Price AU $119,500 SOLD

AU $119,500
Designed as a capable and comfortable round the world cruising yacht, the Bristol 38.8 remains highly sort after. Boasting incredible build quality, impressive sailing performance in all conditions, with a lifting centerboard adding versatility, and a spacious interior, the Ted Hood design ticks all the boxes! This vessel is a superb example of the design and has certainly proven its capability. Purchased by the current experienced owners in 2012 in new England USA, they undertook an extensive refit and enjoyed the very best of the cruising life, sailing the vessel halfway around the world to its current home in Hobart. Fitting the vessel out for safety, comfort, and to be easily managed by a couple, the upgrades include:

2012 - 59HP 4JH4AE Yanmar Diesel Engine With Dual Racor Filters And Extensive Spares,
2013 - 3m Fiberglass Rib With 9.8hp Tohatsu 4 Stroke Outboard, Upgraded Anchorman 1Kw Windlass With 20kg Rocna anchor 60m X 10mm Chain and 60m rope rode, Seafrost air/water 12v fridge system, Digital radar with MARPA target tracking and Class B Ais system, 2off new Furling Headsails,
2014 - Doyle Staysail With Karver Removable Furling System, Spectra 12v solar-powered Water Maker with Z-ion sterilization system, 2017 - Raymarine Evolution Autopilot,
2018 - Oversized Furlex double track furling system, SSB HF Radio with DSP noise cancelling plus DSC and Vara data capability, Hydrovane wind autopilot and auxiliary rudder,
2021 - 325Ah Lithium Phosphate (LiFePO4) House Batteries, with 600W Solar with MPPT Regulator and Bluetooth Interface,
2022 - 170A Balmar XT marine grade alternator with external regulator

Whether you want to enjoy the onboard comforts to utilise the vessel as a water front apartment, or fulfil your most ambitious cruising aspirations, this is a vessel that is ready for its next adventure!

Stepping inside, the quality of the interior craftsmanship is immediately evident. The traditional teak fitout presents in good condition and gives a warm and welcoming ambience. There is a generous central folding leaf dinette with seating for 8 in comfort on the neatly upholstered settees. The well appointed U-shaped galley is to port and is ideal for preparing meals underway. With a generous top loading fridge/freezer, 2 burner gas stove with oven, double bowl stainless steel sink with H/C pressurised water, filtered drinking water, salt water, and detergent dispenser, it is fully equipped for the long range cruiser! The accommodation is ideal for a couple, with plenty of room for occasional guests. The master cabin is forward and features a large double v-berth, wardrobe, and private access to the spacious bathroom. Aft is a single pilot berth. The settees also pull out to convert to two honeymoon doubles when additional accommodation is required. The dual access bathroom has a H/C shower, vanity, and NEW electric toilet with holding tank. The package is complete with a traditional chart table which will please the traditional sailor, and doubles as an excellent work space for a liveaboard. The Chart area contains the SSB and VHF radios, eight USB charging points and an upgraded stowable sea.

Outside, the spacious cockpit is very well protected with a spray dodger, bimini with infill, and side covers. Complete with comfortable cockpit cushions and fold out dinette, this is also a great space for entertaining and alfresco meals onboard. This vessel has been superbly set up to be easily managed shorthanded and features the mainsail in a boom bag with lazy jacks, furling headsail and stay sail, autopilot and windvane steering systems, and excellent electronics for serious Bluewater cruising. The lifting centreboard allows access into shallow anchorages, with the draft reduced to 1.4m with the board up. With the board down (2.3m draft) the vessel performs exceptionally well up wind, making it a versatile all-rounder.

This vessel is powered by the 59HP Yanmar Diesel Engine which was installed in 2012. This provides easy and economical cruising at 5-6knots. This has been professionally set up with dual racor filters, and comes with an impressive inventory of spares.

Whether you want to cruise the stunning waters of Southern Tasmania, or sail around the world, this Bristol 38.8 really can do it all with safety and comfort! Well equipped, and ready to be enjoyed, it presents an excellent opportunity to turn your dreams into reality. For more information please call Jo Breen on 0432031100 or John Radonic on 0459322862.

Derwent Boat Sales offers the information on this vessel including condition, in good faith as provided by the Owner/Vendor. While confident about the accuracy we cannot Guarantee or Warrant it but will assist any prospective purchaser verify this as part of the purchase process.
Kettering TAS
Leisure, Cruising, Live Aboard
Ted Hood/Deiter Empacher
Bristol Yachts, Bristol Rhode Island USA
39' 4" - 12.00m
1.4m (centreboard up) 3.2m (centreboard down)
Keel / Ballast
4082kg Encapsulated lead keel
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP Solid hand laid fiberglass
Deck Material
NEW 2012 Yanmar 4JH4AE 59HP Diesel Engine Yanmar KM35P Gearbox Dual Racor filters with switch over Spare specialised hoses, spare water pump, spare starter motor and filters
Engine Make
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
Number Engines
Fuel Consumption
3.6LPH average for 5.5 knots cruising
Max Speed
6.5 knots
Cruise Speed
5.5 knots
Shaft drive with Maxprop Easy Whisper 3 blade folding prop, upgraded two bolt packing box
380 litres in 2 x 190l tanks
The vessel is well appointed with a U-shaped galley with grab bar and hip strap for easy cooking underway. It features a large top loading fridge/freezer, 2 burner gas stove with oven, H/C pressurised freshwater, carbon-filtered drinking water, salt water foot pump, detergent dispenser pump, and extensive storage.
NEW 2013 Custom 12V Seafrost air/water cooled
Integrated box in refrigerator
NEW 2018 Force 10 two burner plus oven/grill protected by Xintex propane sensor and shutdown solenoid
NEW 2014 Spectra 200T 7-8gph at 12v 8A with Z Ion sterilisation system
Hot Water System
NEW 2018 Raritan 1700 heated from engine (can be upgraded to run off 240V with a new element)
Excellent accommodation for long range cruising and weekends away. Forward is the generous master cabin. This features a large double V-berth with foam mattress and latex topper over interlocking spring support system. There is also a wardrobe, extensive storage, and a private door to toilet/shower. After is a single pilot berth. There are also two honeymoon double pull-out beds extend from the settees when additional accommodation is required. The interior also boasts exceptional storage throughout, generous port lights and ventilation, and headroom of about 2m!
There is a Sig Marine Cozy Cabin propane heater with chimney and new burner assembly in the saloon and the hull above the bilge is entirely lined with foam insulation to prevent condensation.
H/C Shower in bathroom
NEW 2022 Jabsco compact electric head with 90l holding tank with gauge and vent filter with spares
Air Conditioning
Sig Marine propane heater with chimney in the saloon
NEW 2013 Achilles HB-300FX 3M Fiberglass RIB
NEW 2013 Tohatsu 9.8HP Four Stroke with Flush system, spare prop and carb spares
Extensive Canvas work around cockpit
Bimini with infill
NEW 2022 Boom Bag with lazy jacks
Spray dodger
Side covers
Ground Tackle
Anchorman 1KW Electric anchor winch (rebuilt in 2013)
Rocna 20kg Anchor with NEW 2021 60m x 10mm chain and 60m x rode
Fortress stern anchor with 150m rode
Spare fortress anchor in deck locker
Safety Gear
Deck safety:
Elevated lifelines,
Mast pulpits,
deck jacklines,
Lifesling2 MOB recovery,
Recovery sling system,
Dan Buoy MOB,

Sea safety:
Mast-mounted radar reflector,

Cabin safety:
Xintex propane detector / solenoid control,
Xintex hard-wired Carbon monoxide alarm,
Galley grab bar and hip strap,
Cabinet security clips,
Sole hatch tie-downs

Backup steering:
Mechanical tiller mountable to top of steering post
NEW 2019 Hydrovane wind autopilot complete with independent auxiliary rudder, plus offshore spares kit
Seabrake drogue
Bilge Pumps
Whale Supersub primary with counter, active secondary and spare
Life Raft
Winslow/Valise Pack - 4 Person Ultra Light Offshore Life Raft - service due Feb 2024
Ocean Signal Epirb1 - Expires May 2031 (Needs conversion to Australian registration)
NEW 2022 Coastal Flare Kit
Fire Protection
Fire blanket and 3 x dry powder extinguishers.
12V System throughout
NEW 2021 325 A/h (3 x 125 A/h) Lithionics LiFePO4 batteries complete with Bluetooth control and monitoring.
NEW 2021 600w solar array with SmartSolar MPPT 100/50 solar charger complete with Bluetooth interface.
NEW 2021 Victron Blue Smart IP22 240V shore Charger complete with Bluetooth interface.
NEW 2022 Marine-rated Balmar XT Series 170A Alternator, driven by a serpentine belt, with a custom configured Balmar 612 regulator.
NEW 2021 Sealed lead/acid starter battery charged from house bank via a Victron DC/DC charger.
The vessel does have a 110V AC system which has not been used by the current owners
All lightbulbs except running lights are LED.
Raymarine instrumentation and navigation equipment:
ST60+ Speed c/w Airmar CS4500 Doppler ultrasonic speed sensor
ST60+ Wind
ST60+ Depth
NEW 2013 E7D MFD running Lighthouse v19
NEW 2019 HD Digital radar c/w MARPA capability and Scanstrut self-leveling mount
NEW 2017 Evolution autopilot c/w six axis sensor core and self-learning capability
NEW 2017 P70 Autopilot controller
NEW 2013 AIS650 class B AIS transceiver
NEW 2018 Pitufino NMEA WIFI interface allowing instrumentation to be displayed on iPads and similar.

NEW 2013 Raymarine RAY55 VHF radio c/w DSC
NEW 2018 ICOM802 SSM c/w antenna tuner, digital noise suppression system and hardware required to use Vara data connectivity (Vara use requires HAM licence)
2 off Standard Horizon HX300 waterproof VHF radios
Sail Inventory
Doyle Dacron Mainsail with 3 reefs
NEW 2013 Doyle 110% high cut genoa
NEW 2013 Pryde 120% high cut genoa
NEW 2014 Doyle furling staysail with Karver removable furling system
Doyle storm trysail with mast track (needs recutting to fit)
All sails refurbished 2022
Mast / Rigging
Aluminium Double spreader mast with Tides Marine Tidetrack system and Dyneema running backstays.
5/8" Stainless Steel Standing Rigging with Hi-mod reusable fittings (replaced 2013)
NEW 2018 Over-sized Furlex dual track headsail furling system
Halyards: Main, genoa, staysail (tech rope), spinnaker, auxiliary
Self-retracting Dyneema running backstays
Forespar mast-mounted telescopic whisker pole
Garhauer boomvang with stop allowing operation without topping lift
Spartite deck flange
Deck Gear
Lewmar ST40 self-tailing two-speed main halyard winch
Lewmar 40 two-speed Staysail halyard / aux winch
Lewmar 42 two-speed Genoa halyard winch
Lewmar 40 two-speed Spinnaker halyard / Aux winch
Lewmar 16 two-speed reefing winch (on boom)
Lewmar ST40 mainsheet winch on cabin top
Centreboard winch with removable handle on cabin top
2 off Lewmar ST55 self-tailing two-speed genoa sheet winches
2 off Lewmar ST40 self-tailing two-speed staysail / aux winches
Cabin top mounted traveller
Garhauer adjustable mainsheet blocks
NEW 2013 Garhauer dinghy davits
NEW 2013 Outboard davit
Jabsco deck washdown pump

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