1978 Morgan 38

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Class Power
Category Cruisers
Year 1978
Make Morgan
Length 38'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Baltimore, MD
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We purchased Samba in 2004 as our retirement cruising boat.  After having raced and cruised on Long Island Sound & New England for many years while working, we were then looking to do more extensive cruisng up and down the East Coast.  To our eyes, the Morgan 382 had very pleasing lines, great features for our needs and was a really good value.   Retired early at 61 yrs, we hoped to be able to sail into our 70s.  The boat was large and heavy enough for the ocean and with a 5 ft. draft and 50 ft mast was great for the inland waterway.  In 2005 we moved to a house in Baltimore which is half way between Key West and Eastern Maine.  Since then the two of us have done numerous short cruises in Southern New England and in Chesapeake Bay as well as going 4 times each to the Northern Bahamas and Eastern Maine.  Now at the age of 76 with aging bodies (replacement shoulders, knees, arthritis, and heart rhythm problems, etc.) we no longer feel as confident on the boat and are looking to move on.


The boat was originally commissioned and used in Rochester, NY and sailed in fresh water for short seasons - perhaps the reason the hull gell coat looks brand new.  There were several previous owners who maintained the boat well and did many upgrades ( ice to refrigeration, air conditioning, propane cabin heater, an inner head stay, replaced standing rigging, etc.).  Since 2004, we have added new sails (150 genoa, large staysail, cruising spinnaker), a folding 3 blade Max Prop, new modern electrical switch panel, new Lewmar hatches, new bronze ports, new sail covers, bimini, & dodger, new LED lighting, sun screens around the cockpit, etc. etc.


When we go offshore we typically hank on the staysail but leave it in the bag ready to raise if the wind pipes up and we need to furl the genoa. The staysail plus a single reefed main make for comfortable sailing up to 30+ kts.  When cruising in the Chesapeake during hot & humid weather we head for some shore power to use the air conditioning.  When headed south in the fall or winter, I start the coffee on the stove and light the cabin heater before my wife will get out of her bunk or we go to shore power to run the air conditioner on heat.


Contact Information

Please contact listing agent Paul Mikulski direct for more information

410.961.5254 or Paul@northpointyachtsales.com

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Engine Make Yanmar
Engine Model 3QM30
Total Power 30hp
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
1978 Morgan 38

Samba is a 382 and is in fantastic condition, very well equipped  and perfect for a budget long range cruise or live aboard. 

Current owner for 15 years. Turn key and go!

SAILS: Mainsail & 150% roller furling Genoa (both condition good for cruising);  Staysail & Cruising Spinnaker (both excellent condition);  Storm Jib & Storm Trysail (both like new).

Running Rigging: 2 jib sheets, 2 spinnaker sheets, spinnaker adjustable tack downhaul, 2 staysail/storm jib sheets, a short sheet, 4 part (vang, preventor, or rescue lift), 6 mainsail reef lines, 1st & 2nd reef lines that lead to winches,  Halyards: 1 spinnaker, 2 jib, 1 spin pole lift.   3 snatch blocks, 2 winch handles, 2 primary Stainless ST winches + 3 halyard winches on mast; 1 reefing winch on boom; 1 pair Jack Lines)

Docking: 4 heavy dock lines, 4 lighter dock lines (2 with docking sticks); 2 rubber fender boards; 2 medium & 1 large fenders with fleece covers.

Standing Rigging: 2 track Profurler on head stay, removable inner head stay (attaches to bulkhead aft side of anchor chain locker); extendable spinnaker pole.

Ground tackle: 35lb Delta, 35lb Spade, 22lb Danforth with storage bracket, two anchor lines with 15/20ft of chain, Bronze kellet with weight, electric wash down at bow.  A used Horizon (Lewmar - Simpson Lawrence) rope/chain windlass (not currently installed)

Canvas: Sunbrella - Dodger, mainsail cover, bimini (with connector to dodger), wheel cover, winch covers, zip-on sun screens to surround cockpit, sunbrella sun shades for over foredeck and over cabin top (all very good condition) + hand rail covers (not so good); 3 piece winter cover goes over toe rails down 6 inches (good for land or in-water storage.

Electronics: VHF ICOM (M422) radio, VHF ICOM handheld; Garmin GPS MAP 942 chartplotter (2018) on swing arm visible from cabin or cockpit; Fusion Sirius Sat. radio with cabin & cockpit speakers; AWI (speed OK, direction needs calibration); Depth Sounder; Weems & Plath SOS Distress Light; Autopilot - Raymarine, under deck ( currently needs minor installation repair); 

Engine: Yanmar 3QM30 fresh water cooled, original with boat, runs well, boat does 6.4 kts @ 2000 rpm using about 1 gal diesel per hour in smooth sea.  Recent rebuild of exhaust. There is a Racor fuel filter in addition to the engine fuel filter.Walbro Electirc fuel pump in addition to engine fuel pump. There is an Engine Manual

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