38' Down East Sloop

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  • Year: 1975
  • Current Price: US$ 18,500
  • Located in Wilmington, CA
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel
  • YW# 14024-3045171

Full Specifications
Other photos: Interior Forward, Nav Station, V-Berth, V-Berth Storage, Head, Galley, Shower, Bow Pulpit, Mast Base, Helm.

The Down East 38 was conceived by Bob Poole, a Maine sailor transplanted to the West Coast, as a “classic cruising yacht utilizing modern materials and technology where they belong while retaining the traditional features of the fine early cruising yachts of Down East.” Poole commissioned Henry Morschladt, a young California naval architect who specializes in cruising sailboats, to come up with a suitable design. The result is a straightforward, common-sense boat that will evoke a nostalgic twinge in those who remember what sailboats used to look like. The Downeaster  is a steady offshore performer that is well-balanced with 6 to 7 knot typical cruising speeds

The Downeaster 38 is a larger boat than its overall length would indicate since the waterline length is 29 feet and the beam is nearly 12 feet. A ballast displacement ratio of 41 percent, together with the large beam, means that the 38 will stay on her feet, the 4' 11" draft can accommodate relatively shallow waters.

The interior of the 38 is conventional in outline and well thought out in detail. The forward cabin sports a double berth. The starboard side of the main cabin has a pilot berth outboard of a settee and the port side can be arranged either in the same way or with a settee that converts to a double with a shelf over it. The galley has a double sink near the centerline, a desirable feature, and opposite is a fixed chart table and a quarter berth.

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829 Harbor Island Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
Tel 949-673-3354
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Interior Forward
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Nav Station
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V-Berth Storage
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Bow Pulpit
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Mast Base

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Keel: Full

LOA: 41 ft 9 in
Beam: 11 ft 10 in
LWL: 29 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 4 ft 11 in
Displacement: 19500 lbs
Ballast: 7000 lbs

Total Power: 32 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Perkins
Year Built: 1995
Engine Model: PERAMA
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 32 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (50 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (90 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 1 (20 Gallons)

Below Decks

Forward is the V-berth stateroom and anchor locker access with port and starboard storage lockers. The head is aft of the V-berth to port.

The salon has port and starboard settees that convert into to a double berth on the starboard side.

Further aft is the U-shaped galley and navigation station with chart table and electrical panel. A quarter berth is after on the starboard side.

Deck Layout

The foredeck is open with a bow sprit  and anchor windlass. The cabin top is low-profile and the boat features a "bucket" style cockpit for passenger seating. The helm is a pedestal style.

  • Bow and stern rails
  • Teak raised bulwarks on outside of deck
  • Mast is deck stepped
  • (2) #46 Lewmar 2-speed self-tailing  primary winches handle the jib sheets
  • (1) #8 Lewmar 2-speed self-tailing winch acts as a secondary
  • (4) #8 Lewmar winches are forward at the mast for halyard operation

  • 110V shorepower
  • 12V ship's power
  • 8.0KW Kubota generator (needs repair)
  • 20 amp charger
  • (2) Group 27 batteries

Underbody Design

The traditional clipper bow follows below the waterline into a deep V forefoot that tapers into rounded bilges. The keel is nearly full, but has a slight cutaway taper on the forward end. The transom is a raked wind-glass design and the overall design creates a longer heeled waterline for better tracking and speed when undersail.

  • Hiller 3-burner propane stove with oven
  • Double sink 
  • Hot/Cold pressurized water system
  • Storage
  • Ice box (non-operational)

  • Marine toilet
  • Sink with hot & cold water
  • Shower


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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Last Revised: Jan 19, 2017

Contact Seacoast Yachts.

829 Harbor Island Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
Tel 949-673-3354
Fax 949-723-2961
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