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The Back Cove 37 is a stylish and genteel cruiser that doesn’t lack for much of anything.

From the start the Back Cove 37 was conceived and designed as an ideal option for boaters who, for a variety of reasons, want to cut back on the cost and hassle of boating but are still dedicated to it. They are typically looking for a vessel that’s less costly to operate and maintain than their current boat, yet is attractive, well priced, nicely equipped, and perhaps most important, a pleasure to run. The 37 scores on all points.

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For a base price of $435,000, the Back Cove 37 provides two staterooms, a head with an enclosed shower, and premium standard equipment like twin Stidd helm seats, a 9-kW Onan generator, a bow thruster, and three-zone air conditioning.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

A very important feature is access to the foredeck, especially since the 37 is likely to be run by a couple. Her side decks are not only a foot wide but the house is structured to provide plenty of shoulder room so you don’t have to sidestep going forward. Nonskid is aggressive here and everywhere, the foredeck is flat, and everything is protected by a 25-inch-high bowrail that’s rock solid. A forepeak compartment stows fenders, although at 42 inches deep, it might be hard to reach anything that drops to the bottom. Its forward section is partitioned off as a chain locker, which keeps things clean, but I couldn’t figure out how I’d access the rode if it should be fouled.

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But the best example of this boat’s solid bloodlines is the way her designers have managed to create so much interior space. Every compartment is so roomy that I had to keep reminding myself this was a 37. Even the cockpit, where I would have expected the designer to cheat a bit, has plenty of room for a table. Suffice to say, this boat has everything you could want onboard a 37-footer, and more.

Performance:

Because she’s powered by a single diesel, her owner won’t feel compelled to check the price at the fuel dock before he heads out. Our test boat, equipped with the optional ($20,800) top-of-the-line 600-mhp Cummins QSC 8.3, evinced a nice wide sweet spot between 1750 and 2250 rpm where she produced cruising speeds ranging from 13.4 to 20.6 knots and ranges of better than 375 miles from her modest fuel capacity of 300 gallons.

And she is a pleasure to run. Her big rudder provided good helm response from the SeaStar hydraulic steering. The effect of propeller torque common to single-engine boats, while detectable, was minimal. There was neither vibration nor excessive feedback, which often reveal themselves on boats like this with a propeller tunnel when you put the helm hard over at speed. Tracking was excellent, and since running angles never exceeded three degrees, so were sightlines at all times. Despite the fact that as helmsman you’re standing just forward of the engine, sound levels were moderate.

Construction:

The 37 has a V-style hull with downward-turning chines forward and a 16-degree transom deadrise. The hull and deck are resin infused over CoreCell foam. Stringers are co-infused with the hull to result in a strong, monolithic structure.

One piece of evidence that evinces the 37’s solid cruising heritage is her accessibility. The entire saloon sole lifts electrically to expose the engine, as well as the batteries, two freshwater tanks, engine and generator raw-water strainers, filters, etc. It’s easy to climb down into the compartment and sidle up to any component.

38’0"
13’0"
3’3"
22,000 lb.
300 gal.
150 gal.
1/600-mhp Cummins QSC 8.3 diesel
1/480-mhp Cummins QSB 5.9 diesel
$501,285
ZF286A gear w/ 2.3:1 reduction
28" x 31" four-blade Nibral prop w/ #3 cup

Dark-green hull $4,540; stern thruster $6,825; mast $1,935; 12-volt freezer in space below helm $2,280; flatscreen TV in master $1,650.

Air temperature: 61°F; humidity: 68%; wind: calm; seas: flat; load: 300 gal. fuel, 120 gal. water, 3 persons; 100 lb. gear. Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Raymarine GPS. GPH taken via SmartCraft monitor. Range is based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity. Sound measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.