Brokerage: Back Cove 29

The Back Cove 29 is a popular pocket cruiser that stands the test of time.

Back Cove 29
Some options included a larger diesel (which our test boat had), a hardtop, a genset, air conditioning and a windlass.Courtesy Back Cove

Two-hundred-five hulls. That’s how many Back Cove 29s were built from 2003 to 2009. And she was a global hit, with the last vessel shipped to an owner in Perth, Australia.

Notable features: Traditional Downeast-inspired lines keep the 29's look as relevant today as when Hull No. 1 launched. She was powered with a 260 hp or 315 hp Yanmar straight-shaft diesel, and a bow thruster made for easy docking. A fully optioned 29 ran about $190,000.

Belowdecks: There's a V-berth for overnighting, a head with electric MSD, and a single-burner alcohol stove.

 Availability: At press time, we found nine Back Cove 29s for sale, ranging from $93,000 for a 2005 to $159,000 for a fully loaded 2008.

“The 10,000-pound boat banked easily. We hit 27.9 knots at 3,800 rpm, but you could cruise all day at a comfortable 20.3 knots at 3,000 rpm. She has a deep-V hull with a sharp entry; a ­22-degree deadrise amidships leads to 16 degrees at the transom.”

- Yachting, October 2007