Merlin, a 1982 Bristol 38.8 is an example of quality that lasts. If you're looking for a turnkey traditional appearance boat that is in perfect condition, you have found her! Single owner boat and no excuses needed!
ALL NEW RAYMARINE SAILING INSTRUMENTS. WIND, DEPTH, AND SPEED. NEW ICOM VHF W/ DSC, NEW KENWOOD STEREO. DIESEL CABIN HEATER. SAILS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
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Entering the boat down the companionway - you are immediately greeted by a bright varnished teak & holly sole, abundant varnished cabinetry throughout and brilliant natural light from the clear ports and hatches.
The Galley is immediately to port in a u-shaped arrangement. It is equipped with a three-burner stove located centrally, a double deep stainless sink facing forward with mixing faucet and separate spray nozzle. There is also a water filter for drinking water. A deep refrigerator is facing aft fitted with 12V refrigeration. There is plenty of storage with louvered door cabinets and custom teak holders for cups and glasses and knives.
To starboard and also aft is a long quarter berth that stretches under the cockpit. The berth also doubles as a seat for the fixed nav-desk that faces forward. There is a custom cushion that allows storage aft of the navigators seat for large items such as bicycles. The nav desk opens for chart storage and there is a set of four drawers for storage.
The main salon is amidships and features straight settees port and starboard, which pulls out for a wider berth. A beautifully varnished teak drop-leaf table is along the center-line, with bottle and cutlery storage in a compartment in the center of the table. Storage space is abundant in the main salon with storage compartments under the settees, two cabinets and bookshelves on both port and starboard. There is also a deep hanging locker and four further drawers to starboard. All of the cabinets and lockers have chromed hinges and beautiful teak louvered doors which were an upgrade from Bristol. The brilliant teak & holly sole is in excellent condition.
Forward of the main salon to port is the head compartment that is trimmed in teak also. There is a Jabsco head, porcelain sink, four cabinets, large mirror on the bulkhead. Two opening ports provide ventilation to the head.
All the way forward is the master cabin that is fitted with an offset v-berth that has a removable filler that can be stored above the berth when not needed. There is a hanging locker, four drawers and sliding cabinets above the berth on either side. There is a large opening hatch directly over the berth that provides ventilation and natural lighting. Each berth is equipped with a variable speed fan.
Sails and rigging
Engine & Electrical
The propulsion system based around the long life Universal “Kubota” engine has been meticulously maintained by the owners with yearly inspections by a qualified diesel mechanic.
Hull and Deck
Merlin is a beautifully maintained example of the ever popular Bristol 38.8. "MERLIN" is hull number 2 and was purchased by her current owner two years after her completion and is effectively a one owner boat. She was built by Bristol yachts of the finest materials to a sea-kindly design of Ted Hood and Dieter Empacher. Merlin was built with optional tall toe rail package which integrates the bow, midships and stern chocks to the rail while creating an elegant sheer profile to the integrated stainless steel double bow roller. Her interior varnish gleams and her knowledgeable owners have improved, upgraded and maintained her systems from hoses to through hulls. Merlin has been lovingly cared for and shows accordingly. Highly recommended.