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Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse

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Underwater profile

Sleeping berths

1 x diesel 480hp, Cummins QSB5.9-480 HO (2008)

South Haven, MI -- Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Builder Mariner Yachts international
Lying South Haven, MI -- Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 300.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 140.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 45.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 480hp
Engine make and model Cummins QSB5.9-480 HO (2008)
Engine Hours Engine1: 1700
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) NiBrAl 4-blade
Fuel consumption (approx) 3.0 USG /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7.8 knots
Max speed (approx) 18 knots
Generator output 6KVA
Generator Hours 1350
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Cummins engine with approximately 1700 hours is electronically-controlled, common-rail design. Smart Craft digital monitor in pilothouse and digital-analog gauges at the flybridge. Dual Racor fuel filters. Many parts and spares included. Spare prop.
Raw water failure alarm at helm.
Bennett trim tabs.
Kohler 6 kw generator in sound enclosure. 1350 hours. Racor fuel filter.

House bank consists of two 8D batteries. 4D start battery. Separate group generator start battery. Separate AGM stern thruster batteries (2). Xantrex Freedom Marine 30 3000 watt inverter/charger, with an un-used spare aboard. Separate YACHT 24-v charger for stern thruster batteries.

The engineroom is accessed from the pilothouse via hinged deck hatch with lifters, or from a watertight door in the day head. There is a massive amount of storage space in the machinery space aft of the engine. Access around the engine makes service easy. The engineroom is nicely finished including deck plates and a workbench (with vise) and tool storage cabinet. LED engineroom lights.


Length 38'0"
LWL 34'6"
Beam 13'11"
Draft Min 4'0"
Draft Max 4'0"
Displacement 30,005.2lbs
Headroom 6'4"
Storage In water

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 6 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Finish Gelcoat finish

Total LOA from swimdeck to anchor 40' 6".

Heavy hand-laid fiberglass hull construction. Vinylester resins used in the outer layers to help prevent blistering. Integral grid structure is designed to provide a very sturdy hull with little flexing.

All handrails are of double-rung design for safety, and are welded and beautifully polished.

Deck hardware is sturdy and high-quality stainless steel.

FRP fuel and holding tanks. Stainless steel water tanks.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 1
Sink 2
Shower 2
Air conditioning 2 Air conditioning Units rated at 28000 BTU/h
Heads 2 heads (Vac flush)
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Boarding astern is from a large swim platform though the transom door. The covered cockpit is large enough for several deck chairs. The sturdily-built wide sliding aft cabin door provides entry to the full-beam saloon, which is much larger than would be expected. The galley is forward starboard and features granite countertops, an electric Princess range, and a Norcold refrigerator/freezer. This boat was built with a large custom cabinet in the salon that the owner uses as a pantry and to house a microwave. It was originally intended for a washer/dryer, which could be installed. There's a comfortable freestanding recliner chair aft starboard -- a nice feature on a boat this size. An icemaker is installed here also. To port is the convertible L-shaped dinette, storage cabinet and TV. Just forward and down is the day head -- complete with shower capability -- very convenient with guests aboard. And is it ever nice to have a second toilet aboard....

The pilothouse is just two steps up from the salon and is not isolated as on many other pilothouse models. The L-shaped dinette allows three or four guests to enjoy the pilothouse while underway. The dinette converts to a single pilot berth. The helm station is to starboard, and features a helm seat that slides forward. Forward visibility from the helm station is excellent, and because of the low pilothouse design it's possible to view the aft quarters directly from the helm seat also (unusual in a pilothouse model). Sliding pilothouse doors port and starboard allow easy access to the dock, the foredeck or to the flybridge.

Footwells with high bulwarks provide security when exiting the pilothouse, and the wide, full-size steps to the flybridge make access safe and easy. There are no vertical ladders on this boat!

The master cabin has a queen bed, hanging lockers port and starboard, six storage drawers, two storage cabinets, and separate head and shower compartments.

The flybridge has two pedestal helm seats and an L-shaped settee. There is a custom fold-up table with an electric outlet, intended for a grill and entertaining. As with the entire exterior of the boat, the design of the flybridge is uncluttered and obviously intended to be simple to maintain and easy to clean.

Cabin heating and cooling is provided by a two reverse-cycle units. And for fresh air this boat has nine opening windows (including an opening windshield window), five opening stainless steel portlights, and two overhead hatches.

Heads are Vacuflush.

3 burner electric Stove

Nav Equipment

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Standard Horizon GX1500S VHF with DSC; Raymarine C80 chartplotter (2 -- upper and lower helm); Raymarine radar; Raymarine autopilot; Raymarine depth. Handheld VHF.

Sony AM/FM/CD/DVD player, with remote and surroundsound in salon. Separate stereo system on flybridge.

Deck Gear

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Electric Lewmar Pro-Series model 1000 windlass
2 anchors
(45 lb Delta; spare smaller Delta)
300'0" of chain
5hp outboard, Mercury (unknown year)
Spare anchor stored in foredeck locker.

Motor mount attaches to swim platform to enable dinghy outboard to be used for emergency propulsion.

Bimini top and flybridge cover canvas. Window covers for pilothouse windows. Upper deck handrails are enclosed with mesh.

Weaver snap davits on swim platform for dinghy.

ExTurn stern thruster and Vetus bow thruster.

Anchor windlass has wireless remote control.

Safety Equipment

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3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 electric)

Fireboy Engineroom Fire Suppression.

Emergency tiller attaches to the top of the rudder shaft.

Broker's Comments

This Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse is a unique opportunity in a hard-to-find model -- she has low hours, has been primarily a fresh water boat, and has been stored indoors for most of every year. As a result she appears in excellent physical condition inside and outside. The sellers have owned her for eight years and have been attentive in their care and maintenance. This boat is clean and well-prepared for cruising. She has a number of optional features including Kohler generator, reverse-cycle heat/air, bow and stern thrusters, and a factory-built custom pantry cabinet.

Originally imported and sold as a Mariner Yachts International 37 Seville Pilothouse, this model is the predecessor to the current Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse and is dimensionally equal.

This boat gives the impression of being much larger than its size implies with a very roomy interior and a design that includes a full-beam saloon, a day head, separate master head and shower compartments, and an extended pilothouse that actually serves as a comfortable living area in addition to its piloting function.

The quality of materials and construction are evident with teak and holly floors, beautiful teak joinery, heavy fittings and rails, sturdy deck sections, and thick engine compartment sound insulation.

You'd be hard-pressed to fit more boat into a 40' slip -- and with her Cummins QSB 5.9 480 hp engine she performs frugally at 7 or 8 knots, and has the power to get up and go when needed. Ideal for the Great Loop -- extended cruising would be comfortable and with the low profile and hinged mast bridge clearance can be reduced to less than 13'.

Located on Lake Michigan this boat could easily be transported by water to many locations in the eastern US and Canada. Also, the flybridge cowling is removable so it is possible to ship this boat overland fairly economically.

Compare this boat to a Nordic Tug 37 or 39, or to an American Tug 34, 365, or 395. You'll find the Helmsman is roomier, has a more finely-crafted interior, and is built to a very high standard.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse has been personally photographed and viewed by Scott Helker of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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