Northshore 38

$67,500.00 Sold!


Listing Id 5108702 Length 38.00 Feet
Condition Used Type Sail
Make Northshore Year 1984
Model 38 Engine Type Volvo D1-30F
Hull Style Single Hull Type Fibreglass
Stock Number PWNE383263


1984 Northshore 38 for sale exclusively with DBY Boat Sales.

The Northshore 38 has been around since 1983 and is probably the best known and most successful production yacht of the era. Sailors and families looking for a club racer with cruising and comfort in mind, should start with a Northshore 38.

To last so long in the extremely competitive yachting scene, Northshore Yachts has to be doing something right.

This Northshore 38 was designed by Hank Kaufman and built by Northshore Yachts in 1984 at the Mona Vale factory.

The Northshore 38 won the prestigious Boat of the Year award in 1986.

Characteristics of the Northshore 38 that haven't changed over the years are the slender, easily driven hull and the single-spreader, 3/4-7/8 rig, with deck-stepped mast and skeg-hung rudder.

The standing rigging has been fully replaced in 2021.

As far as Sydney Yachting Centre can ascertain, all 110 Northshore 38s and 380s that were produced since 1983 are still sailing; testimony to the exacting construction standards employed by Northshore Yachts.

Some have cruised in the South Pacific and every Sydney to Hobart entry list since the early 1980s has had at least one Northshore 38 in it.

Two were entered in the horrific 1998 event, finishing among the 40 surviving boats out of an original list of 140 yachts.

NS38s are noted for their resistance to osmosis.

The hull to deck moulding join is FRP strapped, using 12-ounce cloth from stem to stern.

The interior moulds and bulkheads are attached to the hull using eight-ounce cloth. All plywood is marine grade or structural 'A'.

Keel bolts, nuts and washers are 316L stainless steel. 

The upgraded Volvo D1-30F is showing a very low 95 hours on the meter and presents like new.

The absence of a port-side quarter berth allows for a huge cockpit locker.

The interior layout is a forward double v-berth, port dinette, single bunk plus additional overhead bunk that collapses down to give more room, shower/head and galley, starboard navigation station, and aft quarter berth.

A full headliner moulding runs through the cabin, with teak strip joining trims. Natural light filters through a forward deck hatch, a head hatch, and two cabin windows.


The NS38 filled the club racing and cruising roles very well.

The NS38 hull and keel shapes make it very easy to steer in heavy conditions and getting one to broach isn't easy.

The Northshore 38 cockpit is large enough to accommodate six people in comfort, and this one has a wide stern seat on the pushpit that can seat two or more people, well away from the sail-handling action.

In cruise mode, the NS38 is an easy boat to sail two-handed and there's plenty of room for a family of four.

Its sea-keeping ability makes it ideal for coastal hops or an even longer journey.

A tuck in the main and a few turns of the furling headsail is all you need for a comfortable passage.

Antifoul is scheduled for July 2022. This would be an ideal time to see her out of the water, and an out of water Survey can be arranged.

To arrange an inspection please call DBY Boat Sales on 02 9999 3311.