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Wauquiez Hood 38 MK II
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Description: Wauquiez Hood 38 MK II
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sun July 18, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


A very heavy, strong boat. Good in a breeze. Does not like to sail beyond 120 degrees off the wind. Very strong construction with good teak cabinetry inside. Comes with a variety of interiors. Two mast types, single or double spreader. Good owner support/discussion group.
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Registered: December 2000
Posts: 309
Review Date: Wed June 26, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


This is Ted Hood's famous 38 ft design, sistership to the Bristol 38.8 and Little Harbor 38. The boat is a terrific surprise being lower priced than the two above and of equal or higher quality. The joinery below is first class and yacht like. Truly a pleasure to have.

The accomodations are as spacious as most 40-42 ft boats of the era. This is a surprise with her 11'9" beam but at 22,000lbs displacement and a freeboard carried relatively high, Ted Hood managed to create a highly livable cabin. The cabin has an excellent layout with a large forward cabin with vee berth, the desireable C shaped dinette and private aft quarter cabin. The aft qrt cabin makes an excellent sea berth and is large and open enough for two people. Very well thoughtout. In addition, she has a gel coated fiberglass overhead...which is great as most boats have fabric overheads that deteriorate as they age. The oversized Giot hatches and dorades lend very good ventilation.

She is very solidly constructed with a thick solid glass hull and strong hull-to-deck joint. She has a well known offshore reputation and from sailing in some rough conditions, I have full faith in this boat.

And she sails like a dream. The first thing I noticed was how well the helm was balanced. I barely have to touch it...makes it very comfortable sailing long distances. She is fast, with a PHRF (New England base) of 129 and surprising in light air. I have sailed at 3 knots SOG in as little as 6 knots of apparent wind.

She can take a blow. I have been out in winds exceeding 31 knots and have sailed with different sail configurations (full, reefed, main only, jib only) and found her to be exceptionally dry and most stable. In a 31 knot blow, I have surfed her at 8.5 kts SOG on a beam reach down some good waves and had crew actually sleeping without a care in the cockpit and down below. Her freeboard, construction and aft cockpit give a great feeling of security.

I have not found this boat tender at all, though a Mark I model I was on that had a large aft davit structure (owner built) did seem so. Being a Ted Hood design, she does like to get on her hip to really move out. About 15 degrees heel is right and once she is there, she locks in and goes for it. I have yet to bury the rail or get past 20 degrees (not that I try).

Her rig and hardware are beefy and offer lots of sail control. Jiffy reefy is simply with three lines running through the boom.

I wanted this boat to be a possible home, bluewater cruiser and weekend sailing machine. She excels at all, I could not be happier.

The Mark I models can be had for a good price, but they are not nearly as desireable as the Mark II (because of the 'Baltic/ Swan' style companionway in the Mark I). The Mark II models are dearly priced but well worth it.
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