Bristol 38.8

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Bristol 38.8
Built by Bristol Yachts

Production 1982-1996

Bristol 38.8 SailingBristol 38.8 Drawing


Similar to her popular sister design in appearance and performance, the Bristol 38.8 combines the graceful lines of a modern Ted Hood design and the meticulous craftsmanship of Bristol Yachts. At anchor or underway, this fine vessel attracts high praise not only for her appearance but also for the manner in which she moves and responds with special quickness and grace. The Bristol 38.8 is a luxurious yacht that may be selectrively personalized to reflect your own special style and particular living requirements. Built into evey Bristol Yacht is an obsessive concern for quality workmanship and structural integrity; the following are features to look for!

Bristol 38.8 Profile and Plan

Hull & Deck:

Molded high-impact fiberglass reinforced polyester resin ... largely woven roving, strongest material available. Hull and deck thicknesses vary to suit structural demands. Deckhouse, deck and cockpit are integrally molded. Deck clamp and cove stripe molded with hull. Non-skid pattern molded into deck, seats and cabin top. Deck layout reflects careful planning. Opening hatch forward is large enough to permit handling sail bags. Molded sea hood is standard and molded rail from sea hood aft is prefect mount for dodger. All rails, coaming covers and trim are teak ... furnished natural, sealed or varnished (optional).
Bristol 38.8 Hull & Deck

Main Salon:

The roomy and liveable main salon aptly demonstrates both the attention to detail provided by Bristol craftsmen and the open space look of Ted Hood's design. There is generous seating to port and starboard on the extension settee berths as well as a large dinette table that combine to form an ideal social setting. This beautifully varnished interior comes in your choise of teak or mahogany (brunzeel bulkheads and Honduras trim).
Bristol 38.8 Main Salon


Located adjacent to the companionway for good ventilation and to keep the cook in close contact with the cockpit, the spacious and efficient galley is thoroughly equipped for your cruising needs. Stainless steel icebox, deeps sinks (hot and cold pressure water) and three burner propane stove with oven are all standard equipment. Combine these features with the large counter surfaces, storage drawers and tracks, his galley should keep the cook happy and the crew content.
Bristol 38.8 Galley

Navigation Area:

With its full-sized chart table and large seakindly quarter berth, the Bristol 38.8's navigation area is designed and built for the seagoing skipper. There is ample storage space for navigational gear as well as outboatd shelves to mount your electronic equipment. This area can be enclosed as a stateroom for additional privacy.
Bristol 38.8 Navigation Area

Forward Cabin:

This stateroom is available either in traditional V-berth arrangement or with a double berth to port and a vanity with filler (optional) to starboard. Regardless of the arangement, the finest woods are selected and hand-crafted into the closets, berths and dovetailed drawers. There is also separate access to a well-appointed head with hot and cold pressure water and a stall shower.
Bristol 38.8 Forward Cabin

A Superior Investment:

Traditional Bristol quality assures lasting value and makes the purchase of a Bristol Yacht a long term investment. The Bristol 38.8 must be seen and sailed to be truly appreciated.

Standard Equipment:

Hull: Hand lay-up, with alternate layers of mat and woven roving. Three-inch flange integrally molded below the top edge to receive the deck. Bronze seacocks on all through-hull fittings.
Deck: Hand lay-up with mat, cloth and balsa core; gelcoated headliner with wood paneling.
Ballast: Lead, 9,000 lbs., internally cast.
Centerboard: Fiberglass, with lead ballast and bronze pin through fiberglass pipe; stainless wire rope runs over bronze sheaves in fiberglass casing and stainless pipe to C/B winch on cabin house.
Rudder: Fiberglass, molded around bronze plates welded to bronze rudder post and bearing on bronze rudder shoe.
Machinery: Engine: Universal 44 H.P. diesel engine with 2:1 short profile sailing transmission, 1 1/4" bronze propeller shaft and cutlass bearing mounted on fabricated glass, mahogany and stainless steel beds. Water lift muffler. Tachometer, oil pressure light, water temperature gauge and alarm system. Alternator. Engine compartment insulated, lead-lined and ventilated. Two-blade propeller. Fuel tank - 36 gallons, aluminum. Edson Steerer with controls, pedestal guard, brake, and compass (5" Ritchie with black non-glare finish). Emergency tiller.
Domestic Water Tanks (2): Stainless steel. Approximately 100 gallons; 1 bow and 1 under cabin sole.
Pressure Pump: 12 Volt.
Hot Water Heater: Raritan 6 gallon with heat exchanger with copper tubing, polyurethane on cold water system.
Sinks: Double stainless steel in galley with mixing faucet. Porcelain sink in head with hot and cold water pressure.
Shower: Stall shower in head with sump pump for discharge.
Interior Joiner Work: Choice of teak or mahogany (brunzeel bulkheads and Honduras trim). Cabin sole - teak with ash inlay; hand-layed, screwed, glued and bunged. Formica colors for counters and head bulkheads available for owner's selection. Head sole - molded fiberglass pan with non-skid surface. Sheathing in quarter-berth, main and forward cabins. Finished bulkheads and trim sealed and hand-rubbed varnish. Cabin sole-sealed. Dinette table - fixed with drop leaves.
Exterior: Teak time, grab rails and toe rails.
Deck Hardware:
Stainless steel, satin chrome or high-strength anodized aluminum.
Stemhead - fabricated stainless steel with tack, chocks and 1 bow roller.
  2 - 10" Bow
  2 - 9" Midship
  2 - 9" Aft
  2 - 8" Jib Sheet
  1 - 8" Main Sheet
Vents: 4 Nicro 3" high profile.
Nicro Fico Ball Bearing Traveler with traveler control lines.
Double bow and stern rails, lifelines and stanchions with 2 gates.
Cast ports with opening port in head. Genoa Track - "T" track, 1 1/4" bolted inboard.
Blocks: Schaeffer Seriers #9.
Hatches: Bomar #139 opening in forward cabin and midships.
Sliding fiberglass hatch for companionway with sea good and rails.
Anchor well and chain locker.
Winches (Lewmar):
  2 Jib Sheet
  1 #40C Main Sheet
  4 #43C Jib Halyard
  1 #40C Main Halyard
Electrical: 12 Volt System.
Lighting ground, all standing rigging.
Bass panel with circuit breakers.
1 - 30 amp shore power outlet.
5 - 110 volt outlets.
2 - batteries, 165 amp hours each, with 4 way switch.
Electrical bilge pump.
Lighting - cone, dome and flourescent fixtures in appropriate areas.
International running lights.
Stove: Propane - 3 burner with oven.
Ice Box: Stainless Steel.
Spars: Fabricated aluminum extrusions, anodized with stainless steel fittings (Metalmast Marine), double spreaders (tapered).
Standard Rigging: Stainless wire rope with stainless steel turnbuckles.

Optional Equipment:

Radio and antenna. Datamarine package (depth finder, knotmeter and wind machine). 12 Volt refrigeration. Three (3) blade propeller. Chrome ventilators. Teak Dorade Boxes. Varnished exterior (5 coats). Varnished Cabin Sole (5 coats). Additional opening ports. Higher flared tapered toe rail. Teak rubrail with S.S. molding. Teak head gate. Raritan Lectrosan. Spinnaker Gear. Gate in stern rail. Swim ladder with teak treads. Vinyl headliner. Double lifelines. Cockpit cushions. Painted cove stripe. V-berth filler. Split boot stripe. Cradle.


Design Specifications:

Model: Sloop
Designer: Ted Hood
Builder: Bristol Yachts
LOA: 38' - 3 1/2"
LWL: 30' - 7"
Beam: 12' - 1"
Draft: (CB up)4' - 6"
  (CB down) 10' 3"
Displacement: 19,150 lbs.
Ballast: 9,500 lbs.
Total Sail Area: 766 sq. ft.
Main: 363 sq. ft. Fore Triangle: 467.5 sq. ft.
Bristol 38.8 Brochure

Bristol 38.8 Brochure

Bristol 38.8 Original Brochure

Bristol 38.8 Original Brochure

Bristol 38.8 Sail Plan

Bristol 38.8 Sail Plan

Bristol 38.8 Layout

Bristol 38.8 Layout

Bristol 38.8 Two State Room Layout

Bristol 38.8 Two State Room Layout

Seasoned By Salt Seasoned by Salt is the of a one-year cruise, from Connecticut to Grenada and back, undertaken by an adventurous sailing couple, Jerry L. Mashaw & Anne U. MacClintock, on a Bristol 38.8.
Material on this page reproduced from Bristol Yachts Brochures by Craig and Lydia Wilkins, "Barking Dog", #62
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