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General Marine is a Maine based boat builder specializing in four model sizes ranging from 20' skiffs to 36' commercial Downeast cruisers.

Located on the coast of Maine, General Marine has focused on meeting the needs of experienced boaters. Seasoned pleasure boaters and commercial fisherman alike have come to appreciate the proven design, quality materials, and workmanship that goes into every General Marine boat. We have been accused of overbuilding our boats at General Marine, but our goal has never been to build the lowest cost vessel. Instead our mission is to provide lasting value that endures long after the initial commissioning.

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Some other builders have come and gone, but General Marine has steadily grown over the years based on the word of mouth recommendations of satisfied owners.


Downeast boats for sale

What are downeast boats?

Downeast boats are vessels usually used for boating pursuits such as overnight cruising and day cruising. These vessels can differ in size, with the smallest current boat listed at 19 feet in length, to the longest vessel measuring in at 66 feet, and an average length of 35 feet. These boats are constructed by a wide variety of boat manufacturers with hull types including deep vee, modified vee, semi-displacement, planing and other designs. Boat Trader currently has 308 downeast boats for sale, including 86 new vessels and 222 used boats, listed by both individual owners and professional boat dealers across the country.

What are the best downeast boats?

Some of the most iconic designers of downeast boats at present include: Sabre, Back Cove, Cutwater, MJM Yachts and Mainship. These builders produce downeast boats models with inboard, outboard, outboard-4S, inboard/outboard and other propulsion systems, available in diesel, gas, electric and other fuel systems. In the past 30 days, the top, most-viewed downeast boats brands on Boat Trader were Albin, Back Cove, Duffy, Mainship and Sabre.

How much do downeast boats cost?

Downeast boats for sale on Boat Trader are offered at an assortment of prices from a sensible $14,360 on the bargain side of the spectrum all the way up to $3,336,000 for the more costly models. Models with more power can handle motors up to a tremendous 1,844 horsepower, while smaller, more efficient utility models may have as low as 37 horsepower engines on them (although the average motor size is 520 HP).

Why are downeast boats popular?

Downeast boats are popular for their moderate draft and very wide beam, qualities that make these boats an excellent choice for overnight cruising and day cruising. Downeast boats are also popular boats for coastal, inshore and offshore boating. From our current listings, the average number of passengers that downeast boats can hold onboard is 7 people with a maximum of 7. Also, with 308 downeast boats now listed for sale and 75 boats added in the past 30 days, Boat Trader is confident you’ll find the boat you are looking for.

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    Downeast boats for sale

    Downeast/Lobster Boats

    Many forms of modern powerboats are based on traditional designs that were developed for commercial purposes, and this is true of downeast boats, also called lobster boats (or in the case of their larger, more expensive iterations, lobster yachts). Originally created for catching tasty crustaceans, lobster boats have become popular among recreational boaters for many reasons: their seaworthy design, efficient performance, and appealing traditional looks are all part of the mix. In fact, today far more downeast boats are built for recreational purposes than for commercial use.

    Downeast boats commonly have a full cabin including a protected helm with a hard top extending back over at least part of the cockpit, and a V-berth in the bow. This reflects the lobsterman’s need for protection from rough or cold weather and rain, and his need to continue working even when it was raining or blowing. But for a recreational boater, these same traits mean you can run your boat long after the season has ended for those who have open, unprotected boats. This genre of boat also traditionally had an open cockpit, a full keel, and a single-screw inboard propulsion system. But as times have changed, so has the character of the downeast design. While outwardly they may appear more or less that same, today, fewer lobster boats have full keels and many have no keel at all. Their propulsion is often outboard power, instead of the straight inboards of yore. And many lobster boats have extensive seating and/or accessories like wet bars or loungers in the stern. Some things, however, never change. And one constant in the world of lobster boats is the traditional, alluring look of the trunk cabin, hard top, and plumb bow of these classic boats.


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