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Stephens 38 Flybridge Sedan

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Boat REF# 111705
Sold / Unavailable
Length 38'0"
Year 1956
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Sleeping berths 6
Engine 2 x gasoline 145hp, Hercules (1956)
Lying Tacoma


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Extra Details

Builder Stephens Bros
Lying Tacoma
Fuel capacity 200.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 100.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 30.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 2 x gasoline 145hp
Engine make and model Hercules (1956)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) 7.0 USG /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 9 knots

The engines in this boat are original equipment 6 cylinder flat head Hercules purchased from Chris-Craft for Stephens Bros in 1956. They have not been rebuilt. One is strong and runs fine while the other has some overheating problems. The owners are having it professionaly evaluated to determine the cause and fix. At this time we have to assume this engine will need some repair and therefore can be considered in negotiations. There are no hour meters. Horsepower on these engines is reported to be anywhere from 120 to 145 depending on which resource is accessed.
The boat has two 12 volt batteries (one for each engine as a starting battery) and four 6 volt batteries in the house bank.

Although the flybridge controls are all in place and look reasonably sound, the transmission shifting levers don't function from that location as they are push button electric from the main helm. These could be repaired, or the flybridge could be used for outdoor seating in port instead of for boat operation underway.


Length 38'0"
Beam 11'6"
Draft Max 3'6"
Displacement 20,000.0lbs
Headroom 6'6"
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

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


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Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

Oak frame hull with Honduran Mahogany plank construction. Deck is plywood fiberglassed with non-skid. Cockpit deck is teak. In 2004-05 a partial re-plank of the bottom was done. Waterline down was re-fastened and some ribs sistered. The bilge is damp with a very small amount of water at it's deepest point where the bilge pump is located. New zinks in June 2010.


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 3
Cabin(s) 1
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Carpet tick
Drapes tick
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Entering the salon from a port side mahogany door places you in a comfortable salon area with queen size couch/hide-a-bed. Rich varnished interior is very bright with large windows providing passengers and helmsman with good 360 degree visibility. With the helm station to the port and chart table to the starboard the open companionway down to the galley lies in the center. A large booth-style table to port with bench seating and galley to starboard provides a cozy and comfortable area for meals. Forward is a large head to starboard with the owner's cabin in the bow. All these areas have lots of storage cabinets and are clean and convenient. A large rear open deck/cockpit has seating front and back with more storage under the seats. The flybridge is accessible from the cockpit by climbing a starboard side ladder style stair.

3 burner Other Stove

Nav Equipment

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Fish Finder tick
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Humminbird LCR 4000 Depth and Fish Finder, Standard Horizon Eclipse VHF, Standard Horizon GPS Chartplotter 107C

Deck Gear

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Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Platform tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick

Electric unknown windlass
1 anchors
300'0" of chain
The anchor chain passes through a hawsepipe with anchor hanging on the starboad exterior. Chain may need replacing as it is corroded.

Safety Equipment

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1 bilge pumps (0 manual / 1 electric)

Life Jackets, Flares and all CG required safety items on board and functional.

Broker's Comments

Throughout the long history of boats, there have been hardley any prettier than this one, however; the old girl's heart is broken! Actually, that is the port side heart. The port engine has been given the death nod by a marine mechanic. Seals need replacing and they may not be available from Hurcules any more. He suggested replacing this engine and the owner says, "I can't do that. Bring on the offers"!

A great deal of work was done on this lovely boat in 1998-2000 including propane cabin heat, galley stove, fridge, head and holding tank, countertops, upholstery and exterior work. In 2005 her bottom was refastened and some sistering to the bones done. Varnish and metal polish are the main items that need done today plus a decision on how to deal with the one tired engine. eBay had one of these engines for sale a while back for around $700 plus shipping from somewhere around the great lakes.

If you are a classic wooden boat enthusiast with mechanical aptitude this beautiful Stephens yacht could be your next love. The boat has not seen much in the way of maintenance in the last year and a half but her hull, house and interior appear to just need some elbow grease to bring her beauty back.

The Tacoma Narrows Marina boathouse this Stephens is moored in is also for sale.

This Stephens 38 Flybridge Sedan has been personally photographed and viewed by Gary Buck 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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