Welcome to the downeast boat forum, the premier website dedicated to the downeast boat enthusiast! sign up today and talk with other downeast boat enthusiasts about. Greg rÖssel grew up cruising on the waters of new york harbor and spending time in the boat yards on the south shore of staten island where economics (more than. Glued-lapstrake plywood construction build two of john’s sailing dinghies—the frances 14 and 8′8″ compass harbor pram. john brooks—august 27–september 2.