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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

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Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
Damn, and just when I thought there was no greater piece of crap sailing to weather, than an Island Trader 38... (grin, bigtime) Just kidding, of course - I was favorably impressed by the sailing ability of the 45 I ran, considering the type of boat it is...
No way! There is an Island Trader at the marina where I winter Argyle. Looking at that boat, I would guarantee I would smoke that guy (and I can't say that about many boats either).

They perform to windward about as well as an Island Packet, I've sailed with IP's and we're on par. I've heard they are a bit better than Westsails, but I've never sailed on or near one of those. Not to many heavy cruisers on Long Island Sound.

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One of the things the Downeaster 38 is known for, is being underpowered... The standard factory install of a Faryman 24 Hp is woefully inadequate for that boat.
Absolutely! They originally came with either the 24 hp or a 36 hp as an option. I dropped in a Perkins 4-108 in Argyle (49 hp), which I've seen a lot of folks do. The original engines were also raw water cooled, so most of them are toast by now anyway. The 4-108 is about the biggest engine you can fit in there without doing some major cutting.

The Downeasters are also a bit underpowered sail wise as well. The 38 has a relatively short mast (43' 9") for a 20k lb. boat. You can always put up something big for off the wind, but upwind that short stick does you no favors.

I'd still smoke that Island Trader though!
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