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Trireme 38

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Boat REF# 162726
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 11.90m (39'1")
Year 1988
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Fin
Berths 4
Engine 1 x Diesel 48hp, BMC (1988)
Lying Penzance


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Extra Details

Designer Francoise Charpantier
Builder B.A & J. Evans
Lying Penzance
Fuel capacity 386.0 ltr (84.9 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 450.0 ltr (99.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 48hp
Engine make and model BMC (1988)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade Fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.8 ltr (0.6 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6.5 knots
Generator output 15KVA
Engine spares tick

PRM 160 Gearbox 2/1 ratio. Both fuel tanks can be tested for water at the very lowest point.
Three 105Ah batteries new in May 2008.
The Electrical control panel is supplied via three 30 Amp circuit breakers. One circuit breaker feeds Bus Bars which supplies power to the Starboard side of the boat. The second feeds Bus Bars which supplies power to the Port side of the Boat & the third is spare.
All wires are numbered, Odd numbers being negative wires & Even numbers being positive wires. Comprehensive wiring manual. Good engine access on three sides. All mechanical and electrical installations are first class and reflect the owners engineering background.
Honda generator


LOA 11.90m (39'1")
LWL 9.80m (32'2")
Beam 3.70m (12'2")
Draft Min 2.00m (6'7")
Draft Max 2.00m (6'7")
Displacement 14,500kg (31,972.5lbs)
Headroom 2.00m (6'7")
Storage In water


10% discount on rigging

Sloop rigged Z Spars Aluminium spars (1988) with galvanised standing rigging (unknown year)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail - Slab (2005) Stack Pack, Lazy Jacks,
Headsail - Furling (2005)
Other sails No 1 Furling Jib (1988)
No 2 Hank on Jib (1988)
No 1 Hank on Staysail (1988)
No 2 Hank on Staysail (1988)
Storm Jib (1988)
Spinnaker gear tick

+ 1 Reef Winch. Stay sail stay and furler stay are 9mm Stainless Steel. The top & bottom rotator units on the Profurl Roller reefing system were returned to Profurl in 2002 & fitted with new bearings.(the old bearings worked fine but had gone a touch notchy).
The standing rigging,apart from the furler & staysail stay is 3/8" galvanised wire. It has been oiled annually with boiled linseed oil & is in first class condition. The stainless steel furler stay had to be replaced in Malaysia when two wire strands were found to be broken.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator, solar panels, shore power, generator


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Paint finish

Leading edge of keel is 60mm solid bar, cockpit drains are 3/8" walled pipe, the edges of the frames & Stringers were ground & then given two coats of Zinc Rich Epoxy primer, as were the plates where the frames & stringers touched. After the hull was welded up it was grit blasted inside and there was a line of grey paint between the hull plate, frames and stringers. The inside of the hull was then given nine coats of epoxy paint & today after 15 years of use the hull inside is as good now as when the boat was launched. It is felt that this extra work was well worth the effort, building long life into the hull as steel boats mainly corrode from the inside out. The hull consists of the following plate thicknesses: 15mm bottom of keel, 6mm sides of keel, 4mm bottom two plates of the hull and rest of hull is 3mm. The anchor locker comprises of a 25mm thick wooden box bolted to the frames and fibreglass lined to make it watertight and a flexible drain tube is fitted to the aft end of the box which can be drained into a container. This prevents any salt water coming into contact with the hull. Before the hull fit out started the interior of the hull (after the nine coats of paint mentioned above) was sprayed with granulated cork down to the waterline and then given two coats of matt paint. This combats condensation very well & the present owners spent three winters in Southampton with no condensation problems. After putting on the cork, ceilings were fitted to the frames in every locker which keeps locker contents off the hull and there is a flow of air everywhere in the boat between the ceilings and the hull. In Trinidad during the Summer season most boats have terrible mildew problems, This vessel has had none during her stay there. All hatches are made in stainless steel, with stainless steel hatch coamings. The 30 CM High stanchions are bolted and welded to the deck. Painted, Antifouled and fresh anodes installed


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Carpet tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Double Sink in Galley. Brazilian Mahogany and Spruce interior with Iroko Ceilings and teak faced ply bulk heads. Taylors 030 Kerosene Cooker/Oven and the vessel carries 1 years supply of cooking fuel. The flue pipe for the reflex diesel heater passes through the locker ahead of the heater making it a very efficient airing cupboard. It is also possible to cook stews etc on the heater. Ample storage space and very nice furnishings throughout.

2 burner paraffin cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Radar tick
SSB tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Navtex tick
Weather fax tick
Stereo tick
Navigation lights tick
AIS Receiver tick

Furuno GP7000 chart plotter with cards for UK Ireland and European waters including The Canaries

Deck Gear

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Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Cockpit cover tick
Sun awning tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

4 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
Manual S&L 555 windlass
4 anchors
(45 Lbs CQR, 50 Lbs Danforth, 75 Lbs Fisherman, 20 Lbs Fisherman)
90.00m (295'3") of chain
50.00m (164'1") of warp
Aires windvane self-steering system
Caribe Rib dinghy (1998)
(Hard Dinghy)
2.5hp outboard, Short Shaft (1998)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Liferaft tick
Horn tick
EPIRB 406MHz tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Ocean Flare Pack
Personal EPIRB
4 Man hard Shell ocean life raft

Broker's Comments

We sold this boat to the current owners back in 2004 and in that time she has sailed pretty much constantly including Caribbean Mediterranean and Baltic trips.
Their days at sea are done for now and the boat is very much looking for a new owner. Last survey carried out 2010 the boat was recently lifted for fresh anti foul and anodes

If you were looking for a definition of the term "over engineered" this boat would be it. Generally considered to be one of the best steel yachts ever to see the light of day, the vessel was constructed along with her sister s/v over a period of 9 years (1979-1988) part time by two brothers, both Engineers by trade. The boats were built under cover in a purpose built building during that time. The specification of this vessel speaks for itself and anyone would be happy to take her anywhere in the world in all conditions. She's the most robust and well thought through blue water cruiser I have ever been aboard and anyone looking for such vessel will find none better. Perfect for 2 people looking to circumnavigate the globe. The sister boat is coincidentally also for sale currently with Boatshed Gibraltar.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Trireme 38 has been personally photographed and viewed by Tony Hicks of Boatshed Falmouth. 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 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.

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