This Boat is Off Market

  • Off Market
  • $42,500
  • Sail / Cruisers
  • Durbeck / Cruiser
  • 1981 / Used
  • 38' / 11'3"

Cruisers 1981 Durbeck Cruiser listed by Edwards Yacht Sales (Off Market)

  • Last advertised price $42,500
  • Off Market since Aug 17th 2015

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The Durbek 38 is a solid hand laid fiberglassed blue water cruiser. Her full keel w/protected prop, sturdy outboard rudder and new Monitor wind vane (2012) makes her safe for open ocean passages. Other recent upgrades (since 2010) include new Yanmar 4JH5E diesel (less than 100 hrs), dripless shaft seal, seacocks and hoses replaced, new standing and running rigging, hull soda blasted and seven layers of Interprotect barrier coat applied, new Standard Horizon GPS Chartplotter with GX2100 VHF w/AIS and more.

If your plans include heading out to sea then the Dawn Piper is a boat you'll want to sea.

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Keel: Full

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Year Built: 2011
Engine Model: 4JH5E
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 95
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 53 HP

Builder: Durbeck Boatworks, Bradenton, Florida
Designer: Peter Guerke


LOA: 38 ft 1 in
LWL: 30 ft 1 in
Beam: 11 ft 3 in
Displacement: 25000 lbs
Draft: 6 ft 1 in
Ballast: 8,000 lbs


Engine: Yanmar
Model: 4JH5E
Power: 53 hp
Year: 2009 installed 2011 w/new transmission by Marine Pro, Cocoa, FL
Hours: 100 hrs
Cruising Speed: 5.5 knots
Max Speed: 6.5 knots
PSS Dripless Shaft Seal in 2011 with new engine install


Fuel: 50 gallons
Water: 120 gallons
Holding: None. Removed with all septic hoses when Compost toilet installed in 2012


DAWN PIPER is an excellent couples cruiser. Everything is substantial from the bronze ports and warm cabin lamps to the solid wood interior and thick cabin sole. She has great light and ventilation. The boat is very large inside with a big forward stateroom with tons of storage, a large head just aft to port with incredible storage and a workshop adjacent on starboard. The whole area becomes a gigantic bathroom and dressing room. A diesel heater is on the bulkhead to keep warm. The salon is also large with an L shaped settee to port and a straight settee berth to starboard. A very large table can seat about six comfortably. The table is hinged to a bulkhead and folds up to create a large open area. There is abundant storage throughout. The U-shaped galley to port is just below the companionway with lots of storage including special dish storage and a large cabinet with storage below and counter space above. The sit down navigation station is on starboard with a quarter berth aft which is great for storage.

Great liveaboard voyager
Tons of storage
Nice big forward stateroom
Large head to port
Workbench to starboard
Huge salon with fold up table
Storage outboard of the settee
Excellent ventillation
Nav station to starboard
Galley to port
Quarter berth aft of the nav
Diesel heater


Two stainless steel sinks
Foot pumps for fresh and salt water
Three stainless steel water tanks with valve system
ORIGO Gimbaled Alchohol Stove w/Oven
Massive safety bar for the stove and a harness for the galley slave
Insulated ice box


12Vdc and 110VAC Electrical Breaker Panel
110VAC 30A Shore Power
Shore Power Cord (50 ft)
AC outlets
Four (4) Trojan T105 Deep Cycle Batteries (420 aH) installed 2012
One (1) 12V Starting Battery
Heart Interface Link 1000 Battery Monitoring System
Three Stage Battery Charger in 2010
High Output Alternator and Voltage Reg in 2011 with new engine install
Nav Lights Port, Starboard 'n Stern Light
Deck Lights
Steaming Light
Tricolor Light
Anchor Light
Deck Wash Down Pump
Two (2) Electric Bilge Pumps (Diaphram 'n Rule Hi Water) in 2011
Airgen Wind Generator mounted on pole
MONITOR Windvane Steering System new in 2011

Rig and Sails

Beautiful cutter rig easily managed by a couple. The rigging (replaced in 2009) is oversized with external bronze chainplates (rebedded in 2009), new pulleys on mast top and turnbuckles. The wire rigging has Norseman terminals so you can replace a wire one a time. The double spreader rig has permanent backstays so you don't need running backstays (bonus). She'll heave to reliably with a triple reef in the heavy mainsail and the staysail. She'll track well and balance easily to be steered by the Monitor wind vane steering system (new in 2012) . The boat is rigged well to cruise.

Stout Cutter Rig
Tanbark Sails
140% Furling Genoa
110% Furling Genoa
Reefable hank on Staysail
Main Sail with 3 reef points new in 2008
Main is 9 oz dacron with slab reefing on boom
New Stack Pack and Lazy Jacks in 2012
Massive bronze chain plates rebedded in 2009
Reefing winch on boom
Mid-boom sheeting to traveler in cockpit
Boom Vang Block 'n Tackle by Garhauer new in 2010

Bronze Barient Winches
Cockpit Winches:
Primaries: Barient #23 self-tailing
Secondaries: Barient #20 self-tailing
Staysail: Secondaries used for staysail sheets, with cleats
Furling line winch: use primary or secondary winch, port side
Halyard winches on the mast: three barient #18
Reefing winch on boom Barient # 10

Hull, Deck Ground Tackle

Full keel with encapsulated lead ballast. Cutaway forefoot with relatively broad transom with a handsome sheer and relatively low freeboard, and high bulwarks. The external rudder is hung on massive bronze gudgeons. The three-blade prop is secure and safe in an aperture. Hull construction is solid fiberglass and hand-laminated. The hull is laid up with the best tooling polyester resins. The deck is molded with laminated fiberglass unit with strategic balsa coring in sections to reduce weight. The outer layer of deck is approximately 1/2" with 1/2" balsa core then a 1/4" under layer of fiberglass. Areas of deck hardware are reinforced and all were rebedded in 2005. The hull and deck are joined at the toe rail cap and the joint is completely tabbed below with several layers of fiberglass cloth. Bulkheads are tabbed to the hull and furniture is built into the monolithic structure. That is to say she is a well built solid boat!

Strong construction
Solid hand laid fiberglass hull
Massive teak bulwark cap with bronze striker rub rail
Soda blasted and 7 coats of Interprotect Barrier Coat in 2009
New gel coat in 2005
Topsides the hull above the water line below the deck was sanded and gel coat applied in 2004/5) with crimson and gold stripes at waterline and below deck
Exterior teak presently can use attention (Feb 2015) but teak is structurally fine
No teak decks !
Two tone deck has new gel coat and nonskid colored light beige on white decks
During the refit, the cockpit layout was reworked for comfort, efficiency and esthetics. Engine control box in 2011 when Yanmar installed
SS Stern pulpit solid rail was extended to front of cockpit for added safety
Tiller steering
Monitor Windvane (new in 2012) conveniently within reach on aft deck
Cockpit drains, four
Manual Bilge Pump (may need new seals)
Electric Pumps in bilge (primary diaphragm and high water rule) new in 2011
Portable bilge pump mounted on a board with attached hoses for emergency use.
Bow Pulpit: SS with Red/Green Nav lights attached (new 2002)
Bulwark is high for safety
Four large scuppers (for quick drainage)
High 30" double SS life lines
Bronze stanchion bases
Nice folding boarding ladder
Bronze opening ports, 13 heavy-duty with removable SS screens; rebedded 2005, good condition, extra gasket material.
Two large aluminum Bowmar hatches in V-berth and Saloon that can be opened either forward or aft: both with permanent screens on interior wood frames; both have canvas covers for storage when closed; both have canvas wind scoops that can be rigged forward or aft
Also a Tall wind scoop for use on the forward hatch when at anchor
The companionway hatch louvered teak doors can be replaced with heavy lexan boards for passage making or screened insert at anchor.
Lifting crane for outboard
Bimini with Dodger (toast color)
Dodger handrails on sides and aft
Bimini with glass view for sails, zippers on four sides, and connecting canvas that zippers between dodger and bimini
New Stack Pack for Main Sail w/Lazy Jacks in 2012
Spray curtains attach to lifelines, port and starboard to protect cockpit
Cockpit cushions

Divided chain locker
Two bow rollers on solid platform
Lofrans Tigress 12 v windlass (2003) w/up and down control on de ck
Anchor wash down system
Primary bow anchor 20kg (44lb) Bruce on SS swivel
Secondary Bow anchor 35# CQR
Stern anchor 22# Danforth
Can use new chain

Additional and Safety Specifics and Items

Jack lines nylon straps run from staysail cleat to strong points at entrance to cockpit Edson manual bilge pump in the cockpit (should replace seals)

Two flag halyards with set of signal flags
Portable emergency bilge pump
Monitor Windvane steering (new in 2011)
PFDs Four type 1
Flares: Numerous handhelds, 12 gauge pistol, regular parachute, smoke (out of date)

Fire extinguishers two large multi-purpose located behind chart table
Air horn
GFI outlets
Man Overboard Life Sling
MOB Pole stored on back stay with float/flag
EPIRB: ACR 406 mhz (needs recert and battery)
Anchor light on masthead
MARPOLE garbage placard
USGC Oil placard