This is an opportunity to own the safest 38′ Downeast hull there is and this one has been well cared for by knowledgeable mariners throughout her existence! Please note the finish work is done with solid wood more than with veneers!


  • loa 38' 8
  • beam 13'
  • draft 4'
  • designed by Ralph Ellis / Lee S Wilbur
  • builder Wilbur Yachts
  • model Flybridge
  • year 1983
  • location Florida



Puffin’s swim platform of low maintenance fiberglass, 10′ wide and 2′ 2″ fore and aft, provides a comfortable, safe space for swimming, diving, dog entry, tender entry and exit, landing of fish, showering with fresh water and easy access through the transom door to the cockpit. It also provides a platform to mount the removable outboard bracket for emergency (in calm seas or down wind) propulsion. “It is an essential, much used part of the vessel” says the owner. On the port side is a 1.25″ stainless three step folding dive ladder which drops deep enough for easy use even if wearing a scuba tank. Two stainless handrails facilitate usage as does a polished 1.25″ stainless safety rail of 35″ height by 17″ width which is offset about 8″ to port of centerline (to prevent interference with use of transom door). The raised, fixed safety railing provides security if one wishes to use the hot and cold fresh water shower, the fixture of which is located inboard, centerline on the transom, for showering in the cockpit.The wide transom door, from the swim platform to the cockpit, to starboard of centerline, is typically left off the vessel as the owner considers it unnecessary as the cockpit sole is 11″ above the waterline when PUFFIN is fully loaded and the salon sole is an additional rise of 9″ above the cockpit sole, which is drained by two 9″x 3″ oval scuppers. The cockpit, spacious for this manafacturer, is about 11′ wide at the aft hatch and 11’7″ long from the swim platform to the salon sliding door. The cockpit contains two commercial grade, round, aluminum hatches, both centerline, the aft being a Freeman 20″ diameter located directly above the rudder post ( for attachment of emergency tiller ) and the forward being a Bomar an inch larger. Contained under the cockpit sole is storage for such emergency tiller, extra ground tackle, and outboard on each side are two 50 gallon each, plastic fresh water tanks, all valved ( and valved as well in the engine room to avoid entry to lazarette ) for a total of 200 gallons.  It is served by a saltwater wash down/ livewell supply sourced by Groco seacock and strainer in the engine room which is valved to serve as an additional emergency bilge pump.The sides provide ample, safe support as the coaming is about 32″ above the sole. Six large, bronze rod holders are mounted on the decks (courtesy of singer/songwriter Billy Joel, an acquaintance of the original owner). A bronze bit is located at each corner. Forward, port side is the propane locker containing two 20 lb. aluminum tanks.12volt lighting port and starboard and 110v. floodlighting from two fixtures mounted on the spreaders to the mast. A portable, round, plastic, folding table is customarily carried for cocktails and/or al fresco dining. A portable quad base fishing chair with gimbal is included. On offshore passages the outboard and tender are carried, although hoisted and launched separately, in the cockpit. An aluminum mast and boom, mounted centerline on the cockpit sole about 16″ aft of the salon bulkhead and fixed, at 7’6″ above the sole at the overhang of the flybridge, extends vertically about 10′ above the sole of the flybridge. It is used to launch/retrieve the tender and engine, to place the engine on the swim platform in emergency, with boom lowered to support SUNBRELLA cockpit awning, to house white running lights and anchor light, to support radar and, on the spreaders, antennae. It has a 7 to 1 ratio block and tackle which makes use an ease and, being manual, won’t break on a cruise. A 1.25″ polished,stainless ladder with starboard type steps,on the port side, provides access to the flybridge as well as access (up two steps) to the foredeck of the vessel. SUNBRELLA cockpit awning Fiberglass dock box containing lines etc.. Tackle locker, constructed entirely of starboard, containing 6 drawers, 45″ in height and 14.5″ x17.5″ Custom DELTA T engine air inlet moisture eliminator


  • 28′ Rupp outriggers with double halyards and teaser reels.
  • 5 bronze, deck mounted rod holders in cockpit.
  • 5 stainless rod holders welded to flybridge ladder.
  • 7 stainless rod holders welded to aft flybridge railing.
  • 5/4″ teak holder on port salon overhead holds 8 rods.
  • Tackle locker, constructed entirely of starboard, containing 6 drawers, 45″ in height and 14.5″ x17.5″


The spacious bridge contains two “as new” condition, ladder backed, fiberglass, swiveling, stanchion mounted captain chairs,one at the helm centerline, the other to port. As the sole of the bridge is 7′ 5″ square, ample open space remains for freedom of movement in a non cluttered area, as is true of the cockpit.The 35″ high, stainless,1.25″ railing which has 7 rod holders welded to it, with another 5 on the ladder, provides security in a sea. There is 6’9″ headroom under an 8’4″ square Bimini top. The outriggers are dropped and raised from the bridge where the two 6/0 PENN teaser reels are controlled as well.


Access to the salon is through a large sliding door.To starboard presently is a 110v., top loading, 3 cubic foot HAIER freezer which is portable; a 110v., 2.5 cubic foot refrigerator, currently off the vessel, may be substituted. Forward is a tall, portable leather chair. The convertible couch/double bunk to port, is high enough that those using it have excellent outside visibility. Teak and holly sole above heavily insulated floor with five hatches to the engine room. Salon is about 8′ 8″ long by 9′ 8″ wide with headroom of about 80″ at center. Lower helm station to starboard. Seth Thomas clock and barometer on aft bulkhead.  Center window forward opens Multiple coats of Snow White Awlgrip on many non-wood surfaces Custom inlaid hinged folding leaf dinning table Teak rod holder will hold 8 rods with Penn 80 reels


-controls to 12v. LOFRANS 1000 anchor windlass (1000w.nominal, 1500w.peak,1450lbs. power) for single handed cruising. -Foot controls also exist on the foredeck and the machine is supported by a 110amp slow blow breaker mounted portside, ceiling,in the engine room. -Simrad Robertson AP 21 remote autopilot. -Garmin 5212 with 12″ screen GPS depth finder/plotter in NAV-POD housing, under dash antennae, remote “black box” and satellite weather (requires subscription) capable. -Stereo CD player with 2 speakers on bridge,2 in cockpit under bridge overhang. -Controls to Bennet trim tabs. -Morse engine controls. -Full engine gauge panel. LOWER STATION -Controls to Bennet trim tabs. -Danforth Constellation compass. -Furuno GPS ,model 35 Navigation. -Furuno model 821 24Mile radar. -Garmin 498 GPS plotter. -ICOM M-302 VHF radio. -SIMRAD ROBERTSON AP22 Autopilot with mode RPU 160 reversible pump, J 300X Junction box and RF 300 Rudder Feedback. -Morse engine controls. -Holder and charging bracket for waterproof Standard Horizon model HX 290 VHF -Bilge pump controls. -Trim tab controls. -Full engine gauge panel generator start/stop gauge panel


The 450 H.P. (metric) Cummins 6CTA 8.3 turbo charged and aftercooled engine with a Twin Disc MG 5061A transmission with a 2 to 1 reduction gear is coupled to a 2.25″ Aquamet shaft turning, right handed, a 5 blade HI-TORQ prop of 26.75″ diameter and 21.50″ pitch. In 11/16 the cutlass bearing was replaced, as was the packing in the stuffing gland. The six cylinder diesel, served by a wet system 8″ exhaust and a DAHL 201 primary fuel filter, has a service design rating of 2600 RPMs/17kts, which is exactly what it turns at wide open throttle. A full keel protects the prop and the FRP shoe supports the 21″ by 34″ FRP rudder which is controlled by a two station (bridge and salon) single ram Hynautic operated hydraulic system. Fuel is supplied from two, 150 gallon each, aluminum tanks located outboard, each side, in the engine room. Morse controls and Cummins gauge panels at each station. Spare starter, spare alternator and spare raw water pump are aboard. Less than 3500 engine hours as of 7/17.


Down three large safe steps to galley to port and head to starboard.Teak and holly sole continues to forward stateroom. Galley is 6′ 9″ fore and aft with headroom of about 6′ 4″. The wide access opening and “pass thru” to salon contribute to an open sense of space combining the salon/galley area. 8.2 cubic foot,110v., Avanti refrigerator/ freezer, SUNBEAM 110v. microwave oven, SHIPMATE 4 burner propane stove and oven, large (21″x16″x7″) stainless sink with filtered ( G.E. cartridge ) water supply incorporating a one gallon steel pressure tank and spare Wilbur Flybridge pump is aboard. Two bronze port lights to port and 19″square Bomar overhead hatch. Multiple coats of Snow White Awlgrip on many non-wood surfaces HEAD To starboard is door to head with tile floor, sink, Jabsco toilet (with larger bowl and seat), shower, bronze port light, teak framed mirror, storage cabinets and lockers and, on aft bulkhead, access to wiring and electrical panels inside lower helm station,headroom of 73.5″. Air conditioning duct providing cool air


Continuing forward to port are two spacious over/under bunks ( with >5″ custom foam mattresses! ) with storage underneath, reading lights, two bronze port lights on the upper bunk and a fan on the lower bunk, which, like both hull sides in the forward stateroom, is trimmed in wood strips (fir,the owner thinks) referred to as “ceiling” in the Down East vernacular. Multiple coats of Snow White Awlgrip on non-wood surfaces


A door going forward grants access to the forward stateroom containing a teak bookshelf, teak framed mirror, hanging clothes locker, 19″ square BOMAR overhead hatch, lighting including reading light and fan on bunk. Bunk is raised to port and, while a most spacious single, the owner reports “Only the young, or Wilbur Flybridge  rather romantic, would describe it as a “double”. Considerable storage below bunk and bronze port light to port. Access forward to chain locker. Multiple coats of Snow White Awlgrip on many non-wood surfaces Trimmed in wood striping on ceiling (sides of hull)


30 AMP AC shore power, breaker-protected, with a 50′ supply cord. 50 AMP main AC breaker. Six GFCI protected outlets: 2 in salon, 2 in galley, 1 each in head and forward stateroom. Two AC floodlights on mast spreaders light cockpit. AC reading light at salon bunk. Two AC lights in salon. 50 AMP (“OFF”, “GEN”, “SHORE”) switch at lower station. One 8D AGM 12v. battery, installed 3/16, to start main engine and generator. Two 8D AGM 12v. batteries, installed 6/15, for house service. All batteries in acid proof containers. Blue Seas Automatic Charging Relay. AC and DC panels at lower helm station. Main DC switches in engine room along with inverter charger. DC lighting port and starboard in cockpit and three in engine room. DC lighting in salon (3), in galley, in forward stateroom and reading lights at each over/under bunk and in forward stateroom. 130 Amp alternator on main engine (spare alternator aboard) 1000 w. portable inverter aboard as spare to serve galley refrigerator should Xantrex inverter fail. 6 KW Northern Lights 3 cylinder 50 AMP 110v. M673 L.3 generator (less than 4,000 hours as of 8/17) on stainless base on top of rubber pad and with sound shield enclosure, in starboard side of engine room is served by RACOR 500 primary fuel filter, GROCO full flow 1.25″ seacock (dedicated), GROCO ARG-1250-S strainer and water lift muffler which exhausts starboard side of hull, amidships (thus flow is immediately visible from lower helm station at the start/ stop switch panel and does not interfere with swimmers at swim platform). Full gauge panel at lower station and additional start/stop panel in engine room. Fuel may be supplied from either tank. Six gallon 110v. water heater, which may be heated by main engine and is so plumbed yet current owner’s preference is to keep such valves closed.


A thick, teak, epoxy resin coated then Awlgrip painted pulpit supporting a stainless WINDLINE BRM 3 roller supports a 44lb. LEWMAR claw style anchor (new 3/17) connected via large stainless swivel to 30′ of 5/16 G4 High Test galvanized chain attached by a reverse splice to over 250′ of 5/8″ three strand nylon which is all automatically fed by the windlass to a large locker below. A bronze bit is located centerline about 18″ aft of the windlass. A second chain pipe, currently not in use, also gives access to the chain locker. A spare Deepset DANFORTH anchor with about 8′ of stainless chain and at least 200′ of 1/2″ three strand nylon is stowed in the lazarette, where a Storm anchor, being a FORTRESS “Guardian” 85 with more than 250′ of 3/4″ three strand nylon, is stowed as well; however the 30′ of chain to same is stowed below (yet not in contact with) the starboard fuel tank in the engine room. The stainless bow railing above the pulpit is unusually high at about 44″.


Wilbur Flybridge

  • 30″ Solas life ring mounted in cockpit
  • 5 fire extinguishers: cockpit, salon, two in galley, forward stateroom
  • At least a dozen life preservers in flybridge dash, many being TYPE 1 -Six person self (CO2) inflating life raft (new 4/14 recertified thru 5/2020) in valise, in salon, as is “ditch bag” containing food,etc.
  • 25 MM/12gauge flare gun -handheld waterproof VHF radio
  • Six-gallon water container
  • Emergency manually operated tiller attaches to rudder post
  • Audible high water bilge alarms in lazarette and engine room
  • 500 GPH 12v. bilge pump with float switch below galley (shower sump)
  • 2000 GPH 12v. (Primary) bilge pump with float switch in engine room with three way control at lower helm station
  • 2000 GPH 12v. bilge pump (high water)with float switch, such switch being one of the audible alarms; this pump being mounted about 5″ above the primary pump
  • Spare new 2000 GPH pump and float switch aboard
  • Plumbing in place to use salt water wash down as bilge pump


A 2003 4 cycle, 20 hp, long shaft Honda outboard is always carried on cruises as emergency “get home” engine but primary use is to power the 2003 11’3″ Avon 340 hypalon RIB with 20″ transom. Two spare props for the outboard are aboard, one being a “sail” prop with less pitch for emergency propulsion of PUFFIN.


The hull design was by Ralph Ellis of Bunker and Ellis fame. The build was by Lee S. Wilbur in S.W. Harbor, Maine, for a knowledgeable Connecticut gentleman with a passion for serious deep, cold water diving who desired an extremely seaworthy vessel, with an attractive, clean, functional look, which was not overloaded with gear that would lessen her speed. Not long after she was repowered with a Cummins 450 C, the current owner Wilbur Flybridge purchased her, in 2002, after a four year search throughout North America. He then took her home to the Stuart, Florida area, known (like Maine) for its many marine tradesmen, and commissioned a refit and the addition of equipment to convert her into a most seaworthy, comfortable, cruising sportfish capable of extended cruising, free from marinas. While the refit did add weight which resulted in less speed, from 22 knots to 17 at WOT, she can now comfortably cruise in the tropics, at a turn of speed better than many of her kind. Puffin’s clean appearance receives frequent admiration. She carries fresh water more typical of larger vessels. Her 32,000 BTU reverse air conditioning capacity can quickly cool down the interior on a hot summer afternoon or provide comfort if the bugs appear in the evening. The quality of the refit done by the current owner, shortly after her original engine was replaced with a Cummins, conforms to the reported motto of the Lee S. Wilbur Co. that ” the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”


Binoculars, fishing gaffs, masks, fins & snorkels, dive weight belt, scuba tank, portable live bait well, portable personal EPIRB, pole spears, fishing lures & tackle, paper charts, two portable mast mounted rod holders, music CDs, books, tools and pictures on head and stateroom doors, picture of Wandering albatross and Blue marlin release.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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John Morin

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