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Old 11-02-2021, 09:09 AM   #1
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80ís 38 questions

We just closed on the sale of our boat and the search for her replacement has begun.

We are drawn to the mid 80s 38 OA. My research thus far has her cruise at 8kts with twin 135 Lehmans. What is consumption at this rate? Is she capable of a little more speed if needed?

Any window leak issues? Stringer issues? There are 3 for sale in Washington-one with 6000 hours. They seem to hold their value. Any other tips/tricks on this model to look for? Iíd like to minimize the brightwork so earlier models may not work. Looking between 38-45í-ish.

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Old 11-02-2021, 11:33 AM   #2
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I have a marine trader 38 but it's a single . a 8kt cruise is very optimistic . i doubt it will be vary efficient at that speed . I think my efficiency drops off a cliff at 6 1/2 to 7kn . any pictures ?
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Old 11-02-2021, 11:59 AM   #3
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Hi Cosmo, I have a 1984 38 OA with twin Perkins 135's. @ 2,000 RPM, 8 kts is right around 3 gal/hr total. I can get 9-10 kts when needed but guessing double the fuel burn. 8 kts is her happy place.
Typical leakage issues, same as most other Taiwan boats of that vintage. We keep ours in a enclosed boathouse so not much of an issue for us. No stringer issues that I'm aware of.
Side and rear deck can have some water intrusion issues. I've met some folks with the same boat that have had some core work done in the past.
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Old 11-02-2021, 12:42 PM   #4
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Thank you both. Great info as we slowly ramp up for the long boat shopping process.
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Old 10-10-2022, 06:41 PM   #5
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Still Looking?

Hello Cosmo... old post I know, but if you're still looking for 80's OA's please reach out to me. Best! Chris
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Thanks Chris.

We purchased a 44 Tolly this summer.
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Old 10-10-2022, 07:50 PM   #7
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Good for you! Congratulations!
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Old 06-26-2023, 04:14 PM   #8
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I have a 1987 OA with twin Volvo-Penta 165 hp turbo and easily cruise at 9-10 knots, unfortunately have not calculated my fuel burn
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Old 06-26-2023, 04:47 PM   #9
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In that vintage of boat, look closely at the fuel tanks, they are at risk.

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In that vintage of boat, look closely at the fuel tanks, they are at risk.

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Are steel tanks an issue if boat had no teak decks?
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Old 08-23-2023, 09:53 PM   #11
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Are steel tanks an issue if boat had no teak decks?
Could be. Deck fills are another source.

I was aboard a Roughwater 37 a couple days ago. Tanks were very nicely installed. Well elevated and ventilated around all sides. Should last another 40 years.

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They usually rust because of deck leaks or poor installation but can also rust from water in the fuel. Our last boat had steel tanks and we never had any problems with them. However a year after we sold the boat they started leaking. It was an 87 vintage boat.
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I had one tank that was rusted from the top around the fuel fill. The other tank had developed a small leak at the lowest point from inside probably due to contamination.
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