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Boat Review: Gagliotta Lobster 35

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The Lobster 35 marks the Italian builder’s first foray into the U.S. market.

By Carly Sisson | Originally published Dec 10th, 2018 

The 35 is a Down East yacht that represents a new direction for Gagliotta. The handsome, semi-custom dayboat is the company’s first yacht aimed at the American market. Introduced to the U.S. in August 2018, the 35-footer has a number of finely crafted features and is expected to be about half the price of some of its competitors.


“The Lobster 35 was designed for someone who has always aspired to have a Down East style boat but doesn’t want to pay more than a million for a dayboat,” says John Thomas of Springline Yacht Sales. The mid-sized New England-inspired yacht from Europe is expected to retail at about $540,000.

The 35 is powered by twin Volvo Penta D4 260-horsepower common-rail diesels. Though currently the only power option, the company may offer different horsepower options in the near future. The engines afford a cruising speed of 25 knots, burning about 12 to 14 gph; according to the builder it tops off at 31 knots. The exhaust is located under the swim platform, and a deadening, heat-retarding blanket around the engines mitigates sound for a quiet ride while underway. The 35 also features a generator and a fully integrated helm.

The cockpit area screams entertainment. Wraparound seating for eight at the table brings guests outside, where they can enjoy their time aboard in luxury. The table can completely disappear into the deck to optimize the space. The galley, with a two-burner induction cooktop, is also on deck, bringing the chef outside with the rest of the party and making hosting less of a chore. Belowdecks, a master berth and a head a allow for comfortable overnights or weekends in close quarters.

The 35 has a limited production of about eight boats a year, which allows the company to prioritize quality and customization. “It’s not a cookie-cutter boat,” Thomas says. “If you don’t like the color, if you don’t like the teak, if you don’t like the leather interior, we’ll make an arrangement for a personal factory tour in Naples and they will customize the boat however you like.” The color choice is just about unlimited; the company is not locked into traditional black, white or green hulls.

Although new to the U.S. market, Gagliotta has built 20 of the Lobster 35s. The vessel certainly turned a number of heads at last year’s Newport International Boat Show. “It’s an affordable Down East-style picnic boat,” says Thomas. “It’s a dry and comfortable ride and economical to operate.”

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