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Question Downeaster 38 bilge access

Hello. I am researching various boats and there is a '79 Downeaster 38 that I like. I have not seen one in person thus far. One thing about these boats I have read in several places is the access to the bilge is not very good... one small floorboard forward and another further aft. This seems odd for a full keeler. Am I wrong?

That said, nobody seems to address the why. Is the floorpan too structural to allow for better access? Are freshwater/blackwater/fuel tanks in the way for some reason? Has anyone who owns one opened up better access to the bilge?

It seems like a rather large place for too many stray things to collect and/or a waste of a storage opportunity.


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Re: Downeaster 38 bilge access

I don't know about the bilge access but if you buy one of those you better not be in a hurry to get anywhere.

They are handsome boats but notoriously slow.

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Re: Downeaster 38 bilge access

Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
I don't know about the bilge access but if you buy one of those you better not be in a hurry to get anywhere.

They are handsome boats but notoriously slow.
And with a miserably rolly motion and a lot of weather helm.


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