Hi, I put about 10,000 miles on a Tiburon 36 (same hull
as the 38-but older and a center cockpit). These are excellent offshore
boats. I found mine to be very mannerly sailing off the wind
, the pilot never had a problem even in force 9 and 20 footers. Highly recommended.
A couple of things-one general, and one specific to the boat.
First- the teak
decks are a big problem. Try to find a boat with them removed. All the older boats used conventional fasteners, and this channeled water
into the core
of the deck
. This isn't necessarily a structural problem, since the boats are so damn strong, but eventually it'll lead to leaks
and soft decks.
Take a close look at the hull
joint. Check for any signs of leaking. I had a failure in mine. I think that the fasteners might be spaced a little bit too far apart. It's possible that prior to my owning the boat, she had this failure due to some heavy weather
, but all the same, take a close look everywhere you can. I was very surprised to have this happen, with the quality of the build in general.
Also, there is some coring in the hulls on these. Have the surveyor
sound above the waterline too.
All in all, I think that for the money
the C38's are an excellent value and a good cruising platform. Don't forget that there are some Tiburon 36's around too, which are essentially the same boat, with the bonus of an aft cabin
. If the accommodations suit you, I think that the functionality is excellent.
Hope that helps a bit.