1996 Bristol 38.8

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Yacht Overview

Make: Bristol

Model: 38.8

Year: 1996

Length: 38′

Located In: Longboat Key, FL

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 8665710


As a broker who has been aboard thousands of boats MARLEY stands out as do about 10 percent of the boats I step aboard.  From the moment you step aboard you know she is different.  Everything is perfect.  Here decks are clean and tidy,  lines all tied and stored properly, she shines.  Her canvas is tan and matches her overall “Yachtie Look”.  Her interior shines even more.  Marley is a boat I would buy.  Buyers today all seem to be looking for the largest boat possible and I agree this is often the right approach. But so often I hear from sellers they have too large a boat and can’t get crew to sail with them and choose not to go sailing by themselves because their boat is too large.  MARLEY is the perfect boat for a couple or individual to daysail, or pack up the provisions and head off for a week or a month.  As you dinghy away from her on an anchorage you look back and feel a special pride because she will always be one of the prettiest boats in any anchorage.

Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 38.25
Beam: 12.08 ft
Maximum Draft: 10.25 ft
Displacement: 19,150 lb
Ballast: 9,000 lb


Engine Brand: Volvo
Engine Model: MD22D
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 50|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (100 Gallon)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (36 Gallon)
Holding Tanks: 1 (20 Gallon)


Number of single berths: 2
Number of heads: 1

Walk Thru

Beginning forward is a private Master Stateroom that accommodates two. To port is an offset double berth with a filler that stores conveniently above when not in use. To starboard is a small settee with storage underneath. Aft of the settee is a hanging locker and bureau with shelf and three drawers. Additional storage is provided in eight overhead lockers with louvered doors, as well as under berth storage. Natural light and ventilation are provided via a Bomar overhead hatch with stainless steel opening port.  Aft of the master and to port, doors for both the master stateroom and the main salon lead to a large and user friendly Head. The vanity has a grey fleck Corian counter with a white Corian under mount sink. Hot and cold water are provided via a single lever mixing faucet. There is storage behind and below the vanity. The toilet is an electric flush Raritan  with manual back up and holding tank that has both an overboard discharge and a deck pump out. There is a handheld shower with separate sump pump. A nice touch is the large oval cherry mirror mounted opposite the vanity. Natural light and ventilation are provided via two stainless steel opening ports and 3 dorado vents. Full set of screens for all portlights, as well as blackout & no seemum screens. 

The Main Salon features port and starboard settees that both extend to form double berths. The storage will amaze you for a boat of this size. There are both lockers and book cases above both settees and storage behind the settee back cushions. The dining table is fix mounted with drop leaves and can accommodate six comfortably for dining and entertainment. There is a storage well in the center of the dining table for silverware and beverage bottles. On the starboard side of the Main Saloon, forward of the settee, is a hanging locker and bureau with three drawers.

The U-shaped Galley is conveniently located to port at the base of the companionway, allowing the chef to be in close communication with both the cockpit and guests lounging in the main saloon. Facing forward on the centerline is a polished Scanvik double stainless steel sink with mixing faucet and separate filtered water tap. Facing outboard is a gimbaled stainless-steel Force Ten three burner LPG stove with oven and broiler. The large, well insulated, stainless steel ice box with Adler Barbour refrigeration & freezer faces aft. 

To starboard at the base of the companionway is a full size forward facing Nav Station. The Nav. table has storage for charts, navigation tools, instruments, and much more.  Above the Nav. Station is the ship’s electrical panel with both AC & DC circuit breakers and Windlass breaker. Just aft of the Nav. Station is a large quarterberth, the forward end of which serves as the seat for the navigator. Natural light and ventilation are provided in the Main Saloon via four large, and three smaller, stainless steel opening ports, a Bomar overhead hatch and the companionway. The overhead hatches are screened. The interior of this yacht is finished with select cherry hardwoods installed in exceptional Bristol fashion, paying strict attention to detail. The bulkheads are finished with a hand rubbed satin varnish and the trim is finished with high gloss varnish.

  • Double stainless sink
  • Filtered water
  • Force 10 3-Burner LPG stove with oven and broiler
  • Adler Barber refrigerator/freezer 
  • Corian countertop 

Hull & Deck

The hull is painted white Awlgrip with a navy blue cove stripe, a boot stripe and lighter blue bottom. The decks are white with beige non skid. All teak, including the high toe rail with integrated bow, midships and stern chocks, is finished in high gloss varnish and is in good condition. 

The hull is constructed of hand laid solid fiberglass and the deck is hand laminated fiberglass with end grain balsa/fiberglass construction.  The deck rests on a three inch recessed flange molded into the hull and is attached to the hull with stainless steel fasteners at three inch intervals alternating between the deck and the toe rail. 

Stainless steel bow pulpit with single anchor roller. Ground tackle consists of a Mantis (primary) anchor with 150' of chain & 50' of rode. Side stanchions with double lifelines lead to a stern pulpit with gate and swim ladder that has teak steps.  Boarding gates both port and starboard.  Lewmar Low Profile Electric Windlass with deck mounted controls.  Teak and stainless steel outboard motor bracket mounted on the stern pulpit.  Four teak dorade boxes with chrome ventilators (two with stainless steel sheet guards), Teak cockpit table and cup holder, teak flag pole, custom 4" cockpit cushions, cockpit shower, dodger and cockpit awning.

  • Re-bed both overhead hatches
  • Soda blasted bottom to gelcoat, barrier coated 2017
  • Custom 4” cockpit cushions (great to sleep on... or simply be truly comfortable while sailing) 2019
  • New Pottery Barn faux fur interior cushion covers professionally sewn and scotch guard stain treated. VERY easy to clean, and extremely soft, comfortable and homey. 
  • All new canvas: stack pack system, Bimini, dodger 2019
  • Side and aft screens that zip to the Bimini for sunshade
  • Re-bedded all port lights 2019
  • Bottom Paint 2022
  • New line cutter on prop shaft 2022
  • New dripless shaft seal 2022
  • Re-pitched prop  for more power and better fuel burn in the process cleaned rebuilt prop added prop speed 2022
  • Buffed and waxed hull 2022
  • Polished all exterior stainless steel 2023

Sails & Rigging

Equipped for the cruising yachtsperson with a custom Hall Spars Carbon Fiber Mast (painted white) stepped on the keel, with an aluminum boom.  Double spreader masthead rig with stainless steel wire standing rigging.

Sails, from Maine Sailing Partners, include full batten mainsail with lazy jacks, 110% Genoa, 90% Genoa and an Asymmetrical Spinnaker with sock.

  • Harken Roller Furler
  • Navtec Hydraulic Backstay
  • Harken Traveler mounted on coach house forward of the Sea Hood
  • Antal Track on the Mast for BatCars
  • Inboard Genoa Track
  • Hall Quick Vang
  • Windex
  • Harken #53CSTE Self Tailing Electric Primary Winches
  • Harken #44CST Self Tailing Main Sheet and Main Halyard Winches
  • Oversize Centerboard Winch
  • Lewmar stoppers in cockpit for all halyards and reefing lines
  • Rigger install system to stop halyard wrap 2019

  • Professionally installed new reefing system to facilitate reefing from cockpit 2019

  • Replaced both reefing lines with new dynema lines 2019

  • New rope clutch at base of mast for Genoa halyard 2019 

  • Replaced rope clutches for main halyard

  • New headsail 2019 

  • New Genoa halyard and rope clutch 2019

  • New lazy jacks 2021

Engine & Mechanical
  • Volvo Model MD22L 50 HP diesel engine
  • Racor fuel filter
  • Engine alarms
  • Max prop
  • Raw sea water strainer
  • Three bilge pumps, two electric and one manual
  • Replaced both primary and secondary bilge pumps and inline check valves for each pump 2018 
  • Whitlock Steerer with single lever engine control
  • Installed water filtration for drinking water at tap 2017

  • New shower sump pump 2018

  • Replaced every hose clamp with DOUBLE smooth banded stainless steel 2018/2019 

  • All new motor mounts 2019

  • New Cutlass bearing 2019

  • Rebuilt folding prop 2019

  • Replaced holding tank 2020

  • All new sanitation hoses 2020

  • New Raritan PH 2 electric head 2020

  • New macerator pump and new Electro Scan waste treatment system 2020

  • New pump for freshwater system

  • New raw water pump for Main engine 2021 

  • New Dometic  a/c unit 16000 btu with turbo fan installed soft start unit on a/c so a/c can be run off the lithium batteries 2021

  • New Dometic inline UV Light filter in a/c ducts 2021 

  • Upgraded a/c cooling water through hull from plastic to a bonded stainless steel fitting 2022

  • 3 new 300AMP Relyon lithium house batteries (900amp hour bank) 2018 

  • Installed dedicated AGM engine start battery 2019

  • Installed new trickle charger for start battery 2019

  • Installed victron 3000 watt inverter charger 2019

  • Installed Victron battery monitor 2019

  • Victron color control GX whole system Monitor 2019 

  • Installed new victron smart shunt and replaced all battery cables 2019 

  • Installed new 140 AMP high output alternator 2022

  • Upgraded regular engine alternator to 85amp 2019

  • 110 Volt (AC) and 12 Volt (DC)

  • Bass Panel with 20 12 Volt (DC) breakers and 8 110 Volt (AC) breakers
  • 110 Volt (AC) Dockside Power with 50-foot power cord
  • Xintex Propane Sniffer
  • Pressure gauge on the Propane Tank
  • Converted all interior lights to LED

  • Dometic reverse cycle air conditioning and heater 2021

  • New cockpit spreader light and fog horn 2019 

  • 4 New underwater lights, with light speed anti fouling to protect against growth 2022

  • New Weems in Plath tricolor anchor light with strobe and photocell 2021

  • Garmin 8610 chart plotter, with nav pod 2019 
  • Garmin HD radar 18” dome 2019 
  • New Wind Speed & Depth instruments 2019
  • New lexan dashboard for instruments 2019
  • New VHF mast mounted antenna 2019
  • New Garmin wind transducer 2021 
  • Autohelm 6000 Autopilot mounted on pedestal
  • Ritchie 6-inch Pedestal Mounted Compass
  • Sea 156 VHF
  • Bose Speakers

Additional Equipment
  • Binnacle Cover 
  • Life Sling 
  • All dock lines and fenders replaced 2017

  • New cloth fender covers installed 2020

  • Mantas anchor bridle

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