and Down East Yachts are often used interchangeably for the same company. Down East Yachts, Incorporated is the actual name of the company, which was the builder. Downeaster is the name used by the builder for all the models, and is the most commonly used and published name. Therefore, boats may be referred to as “Downeaster,” “Downeast,” or “Down East.” There were four models built between 1974 and 1981. The first model produced was the Downeaster 38, followed by the Downeaster 32 a year later. The Downeaster 45 began production in 1977 and finally a few Downeaster 41’s were built starting in 1980. The model number refers to the length on deck. All models have bowsprits which added considerably to the overall length. The company stopped production in either 1981 or 1982. There are reports of one Downeaster 38 being home built in 1988, owned by Tony Strong somewhere in the Pacific.