Hunter 38 (Three Cabin) “Perception”


“Perception” is well equipped for cruising. The salon has 6’6” headroom and is well ventilated with hatches and skylights with built-in screens & shades. The V-berth has an inner spring mattress and both rear cabins comfortably accommodate 2 people. Everybody gets a cabin and there’s no need to lower the salon table. All cabins have hanging lockers and storage shelves. The galley is equipped with a front loading fridge and separate freezer, Corian countertop, double basin sink, microwave, 2-burner stove w/oven and a dish dryer/storage rack for easy clean up. A 20” flatscreen TV with DVD/Bose stereo keeps the crew happy.


All lines are led aft to the cockpit. The roller furling mainsail is easy to use and has full vertical battens to maximize sail area and shape. The chartplotter is helm mounted and integrated with the autohelm. Wind, speed and depth instruments are mounted above the companionway so everyone in the cockpit can be in on the fun. The large cockpit and stern seats easily accommodate 7 adults. The large dodger has excellent visibility. The bimini, connector and dodger front window can fold away when desired. The cockpit table and steering wheel fold and the helm seat folds down for walk-thru access to the swim platform. The step transom with retractable ladder makes swimming fun and dinghy boarding easy and safe.

Cruising World’s Boat of the Year Winner – Review:

“The Hunter 38 surprised the judging panel on several counts: first, by meeting her design objectives so well, and finally by performing so well under power and sail. She was presented as a family boat that offers ease of sailing for a couple or for new sailors, a cruising boat meant to handle coastal and moderate offshore conditions…above deck, the 38 garnered high marks for a well-conceived anchoring layout that features a Simpson/Lawrence windlass, twin anchor rollers, and a cleat for the anchor rode. “Chocks and cleats were fine, and the emergency steering was very good; the [deck] flow was good; the handholds were good,” noted Alvah. Steve liked that “the boat was incredibly maneuverable both under power and under sail.” The traveler on top of the bimini arch kept all sail controls close to the helm and out of the cockpit… The three-point B&R rig with a large main and a small blade jib made sail-handling easy with a shorthanded crew…. For several years, BOTY judges have noted the growing influence of Hunter’s in-house designer, Glenn Henderson, and nowhere has his sailorly touch shown through more clearly than in this boat.

For these and other reasons, the Hunter 38 wins this year’s award for Best Production Cruiser Under 40 Feet”

Dieter Loibner, Cruising World, December 2004

Year, Make & Model 2005 Hunter 38
Registration/Documentation MC 1699 TK
LOA 38' 2"
Beam 12' 11"
Draft 5'
Displacement 18328 lbs.
Engine 40 hp Yanmar 3JH Diesel
Max RPM 2600
Max Cruising Speed 6.5 knots
Fuel Capacity 35 gallons
Fuel Consumption .1/2 gal—3/4 gallon per hour
Emergency Start Parallel switches under nav table seat.
Genset Raw Water Intake n/a
Genset Fuel Consumption n/a
Mainsail Reefing Roller Furling
Foresail Reefing Roller Furling
Speed and Depth yes
Wind Speed / Direction yes
GPS Chart plotter yes
Autopilot yes
Radar no
Bow thruster no
TV yes
DVD yes
CD yes
MP3 / IPod Auxiliary Jack yes
Satellite Radio no
Satellite Weather no
Inverter Limited to TV and fan in fwd. cabin.
Battery Isolation Under nav station seat.
Maximum Sleeping Capacity 8
Converting Salon Table yes
Bedding & Linens Optional
Air Conditioner / Heater Dockside heat only via portable, plug-in space heater.
Galley & Head
12 volt Fridge or Icebox Separate fridge and freezer.
Stove Fuel LPG
Oven Yes
Microwave Yes
Heads / Showers 1 head, 2 showers (including transom shower)
Heads - manual pump or electric Electric
Waste Holding
Holding Tank Capacity 35 gallons
Freshwater System
Fresh Water Capacity 75 gallons
Number of Freshwater Tanks 1
Deck & Gear
Windlass yes
Bimini yes
Dodger yes
Dinghy Optional, no charge

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