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Comparing boats 37''''-38''''
Hello, I looked at all of these boats fairly recently, in the search for my boat. It is a fairly common list that people have in the reasonably priced 38 ft range. I am not sure of your requirements or sailing desires but I will list some just very general comments below. Hope this helps.
Ericson 38 - the lightest and fastest of all on the list. Might be overpowered for short handed sailing. Decent build quality but very plastic looking with the molded toe rail. definately good in the light air of the Bay. PHRF of 120 I think
Tartan 37 - very nicely finished below but also very cramped. PHRF of 174 means this is not a fast boat. Also, this is a K/cb design with a relatively short keel
C&C Landfall 38 - honestly, disapointing build quality. Also cored hull. The aft qtr cabin is open to the companionway thus opening it to weather.
Morgan 38 - a strong offshore capable boat, built well enough to take it. Very nice underbody design with a modified fin keel design similar to a passport. These boats are reasonably priced because the fit and finish of the cabin joinery is not very fine. Still, a very nice all around boat, plenty on the market so you could get one that the owner re-finished the cabin. PHRF of 144? And a handsome design when nicely cleaned up with better fittings.
Hunter 37 Cherubini cutter - very nice, under rated boat. Well built and good design. Reasonable choice at a good price. A bit less room than the Morg 382 down below.
Cheoy Lee Pedrick 38 - beautiful cabin, nicely finished. The only boat on the list that will have a true aft qtr cabin (the Ericson is close). Also a very classic looking boat above deck with a design that makes one think of a hinckley (in looks). Strong hull build. Unfortunately, these boats tend to have leaks that are hard to find and fix and of course teak decks that will almost certainly need to be replaced at some point in the future. Not sure how they sail, their underbodies are substantial and so my guess is that they are not fast. Still, a very very handsome boat. Classic good looks and a cabin that is most livable. You could probably negotiate for a very good price, maybe even a great price...this boat favors the buyer.
SO, those are some pretty superficial impressions, but I think you would come to the same conclusions on close inspection. It is a choice of what you want. If you are looking for a fast, light daysailor with good accomodations, the Ericson would be one choice (to be fair quite a few people have taken this as an offshore boat). A stronger offshore boat might point you towards the Morg. A good value might be the Hunter Cherubini or Tartan 37. A boat for a comfortable cabin and classic almost elegant beauty might be the Cheoy.
Hope this helps