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Old 12-03-2020, 14:46   #1
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Hughes 38, mk 3, question

Hi all. H38-3 1981 is FS near me for a good price. My research shows a good boat/hull for coastal/rougher water. Weird ****... original S&S designed boats had a centrally located Atomic4 in a deep bilge. This one has a volvo sail drive located about 6 ft aft, installed 20 years after initial build. It has also had serious mods to keel to add ballast well forwards, resulting in a boat that rests a bit nose down. Can anyone with an H38 give me some guidance on this boat being the same as a "correct" S&S designed boat, or is it a psycho step child? Tx.
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Old 12-03-2020, 21:07   #2
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Re: Hughes 38, mk 3, question

It doesn’t take an Hughes 38 owner to affirm your suspicions that it is a psycho step child. The ballast added forward would appear to have been added to offset the sail drive addition aft of the original engine placement.
Hire a good surveyor and pay for a naval architect to run the numbers. Best yet...walk away. There are a great many relative bargains which may very well cost less in the long run. Even a free boat can be the most expensive mistake ever made. Put the odds in your favor.
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Re: Hughes 38, mk 3, question

As the long time owner of a Hughes 40, I smell a hatchet job!

S&S were the best, and monkeying with the design in such a major way is highly unlikely to have "improved" the boat at all.

Of course, I have serious allergic reactions to sail drives in any event, so I might be a touch biased...
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