Rick Casali
North Point Yacht Sales
7330 Edgewood Road
Annapolis, MD, US
Office: 410-280-2038
Mobile: 410-279-5309

1983 Bristol 38.8 Keel/Centerboard
Boat Type: Deck Saloon Address: Annapolis, MD, US Price: $114,000


Price reduction of $11,000 on 2/28/13.   New asking price of $114,000 makes this Bristol 38.8 the best-priced  model in North America!  A one-owner 1983 Bristol 38.8 keel/centerboard sloop with many upgrades.   She has an excellent sail inventory, upgraded roller furling, carbon fiber spinnaker pole, radar, autopilot, GPS/plotter, inverter charger, like new dodger, and very nice brightwork.  This Bristol has been well maintained by her owners.   The white hull has shiny gelcoat, and the contrasting non skid in light gray is in excellent condition.   The standing rigging has been replaced, and running rigging is like new.   The interior joinery is in fine condition, too, and the cushions are a tasteful navy blue with a subtle pattern.  The owners' berth has a custom orthopaedic-style mattress;  Headroom is about 6' 8" in the salon, and about 6'4" in the forward cabin and head. 

The Bristol 38.8 is a Ted Hood design. She features New England-quality construction with a solid, hand-laid fiberglass hull.  Ballast is internal to the hull, so no keel bolts to worry about.   The Bristol 38.8 is a keel/centerboard design, so she draws only 4'6" with the board up.  So this is a great boat for shoal waters like the Chesapeake Bay , Bahamas, Barnaget Bay, etc.  Her double spreader rig, and inboard shrouds provide good upwind performance.   The 19,000 displacement makes her a capable, comfortable offshore performer.   Bristol 38 owners cruise their boats, and this lovely example has been to Maine and New England a number of times.  Here is a chance to purchase a one-owner Bristol 38.8 with many upgrades.


Basic Information

Manufacturer: Bristol Vessel Name:
Model: 38.8 Keel/Centerboard Boat Type: Deck Saloon
Year: 1983 Hull Material: Fiberglass
Category: Sail Hull Type:
Condition: Used Hull Color:
Location: Annapolis, MD, US Designer: Ted Hood/Deiter Empacher
Available for sale in U.S. waters: Yes Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

Length: 38 ft - 11.58 meter LOA: 38 ft 4 in - 11.68 meter
Draft - max: 10 ft 3 in - 3.12 meter Draft - min: -
Beam: 12 ft 1 in - 3.68 meter Bridge Clearance: -
Dry Weight: 19500 ft - 5943.6 meter    


Make: Universal Engine Type: Inboard
Model: FWC Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine(s): 1 Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: 2500 Horsepower: 44 (Individual), 44 (combined)
Cruise Speed: 7 MPH Max Speed: 9 MPH
Range: - Joystick Control: No

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank: 30 gallons - 1 tank(s) Holding Tank: 15 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank: 90 gallons - 1 tank(s)    


Total Cabins: - Crew Cabins: -
Total Berths: - Crew Berths: -
Total Sleeps: - Crew Sleeps: -
Total Heads: - Crew Heads: -
Captains Cabin: -    


  • Varnished teak interior
  • Solid teak and holly cabin sole
  • Dining table with 2 drop leaves and silverware & liquor cabinet
  • Sleeps 6 or 7
  • Large private head with shower stall & private doors from owners' stateroom & salon
  • Double berth to port
  • Large navigation station w/ electronics and abundant storage
  • Large quarter berth
  • Custom louvered cabinet under qtr. berth
  • Teak ceiling on sides of hull
  • Solid teak joinery
  • Three opening ports
  • Three hanging lockers
  • Abundant storage
  • Stainless sink in head
  • Shower
  • Vanity
  • Brass trawler lamp over dining table
  • Brass diesel-fired cabin heater
  • Large galley with double sink, propane range/oven and deep refrigerator
  • Lots of storage in galley
  • Excellent hand holds in cabins 

  • Shipmate propane cooktop w/3 burners & oven
  • Frigoboat 12 volt refrigeration w/ new compressor (water cooled)
  • Double stainless steel sinks
  • Lots of storage lockers & drawers
  • Custom halogen lights w/ dimmer over galley
  • Dry storage locker

Electronics & electrical system
  • Raymarine RL-70 radar w/ self-leveling mast mount
  • Garmin 2006C GPS/plotter
  • Alpha 3000 autopilot
  • Icom M60Z VHF radio
  • Prosine 2000 watt inverter & charger
  • Three (3) 4D wetcell house batteries
  • One (1) Group 27 high output engine start battery
  • Radar reflector
  • Shorepower w/ 50' cord
  • Chart light
  • Foredeck light
  • Datamarine depth sounder w/ alarm
  • Datamarine knot meter
  • Datamarine apparent wind speed & direction

Sails and rigging
  • 135% Quantum composite genoa ('07)
  • 150% North genoa
  • 90% North blade jib w/ inboard tracks
  • Custom Quantum mainsail in Vectran  ('07)
  • Original mainsail, 150% genoa & 110% working jib
  • Full battens on main (2)
  • Gennaker in sock
  • Carbon fiber spinnaker pole
  • Keel-stepped mast
  • New mast step
  • New standing rigging for forestay, backstay and upper shrouds
  • Full Winter cover
  • Hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Harken roller furling for headsail (new in '05)
  • Lewmar 48 ST primary winches
  • Lewmar mainsheet winch
  • Adjustable main sheet traveler
  • Merriman centerboard winch
  • Inboard genoa tracks
  • Outboard genoa/spinnaker sail tracks
  • Custom turning blocks
  • New running rigging
  • Like new dodger in medium blue Sunbrella
  • Off white mainsail cover
  • Inner forestay (removable)
  • Running back stays
  • Sunbrella cover for binnacle and teak hand rails


Deck & hull

Solid fiberglass hull, hand-laid construction, with internal ballast glassed into the hull cavity.  Decks are cored with end-grain balsa.  The rudder is skeg hung, and the prop is in an aperature inside the skeg.   The rudder post is bronze,and there is a bronze shoe at the bottom of the rudder/skeg. 

  • Full-length teak rub rail with s.s. striker
  • Optional high teak toe rail
  • Aluminum mainsail traveler
  • Fiberglass Dorade boxes w/ teak tops
  • Stainless Dorade vents
  • Spray hood for mainsail hatch
  • Forward cabin deck hatch
  • Mid cabin deck hatch
  • Anchor well
  • Single anchor roller
  • Hawes pipe for anchor rode
  • Two (2) Fortress anchors w/ rode
  • 45 lb CQR anchor
  • Centerboard winch, pennant
  • Dodger w/ stainless bows
  • Cockpit awning zips on dodger, & attaches to backstay
  • Kato  s.s. motor crane
  • Swim ladder w/ teak treads
  • Propane bar-b-que grill
  • Cockpit dining table in Starboard w/ storage bag
  • Custom higher steering pedestal
  • Larger 42" stainless destroyer wheel
  • Ritchie light compass on binnacle
  • Large sail locker
  • Lazzarette locker
  • Shallow storage locker  or winch handles, blocks & lines
  • Molded-in  propane locker w/ overboard drain
  • Edson outboard bracket
  • Double life lines with gates
  • Midship cleats and chocks
  • Extra 800 lbs of lead ballast epoxied into keel sump ( done in consultation w/ designer Ted Hood)
  • Epoxy barrier coat on bottom
  • Custom closed-cell foam cockpit cushions
  • Avon Redcrest inflatable w/ 2 hp Suzuki outboard

  • Universal 44 h.p diesel
  • High output alternator
  • 2500 hrs on diesel
  • New hour meter 6/13
  • New motor mounts
  • New heat exchanger
  • Fresh water cooling
  • Engine room blower
  • Lead lining insulation on engine room doors
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Hand bilge pump
  • Shower sump pump 
  • New aluminum fuel tank
  • Spare fresh water pump
  • Back up original heat exchanger
  • Tool kit & HD bolt/cable cutter

NPYS Disclaimer
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.


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Rick Casali
North Point Yacht Sales
7330 Edgewood Road
Annapolis, MD, US
Office: 410-280-2038
Mobile: 410-279-5309