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- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Single / diesel
- Located In:
- Jacksonville, FL
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- Last Listed Price:
- US$ 247,000
Think summers on Cape Cod or Block Island or Newport and then add this lovely True North 38 into the mix to complete the picture. With a true New England "Down East" pedigree, a reverse transom that opens like a tailgate for "picnicking" at a favorite anchorage, plumb bow, and a dark blue hull, GRAND CRU is every bit as elegant as she is innovative and practical. She is powered by a fuel efficient single Yanmar 440 hp diesel, which delivers a very comfortable cruise speed of 20 kts and a top speed of 25 kts. Her large one-level open cockpit area with a "galley-up" arrangement encourages entertainment and keeps the cook in the conversation. GRAND CRU has made two round-trips to the Bahamas from Jacksonville, Florida and is ready to go again -- or just provide a wonderful sunset excursion stateside for her next owner. Whichever you choose, you'll have the confidence of knowing that you own a perfect blend of beauty and seaworthiness.
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Contact Carey English, CPYB*, at 904-333-7360 or via e-mail at Carey.English@St-Barts.com Member: Florida Yacht Brokers Association and Yacht Brokers Association of America. This yacht is available for co-brokerage on a 50-50 basis. OUT-OF-STATE BUYERS: BOAT IN FLORIDA FOR UP TO 180 DAYS AND PAY NO FLORIDA SALES TAX. ASK CAREY FOR DETAILS. (*Certified Professional Yacht Broker)
For additional information or to schedule a showing, please contact Central Listing broker Carey English, CPYB, at (mobile) 904-333-7360 or via e-mail to Carey.English@St-Barts.com
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Pearson Yachts/TPI
Designer: Olive Dent
Flag of Registry: United States
Hull Shape: Modified Vee
LOA: 38 ft 6 in
Beam: 13 ft 6 in
LWL: 38 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 6 in
Bridge Clearance: 15 ft 5 in
Deadrise: 12 ° at Transom
Dry Weight: 15000 lbs
Total Power: 440 HP
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 6LY2A-STE
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 407
Engine Power: 440 HP
Cruising Speed: 22 mph @ 3100 RPM
Maximum Speed: 25 mph
Fresh Water Tanks: (100 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (226 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (35 Gallons)
Number of cabins: 1
Number of heads: 1
True North's Design Overview
- The True North 38 has low profile timeless lines, a reverse transom finely appointed by True North's master carpenters, and a 360 degree, galley-up layout. Active boating families wanted more room in the cockpit for all their outdoor activities. And they wanted space to stow their water toys like kayaks, wind surfers and dinghies as well as their mountain bikes, fishing and snorkeling gear. We also found that a high percentage of female boaters are not thrilled with their current boat's galley and eating arrangements, especially if these areas are located down below. Families want to be together during the day on one level, where all the action is. So we designed the True North 38 to satisfy all members of the active family. For outside activities, the large cockpit is ideal for lounging, fishing, entertaining or as the hub for water sports activities. Large, double transom doors swing open for easy access to the water, just inches below the cockpit sole. With over 90 square feet of cockpit space, and wide deck seating, there's room for everyone to enjoy the outdoors. Best of all, the cockpit is designed to stow a 10-foot inflatable dinghy with an outboard motor. It's easy to launch and retrieve -- just pull it in and push it out right through those wide doors. During a cruise, some owners stow their bikes or other water toys inside the dinghy. This system eliminates the need for unsightly davits or expensive lifts. The low profile and extra-wide side decks of the True North 38 also make it easy to stow a pair of kayaks on the pilothouse roof. Walking forward to handle lines or the anchor is also made safer thanks to the wide side decks and thoughtful absence of protruding cleats or hardware.
Very cleverly, the dinette area can be expanded when needed and does not take up too much space when just a few people are on board. The innovative, sliding seat arrangement expands seating from four to six people and easily converts into a double berth for overnight guests.
Easy entertaining is high on everyone's list, so we kept the galley up, near the cockpit. Thirsty, hungry crew can step up to the counter from the cockpit without worrying about wet bathing suits or sandy feet. And whoever has galley duty will have no complaints, as the 360-degree view is the best view on board.
Of course, all this well thought-out space is no fun if you're busy maintaining and fixing things. So everything about the True North 38 is designed to keep things simple. Starting with the dependable, single diesel engine and well-protected prop and shaft, the True North 38 takes its cue from the legendary New England workboats. You'll find no extra fluff and frills -- just the things you need to enjoy your experience on the water.
The True North 38 is an ideal size for a couple with or without kids. There's plenty of room for supplies and gear for a two-week vacation, and several owners have taken more ambitious, lengthy cruises. You'll be very comfortable, yet not burdened, by all the hard-to-maintain gadgets that have made boating too complicated and expensive. Equally appealing is how easy it is to make the boat ready for those spur-of-the-moment adventures. With a True North 38, you'll find yourself taking her out more often without the need for time-consuming preparation. Just hop on board and go. When you return, sweep it down, hose it off and she'll be ready for you next time.
Of course, being comfortable is vitally important at sea, and the True North 38 boasts an incredibly soft and comfortable ride even in rough conditions.They have often been spotted going out an inlet or protected harbor in conditions that keep much larger yachts tied up at the dock. When things turn nasty, you can depend on your True North 38 to get you home safely.
GRAND CRU Accommodations
- Starting forward, you have a large v-berth. The cushions are a light gray Ultra suede. Moving aft on the starboard side, you have the head. The head features a Vacu-Flush toilet and a very easy-to-clean molded vanity, sink and shower stall with seat. Opposite of the head, you have a hanging locker and cabinet with drawers. Just below the drawers, you find the central vacuum.
- The pilothouse has a very functional layout. The helm station is forward to starboard with an ergonomic adjustable seat. A double companion seat is to port. The dinette is just aft and to port and easily converts to a double for sleeping. Opposite the dinette is the galley. All the cushions in the pilothouse are Ultra-leather, "Light Gray" in color.
- Excellent natural ventilation and lighting is obtained throughout the yacht by the many opening ports, hatches and windows. The early spring and late fall boating is made comfortable with the Espar heating system. The "dog days" of summer are made comfortable with the air conditioning.
GRAND CRU Galley
- L-shaped galley on the port side midships
- Double S/S sink
- Hot & Cold Pressure faucet
- Drawers & Storage lockers
- Frigoboat Marine Refrigeration
- 3-burner Princess propane cooktop
- Tappan Microwave
GRAND CRU Electrical
- Fully bonded and grounded to meet ABYC. Both 125-volt and 12-volt systems wired to breakers
- 12-VOLT SYSTEM:
- 2 AGM Batteries (House)
- 1 AGM Battery (Engine)
- 1 AGM Battery (Bow Thruster & Windlass)
- Battery Condition meters
- 125-amp High Output alternator
- 125-VOLT SYSTEM:
- 8Kw Fischer Panda Generator with Sound Enclosure
- Dual 30-amp Shore Power inlet
- (4) GFI outlets throughout cabin
- (1) Water tight outlet in engine room
- Freedom 2500-12 inverter charger
GRAND CRU Electronics & Navigation
- Raymarine C120 w/4Kw radome
- Raymarine ST60 Depth
- Alpine am/fm/cd w/Bose speakers
- Raymarine ST6000+ Autopilot
- Standard Horizon VHF
- ITT Jabsco Remote Spot/Flood light
GRAND CRU Mechanical
- Powered by a single Yanmar 440hp 6LY2A-STE (407 Hours). Single lever electronic control by ZF Marine
- Hydraulic Steering
- 6hp Side Power SP75T Bow Thruster
- Racor Fuel Filters 900 Series w/water sensor alarms
- 8Kw Fischer Panda Generator with Sound Enclosure (122 Hours)
- Aquadrive anti-vibration system
- 5-bladed Bronze Propeller
- Oil change kit
GRAND CRU Hull & Deck
- GRAND CRU has a beautiful Flag Blue Awlgripped hull with a white boot stripe and green bottom
- Built using the patented SCRIMP process. SCRIMP assures that the end grain balsa core is completely saturated and encapsulated by resin. Vinylester barrier/skin coats are used for complete protection against osmotic blistering for 10 years
- (4) Brushed aluminum hatches w/screens
- (2) Powder coated opening ports in cabin
- (2) Powder coated opening ports in Pilothouse
- S/S Bow rail
- S/S Hand rails on deck house
- Transom mounted swim ladder
- Electric Anchor Windlass
- Bruce 45 lbs anchor
- 100' of chain 150' of rode
- (4) Large (12") mooring cleats
- (4) Pop-up (10") spring cleats
- Flush custom chocks at bow
- (2) Oval hawes at stern
- (2) Rod holders
The True North Story
"The Thinking Behind a Modern Lobster Boat"
By Mark Pearson
August 2001 Soundings
After building thousands of sail-and powerboats under the Pearson name, and more for companies like Rampage, Alden yachts, Freedom, J-Boats and Alerion, my father, Everett Pearson, couldn't leave well enough alone. Instead, he encouraged and inspired the management of TPI Composites to take a close look at what the market was currently offering in family cruising boats, and challenged us to take a different, better approach.
One of the pioneers in the fiberglass production boat industry, Everett has always believed in making boating more accessible by building boats that were reasonably priced and easy to maintain. He played a big part in the industry's revolution from wood to fiberglass, and he saw how new technology and production efficiencies could produce better, more affordable boats. But he also began to witness the trend of making boats too complex, too expensive to maintain, and simply too expensive for most boaters to own. More and more people were getting out of boating because many of their experiences were far from satisfying.
"Why don't we start with a clean sheet of paper and build a fun, affordable boat that doesn't cost a fortune to operate and maintain?" because the fundamental objective for this new project at TPI. Partly due to the market shift to power vessels, and partly due to the fact that we did not want to compete with our biggest customer and strategic partner, J-Boats, we decided to relaunch the Pearson yachts name with a mid-sized powerboat. From the beginning, we called this design the True North 38.
Lobster boat influence
Living in New England and being exposed to the simple beauty and working-class honesty of the lobster boat, our design team started our project by considering this classic boat's attributes and attractiveness. Obviously, the tremendous success of so many new Down East designs was a factor in our initial direction. But the most compelling argument for this style came from one of our managers, Jono Billings, who owns a 1958 36-foot Royal Lowell-designed lobster boat.
Jono is an avid, experienced cruiser who also is part owner of Jamestown (R.I.) Boat Yard. Over the years he has seen just about everything in maintenance, repairs and rebuilds. And he has come to believe in the K.I.S.S. philosophy of keeping it as simple as possible.
"I have seen too many frustrated boat owners who spend more of their time getting things fixed than going cruising," says Billings. "I realized that I was having a lot more fun on my simple lobster boat than they were on their luxurious yacht with complex systems and equipment. And the seaworthy performance of the basic lobster boat has always provided a real sense of confidence when the weather turns bad. I talked to Mark and Everett about building a modern version of my boat."
The seed was planted, and a team was formed at TPI to develop this new concept. Olive Dent, TPI's in-house naval architect, worked closely with Jono, Everett and me, and eventually we created basic drawings and a three-dimensional model of the True North 38. Knowing our design had to look different from everything else on the market, we all agreed that its starting point would include a plumb bow, a sweeping sheerline, a low profile pilothouse and a reverse transom.
We all had our own ideas of how people used their boats and what features they wanted. When we compared notes, we found a common thread that paralleled the popularity of the family sport utility vehicle. Active boaters, especially those with kids, want enough room to carry an assortment of water toys, which might include a dinghy, a couple of kayaks, and fishing and diving gear, as well as the requisite cruising accessories like a barbecue grill, fenders, extra lines, spare anchors and the like. And many want to venture off the beaten path, getting away from the crowded marina scene. We likened the concept to a "base camp" for all kinds of water sports.
While some of these qualities can be found in the popular trawler yachts, today's boater also wants to cover a log of cruising ground quickly. So it was important that the True North cruise comfortably in the low to mid-20-knot range, increasing the choices for weekend getaways. The modern-day lobster boat proved the ideal design.
The right balance between comfortable amenities and rugged, easy-to-maintain qualities also suggested an SUV mentality. We felt this boat had to strike the perfect balance between luxury and practicality. In fact, we heard many stories from owners of beautiful express yachts who found that they were fighting a losing, expensive battle trying to keep their boats up to "yacht" standards, rather than going out with the kids or friends, and enjoying a day on the water. And many others were questioning the wisdom of having so much money tied up in something they didn't use every day.
After we had a good idea of what this boat would look like, how it would perform, and how it was to be equipped, we decided we should test our concept with potential customers. We hired George Sass of Sass Communications in Annapolis, Md., to conduct market research using a series of focus-group studies with potential buyers. Sass specializes in the marine industry, and his company provided us with some very valuable insight into today's boater. Most encouraging was the fact that our overall concept was well-received. But we also learned a lot by listening to what these boaters had to say about how they used their boats and what they wanted in their next boats.
Everyone wanted a boat that was more reliable. We heard one horror story after another about bad dealers, poor boatyard service and unreliable equipment. But we also heard a lot of contradictions. While everyone demanded greater reliability, not everyone was willing to give up creature comforts. And while everyone understood the economic advantage of producing a "standard" boat, everyone had different ideas of what that "standard" should consist of.
As a result, our True North 38 is available in three versions: Sport, Explorer and Heritage. Each differs in the amount of equipment included and , to some extent, the level of finish. The Heritage, for example, includes air conditioning, a genset, a complete electronics package and a yacht-finish wood-trimmed interior. The Explorer is designed for coastal cruising and includes an electric windlass and the electronics package. The Sport is a good, basic boat with a competitive price that will allow more boaters to get out on the water and have a lot of fun.
We knew that to stand out in the crowded marketplace we had to offer something quite unique, and the True North 38 does so in several ways. To begin with, the cockpit is large enough to stow a 10-foot inflatable with its outboard attached. The dinghy is easily brought aboard through the large, double transom doors, eliminating the need for davits or a mast-and-boom rig. We see the dinghy being an ideal place to store bicycles and other cruising gear while under way. And there's plenty of walk space and seating around the dinghy, thanks to the wide side decks.
Because we see the boat being used as a center of water-sports activity, we kept the pilothouse open to the cockpit, allowing a natural traffic flow between the indoors and outdoors. The galley is very accessible to those in the cockpit, so those with wet swimsuits can satisfy their hunger and thirst without leaving a trail behind them. To allow room for overnight guests, the dinette settee expands, and the table converts to create a double berth.
The helmsman is not far from the action and has an excellent view aft, making docking easier. In fact, the helm area commands an excellent view all around, and we've spent a lot of time getting the instrument panel right from a practical point, as well as aesthetics. Sitting or standing, this is a very comfortable boat to steer. A set of canvas and clear windows can be fitted to the aft roof and cabin sides for full protection from weather.
Adjacent to the helm area is a con-pilot/nav area, equipped with a bench seat. We also decided to feature an easy-to-clean nonskid flooring instead of the traditional teak and holly sole. Yes, that traditional sole is beautiful, but after a season of kids, dogs and guests without boat shoes, there's hell to pay.
Below there's a sizable V-berth cabin with a full-sized head and shower. Originally, we felt we needed a separate stall shower, but our focus group studies told us not to waste the room. Now that we see how much room there is in the cabin, we see our customers were right on.
In talking with owners of mid-sized express boats who also have kids, we found there was a problem of what to do when the children were ready for bed. Normally they would try to sleep in the converted dinette area, but that would essentially close off the boat to adults. We developed an optional loft that is built athwartships of the V-berth, and that can fit two kids. Put them to bed early, close off the forward cabin, and the rest of the boat is ready to enjoy. When the adults are ready to turn in, everyone can have a good night's sleep in the forward cabin. And, of course, there's room for two more in the pilothouse.
Performance without expense
One of the first questions people ask is whether this is a jet-driven boat. While we considered a waterjet at the beginning of its development, we are moving away from it. We understand the popularity of these drives, but we also know they're expensive. If someone absolutely wants one, we are pointing them in the direction of those who are offering jetdrives. We simply feel that for the initial cost and long-term maintenance simplicity, a conventional single screw is the way to go. To make docking maneuvers easy, a bow thruster is standard on all three models.
Because our patented SCRIMP construction system provides great strength without undue weight, the True North 38 displaces a modest 15,000 pounds. Her long waterline length and hull shape contribute to fuel-efficient running speeds. The sport, with a 350-hp Yanmar diesel, will have a top speed of 22 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots. The Explorer and Heritage models feature a 420-hp Yanmar for a top speed of more than 25 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots. Conservatively, each model will have a range in excess of 300 nautical miles.
We've specified an AquaDrive antivibration system for each model, which we have found to be an excellent investment in noise and vibration reduction. It also reduces the need for exact engine alignment.
Transom deadrise is a moderate 12 degrees, transitioning from a midship deadrise of 20 degrees - an ideal shape for efficient, quick-planning performance. And thanks to a fairly deep forefoot, the boat will handle some nasty seas at cruising speeds. Her full skeg not only will provide strength and protection for the running gear, it will provide added directional stability in following seas.
It's more than a boat
We are committed to the success of this project and fully understand the need to exceed the expectations of our customers. We've decided to sell the boats directly, encouraging them to visit our facility here in Rhode Island. We're setting up a network of authorized service yards throughout the United States, requiring each yard to undergo factory training. Boats will be delivered on land to the yard closest to our customer, and we will dispatch a factory technician to that yard to take charge of commissioning the boat and teaching the new owner how to operate and maintain her. The yard will agree to provide a list of services, each with a preset cost, so owners will never be surprised by their yard bill.
We really want to improve the entire buying and owning experience for our customers, and the only way we can do that is to work directly with our customers and our preferred yards. Additionally, we're working on a series of value-added services, including boat-handling courses for spouses, flotilla cruising events and open houses for test driving the boats.
Judging from the early response we've had to the True North 38, we're going in the right direction. Production for 2001 is pretty much sold out, and we're now scheduling for early spring 2002 deliveries. Our customers are telling us that we've created what they've been looking for: a good-looking boat with great performance, lots of room, and at a reasonable cost. All of which is music to Everett's ears - again.
Mark Pearson, 38, is general manager of TPI Composites' marine Division, and oversees the manufacturing of J-Boats and Alerion Express sailboats, in additional to heading the new Pearson yachts division. He grew up sailing and fishing with his family on the Kickemuit River in Rhode Island, where he lives today. He has participated in many offshore sportfishing tournaments, many with his father, and enjoys family fishing, cruising and a good round of golf.
Unless otherwise specified, the owner's personal possessions do not convey with the sale of this vessel. 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.