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The Bristol 38.8, designed by Ted Hood and built by Bristol Yachts in Bristol, Rhode Island, is a classic, solid, bluewater cruiser. The 38.8 is very similar to two other fine cruising sailboats off Ted Hood's drawing board, the Wauquiez 38, and the Little Harbor 38.
The Bristol 38.8 was built from 1982 to 1996, with a total of 82 hulls completed. Serendipity is hull #5.
The 38.8 was conceived as a cruising sailboat capable of taking you around the world, or around the bay, in comfort and with respectable speed. As a second-generation Bristol, the 38.8 was built with an emphasis on quality and fine craftsmanship that marked the company as a top-end manufacturer.
At 12 feet, 1 inch, it is beamier than earlier Bristols of its size, providing a decent amount of interior space and amenities. The cabin is filled with teak or mahogany (either was an option). Serendipity is outfitted with teak interior woodwork, and a teak & holly cabin sole.
Forward, the buyers had an option of a traditional V berth or a double berth to port with a vanity to starboard. Serendipity is outfitted with the double berth to port and a seat to starboard, followed by a vanity to starboard. There is also a filler cushion to extend the double Pullman berth and fill the entire V forward for the best of both worlds.
The Bristol 38.8 has a centerboard with a 4' 6'' minimal draft (board up), a major plus for cruisers who want to be able to gunkhole in the bay and the Bahamas. Maximum draft is 10' 4'' with the board down which helps the boat track better.
Capsize Ratio is 1.81 and Comfort Ratio is 32.60 making this boat just salty enough to be a comfortable, sturdy, and seaworthy vessel without sacrificing docking and handling. She's little faster than the Westsail 32, Gale Force 34, and Allied Seawind II, and will take you anywhere you want to go, short of the great capes, safely and smoothly. If you do want to circumnavigate, just be sensible and civilized and go through the Panama Canal.
This is truly a well-maintained vessel that's ready to go cruising this season! Please review maintenance & upgrades lists to that for yourself.
Maintenance & Upgrades
Both the current and previous owners were fastidious record keepers. There are several large white binders aboard which have continuously documented all of the systems and all of the changes that have taken place over time.
The current owners noted that they found these binders and the detail it contains so helpful that they wanted to keep up the tradition.
Categories for the detailed binders follows:
1. Binder #1
c- Standing Rigging
2. Binder #2
c- Cockpit Instruments
3. Binder #3
a- Chart Plotter
c- Jeppesen Marine Chip Charts
4. Binder #4
a- AC/DC Power
b- Interior Electronics
c- Galley Systems
d- Fresh Water System
g- Head Unit
j- Safety Equipment
The systems binders are stored onboard and available for review and inspection either prior to or during a sea trial and survey.