6 370), tankage and other items are accessed through a large and easily accessed door in the aft end of the floor. Gas assist shocks support the door and there is ample lighting below.

The navigator, and a friend if so inclined, can lounge on the raised bench seat directly to port of the helm chair. There is great visibility from this double-wide seat (as there is from every seat on the boat) and plenty of chart space exists on the bulkhead in front of it. One feature stands out when reviewing this yacht, and that’s the large variety of comfortable seating options available … on a 30-footer. Not counting “unofficial’ seating (stairs, forward perches, etc.) or the ample seating in the below-decks Saloon, there is seating for at least 13 people in the cockpit and deck house of the Back Cove 30. This is a remarkable accomplishment given the ease of movement and sense of space.

Step forward and down three steps from the helm/navigator area, and you’re in the saloon, which features a compact but well equipped galley to starboard and an enclosed head to port. The galley is well thought out. There are counter inserts over the sink and the range to give the chef more counter space when they need it, and a quality drawer-type refrigerator is positioned in a convenient, center location below (easy to access from either side, a feature not available on door-type fridge). A microwave is at an easy-to-use and safe level and is flush-mounted in a wooden cabinet. There are nicely finished wood cabinets and drawers everywhere possible, and plenty of shelf space on top. Stainless hand holds are close at hand, and there’s an attractive cherry wood floor (sole) throughout the saloon.

The head is laid out thoughtfully, with a granite counter top spanning its width. A stainless sink with a quality faucet fixture that extends and also serves as a shower head is at one end, and the remainder is available for the owner’s use. The area beneath the counter is tastefully enclosed in fiberglass, with two latching cabinet openings, a recessed toilet paper rack, and a heating port. There is a cabinet with sliding doors in the wall above the counter, a wood-rimmed shelf running the width of the room and an opening port light above that. A wood trimmed mirror completes the bathroom accommodation.

A fiberglass locker is located just forward of the rich wooden wall of the head, and features wood drawers below, a cabinet door above, and roll-protected counter space with stainless drink holder at a convenient height. The large wrap-around seating forward is a nice, inside lounging area, though the removable table, while sufficient for reading books or snacks and drinks is not large enough to dine at.

When it is removed (and stored beneath the settees), the settees make into a comfortable double berth stretching athwartships and making use of the vessel’s beam (11’2” at midships). There is a stereo installed into the forward wall of the galley for entertainment, good access to AC and 12-volt power and generous overhead lighting throughout. The walls of the forward sleeper are treated with a wooden slat finish, accenting the nautical nature of the boat, and there is an overhead screened hatch for ventilation, stargazing and emergency egress from the saloon. Generous shelving adorns both sides of the sleeper/settees, and four opening port lights are located high up on the walls (2 per side). Once again, the entirety of the saloon can be closed off from weather or guests with the sliding door built into the helm bulkhead.

Back Cove has truly created a masterpiece in the ‘30’, designing a boat that feels much larger than it is. The sense of luxury and fulfillment of dreams is not just imagined … it’s born out in each and every thoughtful feature found on this yacht. The Back Cove 30 is too large to be trailerable (her 11’ 2” beam requires a special license and permits to pull it), but the boat deserves your attention if trailerabilty isn’t one of your goals. From start to finish she delivers more than expected, and is decidedly a big yacht in a small(er) package … one that just may make your heart skip a beat, like mine did.

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