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Has anyone heard of a Hughes sailboat. We have seen one listed in our local paper, a Hughes 38. Any help?
 
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I owned a Hughes quarter tonner back in the 1970''s and I am reasonably familiar with Hughes as a company. Hughes was a small Canadian boat builder started in the 1960''s. They originally produced a line of boat designed by founder Howard Hughes (not that Howard Hughes) Later they were bought by US Steel and the linbe was retooled as Hughes Northstar. The Hughes Northstar boats were designed by Sparkman and Stevens and included a whole line of interesting and reasonably well built boats. I thought the boats were nicely detailed and well thought out.

Most of the Northstar boats were designed to be early IOR era racer cruisers which had both good and bad design features but being biased toward being race boats they became obsolete pretty quickly.

At some point US Steel left the company and the boats were retooled toward a more cruising oriented bias. This also was a mixed blessing as the weights of the boats went up and sailing abilities went down.

There were several boats that might be listed as Hughes 38''s so it is hard to comment on the specific boat that you are looking at other than to say that in general Hughes built substantially better constructed boats than was the average. One of the Hughes 38 models actually shared the hull design with the Hinckley Competition 38 and the glass and gelcoat work was so good at Hughes that Hinckley chose to have Hughes actually so the hull and deck laminations.

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I Have been living and sailing solo aboard my hughes 31''. I have travelled the great lakes, East coast and bahamas in almost every weather condition imaginable and couldn''t be happier with the boats design. before purchasing her last year I looked at several of these boats, there is an ongoing abundance of them in southern Ontario.one area to look at before purchasing one of these is the cabin top as many have a plywood core wich often become soft due to deck leaks. An article on the refit of a Hughes 31'' can also be found in a recent cruising world magazine, I think March,april or may. also "Fatty Goodlander" who cruises his hughes31 wrights regularily for cruising world magazine.Hope this information is of some help
 

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I own a Hughes 38 aka NorthStar 38

And I love it. I use it for coastal cruising. Great for 2-12 people depending on the day. I have 7 years of experience with the boat. Reply if you have specific questions.
 

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And I love it. I use it for coastal cruising. Great for 2-12 people depending on the day. I have 7 years of experience with the boat. Reply if you have specific questions.

Oh no dude...your gonna get your hand slapped for this...you'll see ;)
 

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Who can read those initial posts through all the cobwebs anyway?????
 

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Hughes 31 and 38

I own a Hughes 31 and have sailed her for the past six years. This is a solid boat and has pulled me through difficult sailing conditions. My wife and I sail her in just about any codition and that is saying a lot since neither she or I are long time sailors. Our boat has a OMC saildrive, a much discussed topic on pros and cons of this type of motor, and has never let us down when we needed it. When I bought this boat a marine mechanic said " its a two stoke what can possibley go wrong with it". He was right.

The Hughes 31 impressed us so much that we are now planning on buying a Hughes 38. Our grandchildren are getting bigger and we need more room. We had the 38 surveyed and and the result was very positive. The boat is in need of some cosmetic clean up in the interior but is otherwise sound and solid. It has a Volvo Penta diesel saidrive. I like the saidrive system due to its simplicity. No long shafts to bend and seals to leak.

The Hughes line of boats appear to be a good buy. They are solidly built and are affordable. The Hughes 31 we own (for sale now) and 38 we are buying are both 1980 vitage but in many respects are sturdier then some of the new boats.
 

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You're really better off starting a separate thread on the boat you're asking about.
 

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Hugh's sail shape

This is our second year with a 31 foot hugh's and starting racing for the first time last year. The sail shape is lousy. It seems to "bag and wrinkle" and no amount of
adjusting flattens it out. Does anyone have any suggestions? We would like to come in another position other thean dead last every race.
 

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Get new sails sounds like step one.... But other than that there were several Hughes that were 31 feet. The IOR derived is marginally suited to racing under PHRF, the 31 footer that was previously produced by Columbia would be pretty hard boat to race competatively.

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Set your sails up for heavy breeze(Halyard,outhaul and vang on pretty good) if you cant flatten your sail with your controls on.. the sail is cooked. It is possible that it may not even be the right sail for the boat, someone may have just found a deal on a sail that was close to the right size and slapped it on.
Also if you like the Hughes you should check out a Hughes 38. You can get some nice ones for a very reasonable price.The boat was Sparkman Stevens designed and would make a much better racing boat than the 31.
 

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I don't get all the posts from #6 through #10. I'm looking at a Hughes 38 in 2011 and would have been interested in any post or info, even if posted back in 2000. What do I not understand?
 

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did you ever buy the hughes 38?
 

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there is a Hughes 38 for sale in Sackets Harbor in NY. Ive noticed some interesting details in the description.

"Additional Information
Trim Tab with control at Wheel"

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"Sails & Rigging
Rod Rigging"

i thot that only the Hinckley version had the trim tab. Perhaps some Hughes 38s had them as well? Or perhaps this is a trim tab on the rudder?

Anyone hear of a Hughes 38 with ROD rigging?

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there is a Hughes 38 for sale in Sackets Harbor in NY. Ive noticed some interesting details in the description.

"Additional Information
Trim Tab with control at Wheel"

AND

"Sails & Rigging
Rod Rigging"

i thot that only the Hinckley version had the trim tab. Perhaps some Hughes 38s had them as well? Or perhaps this is a trim tab on the rudder?

Anyone hear of a Hughes 38 with ROD rigging?

jon
Many of the early Hughes 38s had a trim tab.



the rod rigging wouldn't surprise me. the boat's old enough to have been rerigged at some point in the past.

It looks to be in good shape.
 
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