Northshore 38

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.


Price: SOLD
Price Base: SOLD
Brand: Northshore
Model: 38
Length: 38.00 Feet
Year: 1984
Category: Cruising Yachts
Hull Type: Fibreglass
Hull Style: Single
Power Type: Sail
Type Of Sales: Dealer
Engine Make:
Engine Type: Volvo D1-30F
Condition: Used
State: New South Wales
Surveyed: 2021
HIN Number: AUWWA051489AL8
Stock Number: PWNE383263
Registration Number: AJB476N
Designer : Hank Kaufman
Builder : Northshore Yachts
Hull Construction Material : GRP
Hull Type : Mono
Deck Construction Material : GRP
Country Origin : Australia
Length (feet) : 38 feet
Length (m) : 11.6 m
Beam/Width (m) : 3.35 m
Draft (m) : 1.7 m
Draft (feet) : 6 feet
Keel/Ballast : Cast iron fin keel
Number of Helms : 1
Colour : Black with Silver stripe
Engine Notes : Volvo D1-30F
Number Of Engines : 1
Stroke : 4
Engine Hours : 95
Horse Power (hp) : 30
Drive Type : Shaft
Engine Room : Heat and sound insulated located under companionway steps
Number of Batteries : 2 x century NZ70ZZ
Fuel Type : Diesel
Number of Fuel Tanks : 1 stainless steel
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) : 80
Propeller : 2 blade folding slipstream
Steering System : S/S wheel with wire cables to quadrant, plus autopilot
Accommodation Notes : V berth forward, 1 x single bunk plus another overhead, settee drops to become a double, aft quarterberth
Number of Berths : 7
Number of Showers : 1
Shower Type : hot and cold pressurised
Number of Toilets : 1
Toilet Type : Manual marine
Holding Tank (L) : 150
Stove : Gas 2 burner stove and oven not certified or connected
Refrigeration : 12v Isotherm deep chest fridge
Number of Sinks : 1 stainless steel
Entertainment and Appliances Notes : Pioneer sound system
Anchor / Winch : No winch.1 x plough type anchor with chain and warp.
Bilge Pump : 1 x Rule 500 auto plus 1 x manual
Deck Gear : 2 x Barlow 23 secondary winches, 2 x Barlow 24 self tailing-halyard, 2 x Barlow 27-46 primary. 1 x Aluminium spinnaker pole. Extended aft cockpit seating, Fenders, dock lines, boat hook, large boom awning, rope bags
Mast/Rigging : 2021 standing stainless steel rigging on painted deck stepped aluminium mast with swept back single spreader. Furlex 200S fitted to forestay. Aluminium boom with internal reefing
Sail Inventory : 1 x Hood mainsail, 1 furling genoa
Electrics : 2 x 12v Century batteries, 80 watt solar panel for charging
Electronics Navigation : Raymarine autopilot, Raymarine ST60 wind + tridata, Icom VHF
Covers : Main boom bag, huge boom awning, winch covers
Safety Gear : Life jackets, first aid kit, fire blanket
Has Navigation Lights : Yes
Radio : Icom VHF
Number of Life Jackets : 4
Vessel Name : EBONY
Anti-foul : July 2022.