Down East Yachts

Down East Yachts

Down East Yachts (USCG Manufacturer's Identification Code (MIC) - AAY) was a manufacturer of sailboats headquartered in Santa Ana, California. According to Coast guard records, the company was founded on August 5, 1974, and went out of business on July 12, 1983. The company was founded by Bob Poole, who had previously worked for Columbia Yachts. The company began production in 1974 and, after the death of the founder, his son continued operations for a short while, before selling the molds to Newport Offshore Yachts.

The heart of a sailboat company is the design of its boats. Down East Yachts started with a single boat, the Downeaster 38 which was designed by Henry Morschladt, a California Naval Architect who specialized in cruising sailboats. The design was traditional, with a wineglass stern, full keel, and bowsprit. As additional boats were added to the line, they were modifications of this original design.

In addition to manufacturing their own boats, Down East Yachts was contracted to finish several hulls made by Westsail as it was closing its doors in 1980.



Four sailboats were manufactured by the company. All were heavily built cruisers suitable for blue water sailing and were available in Ketch, Schooner, and Cutter configurations:

  • Downeaster 32, 1975 - 1980.
  • Downeaster 38, 1974 - 1981.
  • Downeaster 41, 1980 - 1981.
  • Downeaster 45, 1977 - 1981.

Downeaster 45 Hull number 1 in schooner configuration


Down East Yachts acquired the molds and tooling for the Defever 40 Passagemaker from Jensen Marine when they ceased operations in 1980. Production was resumed as the Downeast 40.

See also


  • The Proper Yacht, 2nd Edition by Arthur Beiser, International Marine, 1978
  • Mauch's Sailboat Guide Vol I, by Jan Mauch, Oceanside Publishing Co, 1991
  • Heart of Glass, by Daniel Spurr, McGraw Hill, 2000,2004
  • Review, © Motor Boating & Sailing / May 1977

External links

The above links are to sites no longer in existence The new website for downeaster owners and enthusiasts as of 10/2009 is

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