Originally Posted by SweetSurrender
Well all we can say is this 1980 41' Downeaster
is a no go for us. The broker said "No Issues at all"..... The reality was all kinds of issues including some from a COLLISION! Grr...
Wish the broker had given me honest answers to my questions and saved a very long trip to see it, but I guess that is asking a lot of a salesman in this economy.
Luckily for us we've found a fantastic boat and we're going to make an offer unless a true dealbreaker comes our way... 1991 39' Beneteau
We'd love to hear any of your thoughts on this one. Please chime in if you have an opinion...
which downeaster 41 were you looking at? the one in washington
state for 55,000? or the one in SFfor 54,000. I've looked at both online and even called the broker. I'm on the east coast
and if someone has actually seen one of them, then I would love to get a third party description of it. It's a long trip to fly all the way accross the country to look at a boat.
if you don't feel comfortable giving your impressions on the forum feel free to email
me at audeojude at yahoo.com..
I really appreciate it.
I have a friend that has a downeaster 38 setup as a cutter
and it is a great sailing boat. It phrfs around 195 or so in our club and I can attest that it sail well to that rating in races. It tracks very well and has a nice motioin. In 20 knots of wind
it will do a steady 8 to 9 knots with all sails
up. We usually reef between 20 and 25 knots of wind
. It does decent in light air also.. much better than I had thought it would. with full main and a 150 jib
it will usually do half of apparent wind in 4 to 10 knots of wind. The stay sail is the turbo on the boat. Running with just the jib
or just the staysail leaves her under powered but with both the jib and staysail set she picks up her heels and comes alive. Oh and a clean bottom helps
I'm not a big fan of the standard layout but looking at the pilot house models I really like their layout.