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1986 Bristol 38.8

$100,000 USD

  • $100,000 USD
  • Mike Wood
  • Active
  • Used
  • Cruiser Racer Sailboats
  • 1986
  • Bristol
  • 38.8
  • New Bern, North Carolina, US
  • Sail
  • 38ft / 11.58 m
  • 12ft / 3.66 m
  • Universal
  • M-50
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 1969-12-31
  • 2016-07-19
  • 2262451



Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and it is hard to imagine a more beautiful or better maintained 38.8 Bristol than Aquilegia. This Ted Hood keel/centerboard design vessel, was beautifully built by Bristol Yachts, are known for their great sailing characteristics, and their quality craftsmanship. Her knowledgeable owners have maintained Aquilegia in excellent condition with no amount of money or love spared in keeping her beautiful and functional. She will a take you around the world and bring you home safely, but she is also perfect for inter-coastal cruising, with her shallow center board draft. The Bristol 38.8 sails well on all points of sail and offer luxurious interior space and ambience. The interior joinery is superbly handcrafted in beautiful teak. The centerboard configuration supports gunk holing to its finest, and with the board down you have incredible windward performance.
Aquilegia's equipment list is extensive and includes all the Bristol options that buyers have on their wish list. Take a look at her full specifications to see what a fantastic vessel she is!!! Don't hesitate to contact her listing Broker, Mike Wood to arrange seeing Aquilegia. You won't be disappointed!


Aquilegia  is an exceedingly comfortable Bristol 38.8 cruiser with 6'6" headroom and tons of storage with an elegant and comfortable interior. Typical of Ted Hood, the boat has a big roomy open layout creating a wonderful sense of space. The New England workmanship is second to none and the fine craftsmanship is evident everywhere you look. The signature Bristol louvered doors and fine teak joinery is delightful. The entire layout just seems to work perfectly. The Pullman berth forward to port is very comfortable with a five-inch foam mattress and "tufted topper". To starboard are hanging lockers and storage. Just aft to port is a large head with a very nice roomy shower. The main salon is traditional with a centerline drop-leaf table with settees port and starboard. The settees are 6'5" long and an seat six comfortably for dinner. There is cabinetry and stowage outboard of the settees and the settees pull out for a wider berth. The galley next aft to port is u shaped with loads of storage. The nav station adjacent the galley is large and comfortable as a ships office. The quarter berth aft of the nav station makes a great storage area and it is also a nice sea berth. The ambiance below is quite wonderful with very nice woodwork, great lighting and ventilation. The boat's care is evident in the condition of this very nice interior. This Bristol 38.8 is an exceptional vessel with all the amenities and comforts a cruiser could want.

  • 6'6" headroom
    6'5" Berths
    Large Pullman Berth with a real mattress and topper
    Settees pull out to make berths in salon
    Centerline table seat six comfortable
    Large head with shower
    Large Galley
    Large Navigation station
    Great storage thru out
    Good ventilation
    16000 BTU Air Conditioning with reverse Cycle Heat
    Entertainment System with speakers inside and in cockpit


Very nice U-shaped galley with ample space for everything and all the amenities.

  • Force 10 Propane Stove - three burner, with oven and broiler
    Refrigeration - 12v Adler Barbour in large well insulated ice box
    Microwave GE
    Double deep stainless steel sinks
    Pressure water hot and cold mixing faucet
    Fresh water manual foot pump
    Seagull water filtration system
    Dockside fresh water intake
    Six gallon hot water heater
    Storage for everything including pots and pans and trash
    Good counter space
    Magnetic knife rack
    Good lighting and ventilation for the cook


Large sit down nav station with chart table with chart storage

  • I-Com M802 SSB Radio (New 2010) w Antenna Tuner, Insulated Backstay
    Pactor II USB modem for Email anywhere you go
    Furuno model 1731 Radar with the dome mounted on backstay with a Questus leveling system, and an optional mount for display in cockpit
    Garmin 492 GPS Plotter
    Garmin 176C GPS Plotter
    Furuno GP32 DGPS 12 Channel Receiver
    Simrad Robertson autopilot with remote (New 2005)
    VHF Uniden with remote cockpit Mic (needs battery)
    Raymarine ST60 wind, speed, and depth (New 2004)
    Raymarine Tridata display (New 2004)
    Cockpit displays include wind, speed, depth and Radar when mounted in the cockpit


  • HOUSE: Battery Bank 2 is Six 6 Volt Lifeline GPL-4CT batteries
    ENGINE: Starter battery is a 12 volt Lifeline GPL-24T
    Heart Interface - Link 2000-R Monitoring system
    Freedom 20 Inverter/Charger
    Balmar 100 Amp alternator
    DC Breaker Panel with Terralab engineering Galvanic Isolator
    120 Volt AC Panel

Sails & Rigging

  • Profurl in-boom furling system (New 2006) with full batten mainsail (four batten
    Quantum Genoa 135% New in 2003
    Storm Jib (New) never used
    Profurl headsail furler new in 2005
    Boom vang New 2015
    Mast and boom Awlgripped in 2004
    Standing rigging and Chain plates New in 2007
    Keel Stepped Mast
    Harken Traveler System and Spinlock Line Stoppers
    (2) Lewmar Self tailing #48 Sheet winches
    Lewmar #43 mainsail winch

Hull & Deck

  • Solid hand laid fiberglass hull
    The Awl gripped hull in Stars and Stripes Blue is beautiful
    Trinidad SR bottom paint April 2016
    White nonskid deck in good condition
    Teak toe rail upgrade to four inches beautifully varnished and covered
    Double life lines
    Bow pulpit
    Stern rail with motor mount
    All Teak exterior trim varnished beautifully
    (4) Dorade Vents with teak tops
    Six opening Bomar Portlights with new “glass” in 2010
    Two large Bomar hatches with new “glass” in 2010
    Bug screens
    Canvas covers for hatches, toe rails, cockpit, companionway, winches, bimini storage cover, and boom
    Dinghy davits
    Outboard motor mount on stern rail
    Bimini and Dodger with filler between
    Large sun awning for foredeck and midships
    Binacle cover
    Cockpit table cover
    Cockpit cushions, white with brown piping
    Comfortable cockpit with good seating
    Dodger has stainless steel handrails on sides for safety
    Swim ladder with teak treads

Engine Info

  • Universal M50 with about 2978 hours
    Oberdofer Raw water pump N202M-15 (new 12/2/2010)
    Electric oil change pump
    Racor fuel filter
    New heat exchanger 2005
    1.25 inch shaft
    Cutlass bearing replaced in 2004
    New PYI Dripless shaft seal 2004
    Three blade fixed prop
    30 gallon fuel tank with fuel level rod


It is a rarity that I come across a 30 year old boat in such great condition. I truly believe this is the nicest Bristol 38.8 that has come on the market in a long time.  Take a good look at the pictures and equipment list and I think You will agree.

Mike Wood
Neptune Yacht Sales & Services, Inc.
104 Marina Drive
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) (e-mail us using the link on this page)


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

For Sale By Neptune Yacht Sales and Services

PO Box 1082 101 Craven Street
New Bern, North Carolina, 28563