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seafarer 38 performance

hi all new here on this board, seems informative. thinking of buying a friends seafarer 38, was wondering if any one here was familiar with her. how does she preform under sail, in a rough sea, is she a safe boat for a 38? also is the construction solid or pop out production yacht level.hard to find info on these boats, thanks for any help
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Anyone with experience with the 34' Seafarer?
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No but I own the 38. Join the Yahoo group.
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Seafarer 38

You could hardly do better than a Seafarer 38 for a seaworthy, seakindly vessel that's easy to single-hand and has an abundance of creature comforts. My '74 ketch Roundelay cuts through rough chop as if it weren't there, points well, is fast, and is a classic beauty. Capsize screening ratio is 1.65, motion comfort ratio is 37. Few other bluewater boats can beat these stats, the Allied Seawind II among them, but the Seawind is a lot smaller. The S38 is like a floating hotel. In my opinion, she's definitely one of Philip Rhodes' best designs.
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thanks David

My S38 is still going through it's refit after two years (though I am close). I have not yest sailed her, but have only heard good things. It helps on a big project to know that others like the boat you are re-building

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These guys have the 34 I believe:

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Here is a link to the Seafarer Research Center site. It has some original data for the Seafarer 38. I have a 1971 Seafarer 31 Yawl. It is great looking with a very solid hull and deck. Some of the interior materials leave much to be desired, and it's narrow beam makes things a little tight. But we love it. I wish you luck with the 38 if you decide to get it.

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hi all new here on this board, seems informative. thinking of buying a friends seafarer 38, was wondering if any one here was familiar with her. how does she preform under sail, in a rough sea, is she a safe boat for a 38? also is the construction solid or pop out production yacht level.hard to find info on these boats, thanks for any help
She performed well for us, probably could take more than we could. Safe for a 38? We thought so - ballasted full keel with cutaway forward. Construction - could have been a little heavier but it would not have altered anything. You just don't ever want to see any 38 pounding on the rocks - wood, metal, fiberglass will all break up quickly. We lived aboard almost 15 years on a 1977 model, hull number in 130's I think. About 10 years in Caribbean.
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I know it is bad to revive old threads, but we have been enjoying our Seafarer 38 for several years now and I love the boat. There are minor annoyances (fake teak wallpaper that was sold as a "feature" in '74), but really I have no major complaints. She sails much better than expected, and can be set up to be very livable. We are in the PNW and I am perfectly comfortable with the boat. Aside from the interior the build quality in my view is to a higher standard than many newer boats.
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