'Charisma', a Downeaster 38 Sailboat for Sale

'Charisma', a Downeaster 38 cutter, is a beautiful full-keeled bluewater cruiser. Although easily handled by a cruising couple she will sleep six in comfort - she's wonderful to sail and is ready to take you anywhere. 

'Charisma' is currently berthed in Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro, California.

A Downeaster 38 sailboat at anchor'Charisma', a Downeaster 38

Designed by Henry Morschladt, the Downeaster 38 is a straightforward, common-sense sailboat that will evoke a nostalgic twinge in those who remember what sailboats used to look like.

Downeaster 38 Standard Features:

The Downeaster 38 sailplan'Charisma's cutter rig

Specs & Sailplan 

  • Length overall: 41'9"
  • Length on deck: 38'0"
  • Waterline length: 29'0"
  • Beam: 11'10"
  • Draft: 4'11"
  • Displacement: 19,500lbs
  • Ballast: 8,000lbs

The ballast displacement ratio of 41%, together with the large beam, means that the Downeaster 38 will stay on her feet despite a shoal draft of just under five feet.

But the sailplan is rather on the scant side, which means that the Downeaster 38 is no ocean greyhound, but for many of us a friendly shaggy dog makes the better companion - and for such people the Downeaster 38 may very well be the right sailboat.

The interior of the Downeaster 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.

Construction specifications are high, with the laminate to Lloyd’s requirements.

Seacocks are on all through-hull fittings below the waterline, a steel back-bone in the rudder, and so forth.

Sand set in a polyurethane adhesive is used for nonskid deck surfaces in place of the customary molded patterns that are invariably slippery when wet.

'Charisma's Fixtures & Fittings include:

The engine is a 32 HP Universal M40 diesel with an easy freshwater flush system and provision for hand-starting in an emergency.

There are centerline tanks holding 90 gallons fuel and 100 gallons of water.


The aft end of a Downeaster 38 sailboat

Garhauer deck hardware includes the boom vang, mainsheet traveler, outboard engine hoist and custom mast for D400 wind generator.

'Charisma' has two banks of Rolls 375AH batteries and an Analytic Battery Charger.

There's also a Scanmar Monitor windvane self-steering gear, plus a tiller-mount autopilot by Raymarine.

All canvas is in like-new condition.

Sails new in 2015 include the headsail, mainsail and spinnaker - the older staysail is in great condition. The headsail is on a Profurl reefing/furling system.


The mainsheet traveller on a Downeaster 38 sailboat

The mainsheet traveller is mounted ahead of the main hatch, leaving the cockpit clear.


The forward end of a Downeaster 38 sailboat

Plenty of natural ventilation is provided by the ports, all of which are opening with custom closure window coverings screened for complete through-flow ventilation.


Opening ports on a Downeaster 38 sailboat

The opening screened ports can be clearly seen here above the chart table.


Helm-mounted instruments on a Downeaster 38 sailboat

A Raymarine C70 chartplotter and radar system is mounted at the helm, together with other Raymarine instruments nearby.


An electric anchor windlass on a Downeaster 38 sailboat

On the foredeck there is a Lofrans Tigres windlass with 300' BB chain.

'Charisma' has 2 anchors - a 45lb stainless steel plow and 35lb CQR.


A 3-burner stove on a Downeaster 38 sailboat

The Dickinson Mediterranean 3-burner propane stove is constructed of heavy-duty stainless-steel.


The interior of a Downeaster 38 sailboat

Note the Dickinson solid fuel heater on the forward bulkhead.

Other creature comforts include:

  • A 16K BTU AC shore-power system;
  • A central heating system;
  • An Adler Barber Reefer;
  • A microwave oven;
  • A watermaker;
  • A custom double berth with Froli spring system providing great comfort and no moisture;


Asking Price for 'Charisma', a Downeaster 38

An impressive bowsprit on this classic Downeaster 38 sailboatThe Owner is asking $70,000

Contact the Owner here...



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