The Adventuress is for sale!


Sailing the Sea of Cortez 

At anchor in the islands of western Panama 

Sailing in  Alaska

Fiberglass construction

Permanent wheelhouse for protection from the elements.

Perkins 4-236 diesel


Northern Lights 5KW Genset

When we are gone, Cuco keeps the Adventuress in top shape.


The galley

Forward looking aft.

Main Saloon

After many years of service, we are offering the Adventuress for sale. The following description will give you an idea of what a wonderful vessel she is and that she is a great value for the person(s) who buy her. If you want to live aboard, charter, or sail around the world Adventuress will excel in all categories. For more information on Downeast sailing yachts, see the DowneastYacht pages.

The Adventuress is a craft for those with a discerning eye for quality and luxury. She's a U. S. Built 51-foot, 30-ton Downeast cutter boasting:

- Three separate staterooms.

- Enclosed wheelhouse

- Two heads (bathrooms) with showers.

-Heating systems; Hot water

-Electric -Diesel heater(At this time [2007] these have been de-commissioned but have not been completely removed.)

 - Large windows with a raised settee for viewing the sights from inside. (We have stainless steel “storm bars” for the windows.)

 - Gourmet cooking facility, with separate freezer, refrigerator, ice maker, propane stove/oven, Belgian cookware, and, of course, a microwave.

- Water maker - Village Marine



-20xx Radar, Vhf radios (2), Marine SSB radio,  All Band HF Radio, Terminal Node Controller for e-mail aboard, Epirb (2), GPS, Fathometers (2), Autopilots (2), Stereo systems (2).

 - An aluminum rigid hull inflatable outboard powered runabout.

- Lots of safety equipment including a Plastismo 6 person life raft.

- Perkins 4-236 85 hp. Diesel Auxiliary (5972 hrs 2/13). The entire top end of this engine was removed and rebuilt in 2006 as well as all injectors, injector pumps, water pumps and ancillary equipment.  This rebuild is less that 100 engine hours old.

- Generator - Nothern Lights 5Kw – 3cyl. Lugger diesel – Installed 1997 (1623.3hrs 2/13).


 - (2) Mains (Fully battened and partially battened), Cruising Genoa on Profurl roller furler, Yankee, Genoa, reefing club footed staysail. Spannaker  

- Whisker Poles (2, one telescoping).

- Three anchors (main w/ 300 ft chain) 65# Plow - 44# Bruce 45# Danforth & skiff anchor.   Additional anchor chain and road.  Muir  Cheetah  anchor windless

- Sunshade canopy and other canvas.

- Two added opening hatches (Hood 24X24) for ventilation.


- Main fuel – 282 gal. Alum. -

- Heating/Emergency fuel – 25 gal. Alum.

- Water, 250 gal. Stainless

- Holding tank 25 gal. Rubber

- Paint AWLGRIP 1997 - Bottom paint is Hempels 2007


·Wind speed, Wind direction -·Boat speed over water

·A complete set of builder’s plans.

Document Specs

LOA 51’ - LOD 45’,- LWL 38            

Gross 30 ton   Net 27 ton

Builder: Downeast Yachts, Santa Anna, California.

Year Launched: 1978 -  Hull Number 27

See the Adventuress in the John Sayles movie "NYT Limbo Review"

This is a great boat for heavy weather and it goes sails well in light airs too. We sailed from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Hawaii in 18 days, from the Galapagos Islands to Zhuatanejo, Mexico in 9 days and from Hawaii to Alaska in 18 days. All in comfort.

Maintenance History 

Because we used the Adventuress in our crewed charter business, she has been carefully maintained and improved every year; our livelihood and safety depends on it.  At the moment  she is in the yard at  San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico where we are  performing routine maintenance and making some upgrades. The hull has a barrier coating and has no blisters.

In 2004 the mast was removed, inspected, refurbished, rewired, painted, and new spreaders installed.  The rigging was also inspected and fittings replaced. 

There is lots of storage on the Adventuress.




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