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1988 38 (ft.) ERICSON YACHTS 38

Inactive - This listing is not for sale at this time

General Information

Listing# 39374

Marina del Rey, CA, United States
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Racers and Cruisers
38 (ft.)
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General Details

Ericson 38

Original Owner moving out of area and says "Sell"

Just buffed and waxed she looks great !

 Ericson 38 remains in production for 20 years after its introduction.

Introduced in 1980, the Ericson 38 was designed by the incomparable Bruce King whose talent for drawing beautiful boats of near perfect proportions ranks him with the likes of Herreshoff, Stevens, Rhodes and Tripp. The length overall is 37’ 8", beam is 12’ and displacement is 15,500 lbs.  A highly tapered "competition" fin drew 6’ 6".


For the most part, the hull of the Ericson 38 is constructed of a solid composite of fiberglass and resin although some core material is used in some flat sections above the waterline to add stiffness without excessive weight. The Ericson 38 utilizes an elaborate system of high strength fiberglass fabric and high-density foam to form a structural grid of transverse floors and longitudinal stringers. The grid is bonded to the hull throughout the bilge. Components such as keel, engine beds, mast step, structural bulkheads and rigging loads are all connected to the grid, resulting in a very rigid and strong structure.

The deck structure is a molded fiberglass composite with core throughout. There is a molded fiberglass toe rail eliminating the high maintenance and often-leaky teak toe rail found on many cruising boats of this size and quality. The hull and deck are mechanically fastened as well as bonded with fiberglass cloth and resin effectively forming a monocoque structure.

The decks are well laid out and feature substantial deck hardware that is well secured with backing plates. There is an anchor locker forward and rigging shrouds are well inboard for easy passage fore and aft. There is a T-shaped cockpit with 36" destroyer wheel and, while the cockpit area is suitably sized, the foot well is a bit cramped in order to provide space for the quarter berth cabin below.

There were several modifications of the accommodation plan of the Ericson 38 over the years although all featured a V-berth cabin forward and a main saloon with a U-shaped dinette to port and a settee to starboard. 

 Engine for the Ericson is the 4 cylinder, 32 Hp, fresh water cooled, Universal M-40 diesel. 

The Ericson 38 is clearly a cruising boat but her performance is certainly very respectable. With a sail area-displacement ratio of slightly over 18 and a displacement-length ratio of about 240, she has enough power for decent performance in light air yet is not so overpowered as to be impossible or dangerous to sail with a short handed crew. However, headsails are large and a good furling system and large self-tailing winches are a must for ease of handling. The narrow shroud base allows for eight degree sheeting angles and, with proper sails and trim, she should be able to sail to within 38 to 40 degrees of the apparent wind without difficulty.


Great lines from designer Bruce King.  Large T-cockpit with wheel steering.  Classic main with Harken Furling on Genoa.  Gennekar / spinnaker for off wind work.  Sleeps 6 in forepeak, quarter berth, and convertable dinette.  Large head and vanity with seperate stall shower.  Galley with 4 burner stove with oven, microwave, refrigeration, SS sink, and good counter and storage space.
Electrical and Electronics
12 vdc and 110 vac panels VHF Furuno radar Inverter Battery Charger Shipmate GPS Chartplotter Signet Wind, Windspeed, Knotmeter, Depth (non functional need rebuild) Autopilot Stereo w/ cockpit speakers
Deck & Sails
Avon Inflatable Honda 2hp 4 stroke Main RF Genoa Harkin Furler Gennaker / Spin Electric Windlass AC hook up in Anchor Locker for optional portable generator
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.
Bill Petersen