Ohlson - 38
Designed and built for fast offshore passage making in the 1970's the Ohlson 38's have been successfully raced and cruised in most parts of the world and now offer sensible, capable cruising for those on a relatively low budget.
'LADY OF LEWIS' has to be regarded as a 'project' and any purchase price shall need to be considered to be a starting point from which additional money and time shall need to be spent, but wow - what a worthy basis to start such a project with! A seakindly, thoroughly well-built and proven hull with sufficient volume for two people to go anywhere in while offering space to entertain two guests comfortably from time to time. Her lines will turn heads in any port that she arrives in!
The Ohlson 38 boasts a relatively large cockpit with teak gratings over the sole and two under-seat lockers, with a good lazarette locker abaft the stern/rudder post. The decks are easy to walk round and there are double guard rails plus the pushpit and pulpit.
The topsides and decks are still finished by their original gelcoat, in reasonably good condition for the age, and the topsides in particular, with relatively straightforward compounding and polishing gelcoat could exhibit a great shine again.
This boat has been set up to do some serious sailing, with an outer forestay (ahead of the roller reefing system) retained and provision to set an inner forestay abaft the Sailspar reefing system, together with a heavy spec. antenna arch; all tell of potential for longer passages at sea and being more self-sufficient.
Accommodation may be said to be classically laid out in two cabins, with a full-width heads compartment forward, between for'd cabin and main saloon, however the forward cabin's berth arrangement has been re-worked to provide a good double berth running from slightly to port of the centre line to end abaft the chain locker. The original doorway between the heads compartment and for'd cabin has been enlarged, but still awaits a matched door if the forward cabin is to be separated from the heads again. Good headroom throughout is a welcome feature. A forward facing chart table is to starboard of the companionway, and the galley is to port with double sinks, a recent (barely used) cooker. There is not a refrigerated locker as such, but the original cool box has been removed to accommodate a proprietory carry-on, plastic bodied coolbox. The saloon is lit with side windows and a large deck hatch over, with a double leafed pedestal mounted saloon table capable of comfortably seating 6 people round it. Much of the internal joinery woodwork is finished using Sapele faced plywood, contrasting with white laminates in the galley and painted lining panels about the companionway. The original handbasin within the heads compartment to starboard side has been removed leaving the cabinet in need of re-finishing, or a new handbasin reinstated (a cold water supply and the drain's skin fitting and a ball valve are still in situ). The current cushions throughout the boat appear to be of relatively good quality and have not had much wear, but two or three of the covers need re-stitching and the back-rest cushion to starboard side of the main saloon has some marks on it, which although appear to be burns, are actually stains (see detail picture below).
The engine is a Betamarine BD1005 and was fitted in 2012 by a local Beta-appointed engineer, together with a new gearbox, propeller shaft and three-bladed propeller. Engine hours run since: approx. 330 hrs.
Spars, Sails and Main equipment
Keel-stepped mast by Sparlight (presumed to be original) and boom converted to offer slab-reefing / Standing rigging dates from 2006 and terminated using 'Norseman'-type terminals / Sailspar reefing system with continuous furling line. / Inner forestay with tensioner and provision to be held at starboard shrouds when not required.
Sails: UNUSED mainsail manufactured 2013, with an older mainsail retained as a spare; Roller reefing genoa by Kemp Sails (2007), plus No.2 genoa and No.3 (working) jib. Cruising chute.
Deck Equipment: 45lb CQR anchor with chain cable / 'Seahorse' manual windlass / Stainless steel pulpit, stanchions and guard rails, with modified pulpit to integrate an antenna arch abaft the cockpit / relatively recent stainless steel 'Granny bars' about the mast / 2 no. primary sheet winches by Knowsley / 2 no. halyard winches (Lewmar) / roller furler / Triple bow rollers within stainless steel stemhead fitting / Fenders / Ropes and lines / Folding swimming ladder attached to pushpit / Manual bilge pump / Pair of cockpit cushions.
Navigation Equipment and Electrics 12V navigation lights / Vetus prismatic lens overhead cabin lights / 100 Amp alternator / A bulkhead-mounted compass has been removed and will need to be replaced / Depth sounder, wind speed and direction indicator, and log are mounted at the chart table, visible through the companionway but currently not connected and therefore not verified as working / An Autohelm 2000 autopilot's control head is fitted within the cockpit's starboard locker, but activating tiller pilot not seen.
Acrylic sprayhood on stainless steel supporting hoops / Pair of named dodgers / Acrylic hatch covers to suit for'd and main cabin hatches
|Mooring Country:||United Kingdom|
|LOA:||11.63 m/38 ft|
|Length:||11.63 m/38 ft|
|Width:||3.12 m/10 ft|
|Draft:||1.73 m/6 ft|
|Engine manufacturer:betamarine bd 1005|
|No. of cabins:||2|
|No. of berths:||5|
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