1969 Ohlson 38 sloop/cutter

  • 38 ft
  • Sloop
  • Lincolnville, ME, US

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IROQUOIS is one of the well known and highly regarded Ohlson 38's designed by Swedish designer Einar Ohlson, and known for their good looks, and excellent performance.  IROQUOIS has been particularly well cared for and upgraded under current ownership, and she has served them well during two trans Atlantic crossings, and 2 seasons cruising in Europe.  She is well equipped and a proven offshore cruiser.  An outline of refits and upgrades is below.  The Ohlson 38 was featured in Richard Henderson's book Choice Yacht Designs, and a pdf of the chapter is available on request.  Iroquois is highly recommended and a brief description of the owners recent cruising is as follows:

Iroquois owners have been unable to use her this summer and she is seriously for sale. The price is reduced from $99,500 and this is a great chance to purchase a well found cruising boat with excellent performance.  Iroquois is stored indoors, easily seen, and reasonable offers are encouraged.  The owners have continued to upgrade Iroquois, and the last six photos in the photo gallery reflect some of the recent work and current condition of her finish,

April 2017-August 2018 northern Germany to Maine via Kiel Canal, Frisian Islands, Ijsselmer, canals of the Netherlands, English Channel and southern England, Channel Islands, Atlantic coast of France to La Rochelle, across the Bay of Biscay to the Spanish Rias, Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal,  the Canary Islands, across the Atlantic Ocean to Antigua, Nevis, St Kitts, St Martin, BVI, USVI, Bahamas to Florida, Georgia, S Carolina, N Carolina, Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, C&D canal, Delaware River to Cape May, NJ, NYC, Long Island Sound, Newport RI, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod Canal, New Hampshire


May-September 2016 Inverness Scotland to Fehmarn Germany via the Orkney Islands, Fair Isle, Shetland, across the North Sea to Bergen Norway, up the coast of Norway to the Lofoten Islands, back down the coast of Norway, across the Skagerrak through Denmark


May-September 2015 Maine to Inverness Scotland via Shelburne Nova Scotia, across the Atlantic Ocean to Oban Scotland, through the Caledonian Canal


June-August 2014 Portland Maine to Nova Scotia and back



Basic Information

38 sloop/cutter
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Lincolnville, ME, US
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Dimensions & Weight

38 ft - 11.58 meter
37 ft 6 in - 11.43 meter
10 ft 3 in - 3.12 meter
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5 ft 9 in - 1.75 meter
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22 kilo (48 lb) Spade anchor in bow roller with 75' Acco G-4 5/16 chain and 300' 3/4" double braid rode.  Additional chain lead and 250' plaited rode

15 lb Fortress, 35 lb CQR, and 25lb Danforth anchors  

RC Plath manual windlass; chain stopper

Bilge pumps include Whale gulper 320 electric; two MK2 gusher 10 manual, and one Edson manual bilge pumps

2 Fireboy halotron extinguishers, and 2 ABC extinguishers

Emergency tiller

Bell horn and flares

3 inflatable life vests with built in harnesses; LifeSling; Mustang survival throwing stick

Jordan Series Drogue sized for fully loaded (17,500 lbs) Ohlson 38 with custom 1/2: SS chainplates through bolted to SS backing plates.

Searchlight  and several strobes; ACR EPIRB

Masthead tricolor lights

LED spreader lights

Numerous fenders, docklines and chafing gear

Boarding/ swimming ladder. (accordion collapsible)

Bow and stern rails with dbl SS lifelines

2014 dodger

Chesapeake lightcraft nsting plywood 8' dinghy



Solid Fiberglass hull with fiberglass over plywood deck and house top. Varnished mahogany house sides, cockpit coamings, and toe rails, with teak cockpit seats and epoxied Dynel over plywood cockpit sole  Fin keel with skeg hung semi balanced rudder with wheel steering.  6300 lbs encapsulated lead ballast.  Dark green topsides with white cove and boot top, and blue bottom


2013 Beta Marine 3 cylinder fwc diesel to 2:1 TMC40 reduction gear and 13" Maxprop with bronze feathering propeller.  App 5.5 knots cruise and 6.5 knots max. Numerous spares.


12 volt DC system with two 12 volt AGM house batteries one AGM 12 volt starting battery.

Main circuit breaker panel

Secondary fused panel for electronics

Promariner ProSport 12 dual bank charger (110 and 220 ac)

Xantrex battery monitor

Blueseas ammeter

100 watt solar panel and controller


22 gallons fuel in integral fiberglass tank which was epoxy reinforced in 2013.

45 gallons water in integral fiberglass tank with CeramKote in 2013.

45 gallons water in three 15 gallon flexible tanks



Rode/chain locker right forward  with large V berth and filler next aft... stowage above and below. The enclosed head is next aft to port with stowage, sink, and Airhead composting toilet. A large hanging locker is opposite to starboard.

The main saloon is next aft with extension settee and pilot berths port and starboard.  A folding dining table is between the settees, and it can hinge up and stow out of the way against the forward bulkhead.  Lockers under the pilot berths offer convenient stowage

 A Taylor kerosene cabin heater is fitted to the forward port bulkhead.

The galley is aft to port with Dickinson gimballed 2 burner propane stove with oven, stainless sink, and icebox. Stowage outboard.

 A  nav table, stowage drawers, and quarter berth are to starboard opposite the galley.

Interior finish is varnished mahogany with non-skid varnished cabin sole and ventilation is provided by hatch and companionway with screens as well as two opening ports and ventilators with screens.



Sails and Rigging:

Masthead sloop/cutter rig with removable inner forestay.with Highfield lever..  Awlgrip aluminum mast and boom.  Telescoping carbon fiber reaching pole.  SS standing rigging with Navtec terminals and bronze turnbuckles  Harken roller furler (rebuilt and installed 2014).Halyards include Ultrex plus main halyards, Endura braid jib halyards, and Sta-set spinnaker.  Double braid poly sheets. Spare main and genoa halyards (rove off and ready to use).  Harken hydraulic backstay adjuster. Lazy Jacks. "Quickvang" boom vang. 5-6 snatch blocks. Genoa track on toerails and inboard.  

Two Barient 22 winches; two Harken32 self tailing , and two Harken 48 self tailing cockpit winches

Barient 22 and 16 halyard winches and Lewmar 16 self tailing  reefing winch.

Sails include: 2014 Hallet full batten loose footed crosscut main with 3 reefs and leechline, 112% triradial 8.a5 oz genoa with UV cover, large "Solent" hanked on  staysail with 36.83' luff,  Owens 2016 13.76 sq meter high aspect hanked staysail with leech battens, 1993 Manchester 1.5 oz asymmetrical spinnaker with ATN sock, Storm jib and storm trysail.


Electronics and Navigation:

Wempe brass barometer and quartz clock mounted on bulkhead

2 Danforth Constellation compasses (pedestal and bulkhead)

Standard horizon VHF radio

Garmin 4210 chart plotter  gps (radar overlay)

Garmin radar

Iridium 9555 sat phone

Speed log


Lecombe autopilot

Monitor self steering gear with extra vane and parts


Nexus wireless masthead wind instruments

Nexus depth

Furuno Fax 30 weatherfax

Vesper Watchmate Vision AIS transponder

Fujinon binoculars with built in compass

Floating handheld vhf

Various charting tools and charts

Refits and upgrades:

Major refit 2013

Replaced engine, motor mounts, engine blocks, transmission, PSS haft seals for rudder and shaft

Rebuilt Edson steering system

Fuel tank cleaned and lined with epoxy, replaced fuel lines, added fuel gauge

Installed new engine wet exhaust system

Replaced all seacocks

Water tanks cleaned and coated with Ceram-Kote

Added 3 15gallon flexible water tanks

All deck hardware removed and rebedded

Deck painted with Durabeck non skid paint

Added aluminum spray hood

Added Monitor windvane



Corn-blasted bottom , recoated with seven layers of Interlux Interprotect 2000E

Replaced shore power controller with Promariner ProSport12 dual bank 110 or 220 autodetect

Rewired engine, added Iskra 120 amp high capacity alternator and Balmar voltage regulator

Added Xantrex battery monitor and Bluesea ammeter

Added Garmin 4210 Chartplotter and radar

Added Vesper Watchmate Vision AIS transponder

Replaced VHF with Standard Horizon Explorer

Added Lecombe below decks autopilot

Replaced cook stove with propane Dickinson 2 burner with oven

Added RC Plath manual windlass

Replaced anchor rode with

 75 ft Acco G-4 5/16 chain and 300 ft ¾" double braid

Replaced lifelines and turnbuckles with stainless wire

Added Lifesling2 mob ring and Mustang Survival throwing stick


Added Jordan series drogue and stern chainplates

Replaced dodger, sailcovers

Replaced cushions in salon and pilot berth

Replaced all interior and exterior lights with LED except bow light.



Replaced standing and running rigging

Added removable inner forestay

Replaced hydraulic backstay adjuster

Rebuilt Harken furler

Replaced mainsail, genoa

Added staysail

Added Taylor kerosene heater

Replaced CQR anchor with Spade 22 kilo, Fortress 15 lb



Added new smaller staysail and new inner tracks



Replaced fixed ports



Revarnished interior



Chainplates replaced with silicon bronze

Added Shaftshark ropecutter

Replaced Airhead composting toilet

Replaced batteries with Victron AGM deep cycle grp 27

Replaced cushions in vberth


Regular maintenance of all systems including annual varnishing of exterior 

and service of winches


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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Disclaimer: 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(7229380)