I have just finished delivering an Admiral 38 from Greece
to Delaware (via Sicily
and Bermuda) and offer some random thoughts on this South African built cat.
Strongly built, one always felt confident that she could handle just about anything the sea and wind
would throw at it. This passage
only had a maximum of 43 knots true wind
and maybe 15-18 foot seas (I always find it difficult to estimate wave height and would hate to exaggerate).
Internal Layout: well thought out with a good "galley-up". This was the 4 cabin
version and the cabins and 2 heads were more than adequate. She has a nicely clear electrical
panel and everything inboard is "get at-able".
Her internal storeage space is more than sufficient for a long passage
and she has excellent Freezer
and Fridge capacities.
External Layout. The ergonomics are not ideal, with narrow side decks and hand holds not very well positioned. The primary winches are set too far aft of the steering
position on both sides, so single-handed tacking or gybing makes you run around rather more than should be necessary. the main sail winch
serves the sheet and traveller (not always needed for the traveller...but sometimes!) and are just a tad too far forward of the helmsman's position. With a hard bimini
(mind your head
- but you'll probably only bang it a couple of times) you have to leave the wheel
to be able to lean out to check your mainsail
I personally would not buy one but that's just me. Overall, however, her sea-kindliness was her major advantage.