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1984 Catalina Sparkman & Stephens 38

$55,000 USD

Seller's Description

1984 Catalina 38 Sparkman & Stephens $69,000

Seller’s Description:

Make Catalina 38 Year 1984 Length 38-3 Beam 11’-10” Draft 6’ 9.6” Location Mayne Island, BC Engine NEW Universal M-25XPB # of Engines 1 HP 25 Drive Inboard Hours less than 100 hours Fuel Type Diesel

Indigo is a well maintained Catalina 38 with less than 100 hours on a new engine. She is a fin keel sloop with sweet lines, a distinctive tumblehome and a pretty stern. She is well equipped with a bright spacious interior with new upholstery, refrigeration, heat, hot water and head - all the comforts of home. A cruiser designed with racing in mind, this boat blends comfort with fast sailing attributes.

Accommodations: The design has sleeping accommodation for up to six people. There is a bow cabin with a “V” berth, two settee berths in the main cabin, and a quarter berth aft on the starboard side. The salon has comfortable seating for six people and two large dogs. Upon entering the companionway from the cockpit, the galley is to port.

The “U” shaped galley is positioned at the foot of the companionway steps on the port side. It includes a new two-burner stove, a NOVACOOL fridge/freezer, and a double sink with a new pump. The navigation and instrument station is to starboard, opposite the galley. The head is forward on the port side and features a shower with a new sump pump and teak grating. Ventilation is provided by a main cabin skylight and a cabin hatch located on the bow. Indigo features new foam and upholstery with new carpeting to be installed shortly.

Everything is in good working order and ready to go. Inquiries are welcome.

Equipment: Helm and Deck: Danforth anchor Lewmar pro series 1000 Anchor Windlass with 400 ft chain Lewmar winches Solar panel with Blue Sky solar controller SB3000i Dodger and bimini (complete with side panels) 2017 Electrical 3 - D Lead Acid Start battery 12 Volt DC system 12 volt / 120 volt electrical panels LED cabin lighting Electric and manual bilge pump 110 volt shore power

Electronics: Raymarine autopilot EV-100 Garmin GPS Map 5415 chart plotter Icom VHF Autohelm Solar panel charging system Radar Raytheon Mariners Pathfinder 92557 Clock and barometer Weems and Plath

Galley: NEW 2 burner propane stove with oven Force 10 Novacool freezer/fridge Double - deep stainless steel sinks Hot (6 gallons) and cold domestic water Plenty of storage cabinets Propane tank: 1-20lb

Hull maintenance June 2022 Cleaning Cut and polish hull Clean prop and shaft Change zincs

Specifications: Propeller Bronze 3 blade D-15 P-12 RH Boat weight 15,900 lb (7,212 kg) Draft 6.8 feet (2.07 m) Hull Monohull Construction Fiberglass LOA 39.08 feet (11.91m) LWL 30.25 feet (9.22m) Beam 11.83 feet (3.61m) Engine Universal 25 hp diesel Keel Fin keel Ballast 6,850 lb (3,107 kg) Sail plan Masthead sloop Mainsail area 253 square feet (23.504 m2) Jib genoa w/ roller furling 385 sq feet (35.856 m2) Spinnaker/Gennaker Cruising kph 6.5 knots Top speed 8 knots Fuel capacity 25 U.S. gallons (95 L; 21 imp gal) Fresh water capacity 55 U.S. gallons (210 L; 46 imp gal) Holding tank 20 gallon capacity



Sparkman & Stephens
Frank V. Butler
Catalina Yachts
Catalina 38
# Built


Length Overall
37 11 / 11.6 m
Waterline Length
30 2 / 9.2 m
10 11 / 3.4 m
6 0 / 1.8 m
15,900 lb / 7,212 kg
6,850 lb / 3,107 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
641′² / 59.6 m²
Total Sail Area
639′² / 59.4 m²
Sail Area
253′² / 23.5 m²
43 11 / 13.4 m
11 6 / 3.5 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
386′² / 35.9 m²
49 9 / 15.2 m
15 5 / 4.7 m
Forestay Length
52 1 / 15.9 m

Auxilary Power

Atomic 4
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
20 gal / 76 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
55 gal / 208 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
8.1 kn
Classic: 7.37 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

8.09 knots
Classic formula: 7.37 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
200-275: moderate

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
20-30: coastal cruiser

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


Based on an earlier S&S design; (YANKEE 38-S&S #2094). The molds were purchased when Yankee Yachts went out of business. Among the modifications to the original design: new deck and coach roof, taller rig, and balanced spade rudder.
Shoal draft version: 4.90’/1.49m

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