2007 Hunter 38 (Shoal Draft)
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Hurricane Dorian Special
- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Single / diesel
- Located In:
- Abaco, Bahamas
- Hull Material:
- Current Price:
- US$ 55,000
The Hunter 38 features a fine entry and near-plumb-bow that are as racy as any new boat from Farr Yacht Designs. Due to her increased waterline, she won't lack speed. There's also just enough working space between the mast and bow pulpit for a bow person to attend to sails or muscle an anchor fitted on a stainless steel bow roller at the stem. Her small foretriangle and 7/8ths rig are married to a boom that extends over the stainless bimini frame to produce end-boom sheeting angles that are more efficient than a cabintop arrangement.
When viewed from abeam at a distance, her profile complements the racy bow as she presents a high-aspect sail plan and a relatively flat sheerline. Tinted, flushmounted, fixed plexiglass ports complement her aesthetics and light her interior. This model is less chubby than her cousins and shows in her performance.
This particular Hunter 38 'AHOY MON' was dis-masted and blown ashore during Hurricane Dorian in Abaco, Bahamas. The mast is in 2 pieces and can be spliced and will be included in the deal.
-Dinghy davits and Bimini frame are damaged but the boom traveller bar is in good shape.
-The hull has a few minor repairs and scratches.
-The deck has a decent size crack from dis-masting, needing some fiberglass repairs (see photos)
-Some minor cracks in the bilge around the keel, need re-tabbing.
-Port midship has damage and cleat torn off, needs localized fiberglass repair.
-The interior is undamaged for the most part, electrical systems, electronics, mechanical, steering all in good functioning condition.
-The Yanmar 40hp engine is in very good condition. Hours are unknown but the engine is in great shape and the owner says the oil is clean.
-Mainsail needs small repair, Genoa and spinnaker in good condition.
-Boat can be lived on and motored away immediately to complete repairs elsewhere.
Undamaged Value $100-125k Asking $55k 'As Is'
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Designer: Glenn Henderson
Flag of Registry: United States
Hull Shape: Monohull
LOA: 38 ft 2 in
Beam: 12 ft 1 in
LWL: 34 ft 9 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 0 in
Dry Weight: 17636 lbs
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 3JH4E
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Fresh Water Tanks: (75 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (34 Gallons)
Number of single berths: 3
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 1
Seating Capacity: 7
Two innovations are immediately obvious when boarding from astern. The swim platform measures 18" by 30", and has two steps, one of which folds up when boarding passengers. Henderson has designed a helm seat that rotates aft and downward, which fills the gap between the upper port and starboard steps, creating a stern entrance; it's a clever idea. Cockpit seats, and the two pod seats are covered with Flexiteek, a synthetic product that's durable and stain-resistant.
A small locker to port contains the holding tank, a second one holds two propane bottles. The starboard seat covers an emergency hatch; also to starboard are a shallow locker for storing dock lines, and a second one that accesses manifold.
The second innovation: a folding wheel where port and starboard sections can be unpinned and folded inward to ease movement about the cockpit. The base of the table also provides a foot brace, a requirement on a cockpit this wide.
The third innovation is a deep fiberglass bins on either side of the companionway used to store halyard tails and other sail controls. This is a superior approach to using bags or cubbies that have historically been carved out of unused space in the coamings.
On the 38, Hunter uses a stainless steel arch to support the traveler, which puts mainsail controls near the helm. A Harken mainsail track and traveler system sits atop the arch, and sheets are led port and starboard to cam cleats that allow the skipper to trim from the wheel, completing Henderson?s attempt to remove clutter from the cockpit. Two Sony marinized speakers and nightlights are also housed in the arch; the speaker controls are bedded in the companionway cover. Primary winches also are close to the helm, promoting singlehanded sailing. The boat?s deck hardware is top- drawer and large enough for assigned tasks. The primary winches are Lewmar 40 self-tailers led through Lewmar ballbearing blocks. On the cabintop are Lewmar 40s married to Spinlock XTS rope clutches.
Lifelines are 23?" above the deck, (meeting ISO standards). The 1-1/2" fiberglass toerail running from bow to stern is what we expect on a boat designed for offshore work. The toerail is rounded, which will be appreciated by rail riders in the unlikely event that this boat does any racing. The sidedecks are 12' wide at the shrouds. The lower shrouds terminate near the base of the cabin, the uppers at the gunwale, so fore and aft movement is unimpeded. And a diamond nonskid surface offers good footing on a wet deck. The cabintop measures 86" between the handrails, so there is plenty of room for stowing a dinghy or other items.
Small headsails are de rigeur for Henderson, and this boat is fitted with two 48? long sections of track located at the base of the cabintop, providing tight sheeting angles between the shrouds. The standard furler is a Furlex 200S elevated 16?" above deck level so that it's out of the way when hoisting an anchor.
A Simpson-Lawrence anchor windlass is located below deck in the anchor locker, a good location from a safety standpoint; the locker is large enough to house enough chain and rode for anchoring in deep harbors. Cleats located on the bow, amidships, and on the stern are 10" long, so they'll accept dock lines beefy enough for a boat this size.
A Lewmar hatch on the bow measures 22" x 22", a second located amidships is 24" x 24", letting the sun and wind pour in, or odors escape the cabin. They are supplemented by 10" x 12" opening ports amidships and over the galley.
Henderson has designed a vessel that places an emphasis on crew comfort and smooth operation by locating the sail controls at the helmsman"s fingertips.
As with all Hunter sailboats, the 38 provides large living spaces. The layout of this model presents an L-shaped galley to starboard at the foot of the companionway, nav station to port, and sitting/dining area amidships. At anchor, the crew sleeps in the forward cabin; the skipper in the aft stateroom.
Key points: headroom in the main saloon is 6' 6". The hull and cabinetry are constructed of smoothly finished teak, though the sole in the saloon is Everwear, a low-maintenance laminate. The panels in the new headliner can be removed with a tool Hunter provides to get at wiring runs and deck hardware, and the cabintop is fitted with solid wood handrails running the length of the saloon, which are among the beefiest we"ve seen.
The saloon will seat 6 guests with a dining table measuring 36" x 42" and settees 70" long with 15" high backrests. The width between the settee backs is 9".
The galley comes standard with a two-burner stove/oven combination located between the refrigerator aft and slide-out storage rack; outboard are cabinets large enough for the storage of eating utensils, and a niche for a microwave. A stainless rail at the front of the provides an attachment point for the chef when underway.
Two stainless steel sinks are surrounded by a Corian surface. The countertop measures 60" x 20" when the sinks are covered, adequate for preparing meals for a crew of six.
The 38 also has a good chart table measuring 20" x 18". Henderson placed a bulkhead on the forward edge of the table where instruments will be installed, with a useful stainless handhold attached to the cabinetry. The electrical panel is close at hand.
The skipper?s stateroom is comparable to ones we"ve seen on large powerboats. The key ingredients are a 78? long, 60? wide platform on which a 4?-thick mattress lives, with storage below. Interestingly, an open space between hull and headboard is designed for miscellaneous storage, as is a cabinet at the foot of the berth measuring 22" wide and 8"deep. There's additional storage in a hanging locker. Cushioned seats measuring 23" x 20" located port and starboard create convenient sitting areas.
Henderson has devised a dual-purpose engine cover. The box doubles as a fiddled vanity that, when removed, exposes both sides and the back of the engine, better than seen on most boats. Since the space between the berth and vanity is 23", the cover won't need to be stored on the berth when servicing the engine?a very sanitary arrangement.
The forward stateroom is just large enough for two adults. The berth is 86" long on the centerline, and 80" wide at the head; storage is below the berth and in a pair of cedar-lined hanging lockers.
The single head is a two-compartment affair with doors to both the main cabin and the aft stateroom. Standing headroom is 6' 2" in each space. The vanity-toilet area is large enough for most adults, and the shower area, which measures 24" x 45", is enclosed by a door, so the spaces may be occupied by two people simultaneously.
We expect to find large living spaces on Hunter?s sailboats and the 38 doesn't disappoint. However, it exhibits better fit and finish of joinery than boats built five years ago, a byproduct of computerized cutting tools, more attention to detail, and quality control. The layout is sensible, with living spaces proportionate to the amount of time that will be spent occupying them. And, we like a single head on a boat this size. It makes sense and frees space for other uses.
Practical-sailor.com review of the Hunter 38 states;
We tested the boat in 5 to 10 knots of breeze and flat water on the Chesapeake Bay conditions common to many areas around the U.S. The boat was fitted with an in-mast furling mainsail, and the company's own literature indicates that this reduces sail area by 148 sq. ft. We feel that's a tremendous price to pay for convenience, especially in light-air venues, and considering that sails are typically set once a day. On a 38' boat displacing 17,000 pounds, we'd opt for an electric halyard winch and a flaking system before sacrificing that much Dacron.
We sailed with a full main with three vertical battens, which produced good sail shape, and a 105% headsail. Boat speed on our GPS registered 5 to 5.5 knots sailing in five knots of breeze, and increased to 7.5 knots in 10 knots of breeze when we eased sheets. Henderson said ?that meets the design target and is about as fast as she will go.
The boat was light at the helm, responsive when sails were properly trimmed, and tacked through 85 to 90 degrees, better than we've seen on earlier Hunters. She heeled approximately 10 degrees in those conditions and provided a comfortable ride.
She motors easily at 6 knots when powered by the Yanmar 27-hp engine. An optional 40-hp engine will add $2,936 to the price, (This particular vessel has the 40hp) but would be overkill except in areas where there are heavy tides or currents.
SAILS & RIGGING
The rig is down and in two pieces and can be easily spliced.
- Jib Furling System (Furler is present but extrusions damaged)
- Adjustable Mainsheet Traveler on Arch
- Inboard Jib Tracks w/Adjustable Cars
- (2) Sets Line Stoppers and Organizers
- (2) Two-Speed Self-Tailing Rigging Winches
- (2) Two-Speed Self-Tailing Jib Sheet Winches
- Spinnaker pole
Spinnaker in good condition
- Stainless steel double sink
- 2 Burner LPG, Gimbaled Stove w/Oven Force 10
- Front loading Freezer
- Front loading Refrigerator
- Hot/Cold Pressure Water
ELECTRONICS & NAVIGATION
- Raymarine C120 Chart Plotter
- Raymarine SmartPilot ST8002 Autopilot at Helm
- Raymarine ST60+ Wind instrument at Helm
- Raymarine ST60+ Speed and Depth at Companionway
- Furuno Nx-300 Digital Navtex Receiver
- ICOM IC-M422 VHF at Nav Station
- Danforth Compass
- 110/12V Systems
- Shore Power w/cables
- (1) 12V Mastervolt 160ah AGM House Battery
- (1) 12V Engine Battery
- Battery Monitor
- Tank Gauges- Fuel, Water & Waste
- AC Electrical Outlets
- Navigation Light Package
- Cabin Reading Lights
ENGINE, SYSTEMS & MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT
- Yanmar Diesel 3JH4E 40hp
- (2) Air Conditioning Units
- Kuuma 5gal Hot Water Heater
- Lewmar Anchor Windlass
- Steering Pedestal with Single Lever Engine Control, Wheel Brake, Lighted Compass, Handrail, and Drink Holders
- Automatic Engine Room Fire Extinguishing System
- Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
- Emergency Tiller
- Hot/Cold Pressure Water System
- Automatic Bulge pump
- Manual Bulge Pump
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.