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1979 Catalina 38

location icon San Diego, California
Year 1979
Length 38 ft
Builder/Manufacturer Catalina Yachts, Inc.

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!


Year Built 1979
Category Sail
Length Overall 39 ft
Length Of Deck 38 ft
Beam 11'10 ft
Cabin Headroom 6'2 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID CTYM0034M79
Min Draft 610 ft
Drive Type Direct
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 30 hp
Cruising Speed 5 kn
Prop. Cruise Speed 3000
Maximum Speed 6 kn
Range 103.57 mi
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 18 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. Aluminum
Water Tanks 4
Water Tank Cap. 64 gal
Water Tank Mat. Plastic
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 17 gal
Holding Tank Mat. GRP
Ballast 6,850 lb
Displacement 15,900 lb
Bridge Clearance 57 ft

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Yanmar
Model: 3YM30
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 30hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Folding
Engine Hours: 237

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 to keep the cabin cool and fresh on those hot days.


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

B&G wind speed and direction

B&G speed and distance logs

B&G 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 True Charge 20-amp charger 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 seller’s 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.