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Helmsman Trawlers - 38 Pilothouse

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Boat REF# 202470
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 11.58m (38'0")
Year 2009
Construction GRP
Underwater profile semi-displacement
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 480hp, Cummins QSB 5.9 litre 480HO (2009)
Lying Seattle, WA USA - At Our Docks!


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Extra Details

Builder Mariner Yachts International
Lying Seattle, WA USA - At Our Docks!
Fuel capacity 1,818.2 ltr (400.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 636.4 ltr (140.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 204.6 ltr (45.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 480hp
Engine make and model Cummins QSB 5.9 litre 480HO (2009)
Engine Hours engine1:   440
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) NiBrAl 24 inch dia. 4-blade
Fuel consumption (approx) 15.9 ltr (3.5 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 8 knots
Max speed (approx) 17 knots
Generator output 4KVA
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Water-maker tick

Dual Racor fuel filter system with quick change selector.

Mastervolt Whisper 3500 4KVA generator with sound enclosure and controls at lower helm. Anti-vibration mounts and wet exhaust make this an exceptionally quiet generator.

Inverter/charger is a Mastervolt Mass/Combi 100 amp 2000 watt unit with Masterlink controller at lower helm. Backup Xantrex charger for redundancy.

Start battery and six 6-volt AGM house batteries. Teleflex hydraulic steering. Cummins engine is electronically-controlled, common-rail design. Smart Craft digital monitor in pilothouse and analog gauges at the flybridge.

The engineroom is accessed from opening deck hatches or from a watertight door in the day head. There is a massive amount of storage space in the after engineroom. Access around the engine makes service easy. The engineroom is nicely finished including deck plates and a workbench / tool storage cabinet.

Spectra Santa Cruz 380C watermaker with dual pumps -- 8 gph with one pump running and 16 gph with two.

Two solar panels installed atop the pilothouse -- an excellent location for sun exposure and to minimize their visual impact. Solar booster system optimizes energy conversion.

Many of the interior lights, plus the anchor light are LED for low electrical draw.


LOA 11.58m (38'0")
LWL 10.52m (34'6")
Beam 4.24m (13'11")
Draft Min 1.22m (4'0")
Displacement 14,515kg (32,005.6lbs)
Headroom 1.91m (6'3")
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 7 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels, shore power, generator


Construction GRP
Underwater profile semi-displacement
Finish Paint finish

Total LOA from swimdeck to anchor 40' 6".

Heavy hand-laid fiberglass solid hull construction. Vinylester resins used in the outer layers to help prevent blistering. Epoxy barrier coating and hull paint below waterline. Integral grid structure is designed to provide a very sturdy hull with little flexing, as evidenced by the nearly total absence of gel coat cracks around the boat. The hull is painted with Sterling polyurethane paint.

All handrails are of double-rung design for safety, and are welded and beautifully polished.

Window frames are powder coated aluminum and show no signs of corrosion.

Deck hardware is sturdy and high-quality stainless steel with no corrosion and little evidence of staining.

FRP fuel and holding tanks. Stainless steel water tanks.

Bottom repainted spring 2014.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 2
Shower 2
Heads 2 heads (Electric)
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Boarding astern is from a large swim platform though the transom door. The covered cockpit is large enough for several deck chairs. The sturdily-built wide sliding aft cabin door provides entry to the full-beam saloon, which is much larger than would be expected in a boat this size. The galley is forward starboard and features granite countertops, a large Norcold over/under refrigerator/freezer, Princess propane stove, and a microwave hidden in a cabinet. There is a filtered drinking water system powered with a foot pump for redundancy and convenience. Just aft of the galley is an open space with storage lockers and space for a comfortable easy chair (the chair presently on the boat is excluded from its sale). To port in the salon is the convertible L-shaped dinette (which converts to queen berth) with a storage cabinet and countertop/bar forward of it. Just forward and down is the day head -- complete with shower capability -- and an entry into the engineroom.

The pilothouse is just two steps up from the salon and is not isolated as on many other pilothouse models. The L-shaped dinette allows three or four guests to enjoy the pilothouse while underway. The pilothouse settee converts to a single pilot berth. The helm station is to starboard, and features a sliding helm seat with a moveable bolster for leaning if desired. Forward visibility from the helm station is excellent, and because of the low pilothouse design it's possible to view the aft quarters directly from the helm seat also (unusual in a pilothouse model). Sliding pilothouse doors port and starboard allow easy access to the dock, the foredeck or to the flybridge.

Footwells with high bulwarks provide security when exiting the pilothouse, and the wide, full-size steps to the flybridge make access safe and easy. There are no vertical ladders!

The master cabin has a queen bed, hanging lockers port and starboard, six storage drawers, two storage cabinets, and separate head and shower compartments.

The flybridge has a pedestal helm seat and L-shaped settee. Cushions for the settee have been stored out of the weather. As with the entire exterior of the boat, the design of the flybridge is uncluttered and intended to be simple to maintain and easy to clean.

Cabin heat is provided by a Webasto diesel-fired forced air furnace. And for fresh air this boat has nine opening windows (including an opening windshield window), five opening stainless steel portlights, and two overhead hatches.

Custom leather upholstery has been recently added to the salon and pilothouse settees.

3 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

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Furuno Navnet vx2 10" MFD at lower helm; Furuno Navnet vx2 7" MFD at upper helm; Furuno Navpilot autopilot; ICOM IC-M422 VHF with DSC and remote for flybridge; Furuno RD-30 multi-display; Airmar wind sensor.

BOSS 865DBI stereo with Sirius satellite receiver.

Deck Gear

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Electric Lewmar V3 windlass (with remote control)
2 anchors
(Bruce-type stainless steel main anchor; Delta anchor as backup.)
60.96m (200'0") of chain
45.72m (150'0") of warp
Walker Bay Genesis 8' dinghy (2009)
9.9hp outboard, Mercury, Short Shaft (2009)
Dinghy Dumper davit system for dinghy -- for quick and easy loading of dinghy. Weaver outboard pivot mount.

Vetus bow thruster.

Back-up anchor is a Delta, stored in the aft engineroom, with approximately 20' of chain and 100' of line.

Safety Equipment

Life jackets tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick
Emergency steering tick

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 Electric)

Bilge high water alarm with sound a light alert.

Broker's Comments

This Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse is well-outfitted and has low hours. She appears in excellent condition. The white gel coat topsides and the stainless steel rails and fittings are almost entirely unblemished and the royal blue hull shines. The beautiful interior is equally clean and well-maintained.

Originally imported and sold as a Mariner Yachts International 37 Seville Pilothouse, this model is the predecessor to the current Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse and is dimensionally equal.

This boat gives the impression of being much larger than its size implies with a very roomy interior and a design that includes a full-beam saloon, a day head, separate master head and shower compartments, and an extended pilothouse that actually serves as a comfortable living area in addition to its piloting function.

The quality of materials and construction are evident with teak and holly floors, beautiful teak joinery, heavy deck fittings and handrails, sturdy deck sections, and thick engine compartment sound insulation.

You'd be hard-pressed to fit more boat into a 40' slip. Its 480 hp electronically-controlled Cummins QSB 5.9 engine turns down nicely, and operates smoothly and quietly. She performs frugally at 7 or 8 knots, and has the power to get up and go when needed.

Compare this boat to a Nordic Tug 37 or 39, or to an American Tug 34, 365, or 395. You'll find that the Helmsman Trawlers is roomier, has a more finely-crafted interior, and is built to an impressive standard.

Excluded from the sale are the seller's personal items and artwork and the easy chair in the salon (shown in some photos).

This Helmsman Trawlers - 38 Pilothouse has been personally photographed and viewed by Scott Helker of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
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 appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

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