Eastern Boats, a thirty-year-old New England boat builder with a wide range of skills. Ready to go boating when you are. Comfortable and safe in choppy or smooth waters, this head turning downeast design won’t require a mortgage at the fuel dock.
DOWNEAST ROYALTY. Really. Eastern Boats owe their original hulls to the late Royal Lowell, a legendary Downeast designer whose grandfather, Will Frost of Beals Island, Maine, developed and built the first fast lobsterboats of the early twentieth century. Eastern’s original 18 is a Royal Lowell design, and we still build it today. BUT, note well that today’s Eastern 18 takes advantage of modern composite materials like knitted fiberglass fabrics, foam-filled fiberglass stringer grids, rot-free Penske Board transoms, and quiet, efficient four-stroke outboard
engines from Yamaha and Mercury. Over our company’s three-decades-and-counting, we have acquired a number of additional classic Downeast hull designs, most from the board of Royal Lowell. The shape of coastal waves don’t change. Royal knew the hull forms that handled them safely and comfortably.
What makes these thoroughbred Downeast hulls so special? Watch our videos of our boats underway at both slow and faster speeds. Note their clean, low wakes, as good an indication of efficiency as you’ll ever find. Note how they shoulder their way smoothly through waves at speed, throwing spray out and away. Form follows function, a critical trait that thrifty Yankee seamen demand.
We have also worked constantly to improve our construction materials and processes. Our customers are a mix of knowledgeable pleasure boaters, commercial fishermen, and fishing guides, all of whom give us straight-talk feedback on our boats, so we constantly seek ways to tweak them to make them more efficient, more durable, more comfortable, and, most of all, safer. We build Eastern Boats for serious boaters. They are authentic, hard-working vessels that are also graceful and seaworthy. Their beauty is functional. We feel comfortable entrusting ourselves and our families to them. And whether we make our living or stake our recreation on them, we care a lot about how they perform in the real-world conditions of our home waters. Oh, yes, and we care about how much they cost to buy, to operate, and to maintain.
If these considerations sound like yours, you’ve come to the right place. At Eastern, we build efficient, durable Downeast hulls for anglers, families, and commercial fishermen. Their classic, sweeping sheerlines give them head-turning beauty.