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OHLSON 38 (1971)
In every second harbour we are asked what type of sailboat this is. Because the classic lines still inspire most sailors. That is why we bought this sailboat 14 years ago: we wanted less work than with our wooden boat and we were still looking for the timeless aesthetic lines of a classic yacht.
It is the perfect size for a family with small children. In the saloon, the children like to lie in the sea berths and draw the curtain to their sleeping cave. The real purpose, of course, is to provide the best possible sleeping space even for adults during a night cruise. For a couple with occasional friends visiting, it is just as pleasantly sized. The two lower saloon berths are extendable and offer good space for two adults. The pilot berth is also a comfortable place to sleep but we now have two folding bikes there for exploring ashore. The teak in the cabin makes life below deck decidedly cosy.
Even for the ambitious sailor, she offers enough trim options and is still one of the faster boats on the water. The mainsail is fully battened in the upper section and is equipped with a classic long boom. This means that you must reef early, but this does not detract from the speed. In addition, no one has to go to the mast when there is a lot of wind, because the single-line reef can be operated comfortably from the cockpit. In heavier weather, you also learn to appreciate the hull shape (S-frame) and she sets much more gently into the wave than modern U-shaped hulls. She can also be sailed comfortably one-handed, as both the main and jib sheets can be easily operated from the place behind the helm. And with the autopilot, the other jobs can easily be done by one person. But sharing the pleasure with others is much nicer and the spacious cockpit invites you to do so. And those who like to sleep under the open sky can stretch out easily.
With a draught of only 1.7 m, many harbours and bays are accessible where other ships cannot get in. For anchoring on the cliffs of the archipelago in Sweden, there is also the fitting for the stern anchor. With the new Rocna anchor and 50 m of chain, however, a peaceful night's sleep is ensured even when anchored in the classic way.
Every year we have made minor and major improvements to the boat (see also equipment list). Particularly noteworthy is the osmosis renovation (Peter Wrede Yacht Refits in Neustadt), which has made the hull better than new. Currently the sprayhood is being renewed, but this is not yet visible in the pictures. Further improvements remain depending on the priority of the new owner. It can be transformed into a piece of jewellery with a little effort, or it can continue to be sailed easily, safely and well.
We have now decided to put our Ohlson 38 up for sale anyway, as we are now looking for a bit more space with children and soon to be grandchildren. Please feel free to contact me to find out more about the boat (and to arrange a test sail if you wish). If you want to learn more about the ship type in general, www.ohlson38.de is an excellent source of information. I also recommend the book "Der erfüllbare Traum" in which Johanna Michaelis and Klaus Nölter describe sailing around the world on an Ohlson 38.
You can download the exposé with all specs as a pdf here: MINONAII exposé (English)