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Swan - 38

Good example of these popular cruiser racers, renowned for their classic lines, performance and seaworthiness.  This Swan 38 (#116), designed by Sparkman and Stephens, is reported to be the last one built by Nautor in Finland.  Since purchasing it in 2002, the current owners in Guernsey have spared no expense on a thorough programme of maintenance, servicing and upgrades including a new D1-30 Volvo Penta diesel engine in October 2008 and standing rigging in 2014. Full professional osmosis treatment carried out in 1999 which was followed up with additional coats of epoxy as a preventative measure in 2006.


  • Length overall: 38’0” (11.58 M)
  • Waterline length: 28’9” (8.76 M)
  • Beam: 11’7” (3.53 M)
  • Draft (lead fin keel): 6’4” (1.93 M)
  • Displacement: 7312 Kg


  • Diesel (s/s tank): 26 Gal (120 Lt)
  • Fresh water (2 x s/s tanks): 52 Gal (240 Lt)

Mechanical and electrical

  • 30 hp 3 cylinder D1-30 Volvo Penta diesel engine (2008/9) driving 3-bladed Maxprop gives 7 knots maximum speed (6 knots cruising)
  • Fresh water cooling with heat exchanger
  • Full instrumentation (approximately 350 hours) and single lever control
  • Seacocks removed and serviced in 2014
  • Cable wheel steering with emergency tiller
  • 12 volt electrical system (3 batteries in 2 banks - 2014) with isolator switches and 115Amp engine mounted alternator
  • 220 volt shore supply with cabin sockets and battery charger
  • Pressurised hot and cold fresh water system (calorifier / immersion) with manual sea water back-up pump at galley
  • Lofrans electric anchor windlass
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Pioneer stereo radio / CD player with cabin speakers

Spars and rigging (Masthead rig)

  • Nautor single spreader keel stepped mast and boom  
  • Twin spinnaker poles with dedicated deck stowage
  • S/s standing rigging (2014) with Furlex 300S jib furling / reefing system (2006), inner forestay and IYE backstay tensioner
  • Alloy rigging screw covers
  • Running rigging including spinnaker sheets and guys
  • Lazy jacks
  • Lewmar 48 3 speed primary winches (2)
  • Lewmar 42 2 speed secondary / spinnaker winches (2)
  • Lewmar 16 2 speed mainsheet winch
  • Lewmar 42 (2) and 40 (2) halyard / reef line winches on coachroof
  • Lewmar halyard winch on mast
  • Boom cover

Sail wardrobe (Sanders Sails)

  • 2008 Dacron slab reefing mainsail
  • 2003 Pentax heavy No. 1 genoa
  • 2006 Dacron light No. 1 genoa
  • 2006 Dacron No. 2 genoa
  • 2006 Dacron No. 3 / 4 blade jib 
  • 2003 nylon heavy symmetrical spinnaker
  • 2008 nylon light symmetrical spinnaker

Navigation equipment

  • Furuno GPS Navigator
  • Garmin GPSMap 750 chartplotter (2008)
  • B&G Hydra 2000 autopilot
  • B&G depth, speed / distance log and wind instruments (cockpit garage)
  • Icom IC-M59 Euro VHF radio with mast head antenna
  • Visiball masthead radar reflector
  • Plastimo pedestal compass
  • Clock, hygrometer and thermometer
  • Navigation lights including chart table, steaming, deck and masthead tricolour / anchor lights


  • Traditional teak interior with cream vinyl headlinings, teak / holly soleboards and accommodation for 8 / 9 in 3 cabins including saloon
  • Forward cabin with 2 pipe cot berths and deck hatch
  • Separate heads compartment to port with Baby Blake marine toilet and wash hand basin / shower
  • Comfortable saloon with full width dinette arrangement forward (2 settee berths with lee cloths)
  • Additional pilot berths either side with lee cloths
  • Galley to rear of saloon starboard side with gimballed Eno 2 burner gas cooker / oven, top-loading fridge and s/s sink
  • Chart table opposite
  • Access to aft cabin with 1 single and 1 small double berth  
  • Saloon deck hatch and 3 Dorade vents provide adequate ventilation
  • Companionway steps over engine compartment up to teak self-draining cockpit with good access to teak side decks
  • Good stowage throughout yacht including hanging wardrobe, numerous lockers under seats / berths and wet locker


  • Avon Redstart inflatable tender
  • Zodiac 6 man life raft in valise (last serviced 07/13)
  • Offshore flare pack (2013)
  • Lifebelt with light and drogue
  • Webbing jackstays
  • Fire extinguishers (2)
  • Fire blanket
  • Manual bilge pumps (2)
  • Portable folding boarding ladder
  • Ensign staff
  • Spray hood
  • Wheel cover 
  • Winter cover
  • Cockpit cushions
  • 45lb CQR anchor with chain (20 M)
  • Danforth kedge anchor with plaited warp (30 M)
  • Warps and fenders


In this case we are acting as Brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract.  A prospective Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.

Category:Sailing Boats
Mooring Country:United Kingdom
Year built:1979
Sales status:Delete
Length:11.58 m/38 ft
KW:30.0 hp
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