1996 Andrews Design Built by Westerly 38

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Class Sails
Category Racers and Cruisers
Year 1996
Make Andrews Design Built by Westerly
Length 38'
Propulsion Type Other
Hull Material Composite
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Annapolis, MD
Alan Andrews Designer's Comments

This 38' Coastal Cruiser was designed for an experienced sailing couple who were down sizing from a heavy, trans-oceanic 43 footer to a boat that is simpler and easier to sail. Like most boat owners, they will use the boat for day sailing and cruises of up to a week to the local islands. As such, the design of the new boat was based upon some basic requirements: fast and fun to sail, capable of single handed day sailing, easily handled by two in Southern California conditions, and accommodations for one or two couples for a weekend or a week.

The size of the boat was determined by the ergonomics of the interior and deck arrangements. Length was determined by summing the accommodations together from the Vee-berth through the head, mainsaloon, galley/nav areas and aft berth. Aft of the galley, the requirement that the cockpit seats be long and wide enough for sleeping and providing reasonable access to the wheel and swim step pretty much set the LOA. The twelve foot beam was determined both by the required width of the settees and table and the need for adequate hull form stability. Design displacement was calculated from the required accommodations, structure and ballast. While not as light as many racers of this size, it is lighter than most cruisers. Southern California waters have little draft restrictions so the 7' 3" bulb keel provides both the best righting moment and most efficient shape.

While similar accommodations have been fit in smaller boats, one of the axioms used in this design was not to try to fit too many compromised features into the boat, but all aspects must work well. As such, the Vee-berth is wide and long enough for truly comfortable sleeping by two. The head and shower area has ample room, to allow full function without constantly bumping one's elbows on the bulkheads. Main saloon settees can double as berths when there is an additional guest aboard......

.....The large L-shaped galley includes a double sink, refrigerator and freezer, drawers, two burner stove with oven and storage lockers outboard. With the increased capacities and miniaturization of electronics, there is no need for a large navigation station complete with the seat. Here, a stand up chart table is utilized that can double as an additional serving area when entertaining below. An additional large drawer and locker below provide storage for safety gear, tools, and other items without mixing with charts and navigational equipment immediately below the chart table surface. Much like a racer, heavy weights are centralized to decrease pitching moment. Integral 65 gallon water tanks are under the forward part of each main saloon settee with the house batteries immediately aft, split port and starboard. Pressure water and bilge pump are also under the aft ends of the settees. Although not as centralized, the engine battery is just to starboard of the engine under the aft berth to keep the cable run short. The fuel tank is immediately aft of the engine.

Also working to improve performance is composite construction. Hull, deck, bulkheads and interior joiner work are cored composite. Specific materials can vary with a client's preferences and budget. For the first boat, outside skins of the hull and deck are biaxial E-glass which provides good impact protection given the thickness required for panel strength and stiffness. The core is primarily Divinycell, with some CK57 balsa used because of the higher compressive strength in deck hardware areas. Carbon fiber was used for the inside skins and some of the panels are E-glass and vinylester resin was used throughout.

The ergonomics of moving about the boat at anchor also weigh heavily in the design of the cockpit. Primary movement is from the dinghy to below deck, or from swimming to cockpit and thence below. First, a deep stainless steel swim ladder makes climbing aboard after a swim easy and is an added safety device in the event of a man overboard. The

Writer Chris Caswell on the Andrews 38 (1994)


The fiberglass hull is cored with divinycell and even though the boat is intended primarily for cruising, Andrews has used cored bulkheads below to keep excess weight to a minimum. Midship water tankage and batteries also help centralize weight.....

Belowdeck, the main cabin is bright and airy, with white bulkheads, teak trim....

We found the 38 fun to sail, particularly off the wind in a breeze. For experienced owners moving down from a bigger boat, the Andrews 38 blends easy daysailing with overnight comfort and civilized onboard entertaining.

Sailing Magazine: Perry on Design report Quotes (1994)

".....Andrews is hot and the next few months we are going to get the chance to see what he can do with cruising boats

This new 38-footer is a clean looking sloop with a flat sheer and short ends. ....Andrews describes the way that this design's dimensions were arrived at by first drawing the interior, then wrapping a boat around those gross dimensions.....The interior looks complete; there is nothing lacking considering the 38-foot LOA.....It's a very simple but effective layout....the Andrews design has less than half the weight. The spar is carbon fiber with a simple two-spreader layout and no running backstays. The genoa furling drum is in a well below deck. The cruising genoa is 130 percent and an asymmetrical chute is also carried. Note the roach of the main overlapping the backstay.

The deck features a big, open cockpit with the traveler on the sole just forward of the big wheel. The large-diameter wheel is recessed into the cockpit sole and is removable....

I like this boat a lot. It suits my own needs for comfort and speed. It can harden up with the best of them and show good speed in both light and heavy air. The hull form has good surfing potential and probably also has good speed under power. I would guess this boat is a wolf in sheep's clothing."

Pamlico UpGrades worth over $20,000

Painted Hull by Professional Artist

Painted the decks

Name and Graphics applied

New Ports

New Stereo and Speakers

New Chair

Navigation Table Top

Clear Coat Carbon Fiber Floor Boards

Mast Painted

Removed Rigging and Re-Installed

Re-Headed Standing Rigging

2 New Batteries

Modify Rudder

Rebuild Steering Drum for Rudder

Paint Leisure Boom

Leisure Boom Cover

New Main for Leisure Furl Boom

Old Hydrolic system removed and New Hydrotec hydrolic system installed


Yanmar 3GM30F Diesel 

Total Power: 30hp


Comfortable sleeping accommodations for 6 people

Custom interior with white bulkheads with Anegre trim and lite weight CARBON FIBER FLOORBOARDS 

V- berth forward with hanging locker and drawers

"L" shaped settee to port with settee opposite to starboard

"U" shaped galley aft of settees to port
Aft facing navigation station to starboard

Aft of the galley is a private sleeping cabin to port

Dometic head w/ Vacuflush to starboard.


Sea Frost Refrigeration

33 llb. Bruce Anchor



"U" shaped galley with blue Corian countertops.

Technautics engine driven top loaded freezer and refigerator boxes

Dual ss sinks,

fresh water foot pump

hot water heater

pressure water

Sharp microwave

Force 10 CNG stove/oven.


(3x) B&G multi-function displays on masthead

B&G Hydra display

B&G Hydra Pilot control 

Raymarine electric auto pilot ram

Garmin GPSmap 210

Icom IC-M58 VHF radio

Sony Marine Stereo

2 Bank Battery Isolator

(2x) Harken electric winches

Sea Frost Refrigeration



Med #1 Very Good

Heavy #1 Old but still fast

#2 Very Good

#3 Good

#4 Old

Storm Trisail

.6 oz AP Very Good

.6 oz Runner Good, but will not reach


New Roller furling Main (on Leisure Furl Boom)

135% old

100% jib old but too small for racing

7 other misc. sails

Carbon Fiber racing Boom and Tuff Luff 


Hull & Deck

Blue hull w/ sea foam stripes

White Deck with grey non-skid

Baltiplated bottom

Retractable keel & rudder

Roller furler under deck accessible in Anchor Locker

Large Forward Hatch for fresh air or stuffing sails

Smaller hatches forward of mast (1 on Starboard and 1 on Port)

Carbon Spinnaker pole

Halyards and reef lines led aft through dodger to sheet stoppers and winches

Mast Mounted instrument read-outs.

Cruising seat mounted on stern pulpit

Large storage Lockers in Cockpit

Carbon Wheel




Lifting Keel & rudder.

Goetz carbon mast and boom.

Leisurefurl boom 

Rod rigging

Lewmar winches

Hall Quikvang

reverse cycle AC

(6) interior fans

cockpit cushions


Coast Guard Safety Package includes

  •  dock lines & fenders
  • (6x) Type 1 Life jackets
  • Offshore Harness
  • 2003 BC Fire extinguisher (expired)
  • 1999 ABC Fire extinguisher (expired)
  • 2 Orange smoke signals
  • Electronics Strobe Light (USCG approved)
  • Distress Flag



LOA: 38.5'
LWL: 33.6'
Max Draft: 7.25'
Ballast: 4,300
Displacement: 11,000

Electrical System

Conventional 12v and 120v Shore Power syatems in good working condition

2 House Batteries - 8G27M gelcell

1 Deka 24M7 Starting Battery

NPYS Disclaimer
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.
Contact Information

Please feel free to call me any time if you have any questions or there is anything else I can do for you.

David M. Cox, CPYB

Certified Professional Yacht Broker



Nominal Length
Length Overall
Engine Make Yanmar
Engine Type Other
Fuel Type Diesel
1996 Andrews Design Built by Westerly 38

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