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New Back Cove 372 update

by Back Cove Yachts 18 Apr 09:22 PDT
The newly redesigned Back Cove 372 maintains the same beloved amenities and Downeast charm as the classic Back Cove 37 © Back Cove Yachts

The Back Cove 37 was launched in 2009 and has enjoyed an eleven-plus-year uninterrupted run resulting in more than 200 hulls.

Often the life of a model is dictated by the longevity of the parts and tools used to make her, but the unprecedented popularity of the Back Cove 37 has already seen her through one rebuild of essential molds and tools. Now, the Back Cove Design Team will incorporate customer feedback and advancing technology to put a new spin on this Back Cove classic, resulting in the newly redesigned Back Cove 372.

"In 2007, the Back Cove Design Team embarked on a project which would ultimately be introduced 14 months later as the Back Cove 37. Over time, the BC37 became one of our most beloved models - a point illustrated by the 12-year uninterrupted production run during which the design remained largely unchanged from those original 2007 concepts. For years, we have enjoyed hearing from our 37 Owners about the boat's legendarily friendly ride and hull characteristics and listened intently to every suggestion for improvement. In 2020, the production molds used to build the 37's composite parts finally surrendered to boatbuilding wear and tear and needed to be taken off line for rehabilitation. We took this opportunity to reexamine the 37 with all of that owner feedback and our recent design advancements in mind. The Back Cove team gathered together to apply all of our "pent up" good ideas and recognized that the resulting boat really deserved its own designation - enter the 372. The Back Cove 372 is full of fresh details that are tailored to today's cruising and boating lifestyles, yet it retains the classic character and heart of a proven winner." - Kevin Burns, VP of Product Development and Design.

Building upon the most popular elements of the Back Cove 37, the Back Cove 372 will feature:

Electrical systems

A more efficient 24V DC electrical system with less copper weight will increase run time on the bow and optional stern thrusters by slowing the rate at which components might overheat. This upgrade also allows Back Cove to offer a Volvo D8 engine option, which is not available for a 12V control system.

Standard and optional power

The updated 372 will feature the Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp diesel engine with a 7" display as standard and a Volvo Penta D8 diesel with a 7" Garmin display as an option. This adjustment is the direct result of owner preference, with more than 95% of Back Cove 37 owners opting for a larger-than-standard engine since 2009.

Bow thruster

A SidePower SE 100 bow thruster offers greater control and precision than the original SE 80 series. Her stern-thruster will remain the same but will benefit significantly from the 24V upgrade. Additionally, the new 24V DC electrical system provides a longer run time and reduces the speed at which thrusters will overheat. As a result, owners facing difficult docking situations due to wind, current, or crowding, will experience a tangible difference in maneuverability.

Glare reduction and redesigned helm pod

Borrowing from the successful Back Cove 39O feature, the Back Cove Design Team has incorporated a black windshield liner and upholstered helm pod to reduce glare. Her redesigned helm pod takes further advantage of this anti-glare feature while providing more space for navigation electronics and offering a new storage drawer for necessary items. The helm of the 372 features an entirely new layout, increased wheel height, and incorporates a high-pressure laminate for stain-resistance and durability, among other improvements.

Frameless glazed windows

Back Cove has largely eliminated traditional aluminum window frames on the 372. Fixed glazed windows in the pilothouse will enhance sightlines and replace the sliding windows. The windshield will incorporate a framed center window with opening appliances for smoother and easier operation.

Entertainment

The Back Cove 372 will introduce a wooden-framed 32" Smart TV in the salon for enhanced visibility and convenience. She will also feature an upgraded Fusion Apollo stereo system.

Cockpit and salon door

The focal point of the Back Cove 372's new cockpit design is a fixed aft-facing seat with folding armrest outboard complete with drink holder. This feature fulfills a frequently noted desire among Back Cove 37 owners while increasing seating in the well-proportioned cockpit. A new salon door to port with a bi-fold window to starboard (above the aft-facing seat) adjoins the two social spaces without sacrificing seating or sightlines. The result is an upgraded variation on Back Cove's iconic and versatile blending of interior and exterior for optimal enjoyment in all weather conditions.

Reconfigured head

A reconfigured head in the Back Cove 372 results in an expanded medicine cabinet, a sizeable over-sink mirror, and a redesigned shower stall. A solid-surface has been added to the shower seat (eliminating the in-seat access hatch), while a storage cubby has been added on the shower stall's outboard facing wall. Pictured below, the new arrangement optimizes this essential space's comfort and function and is sure to enhance the experience of owners and guests spending time aboard.

Optional EPS steering

The EPS Steering option on the new Back Cove 372 will replace the Power-Assist option found on the Back Cove 37. The captain will quickly appreciate the increased precision and control at the helm, as well as the color display showing rudder position, programmable/proportional lock to lock turns, and wheel resistance proportional to vessel speed.

Optional makefast shade

This newly available, deployable cockpit shade enhances coverage of outdoor living spaces from the salon door to the swim platform. The built-in tension system and lightweight carbon fiber poles make both set up and storage a breeze.

Optional teak cockpit tables

Optional triangular tables of unfinished teak (for maximum durability) transform the cockpit into the perfect spot for morning coffee or an afternoon snack beneath the cockpit awning.

Smaller (but equally significant) updates include:

  • Redesigned footrests at the helm
  • Aft-hinging helm storage hatch
  • Stainless weldment for anchor roller in place of the traditional bowsprit
  • Upgraded induction cooktop in the galley

Back Cove 372 Update - April 2021

Last month's announcement of the new Back Cove 372 caused quite a stir, and we couldn't be more thrilled about her overwhelmingly positive reception. This update will answer two of our most-asked questions from the last month - read on for more details!

Fixed-glazed window operation

After announcing the updates to the Back Cove 372 there was some concern around the switch to fixed-glazed windows. We are pleased to assure you that these pilothouse windows *do* open. In fact, the vertical latch alignment makes operation smooth and easy. The pilothouse window is bonded directly to the pilothouse (just like a car windshield) and the opening section is inside the perimeter of the glass.

Note: We created this demo video onboard the Back Cove 39O, however, the Back Cove 372 will use the same windows.

Deployable cockpit shade (option)

The optional deployable cockpit shade (made by Makefast) is one of the most exciting additions to the list of Back Cove 372 options. Many readers will have seen this shade onboard the Back Cove 39O, and now our Design Team has released renderings of the shade as it will be arranged on board the Back Cove 372!

The Back Cove 372 is expected to splash late this summer and make her boat show debut at the United States Powerboat Show (Annapolis, Maryland) in October 2021.

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