This design has shown again that there is no reason a cruising boat has to be either ugly or slow
2005 Key West First in Class: This AWESOME Custom built "Performance Cruiser" 38' carbon fiber rocketship with retractable keel and rudder. Refitted with "LEASURE-FURL" boom, Air Conditioning, and electric winches for easier cruising and comfort. Just check out the pictures taken in Key West. The very exciting Andrews Design is a proven winner BUT has comfortable accommodations for you and your crew, so with the retractable keel and rudder you can cruise in the shallow islands with the family or enter the next regatta with the racing crew. The Leisure Furl boom has recently been added Carbon fiber floor boards save an incredible amount of weight. Ready to go TODAY!
Please feel free to call me any time if you have any questions or there is anything else I can do for you.
David M. Cox, CPYB
Certified Professional Yacht Broker
This 38' Coastal Cruiser was designed for an experienced sailing couple who were down sizing from a heavy, trans-oceanic 43 footer to a boat that is simpler and easier to sail. Like most boat owners, they will use the boat for day sailing and cruises of up to a week to the local islands. As such, the design of the new boat was based upon some basic requirements: fast and fun to sail, capable of single handed day sailing, easily handled by two in Southern California conditions, and accommodations for one or two couples for a weekend or a week.
The size of the boat was determined by the ergonomics of the interior and deck arrangements. Length was determined by summing the accommodations together from the Vee-berth through the head, mainsaloon, galley/nav areas and aft berth. Aft of the galley, the requirement that the cockpit seats be long and wide enough for sleeping and providing reasonable access to the wheel and swim step pretty much set the LOA. The twelve foot beam was determined both by the required width of the settees and table and the need for adequate hull form stability. Design displacement was calculated from the required accommodations, structure and ballast. While not as light as many racers of this size, it is lighter than most cruisers. Southern California waters have little draft restrictions so the 7' 3" bulb keel provides both the best righting moment and most efficient shape.
While similar accommodations have been fit in smaller boats, one of the axioms used in this design was not to try to fit too many compromised features into the boat, but all aspects must work well. As such, the Vee-berth is wide and long enough for truly comfortable sleeping by two. The head and shower area has ample room, to allow full function without constantly bumping one's elbows on the bulkheads. Main saloon settees can double as berths when there is an additional guest aboard......
.....The large L-shaped galley includes a double sink, refrigerator and freezer, drawers, two burner stove with oven and storage lockers outboard. With the increased capacities and miniaturization of electronics, there is no need for a large navigation station complete with the seat. Here, a stand up chart table is utilized that can double as an additional serving area when entertaining below. An additional large drawer and locker below provide storage for safety gear, tools, and other items without mixing with charts and navigational equipment immediately below the chart table surface. Much like a racer, heavy weights are centralized to decrease pitching moment. Integral 65 gallon water tanks are under the forward part of each main saloon settee with the house batteries immediately aft, split port and starboard. Pressure water and bilge pump are also under the aft ends of the settees. Although not as centralized, the engine battery is just to starboard of the engine under the aft berth to keep the cable run short. The fuel tank is immediately aft of the engine.
Also working to improve performance is composite construction. Hull, deck, bulkheads and interior joiner work are cored composite. Specific materials can vary with a client's preferences and budget. For the first boat, outside skins of the hull and deck are biaxial E-glass which provides good impact protection given the thickness required for panel strength and stiffness. The core is primarily Divinycell, with some CK57 balsa used because of the higher compressive strength in deck hardware areas. Carbon fiber was used for the inside skins and some of the panels are E-glass and vinylester resin was used throughout.
The ergonomics of moving about the boat at anchor also weigh heavily in the design of the cockpit. Primary movement is from the dinghy to below deck, or from swimming to cockpit and thence below. First, a deep stainless steel swim ladder makes climbing aboard after a swim easy and is an added safety device in the event of a man overboard. The swim platform is located at a height which is level with the tubes of most inflatable dinghies, easing the step aboard from the dinghy. While at swim step level there also a hot and cold fresh water shower, and it is a short step up to the cockpit sole. Here the steering wheel can be removed when at anchor leaving a clear and level path to the companionway. From there, it is a simple three steps down to the cabin sole. For the coastal cruiser, the comfort of fewer steps up and down with a low companionway sill is often preferred against the offshore voyager’s frequent request for a bridge deck that will prevent a cockpit-filling rogue wave from entering the cabin.
The rest of the deck arrangement is simple. Two winches on the cabin top handle all the halyards and reef lines when necessary. Two other winches on the cockpit coaming take the headsail sheets and are located for enough aft so the helmsman doesn’t have to move forward from the wheel to make an adjustment, yet far enough forward to not cramp the helm area when a full crew is aboard. The mainsheet traveler is on the cockpit sole just forward of the wheel where it is least obstructive. Both the mainsheet and Harken windward sheeting traveler car are easily adjusted from the helm. Genoa sheets are also on adjustable tracks so that the lead can be moved to the proper location as the roller headsail is reefed. The furling drum is located below deck allowing the foot to seal to the deck luff, providing about two feet more luff length and dramatically improving the look of the boat.
A simple two spreader rig is designed for use without running backstays. The large mainsail and smaller headsail allow easy control of both sails and provide a balanced rig. ……….
Since the launch of DOUBLETIME, the first Andrews 38 in May 1994, a second boat, PAMLICO, was also built by Westerly Marine for owners in the Carolinas. In addition to the superb sailing performance of this design, these clients required a lifting keel in order to clear a sand bar in the channel to their berth. Alan Andrews Yacht Design’s hydraulically lifting keel allows the upwind efficiency of over seven foot draft yet retracts to pass over a three and a half foot shoal. The mechanism is tastefully hidden in an alternate interior arrangement and has contributed to Pamlico’s successful shallow water cruises. Pamlico is also actively raced throughout the Southeast with victories including Key West Race Week, Southeast Atlantic PHRF Championships, and the NCYRA State Championships.
The Andrews 38 has proven to be fun and easy to sail, accommodating two couples on weekend cruises with ease and has been easy to take out for just a few hours’ sail. This design has shown again that there is no reason a cruising boat has to be either ugly or slow. PAMILCO’s Key West victory proves it is even fast on the race course. In short, the design is meeting the needs of the clients, requirements that are similar to a great many of today’s sailors.”
Andrews 38: INNOVATIVE CRUISER
The fiberglass hull is cored with divinycell and even though the boat is intended primarily for cruising, Andrews has used cored bulkheads below to keep excess weight to a minimum. Midship water tankage and batteries also help centralize weight.....
Belowdeck, the main cabin is bright and airy, with white bulkheads, teak trim....
We found the 38 fun to sail, particularly off the wind in a breeze. For experienced owners moving down from a bigger boat, the Andrews 38 blends easy daysailing with overnight comfort and civilized onboard entertaining.
".....Andrews is hot and the next few months we are going to get the chance to see what he can do with cruising boats
This new 38-footer is a clean looking sloop with a flat sheer and short ends. ....Andrews describes the way that this design's dimensions were arrived at by first drawing the interior, then wrapping a boat around those gross dimensions.....The interior looks complete; there is nothing lacking considering the 38-foot LOA.....It's a very simple but effective layout....the Andrews design has less than half the weight. The spar is carbon fiber with a simple two-spreader layout and no running backstays. The genoa furling drum is in a well below deck. The cruising genoa is 130 percent and an asymmetrical chute is also carried. Note the roach of the main overlapping the backstay.
The deck features a big, open cockpit with the traveler on the sole just forward of the big wheel. The large-diameter wheel is recessed into the cockpit sole and is removable....
I like this boat a lot. It suits my own needs for comfort and speed. It can harden up with the best of them and show good speed in both light and heavy air. The hull form has good surfing potential and probably also has good speed under power. I would guess this boat is a wolf in sheep's clothing."
Painted Hull by Professional Artist
Painted the decks
Name and Graphics applied
New Stereo and Speakers
Navigation Table Top
Clear Coat Carbon Fiber Floor Boards
Removed Rigging and Re-Installed
Re-Headed Standing Rigging
2 New Batteries
Rebuild Steering Drum for Rudder
Paint Leisure Boom
Leisure Boom Cover
New Main for Leisure Furl Boom
Old Hydrolic system removed and New Hydrotec hydrolic system installed
Yanmar 3GM30F Diesel
Total Power: 30hp
Comfortable sleeping accommodations for 6 people
Custom interior with white bulkheads with Anegre trim and lite weight CARBON FIBER FLOORBOARDS
V- berth forward with hanging locker and drawers
"L" shaped settee to port with settee opposite to starboard
"U" shaped galley aft of settees to port
Aft facing navigation station to starboard
Aft of the galley is a private sleeping cabin to port
Dometic head w/ Vacuflush to starboard.
Sea Frost Refrigeration
33 llb. Bruce Anchor
"U" shaped galley with blue Corian countertops.
Technautics engine driven top loaded freezer and refigerator boxes
Dual ss sinks,
fresh water foot pump
hot water heater
Force 10 CNG stove/oven.
(3x) B&G multi-function displays on masthead
B&G Hydra display
B&G Hydra Pilot control
Raymarine electric auto pilot ram
Garmin GPSmap 210
Icom IC-M58 VHF radio
Sony Marine Stereo
2 Bank Battery Isolator
(2x) Harken electric winches
Sea Frost Refrigeration
Med #1 Very Good
Heavy #1 Old but still fast
#2 Very Good
.6 oz AP Very Good
.6 oz Runner Good, but will not reach
New Roller furling Main (on Leisure Furl Boom)
100% jib old but too small for racing
7 other misc. sails
Carbon Fiber racing Boom and Tuff Luff
Blue hull w/ sea foam stripes
White Deck with grey non-skid
Retractable keel & rudder
Roller furler under deck accessible in Anchor Locker
Large Forward Hatch for fresh air or stuffing sails
Smaller hatches forward of mast (1 on Starboard and 1 on Port)
Carbon Spinnaker pole
Halyards and reef lines led aft through dodger to sheet stoppers and winches
Mast Mounted instrument read-outs.
Cruising seat mounted on stern pulpit
Large storage Lockers in Cockpit
Lifting Keel & rudder.
Goetz carbon mast and boom.
reverse cycle AC
(6) interior fans
Coast Guard Safety Package includes
Max Draft: 7.25'
Conventional 12v and 120v Shore Power syatems in good working condition
2 House Batteries - 8G27M gelcell
1 Deka 24M7 Starting Battery