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1978 DOWNEASTER 32' CUTTER W/ NEW Diesel Engine & Transmission

1978 Down East Yachts - Downeaster 32

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All mechanical, electrical, plumbing, rigging and sailing gear are in good working order. Any

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Jul 28, 2014
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Approximately C $13,571.69(including shipping)
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller Notes: All mechanical, electrical, plumbing, rigging and sailing gear are in good working order. Any cosmetic issues such as paint and brightwork do not effect the structural integrity and seaworthiness of this vessel.
Year: 1978 Trailer: Not Included
Make: Down East Yachts - Downeaster Use: Salt Water
Model: 32 Engine Type: Single Inboard/Outboard
Type: Cruiser Engine Make: Beta Marine
Length (feet): 32 Primary Fuel Type: Diesel
Beam (feet): 11 Fuel Capacity: 51 - 75 Gallons
Hull Material: Fiberglass Hull ID Number: AAY00980678321
Rigging: Sloop, Cutter For Sale By: Private Seller
Keel: Fixed

After completion of a $15K re-power our plans to sail the world have changed and we must sell our beloved boat. If you're looking for a solid, ocean cruiser or a comfortable, spacious liveaboard - this is it. Set sail and go! (If you're local (LONG BEACH, CA)/ within a few hours drive we're happy to arrange viewings by appointment.)

for more pics and info visit our blog: sailingthesanpatricio dot wordpress dot com

valued/insured @ $35,000

1978 Downeaster 32’ Cutter (DE 32)

Hull: Full keel
Rig type: Cutter
Length on Deck: 32′
Length Overall: 37′
Length at Waterline: 27
Beam: 11′
Listed Sail Area: 602 ft2
Draft: 4.75′
Displacement: 17,000 lbs (as designed, builders say 18,500-19,000 lbs)
Ballast: 5500 lbs
SA/Disp: 14.62
Bal/Disp: 32.36%
Disp/Len: 440.38
Designer: Bob Poole
Builder: Down East Yachts (Santa Ana, California) Founded by Robert Poole, formerly of Columbia Yachts. In addition to the Downeaster line (32’, 38’ & 42’), Down East Yachts was contracted to build/finish a number of Westsails following the firm’s bankruptcy.

Construction: Fiberglass

Production Years: 1975-1980

Hull# /Total Vessels Made: #098/134

Notes: Hauled-out 2/2013-4/2013. Hull was sanded to fiberglass below waterline. All blisters repaired. 3 coats of epoxy barrier coat applied. 3 coats of bottom paint. Bottom paint in fair condition as of 2014


Brand: Beta Marine 
(Newly Repowered 2014)
Year Built: 2013
Engine Model: BV1505 – Serpentine Belts
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: >25
Propeller: RH 3 blade propeller (9” x 16”) *New 2013
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 38 HP(@ 3600RPM)

Notes: Original engine beds were modified and rebuilt to accommodate the larger 4 cylinder Beta 38. In Addition, new, quieter exhaust system was installed (Vetus Waterlift Muffler, Waterlift Gooseneck, Custom 8” High Rise Exhaust Elbow, Wet Exhaust Anti-Siphon Loop) Retrofitted new Engine Control Panel w/ ignition and installed Kobelt single handle dual engine control w/ safety lockout (and custom ship’s telegraph decal). Morse throttle and shifter cables were also replaced and tuned. *New 2014



Fresh Water Tanks: (100 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (70 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (25 Gallons) *New 2013

LPG Tanks: (1) 4.5# tank in built-in starboard propane lazarette (drains overboard) (1) 20# tank on stern deck for LPG grill/back-up

Accumulator Tank: (1) 2 Gallon accumulator tank installed for pressurized water system

Notes: Installed removable hatch in cabin sole and (2) Seabuilt 10” Access Ports in the top of the fuel tank – scrubbed and cleaned tank interior of contaminates before repowering. *New 2013


Number of single berths: 2
Number of double berths: 2 (port settee pulls out to a double berth)
Number of cabins: 1
Number of heads: 1

Notes: Installed Froli Sleep System and custom upholstered 6” High Density Foam mattress sections in V berth. Better than a mattress on land. *New 2013



Stainless Steel double basin sink w/ dish rack

Large Single Lever Faucet

Pressurized Fresh Water System
Adler Barbour “Cool Max” Fridge & Freezer
Hillerange 3 Burner Stove & Oven (Propane/LPG) Gimbaled
Plenty of counter space
Ample dry storage areas and built-in cabinetry

3-drawer storage built-in

Fresh water & salt water Whale foot pumps


Head & Shower

Raritan PHP II Compact Manual Head (low maintenance)*New 2013

Stainless steel bowl sink

Combination sink faucet pullout shower nozzle and holder

Shower sump w/ teak grate (drains to bilge)

Built in Storage cabinetry

Private access from forward cabin

Full-length mirror

Notes: Upgraded original holding tank to larger (25 Gal) Polypropylene holding tank, replaced and upgraded all sanitation hoses, upgraded thru-hull tank vent from 3/8” to 3/4”, installed new Raritan Manual Head and Shureflo Macerator Pump. Head sink drain is plumbed to feed fresh water to the head when at the dock and back to raw-water while underway(ball valve manifold). *New 2013


120 Volt Balmar Alternator – internal isolator w/ increased cooling & serpentine belt

12v Main DC Power Panel/Battery Bank Selector Switch

120v AC Panel/ Heavy Duty
30 amp shore power connection
(1) 12v Group 27 Interstate Deep Cycle House Battery
(1) 12v Group 27 Interstate Deep Cycle Starting Battery
Newmar HDM 30 - 30 amp/3 Bank Battery Charger
Primary: Whale Super-Sub Bilge Pump 1100 GPH *New 2014

Secondary: Rule 650 GPH Bilge Pump (serviced)

Shureflo Macerator Pump (Holding Tank/Pump out)

GFCI outlet installed in galley (6) outlets total

LPG Control Solenoid/Switch

12v Engine room blower mounted to stern cowl vent (portside)

Built-in Hatch Fan in V-Berth

Running/Navigation Lights

LED cabin lighting

Notes: Upgraded original, dim incandescent bulbs throughout cabin to brighter/more efficient LED arrays. Main saloon, navigation table, galley, head, v-berth (5 Total) *New 2013

Auto Helmsman Tiller/Pilot w/ handmade wooden case
Icom VHF Radio (nav station)

Icom Handheld VHF/DSC/GPS *New 2014
Standard Horizon Depth Sounder

Dual XGPS150A Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver for iPad/iPod with Navionics


Deck & Gear

Racor 60 GPH Fuel filter

Canvas covers for mainsail, staysail, forward hatch and tender
Cockpit lazarette

(4) USCG Approved life jackets
Propane locker
Anchor Lockers (bow and stern)
35lb CQR Anchor with Chain/Rode combo (+200’ chain)

Bow roller & Stern Roller
Muir Cougar Electric Windlass w/ New foot switch on deck *New 2013
Swim Ladder (Attaches to either Port or Starboard sides)
Magma S.S. 9” x18” Cabo Grill (LPG) Stern Rail Mounted

Life Sling
Double lifelines

Ample cleats on deck, gunwales and mast

150' Yacht Braid nylon rode
(2) Standard Fluke Anchors 25# and 15#

(2) Marine Machine Flopper Stoppers

Brass Fog Bell/ Outboard Mount

Second tiller with fancywork grip

(2) Teak Dorade Vents forward of mast, (2) Cowl Vents @ stern

Spare winch handles and blocks

(4) TaylorMade Inflatable Fenders



Set of custom made sails by Kevin Connelly Santa Barbara Sail-maker
•Custom Full Batten Double Reef Mainsail – Good Condition
•Custom Jib/ Genoa (120%) – Hyde Roller Furling. Reconditioned w/ new Sunbrella Cover *NEW 2013
•Custom Single Reef Stay Sail – Good Condition w/ self trimming boom

•Custom Spinnaker (with bag) – Good Condition
(4) Lewmar #8 – (1) aft for Main sheet & Stays’l sheet (3) on mast
(2) Lewmar #16 – Jib sheets
Rigid tang mounted to mast base for boom vang

All running rigging is in fair condition


Maintenance Parts & Ship’s Library

All Maintenance Records & Warranty Information

(3) Beta OEM oil Filters

(3) Beta OEM Zinc anode for Heat Exchanger

(2) Racor fuel filters

Spare turnbuckles, blocks, shackles, shroud wire, wood plugs, SS hardware, pumps etc.

Ship’s Library:

Nigel Calder: Marine Diesel Engines Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Repair, Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual: Maintain, Repair & Improve Essential Systems

Brion Toss: The Complete Rigger’s Apprentice

Don Casey: Sailboat Electrics Simplified, This Old Boat, Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual

John Vigor: Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat: A Guide to Essential Features, Handling & Gear

Introduced in 1975 the Downeaster 32 is a traditionally styled, long-range “blue water” cruiser. Through the years the boat has proven to be rugged, easy to sail, and has won many a praise from owners. They have sailed far and wide and at least three have circumnavigated.


The traits of the Downeaster 32 evoke nostalgia and tradition, with a long keel with a keel-hung rudder, clipper bow, carved trailboards and a bowsprit. The hull has molded-in planking lines (for a wooden look) and a slight tumblehome in the aft quarters ending in a wineglass-shaped transom. Above deck, she’s driven by cutter rig slung from a 4’ bowsprit – it’s a rig that has proven to be reliable.


The Downeaster 32 exudes quality throughout and was offered with a large array of options above and below-decks, such that each boat has a uniquely individual personality. The hull laminate was built extremely thick, bordering on overbuilt by modern standards and the rigging has proven strong.


Space down-below is generous for a 32’ boat and tall sailors will appreciate her 6’6” of headroom. With the right configuration she can sleep six with three berths in the saloon, a quarter-berth on the starboard aft, and v-berths forward. Whether you’re a live-aboard or circumnavigator, if you’re looking for a comfortable, well-made boat with great lines and salty looks at an affordable price – your search is over.

Vessel is sold as is, where is, with no implied warranty.

On Jul-23-14 at 08:32:17 PDT, seller added the following information:

Update: We've received a cash offer of $24,500 from a local buyer who has inspected the boat. Unless the bids go higher than that, consider her sold.

All bidders are welcome to make arrangements to have a surveyor look at the boat pre-purchase at their expense. A sea-trial can be scheduled post-purchase. Please contact me if interested.

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