Yachtfinders / Windseakers, Inc. presents this Racers and Cruisers 1979 Catalina 38 boat for sale.

  • This Catalina 38 offered at $59,500
  • Powered by single Yanmar 3YM30 / 30 hp / 237 hrs
  • The boat located in San Diego, California (map below) and ready for viewing
  • The listing has been updated and on a market since Sep 9th 2021

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38 Catalina 38 79 Latest Caper

LATEST CAPER was totally refurbished in 2005 when the original Universal 25 hp diesel was replaced with a Yanmar 30hp 3YM30. At the same time a PSS dripless shaft seal and MAXPROP folding 3-blade prop were installed. She has had constant upgrades since then with new Facnor roller furling and headstay in 2019, new Dometic AC, plumbing, hot water heater and JABSCO water pump added in 2021. The boat was hauled and new bottom paint was done in April. She really must be seen to appreciate the labor of love that has gone into her restoration and maintenance. The exterior teak looks like new wood dipped in glass. The teak interior is warm and inviting with brass and electric lighting and the engine and bilge surfaces are spotless.

With her legendary Sparkman and Stephens pedigree and a spectacularly high standard of maintenance, this is your chance to own the finest Catalina 38 you will ever see!

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Latest Caper

Builder: Catalina Yachts, Inc.
Designer: Sparkman Stephens/Butler
Flag of Registry: United States

LOA: 39 ft 0 in
Beam: 11 ft 10 in
LWL: 30 ft 3 in
Length on Deck: 38 ft 0 in
Minimum Draft: 610 ft 0 in
Displacement: 15900 lbs
Ballast: 6850 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 57 ft 0 in
Headroom: 6 ft 2 in

Total Power: 30 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 3YM30
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 237
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 30 HP

Cruising Speed: 5 knots @ 3000 RPM
Maximum Speed: 6 knots

Fresh Water Tanks: 4 Plastic (64 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: Aluminum (18 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: Fiberglass (17 Gallons)

Number of heads: 1


Roomy and spacious with 6-3 headroom, the Catalina 38 is a comfortable cruiser/racer. Her interior boasts abundant teak paneling and cabinetry with upholstery in excellent condition throughout.

All the way forward is the master V-berth stateroom with a large berth, storage port and starboard and a bulkead mounted flat-screen TV.

Next aft on the port side is the clean and organized head compartment, with marine toilet, sink, shower, custom tiles and new high-end fixtures. Across from the head is the forward storage area with hanging lockers and drawers for clothing and gear.

The main cabin has a long settee on starboard with nice cabinetry and storage shelves outboard. On the port side there is a beautiful custom teak dining table with wraparound seating and more storage outboard. There is a flat-screen TV on the main bulkhead with hidden cables that run to a media shelf. The table can be lowered and there is a custom extension and filler to create a real queen-size berth.

Aft of the seating area on the port side of the companionway there is a U-shaped galley with built in refrigerator/freezer, granite countertops, stove with oven, and double sinks with brand new pull down faucet. There is a flip-up counter extension for when the chef needs some extra room.

Across from the galley is the nav station followed by a generous quarter berth. Below the nav desk is a built-in 16,000 BTU marine air conditioning system that keeps that cabin temperature cool in summer and warm in winter!


Adler Barbour 12V refrigeration

2-burner Seaward Hillerange propane stove with oven

Toaster oven

Pressure and manual water system

6-gal water heater (brand new)

(2) sinks

New water heater and all new plumbing

Electronics and Navigation

BG wind speed and direction

BG speed and distance logs

BG depth sounder

Raymarine SmartPilot X-5 autopilot

Garmin GPS

Garmin 7 chart plotter at helm (brand new)

Radar (non-operational)

Icom M502 VHF radio

Clock and barometer

Bose speakers

(2) TVs


12V DC and 110V AC

(4) 6V Trojan house batteries (420 amp hrs)

(1) Grp 27 start battery (125 amp hrs)

Battery parallel switch

Zantrex battery monitor

Zantrex battery charger

Zantrex True Charge 20-amp inverter with remote panel

Link 10 battery monitor

Shore power cord

New electrical panels

All AC wiring redone by professional electrician


New Ultra anchor with matching bow roller and 300 of new 5/16 high tensile galvanized chain

New Maxwell electric windlass with remote and chain counter

Bimini, hatch covers and mainsail cover

Anchor and steaming lights

Running lights

Spreader light

Bow pulpit and rails

Lifelines and stanchions

Boarding gates

Dock lines and fenders

Swim ladder


Outboard mount


Garhauer radar tower

Garhauer outboard lifting hoist


Actual LOA: 39

Last bottom paint 4/29/2021

Sails and Rigging

Garhauer rigid manual boom vang

Wire standing rigging

Manual backstay adjuster

Aluminum keel-stepped mast

Mainsheet traveler

Facnor LX 180 roller furling on headsail (new Aug 2019)


(2) Harken #40 2-speed on cabin top

(2) Lewmar #48 3-speed sheet winches


Ullman RF 150 Genoa

Ullman main with lazy jacks

Sails in excellent condition

Lines led aft to cabin top

New clutches, blocks and running rigging

Engine and Mechanical

Engine alarm

Fuel filter

Raw water sea strainer

Stove fuel shut-off valve

Cockpit engine control

Thermal and acoustic engine area insulation

Automatic halon engine fire extinguishing system

(1) manual and (1) electric bilge pump

Wheel steering

Manual head with macerator and overboard discharge

17-gal fiberglass holding tank

New Dometic 16,000 BTU air conditioner


4) life jackets

(2) fire extinguishers

Emergency tiller



All sellers personal effects on board are excluded from the sale of this vessel.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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Approximate boat location – San Diego, California
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