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Sea trader 38

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Boat REF# 14161
This boat has been sold
Length 11.74m (38'6")
Year 1986
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Other
Sleeping berths 5
Engine 1 x diesel 35hp, VW Petter (1980)
Lying Central Algarve


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Extra Details

Designer E.R.Barnes South Africa
Lying Central Algarve
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Fuel capacity 90.0 ltr (19.8 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 700.0 ltr (154.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Last survey 01/01/2001


Engine 1 x diesel 35hp
Engine make and model VW Petter (1980)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering tiller
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.0 ltr (0.4 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6.5 knots

New stern gear, inlets and outlets, exhausts, fuel tank, all main pipework, j-clips, fuel and water bowls,engine mountings all new in 2003.


Length 11.74m (38'6")
LWL 11.00m (36'1")
Beam 3.60m (11'10")
Draft Min 1.70m (5'7")
Draft Max 1.70m (5'7")
Headroom 1.95m (6'5")


10% discount on rigging

Sloop rigged Paul Green Aluminium spars (1986) with Galvanised standing rigging (2003)


New Sails Upgrade?
Reefing mainsail Hoods - Slab (1997)
Headsail - Furling (1997)
Spinnaker gear tick

Mast alluminium with single spreaders, SS12mm forstay, shrouds and double back stays all 12mm galv rigging (2003). Stanchions and siderails all 25mm galve pipe. Barlow Winches. Profurl roller reefing.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Other
Finish Paint finish

All steel multichine cutter with aft cockpit. 6 chines either side with 18mm longitudinal roundbar on each chine. Frames, 50mm/6mm flat bar, spaced 450mm apart 25 frames in all. Keel 3/4 length, sole thickness 20mm, sides 5mm. Ballast approx. 3 tons pig iron encapsulated. Bottom 3 underwater chines, 5mm corten steel, top 3 chines and decks, 3mm mild steel.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads
Stove tick
Sink tick
Cooler tick
Drapes tick
Manual water system tick

One large double and three piolet berths. She is an ideal livaboard long distance cruiser for 2-4 people and comes with a large amount of cruising kit and spares

3 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Depth sounder tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Spray dodgers tick
Bimini tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick

3 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
Electric Cougar windlass
2 anchors
50.00m (164'1") of chain
100.00m (328'1") of rode
Aries windvane self-steering system
Tinker Traveller dinghy (1993)
8ft ply sailing dingy

Safety Equipment

Liferaft tick
Life buoys tick
Danbuoy tick
Horn tick
Swim ladder tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

Broker's Comments

This boat has been viewed and photographed by Gary of Boatshed Algarve. Register or log in to see 43 more photos of this boat. These boat details are subject to contract.
This 1986 built to last Sea Trader 38 Cutter live aboard is a solid sea servant which will take you off on adventures all around the globe.
Designed by E.R.Barnes in South Africa, date of the last survey was 2001
She has good accommodations with a total of five berths one double and three single.
The knowledgeable owner has told about its wonderful sea adventures all around the world.
The engine is a sturdy 35-40 hp VW Petter 1500 cc which will return a healthy 2-3 litres per hour.
The main and head sail are eight years old with the mast being aluminium, both sails are manufactured by Hoods with standing rigging being re-placed in 2003 which does need to be re-oiled.
There are some engine spares together with a new reel of standing rigging.

Note: No offers on the asking price will be considered. This vessel has been reduced to sell.

Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.