The 41 is the new flagship of Maine’s Back Cove Yachts. The 41 follows the well-established Back Cove tradition of an able, single-engine cruiser with bow and stern thrusters, but unlike her smaller sisters, she offers a pair of double staterooms with their own heads.

There’s a lot to be said for the efficiency and relative simplicity of Back Cove’s single-engine system, with the propeller set in a hull pocket for a low shaft angle and shallow draft. With 3 options for modern electronic, common-rail diesels from Cummins and Volvo, the 41 can ease along at a trawler speed of 7 knots burning 2.0 gallons per hour (range over 1,300 miles) or lift her skirts and make a 120-mile day passage burning less than 100 gallons of fuel. Low cruise lies in the mid-teens, with high cruise around 25 and WOT approaching 30 with a 725-hp Volvo D11.

The interior layout is galley-up to port in the salon, with a large dinette opposite. Forward of those facilities is a pair of side-by-side helm seats to starboard and an intriguing L-shaped lounge to port that can accommodate a single aft-facing observer or a pair of passengers who can converse with folks sitting at the dinette.

Belowdecks accommodations include a master stateroom forward with an island queen berth and a full head with shower to starboard. To port opposite the main head is a day head with a door leading aft to a guest stateroom that holds a double bunk set athwartships beneath the salon’s sole.

The cockpit offers a pair of right-angle settees set in the transom corners, each with a teak table. A bi-fold door and an electrically operated window in the aft bulkhead can open to connect people working in the galley directly with others seated in the cockpit.

Those are the obvious details. What makes them work is the considerable engineering that has gone into the 41’s design and construction, built on a base of knowledge about cruising that comes from hard-won experience on the water, careful listening for ideas from customers, and serious thinking. Case in point is the 41’s ingenious Interior Glass Unit (IGU), a single fiberglass part that comes from a complex mold with intricate geometry that incorporates features like the port settee opposite the helm. The shape of that area provides not only the L-shaped seat but also 6’ headroom in part of the guest stateroom below.

Another example is the way the IGU incorporates a great variety of storage spaces, including a 40-cubic-foot general-use compartment beneath the helm seats. Others include drawers in the galley and hanging lockers in the master stateroom. Remember that Back Cove has set up this boat for serious coastal cruising.

The bottom line for the 41’s high quality is Back Cove’s artful combination of traditional Maine boatbuilding craftsmanship with sophisticated manufacturing processes that include 21st-century composite materials and large-scale resin-infusion systems. The result is a thoroughly modern cruiser with a Downeast feel, good performance, and great cruising capability.


  • LOA: 46′ 3″ (including swim platform)
  • Beam: 13′ 10″
  • Draft: 3′ 8″
  • Displacement: 27,000 lbs.
  • Horsepower Range: 600-725
  • Headroom: 6′ 6″
  • Fuel: 400 gals.
  • Water: 140 gals.
  • Sleeping Capacity: 6
  • Base price: $600,000

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