The perfect boat for a lifelong sailor to retire to, the NEB 31 has the classic look and the nimble handling that every sailor (and veteran powerboat owners, too) value. Ethel, pictured above, has proven to be a great way to take four grandkids out for a safe and enjoyable weekend on the bay. The NEB 31 sleeps four, cruises at 18 knots and has a top speed of 22 knots, has a bow thruster for easy docking, and refrigeration for weekend cruising. Best of all the yacht is never mistaken for a "cookie cutter character boat" -- most yachtsmen assume that Ethel is a classic restoration -- not the latest imitation -- of a lobster yacht. The NEB 31 has a solid fiberglass hull, a balsa core deck, a composite-construction fuel tank (no rust or corrosion), and a V-drive places the engine farther aft than you might expect, reducing the engine's impact on the accommodation plan.
The NEB 31 is a classic lobster yacht, evolved from the rugged fishing-boat hulls of legendary Down East designer Spencer Lincoln. The yacht's sleek, graceful entry slices through waves cleanly and without pounding, producing a smooth, dry, sea-kindly ride. The NEB 31's long, beamy, semi-displacement hull provides agile handling and assured steering control at all speeds. A sailboat-like keel protects the prop shaft, prop, and rudder and gives the boat directional stability. The 31 is well-suited for the coastal and short-range cruising needs of a family or a couple. New England Boatworks offers the NEB 31 in either a sedan or a flybridge cruiser version.