1984 Catalina 38
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New to the Market 6/30/2021
This Catalina is a one owner beauty and shows pride of ownership throughout.
This Catalina 38 will not last long
- San Diego, CA, US
- Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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- Racer and Cruiser
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Dimensions & Weight
- 38 ft - 11.58 meter
- 38 ft - 11.58 meter
- 11 ft 8 in - 3.56 meter
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- 30 (Individual), 30 (combined)
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In 1978, Catalina Yachts was a young company with a Midas touch, enjoying brisk sales of its sailboats from 22 to 30 feet, all of them designed and built in house. And then company owner Frank Butler tried something different. He bought the mold for the Yankee 38, designed by Sparkman & Stephens and descended from a successful one-off IOR aluminum raceboat, from the bankrupt Yankee Boat Co. Butler saw this competitive racer as a flagship that would raise the profile of the Catalina fleet. He was right. In 1980, the Catalina 38 was selected for the prestigious Congressional Cup. The company went on to build 366 Catalina 38s over the next 14 years.
Butler made significant changes to the S&S design. He replaced the skeg-hung rudder with a balanced spade rudder and created a high-aspect-ratio rig with a taller mast and shorter boom. He redesigned the interior for weekender livability and the deck and trunk cabin to match Catalina aesthetics.
Other aspects of the dated racing design -- long overhangs, generous tumblehome and a pert little reverse transom -- give the Catalina 38 its pleasing lines. Butler's redesigned deck gives it a sleek, low profile but narrow side decks are a result of those changes. Passage from the cockpit to the foredeck can be tricky, especially if a wide dodger is fitted.
With its pedigree, it's no surprise that owners report the Catalina 38 sails to windward like it's on rails and also sails beautifully in light air. That superior upwind performance comes with a draft that approaches 7 feet, a limiting factor for some cruising sailors.
Boats designed to the IOR have a reputation for poor manners and instability downwind. But that reputation was earned under race conditions when boats were intentionally overpowered and driven hard. A cruising couple is unlikely to push any boat to the brink of broaching, and many find the IOR warhorses, including the Catalina 38, in fact make fine cruising boats.
Down below, the major interior components are incorporated into a molded hull liner. Teak trim and veneer are used for doors, drawer facings and bulkheads. In early models the cabin sole was fiberglass, but in later models it was covered with teak and holly veneer.
The keel-stepped mast abuts the bulkhead forward of the main saloon. Forward of the bulkhead are the head to port, lockers to starboard and the V-berth, which easily accommodates two adults.
A U-shaped dinette to port (that converts to a double berth) is the main feature in the saloon. Aft of the dinette is a snug U-shaped galley.
On the starboard side of the saloon is a long settee with stowage behind and beneath it. A nav station backs up to a quarter berth that extends under the cockpit.
Owners with cruising plans might find the tankage limiting, but they should avoid adding weight in the bow and stern of this fine-ended boat.
The Atomic 4 gasoline engine was fitted in very early boats but many have been replaced. The 24-horsepower Universal diesel in later ones reportedly lacks the power to push the boat at hull speed in moderate wind and chop. Engine access is adequate.
The Catalina 38 enjoys a loyal following, and owners praise its design, build quality and performance. Rare for boats of this vintage, the builder is still in business, and provides design and parts support. Asking prices range from $25,000 to $75,000, with older boats at the lower end of the bracket.
Engine: Universal Diesel 3 cyl 24 hp
Maxprop 2 blade feathering propeller
Cruising speed: 6.5 KT Max: 7 KT
100 amp alternator w 3 stage Altra regulator
Fresh water cooled
Racor fuel filter
2 house battery banks (2x golf cart batteries/bank) + starter battery
Xantrex shore power charger - 20 amp 3 stage
Fuel Capacity: 35 Gal
Water Capacity: 36 Gal
6 Gal water heater - Electric/engine heating
Holding Tank: 20 Gal
30 lb Bruce Ancor - 100' 3/8" Chain + 200' rope rode
Schaffer roller furling on headsail
Cruising Gennaker w douser
Hydraulic backstay rebuilt 2011
Jiffy reefing on main
Sail control lines led aft
C Cushion cockpit cushions w extra pieces
Cockpit shade for sitting at anchor
Cockpit canvas cover - keeps cockpit clean while slipped.
Canvas covers for all woodwork
Garmin GPS chartplotter
Simrad wheel autopilot w wired remote
Edson wheel steering
Manuals included for engine and electronics
2 burner propane stove w oven
Isotherm 12v compressor refrigeration
Accommodations: Number of single berths: 2 Number of double berths: 2
Number of heads: 1
LED lights throughout
NOTE: Below are specifications sent in by our members. Please keep in mind that our boats did change through the years and therefore the particular "specs" listed should be carefully verified on your own boat!
This is especially true regarding sail size with a furler!
L.O.A 38′ 2″
L.W.L. 30′ 3″
Beam 11′ 10″
Draft STD 6′ 9″ SHOAL 4′ 11″
Ballast STD 6850 LBS SHOAL 7650 LBS
Displacement STD 15,900 LBS SHOAL 16,700 LBS
Displ/Length STD 257 SHOAL 269
SA/Displ STD 16.2 SHOAL 15.6
Theoretical Hull Speed - 7.4 knots
Sail Area, Rated (SQ. FT.) P 44.00
Mainsail 253 I 49.80
100% foretriangle 386 J 15.50
Total (100% fore) 639 E 11.50
Weight of Sail Cloth (Recommended)
Main 7.75 oz
130% genoa 7.25 oz
150% genoa 7.25 oz
spinnaker tri-radial 0.75 oz
Ice Box Capacity 5.5 cu. ft.
Water Tank Capacity Std 35 gal + 6 gal water heater = 41 gal
Holding Tank Capacity 21 gal
Fuel Tank Capacity 35 gal
Est. Consumption .75 gph
Distance From Waterline(DWL) To Masthead 56.0
Common Ratings: PHRF 114 IOR 28.8 EST
Berths: 2 Doubles 2 Singles
Headroom Main Cabin 6'3″
Std. Engine - Universal model 30, 68 cu. in., 3 cylinder r.w. cooled,
2:1 reduction gear, std. propeller - 15″D x 13″P
2 blade, 1″ shaft
Theoretical Hull Speed - 7.5 knots
Std Pedestal Steering w/32″ diameter wheel
Ritchie Sp. 5 Compass, engine controls
General by Length
General by Length
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.