he best time to go boating or fishing is whenever we and our family and friends can go. But Mother Nature doesn’t always give us sunny days and calm waters. What to do if a long-planned weekend on the water brings cloudy skies, showers, and choppy waters. Well, in that kind of weather, wool, fleece, and oilskins offer part of the solution, but what about the boat? We want to be comfortable and, above all, safe, but we want a rig that can take us where we want to go at reasonable cruising speeds in sometimes-choppy waters, and oh, yes, not require a mortgage for the fuel dock. And yes, we’d like that boat to have head-turning, classic good looks and robust construction with careful attention to detail that will preserve her value over time.
An impossible dream? No. More like a prescription for a sea-kindly commercial boat that can work for a living with low overhead and serious longevity. Put that kind of real-world design in the hands of a demanding, thirty-three-year-old New England shop with a wide range of boatbuilding skills and what we get is a fully self-bailing Eastern 18 Center Console, or a classic 22 Sisu, or a 27 Islander, or a 31 that’s adaptable to anything from the rigors of charter fishing to comfortable cruising. Pay special attention to the speed/fuel matrices in the writeups for most of the models. Eastern Boats not only run well with modest horsepower; they also run efficiently at a wide range of speeds in the ‘teens and ‘twenties, allowing their skippers to “dial in” to the sea conditions on any given day. From hose-her-out utility to fine interior cabinetwork, Eastern Boats can deliver it all with good looks, durability, and fuel efficiency.
astern Boats began in 1981 building one model – an 18′ Classic designed by the Dean of Downeast designers, Royal Lowell. Our first facility had two small bays for assembly and glass shop space for two small hulls at a time. Thirty-three years later, we’re still offering this timeless little skiff, updated with modern composite materials and twenty-first century clean, efficient outboard power. A few years later, we added the 22′ model and offered it as a center console or Lobster cabin. Bob Bourdeau went to work for Eastern in 1989 and purchased the company in 1993. In 1992, we bought the molds to a sweet 27’ Royal Lowell hull and began offering it in both center console and Lobster cabin configuration. After a devastating fire in the fall of 1993, Eastern moved its entire operation to a new shop in Milton, NH. In 1994 we acquired the well-regarded JC 31 and JC 35 hulls, which have built a long track record as charter fishing boats and cruising motorboats. Since then Eastern has acquired other molds and redesigned models, parts, and manufacturing systems to develop our current offerings. In the fall of 1994, we built a 50′ X 100′ addition to our facility in Milton which became our new glass shop. The growing popularity of Eastern boats caused us to build a new office and assembly shop in the Milton Industrial Park in 1999. We followed that up with two more buildings in 2002 and 2003. Eastern Boats currently operates out of over 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space, with separate buildings for fiberglass, assembly, and rigging operations. In 2007, we gave up factory direct sales to establish a dealer network and converted our processes to all composite construction, using modern knitted fabrics, vinylester resins for skin coats, Nida-core for cockpit soles and deck houses, precisely-shaped, foam-filled fiberglass stringer grids, and Penske Board transoms. Several years later, we also introduced our three 248 models. In 2012, we introduced our wide-beam 27 Tournament and Islander for hard-core anglers and cruisers, and last year, we bought the molds for the 22 Sisu, bringing that legendary hull back to its New Hampshire birthplace. Now, Eastern Boats continues to move forward, building high-quality, rugged, and fuel-efficient Downeast-style boats.
180 CENTER CONSOLE
180 CENTER CONSOLE This is the boat that started it all. Thirty-three years ago, Eastern Boats offered only one model, this lovely 18’3” X 6’8” design by Royal Lowell,
LENGTH OVERALL: 18´ 3” BEAM: 6´ 8” DRAFT: 12” FREEBOARD: 18” WEIGHT: 1,225 LBS TRANSOM: 20” RECOMMENDED HP: 50-70HP
the Dean of Downeast boat designers. Today, we’re still building it, because boaters still want to take advantage of its seaworthiness, composite construction, slightly increased freeboard, and a molded inner liner. Fishing, beach picnics, or exploring, this 18 Center Console is up for it, with a micro-sized fuel bill from the 50-70-hp clean
STANDARD FEATURES: Navigation Lights Stainless Steel Hardware
outboards with which it performs best. And while the 180 CC has a
Black Rub Rail
self-bailing cockpit that adapts well to life on a mooring, the boat
trailers easily behind mid-sized tow vehicles. For boaters who want
the simplest vessel possible, the Special Edition comes without an
Stainless Destroyer Wheel Electric Bilge Pump & Auto Float 28 Gallon Fuel Tank, Filter & Water Separator See full list of standard features on our website: www.easternboats.com
180 CENTER CONSOLE
versatility, and economy of operation. The only changes are all-
200 CENTER CONSOLE
200 CENTER CONSOLE At 20’2” with a 7’6” beam, the 20CC adds significant interior space and carrying capacity, but it still performs well with a 90-hp outboard. It
LENGTH OVERALL: 20´ 2” BEAM: 7´ 6” DRAFT: 10” FREEBOARD: 19” WEIGHT: 1,500 LBS TRANSOM: 20” or 25” RECOMMENDED HP: 90HP
has launched the careers of many New England lobstermen, but this beauty is equally at home with a family aboard, taking advantage of the helm. Need to protect little ones or cargo from flying spray? Add a folding bow dodger. The console offers plenty of space for fishing/ navigation electronics, and the rest of the boat is easy to customize for particular uses.
STANDARD FEATURES: Navigation Lights Stainless Steel Hardware Black Rub Rail Spray Rails Teleflex Steering Stainless Destroyer Wheel Sport Console w/ seat & cushion Boot Stripe See full list of standard features on our website: www.easternboats.com
200 CENTER CONSOLE
the forward bow seating and the comfortable double leaning post at
STANDARD FEATURES: Navigation Lights Stainless Steel Hardware Black Rub Rail 20 x 20 Cabin Hatch Stainless Steel Bow Eye Boot Stripe Self-Bailing, Non-Skid Fishing Deck Inspection Deck Plates 60 Gallon Fuel Tank See full list of standard features on our website: www.easternboats.com
The Sisu 22 is the latest addition to the Eastern line of Boats. Originally designed by Royal Lowell, Sisu Boats were built for over thirty years in New Hampshire and in Canada. The basic design has proven to be one of the best small sea boats ever built, and modern composite materials plus a couple of design tweaks have made this great design even better. Sisu is a Finnish word that means stamina, fortitude, and “guts”. The Sisu 22 is aptly named. Bringing this heritage together with Eastern’s reputation for quality construction creates an ideal boat for cruising or fishing. The cabin offers shelter, a V-berth, and a portable toilet without compromising cockpit space and utility. Choose a traditional framed “bassboat” windshield with Bimini top at the helm or an open-sided hardtop pilothouse. An economical 115-hp fourstroke outboard is all the power this new Sisu model needs for great real-world performance.
LENGTH OVERALL: 22´ BEAM: 8´ DRAFT: 24” WEIGHT: 2,725 LBS TRANSOM: 25” RECOMMENDED HP: 115
220/248 CENTER CONSOLE
220 LENGTH OVERALL: 21´ 10” BEAM:
24´ 8´ 6”
220CC In response to customer and dealer suggestions, Eastern developed the roomy 22 Center Console from the company’s new 248 Downeast-style hull with an 8’6” beam. The hull combines a sharp bow entry with a soft chine and a relatively flat bottom aft. A moldedin bottom strake offers lift while knocking down spray. This shape provides long range and a soft, smooth, efficient ride at speeds from 12 to 28 mph with only a 115-hp four-stroke outboard. Meanwhile, the 22CC has room for seating and storage both fore and aft, plus a large console with a portable toilet inside. Add a bow dodger and a T-top for all-weather protection.
2,295 LBS 2,495 LBS
248 CC Need more space and higher freeboard? Look at the 248CC, Eastern’s largest center console. With a strong 150-hp four-stroke, this big rig runs efficiently at an amazingly wide range of speeds, from 10 to 30 mph, with the capacity to carry up to twelve people or run to the canyon several times on a 90-gallon tank of fuel.
Stainless Steel Bow Eye
220/248 CENTER CONSOLE
RECOMMENDED HP: 115
Navigation Lights Stainless Steel Hardware Black Rub Rail Spray Rails Boot Stripe Self-Bailing, Molded Inner Liner Inspection Deck Plates 64 / 90 Gallon Fuel Tank Scuppers Console with Head Forward Seat and Rod Holders
POPULAR OPTIONS: • T-Top • Bimini Top • Livewell in leaning post • Bow Dodger See full list of standard features on our website: www.easternboats.com
220/248 CENTER CONSOLE
115 - 150
248 EXPLORER Now take that powerful 248 hull and add a classically-styled hard cabin and pilothouse, with sliding windows and coring in the structures above the gunwales to retain the hull’s inherent stability.
LENGTH OVERALL: 24´ BEAM: 8´ 6” DRAFT: 15” FREEBOARD: 24” WEIGHT: 3500 LBS FUEL: 90 GAL. RECOMMENDED HP: 150
Put a V-berth, head, and hanging locker in the cabin. Mount the option of a settee to port with a countertop/sink/refrigerator unit
just aft for food preparation. For maximum cockpit space and quiet
operation, hang the 150-hp four-stroke on an Armstrong transom
Stainless Steel Hardware
bracket, with a transom door and a bench seat. Is a 150 enough for
Black Rub Rail / Spray Rails
this spacious, comfortable boat? Consider a recorded cruising speed
Hard Cabin Sides
of 25.9 mph burning 6.2 gallons per hour. Try to find a comparablyequipped 24-footer with numbers like those!
w/ Sliding Windows (1) Electric Windshield Wiper 90 Gallon Fuel Tank Fuel Filter & Water Separator V-Berths w/ Cushions & Shelves Trim Tabs Electric Bilge Pump & Auto Float Dual Front Opening Windshields Side & Aft Curtains (2) Seat Boxes w/ Swivel Pedestal Seats See full list of standard features on our website: www.easternboats.com
swiveling helm and companion seats on storage boxes but offer the
248 ISLANDER Add a touch of elegance with a galley/mate unit to port, complete with sink, refrigerator, and trash storage, plus forward and rear seating covered with plush, custom
LENGTH OVERALL: 24´ BEAM: 8´ 6” DRAFT: 15” FREEBOARD: 24” WEIGHT: 3,500 LBS FUEL: 90 GAL RECOMMENDED HP: 150
upholstery and a cockpit table. With the 150-hp fourgets a full-width, upholstered bench seat. A full-length
cabin-top is available to shade the entire cockpit. With
performance similar to the 248 Explorer’s, the 248
Stainless Steel Hardware
Islander is built for family day-cruising.
Black Rub Rail / Spray Rails Hard Cabin Sides w/ Sliding Windows (1) Electric Windshield Wiper Teak Cocktail Table & Pedestal 90 Gallon Fuel Tank Fuel Filter & Water Separator Single Armstrong Bracket (2) Drink / Rod Holders V-Berths w/ Cushions & Shelves Trim Tabs Electric Bilge Pump & Auto Float Dual Front Opening Windshields Side & Aft Curtains See full list of standard features on our website: www.easternboats.com
stroke on an Armstrong bracket, the closed transom
Two/Tone, Cockpit Sole Hard Cabin Sides w/ Sliding Windows LED Spreader Lights Stainless Steel Hardware Black Rub Rail / Spray Rails w/ SS Insert (2) Electric Windshield Wipers Stainless Steel Bow Eye Self-Bailing, Inner Liner Inspection Deck Plates Coffin Berth w/ Cushion V-Berth Filler w/ Cushions V-Berths w/ Cushions & Shelves Dual Armstrong Bracket (2) Drink / Rod Holders Twin 96 Gallon Fuel Tanks (2) Fuel Filter & Water Separators Aft Curtain Popular Options: • Aft Bimini • Air Conditioner • Anchor Windlass • Bow Thruster See full list of standard features on our website: www.easternboats.com
Stepping up to the 270 Islander means a 10’ beam, a gracefully-flared bow, and a hard-chine hull that rises easily onto plane with twin 150hp four-stroke outboards on an Armstrong bracket. Even so, this new model retains the soft-riding characteristics at useful speeds for which Eastern boats are known. A cored hull above the waterline as well as coring in the cabin and pilothouse sides provide strength with light weight for a boat of this size. Below decks, a forward V-berth converts to a settee with table, while an enclosed head offers a shower. A mid-berth under the helm deck offers additional sleeping capacity or storage. A flatscreen TV for the cabin is standard. The helm deck provides a galley-up aft of the helm seat, opposite a double forwardfacing companion seat, with a double lounge seat and an optional aft facing cooler seat to port. An optional aft Bimini top can shade the upholstered transom bench seat, and a bow thruster can ease the docking process.
LENGTH OVERALL: 27´ 4” BEAM: 10´ 3” DRAFT: 28” FREEBOARD: 26” WEIGHT: 8,000 LBS FUEL: 192 GAL RECOMMENDED HP: 300
248 / 270 TOURNAMENT
LENGTH OVERALL: 24´
248 / 270 TOURNAMENT
RECOMMENDED HP: 150
248 / 270 TOURNAMENT
Based on Eastern’s able, rugged 248 and 270 hulls, the Tournament boats are all about fishing--efficiently, effectively, safely, and above all, comfortably and happily. The 248 Tournament shares the hull, cabin, and pilothouse with the 248 Islander, while the 270 Tournament shares with the 270 Islander. Opposite the helm of the 248 is an l-shaped lounge. The aft portion of the lounge holds a tackle center and sink. Meanwhile, aft of the 270’s helm chair sits a multi-drawer tackle center with storage in place of the Islander’s galley. On both Tournament models, a 30-plus-gallon livewell with toerail replaces the aft bench seat. A transom door (optional on the 248, standard on the 270) provides access to fight fish around the Armstrong bracket and engines, in appropriate seas. On both models, a rocket launcher on the aft edge of the cabin top and four gunwale holders secure rods and reels. A pump-out fish box in the cockpit sole takes care of the catch. Family cruising or serious fishing, Eastern’s Tournament Series boats can handle the challenge.
Two/Tone, Cockpit Sole Hard Cabin Sides w/ Sliding Windows LED Spreader Lights Stainless Steel Hardware Black Rub Rail / Spray Rails Electric Windshield Wipers Stainless Steel Bow Eye Self-Bailing, Inner Liner Inspection Deck Plates V-Berths w/ Cushions & Shelves Armstrong Bracket Drink / Rod Holders Fuel Filter & Water Separators Aft Curtain Livewell Tackle Center Fish Box Rocket Launcher See full list of standard features on our website: www.easternboats.com
310 / 350 EASTERN
LENGTH WATERLINE: 29´ 2”
EASTERN 310 / 350
EASTERN 35 For even more room, consider the single-engine Eastern 35. Choose either sport-fish with flying bridge or comfortable lobster yacht. Each 35 is custom built to meet your exact needs and taste.
12,000 LBS 14,000 LBS
STANDARD FEATURES: Hull, Step Deck & Cockpit Floor (3) Clear ¼” Safety Glass w/Center Opening Windshield (4) Tinted ¼” Safety Glass Windows (Sliding) Optional Fly Bridge Fiberglass w/Core Sandwich Construction Wash Rail (2) Seastop Scuppers Stainless Steel Bow Rail (Back to Toe Rail)
See full list of standard features on our website: www.easternboats.com
310 / 350 EASTERN
EASTERN 31 With over 450 of our classic, Royal Lowell-designed hard-chine 31′ hulls on the water today, the Eastern 31′ is a proven winner. Updated now with modern composite materials and a single clean diesel engine, the 31’s hard chine hull combines efficiency, speed, and seaworthiness. It’s available as a basic workboat, a state of-the-art sport-fishing rig with a flying bridge, or the affordable luxury of a “lobster yacht” finished out with plenty of teak trim. Fit and finish are tight throughout, with optional cabin and salon layouts, galley up or down, teak decks, an enclosed VacuFlush head with shower, a bow thruster, and full cruising accommodations for a couple, with additional sleeping space for children or guests.
Custom compartments, shelving and benches to meet each customerâ€™s needs.
Coast Guard Certification is available.
Optional dive or rescue doors available.
We ship our boats all over the world!
Boats available from 18 to 35 feet.
Tow posts available.
Fishing and research vessels custom-tailored to your needs.
Engine driven or self-propelled fire pumps available from the manufacturer of your choice.
Over the years, Eastern Boats has built vessels of all sizes for fire departments, harbormasters, search and rescue operations, law enforcement agencies, and towing companies across the United States. The same New England virtues of seaworthiness, robust construction, speed, and efficiency, along with our custom building expertise, allow us to meet many government and business needs. These photographs offer just a sample of our offerings; we invite you to visit our state-of-the-art plant in Milton, NH for a tour and a sea-trial. No matter the use, we can build you a boat that not only carries out its mission but also retains its style and value for years to come.
Eastern Boats Inc. 11 Industrial Way P.O. Box 1040 Milton, NH 03851
Phone: 603.652.9213 Fax: 603.652.9219 www.easternboats.com
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