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Seller's Description

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Contact Tom at FourOneZero ThreeFourNine SixZeroZeroZero

Boat is located in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

SUSURRO - 1977 Downeast Cutter 38.

Susurro has been owned and operated by a USCG licensed Captain for 11 years and has been significantly restored/upgraded over the past 18 months.

This vessel sails beautifully and is designed for 15 to 20 knots of wind; she is a sturdy and spacious ship and can be sailed without crew.

Owner has two sailboats and needs to part with one.

Repowered with Yanmar 3JH40 Common Rail diesel engine (40 HP) in April 2022; Engine hours: 5; everything from the motor to the prop has been replaced: transmission, shaft, cutlass bearing and prop (pitch adjusted to new engine); new mechanical and electronic engine controls and monitoring; new raw water strainer and secondary fuel filter.

Five sails; all in very good condition with great shape: Main, Storm Main, 101% Genoa (furling system 2012), 85% Jib (altered for furling), and Stay Sail (furling system 2022); all sails have been meticulously maintained; main sail was fully battened in 2021.

Mainsail stack pack (2016) and lazy jack system (2022).

Garmin GPS (741sx), Raymarine autopilot, Raymarine wireless anemometer, Standard Horizon GX1700 AIS VHF (All equipment is less than 10 years old).

Depth/temperature transponder replaced in 2018.

Hull, deck, mast and boom has been resurfaced with AWLGRIP; non-skid surfaces refinished; teak refinished (2022).

Bottom sanded and repainted in Fall 2021; no blisters.

Mast was stepped in April 2022 and all standing rigging inspected.

Mast and boom mounted running rigging replaced (2022); all sheets are less than 5 years old.

Electrical system has been rewired (2022); new panels, consolidation and removal of old wiring systems; wiring brought up to maritime code.

New cabin lights and wiring (2021).

Xantrex Charger/Inverter for House Batteries (2018).

Noco Genius Charger for Starter Batteries (2022).

Battery management system installed (2021).

House Battery bank replaced in 2021 (four 6V Duracell Golfcart Batteries).

Starting Battery bank replaced in 2019/2020 (two 12V Deep Cycle Marine Batteries).

New antenna and lights on mast (2022).

All thru hulls and valves removed, inspected, cleaned, lubricated and/or replaced (2022).

Holding Tank: 35 Gallon.

Diesel Tank: 75 Gallon (cleaned and inspected in 2022 before engine installation).

Fresh Water: (two) 50 Gallon.

New panelized headliner throughout vessel and insulation added (2021).

New Refrigerator (2022).

New Kitchen Sink (2021).

Mermaid 16K BTU Air Conditioner (2005); new raw water pump (2022).

New Head (2022).

Formica surfaces replaced (2021).

New plumbing fixtures in bathroom (2021); shower and faucet.

Water pressure, propane hot water and shower pump out (2022).

New Stove Top and Microwave (2021).

New companionway hatch cover (2018).

Cushions and upholstery replaced (2015).

Dining room table modified to take up less space (2019).

All windows and forward hatch (twelve in all) replaced (2021/22); all windows/portals are glass, open and have screens; the forward seven windows have hoods.

Dinghy Davits and Swim/Dinghy Ladder (2019).

Bimini (2012).

Bilge Pump replaced (2022).

New Dorades (2020).

Four Barient Two speed sheet winches (Genoa and Staysail).

Three Lewmar Halyard winches.

Spinnaker pole 16ft.

Simpson Lawrence 555 manual windlass (in very good working order).

One Halon fire extinguisher galley.

One Halon fire extinguisher engine room.

Two dry #5.

Anchor and rode in excellent condition.



Bob Poole
Down East Yachts Inc.
# Built
Transom hung


Length Overall
35 5 / 10.8 m
Length On Deck
31 11 / 9.8 m
Waterline Length
25 9 / 7.9 m
10 11 / 3.4 m
4 9 / 1.5 m
17,000 lb / 7,711 kg
5,500 lb / 2,495 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
602′² / 55.9 m²
Total Sail Area
602′² / 55.9 m²
Sail Area
270′² / 25.1 m²
35 5 / 10.8 m
15 2 / 4.6 m
Air Draft
44 5 / 13.5 m
Sail Area
332′² / 30.8 m²
41 6 / 12.7 m
16 0 / 4.9 m
Forestay Length
44 5 / 13.6 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
75 gal / 284 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
100 gal / 379 l
Holding Tank Capacity
30 gal / 114 l
6 5 / 2 m


Hull Speed
6.3 kn
Classic: 6.81 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

6.32 knots
Classic formula: 6.81 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
>350: ultraheavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

Introduced in 1975 the Downeaster 32 is a traditionally styled long range cruiser ideal for couples. 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.

Even in the 1970s when Downeast Yachts introduced their boats they evoked nostalgia and tradition. The Downeaster 32 keeps up the family traits with a long keel with a keel-hung rudder, clipper bow and a bowsprit. The hull has moulded-in planking lines 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 four foot bowsprit – it’s a rig that has proven to be reliable.

Ex-factory, the Downeaster 32 exuded quality throughout and was offered with an large array of options above and belowdecks such that each boat tended to have a uniquely individual personality. The hull laminate was built extremely thick, bordering on overbuilt by modern standards and the rigging has proven strong.

Internal space is generous for a 32 foot boat and tall sailors will appreciate her six and a half feet of headroom. With the right configuration she can theoretically sleep six with three berths in the saloon, a quarter-berth on the starboard aft, and v-berths forward.

Because she is often sailed by couples or single handed, many owners have modified their boats appropriately. The original layout has two doors closing off the v-berth and adjacent head from the main saloon. There’s a u-shaped galley complete with gimballed stove, refrigerator and icebox, and a double sink. Storage includes two well-ventilated hanging lockers and numerous cubbies.

Access to the bilge and engine is unfortunately not ideal. Original boats were fitted with Farymann 24hp diesels, perhaps underpowered but known for their frugality, today many have upgraded to 27hp Yanmars.

Underway you’ll find the Downeaster 32 has reasonable performance on all points of sail. For novices she’s forgiving to sail while sailors who know her well can eck out the full performance from her sail plan. Her conservatively designed underbelly makes for relatively comfortable and very safe dynamics in offshore conditions.

Overall a very good seaworthy boat. Today it stands as a great choice for affordable and safe offshore cruising.


Down East Yachts located in Santa Ana, California was founded by Bob Poole in 1974 during what was considered the boom years for cruising sailboats. Poole was a boat builder who had previously worked for Columbia Yachts and had 14 years of experience under his belt before branching out to start his own company. A native of the East Coast, as the Down East name implies, his idea was to build a dependable line of sailboats with traditional styling in Southern California.

The Downeaster 32 designed by Poole himself was the second offering from the company. It was introduced only months behind the Downeaster 38 which was a design collaboration between Poole and Henry Mohrschladt, the name behind the famous Pacific Seacraft brand.

After the passing of Bob Poole, who died on April 29, 1978, the company continued to be active through to 1980, even finishing a number Westsails on behalf of the failing Westsail Corporation. Down East Yachts legally ceased as a company in 1983. The molds and tooling were sold to Newport Offshore Yachts.

In total, 134 boats were built with the last one completed in 1980. The Downeaster 32 was by far Down East Yachts’ most popular design.

Links, References and Further Reading

» Downeastyachts.com, owners forums and information.
» Motorboat and Sailing Magazine, Downeaster Review, May 1977

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