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Downeast 38
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Description: Downeast 38
Keywords: Downeast 38
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat March 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

LOA 42', LOD 38", LWL 30', Beam 12', Draft 5' Disp. 19,500 lbs.

Full keel traditional cruising design with bowsprit and wineglass stern. Roomy, comfortable, - a floating apartment. Tracks very well off the wind. Very easy for a couple to sail. Slow and poor windward performance and wet without dodger. Original 24 HP Farymann much to small.
I am preparing boat for live aboard/cruising and would like to compare notes with other Downeaster 38 owners with regard to performance, equipping, maintenance and upgrades.

Mine is an early model with some poor construction details that I have/will remedy. Major upgrades completed: new support for mastcolumn at keel, holding tank, new engine, new lifeline system, new main cabin windows, new chain plate for dolphin stay, full batten main, Dutchman flaking system, new hatch covers. Planned upgrades: running backstays, new nav. station, collision bulkhead, dodger (hard???).


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat February 12, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Full keel, traditonal, fiberglass cruiser
- roomy, solid
- not particularly fast
- seems to be aging well.
- parts still available for original Farymann engine. (www.farymann.com)
- check out Gerry's DE website for lots of good info, drawings, and owner discussion.
(www.gtod.hypermart.net)
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue April 11, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Really pleased with the boat, very well built.
Check out the following web site for more info;
www.downeaster.net
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gtod25
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Registered: August 2000
Posts: 319
Review Date: Fri March 10, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: New Website 2005
Cons:

http://www.downeastyachts.org/

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Fridge
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Registered: November 2005
Posts: 8
Review Date: Fri July 21, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: STABLE, GOES CLOSE TO WIND VERY WELL, VERY ROOMY, EASY TO MAKE READY FOR SINGLE HANDING, VERSATILE, SAFE
Cons: POOR RUDDER RESPONSE IN REVERSE

This is an excellent, stable, reliable vessel. The 1980 came with a 32 hp Universal diesel and did well - 6 knots cruise burning 1/2 gal per hour. I'm converting to the new M-40B which will give about 37 hp with the same economy but slightly better performance. The 1980 came with different capacities than previous years. I carry 100 gals of fresh, 75 gals diesel, have a holding tank, etc. The lay-out can only be described as traditional. It follows the old Mariner design very closely. The last models had some excellent changes to include exterior chainplates, rear winch positioning, scuppers and deck drain locations, etc. The club-footed staysail is a superb storm sail.

Now to be completely candid, she doesn't do all that much in light winds (below say 10 knots) but, in the 20-25 knot range this boat is completely at home. I can sail (main and jib only) at 7.5 knots consistently on a reach. The galley is accommodating and has ample storage room for long voyages.

Aside from personalizing this vessel with electronics and nav gear, they are a good, solid sailing machine. If you need to race, this isn't the boat for you. If you like reliable cruising and the safety of a full keel with a shoed rudder then this boat is worth investigating.

It's short production life has given it a bad rap over the years but sailing the boat may change minds. I've been in two sizeable storms (both single handing) and have had a frosty cold judgment enhancer afterwards to celebrate the way she took care of me.
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whereditgo
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Registered: July 2005
Posts: 2
Review Date: Sun January 18, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hello,

I saw your post about the repower.

I have a Tartan 37 with a Universal 5432 I was looking to re-power with the M40B.

Have you done your re-power, how did it work out.

Also, where did you find your engine, was it new or used?

Thanks,

Mike
whereditgo@earthlink.net
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Beersmith

Sailing to surf

Registered: November 2008
Location: St. Augustine, FL
Posts: 208
Review Date: Mon June 1, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hello!

I am looking for a Downeaster 38 owners group or anyone who can provide info about owning one of these. About to buy one

Please PM

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audeojude

F235 Sailing

Registered: September 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 72
Review Date: Sun November 15, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: great boat
Cons:

There is a new community website at http://www.downeasteryachts.com as of September of 2009.
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bfloyd4445

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Registered: September 2013
Posts: 312
Review Date: Thu November 28, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Don Poole built boat
Cons:

I have yet to see any Downeast trawlers or sailboats that weren't built to very high standards.
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