Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Design 2094-C2 - Yankee 38


This production yacht is a development of Lightning, a One Ton Cup Winner, but with more of a cruising accommodations plan. Lightning was built by Minneford of aluminum. This boat is of fiberglass and was very competitive, built by Yankee Yachts of Santa Ana, California. The year was 1971.

It's a good business plan: take a proven race winner and make it available to a mass market.


Here are the plans.


Here is a peek at her underbody.


And an article about the boats.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 38'-0"
LWL 28'-9"
Beam 11'-8"
Draft 6'-3"
Displacement 15,389 lbs
Ballast 7,327 lbs
Sail Area 629 sq ft

25 comments:

  1. Sorry but the first photo is a swan 37 and not a yankee 38 :)

    Chorus

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  2. Yes I believe you are correct and the image has been changed. The confusion lies in the fact the Swan was also named Bullet.

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  3. Any chance you have a high res version of those dwgs? I am doing a bit of work for a client with a Yankee 38, and could especially use a high res version of the sail plan... noble.davidson(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks in advance!

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  4. Hi all, this is The Yankee 38, the color photo is of my hull, # 24, named Natalia, she is incredibly stong , she was completely refitted over the last 3 years and spends her time cruising Maine in the summer with family, currently morred in Kittery ME.
    Howard Green

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    1. Howard, my father was the original owner of your Yankee 38, hull #24. She was named "Sixpence" and we traded in our Yankee 28 when purchasing her new around 1977 from Sail House, Inc. in Alpena, Michigan. Berthed at the Detroit Yacht Club, we raced her extensively from the DYC in twice-weekly Lake St. Clair regattas for many years as a family and did the Port Huron to Mackinac race in 1979. We believe hull #24 was the last Yankee 38 built before they closed. The original hull color was maroon but we had Sixpence repainted in Awlgrip's Embassy Red. The original laminated tiller broke during the downwind run of a race and we had the Edson wheel added. We sold the boat to Mr. Les Posey, the owner of Yates Cider Mill in Rochester, Michigan, around 1984 at the time we took delivery of the next Sixpence, a Bob Perry-designed Cheoy Lee 48 mid-cockpit ketch. I have many stories and photos to share and would enjoy connecting with you. My email is stalbot@twmi.rr.com. Kind regards, Steve Talbot

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    2. Hi Steve my email is howard.h.green@raymondjames.com

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  5. No, it's a Yankee. The Yankee has a more wineglass shaped transom coming to a distinctive point, shared with the Tartan 41. The Swan 37 has a more rounded transom. Also, the swan has a traditional trunk cabin with primary and secondary winches located on the cockpit combing where the Yankee has her primary winches at the end of the coach roof.

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    1. right, if you have a Y-38 post the image

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  6. A friend of mine just bought Bullet, and she currently is moored in Jarrold's Cove, on Harstene Island, South Puget Sound, Washington State. She is still pretty much stock, has been extensively cruised around the South Pacific, and is in very good condition. We plan to race her this winter.

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  7. I was on Bullet today, and we looked at some plugs from the hull where the speed and depth units where put in. About 5 feet forward of the mast the hull was almost 2" thick. One sturdy hull.

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    1. I was in Casco bay, ME 1 day prior to the hurricane of last year headed to "The Basin" a hurricane hole. The wind was about 25 knts and the waves were 10-15 feet, water coming over the deck and over the stern. We flew through the tempest , the Y38 is one sleek and capable design!

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  8. I own hull 13 from Catalina and we won our class in the newport leukemia cup this year in gail conditions. POIA has always kept us safe and having fun.
    Glenn bluenoseyachts@gmail.com

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  9. A very handsome boat...in profile. But, oh, that tumblehome! Sometimes I look at IOR boats today and wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"

    Paul


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    1. My Yankee 38 is the only sailboat I know that makes grown men,
      and younger ones practically fall flat on their faces when the boat is on the hard, looking at her curvy lines ,or flashing past them while beating to windward! And when passed , they shout "what is she?"
      I reply, Oh,-- just an old S & S 38. See ya!!

      what was S&S thinking? absolute integrity, and a racing machine for the ages!!

      Howard

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    2. I agree 100% on the curvy lines. I used to sail Quickstep a New Zealand aluminum hull that was one of the two "pre Yankee" hulls. The same friend now owns bullet. I think the "fat" middle is awesome. I almost bought a Ranger 37 to get those lines. I don't know what they were thinking when they built them, they wereworking the old IOR

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    3. Could you please define what you mean by "tumblehome"?
      Skip Meisch skip@skipmeisch.com

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  10. Rule and trying to exploit it to the "fullest".

    We were out on bullet today in light winds
    And with old tired sails it was amazing how she
    Just ghosted along in light winds.

    She was very happy to be out on the water stretching
    Her legs and being fully dressed. Way to long sitting by
    The pier waiting to be asked onto the dance floor.

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  11. yankee 38 how is the weather helm on this boat and is there aney flat spots in the rudder doze it have a slow or fast helm ???

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  12. I own hull #21 and we are preparing to list her for sale. She is currently in Seattle, WA and still gets comments such as "What is that?". When hauled the hull evokes the quote from the Hemmingway novel, The Sun Also Rises: "She was built with the curves of a fine racing yacht." And the quote applies. She has a very sturdy hull and very strong spars. And, it was an excellent design. I know that she was raced by North Sails in Southern California and then cruised in the South Pacific for about six years, the in San Francisco for several years, then moved to Seattle where she has been since. I am very curious about Yankee Yachts and was told two things: 1) they built too much boat for the price and 2) they only made about 25 of the 38's. So, I think that hull #21 was one of the last ever made. If you would like to send me anything, please contact me at larcomail@yahoo.com.

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  13. I owned Stegosaurus (Hull #14) for a number of years. She was a pretty fast boat on the open ocean, solid and steady due to her displacement and could carry sail but not as nimble around the cans as her more modern PHRF competitors. I believe the Yankee 38 was meant to be an open ocean racer where quick acceleration and tight turning are less crucial. I could never get her to steer herself no matter the sail arrangement. Because she had a mindful helm, I was constantly at it. Left unattended she would just wander aimlessly, sometimes heading up, sometimes falling off, under sail or power. When you had her leash she was obedient, not ill-mannered, but rather thoughtful in her response to the helm, like a Pyrenees puppy. I knew she was capable, and she always eventually did the right thing. About the only thing she did with any great alacrity was charge headlong through the ocean without missing a beat. The hull was very slippery and there was never any pounding no matter the sea state.

    The boat was very stout, and the lines are gorgeous. I also noticed the 2" thick solid FRP hull when replacing my depth transducer. In my keel, there was about an 18" square that appeared to have been cut out of the lead at some point, then refilled. Not sure if there were ballast ratio issues. My boat was not tender at all.

    The picture in the sail data page is Stegosaurus, on a hook in Oyster Bay, New York.

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  14. The Yankee 38 hull # 7 is in Aruba, Dutch Caribbean. She is in a very good shape, we sail her on a regularly base. And what a great boat it is........... For the ones interested:

    https://www.facebook.com/SailingBintangAruba
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbWuJj4BQbU

    R. Gerfen

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  15. My Dad and I raced the Yankee 38 Whimsey Tres out of LAYC owned by Hugh Rogers , Race it all over the Pacific including the Honolulu Rave , Acapulco , Ensenada and many more ! I would love to know if that boat still exists. Any info would be great ! :) What a boat !

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  16. Hello we just purchased hull #21 Aurora. It is in Seattle for refurbish and upgrades. Planning on San Juan Island cruises this summer. I am working on a current owner ship list and have located three other boats on west coast. If you know of location of any other YY38s please contact me. Flywaco@Juno.com

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    1. I may know of a Yankee '38, but last saw her about 5 years ago.
      Phillip

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  17. Fliph2001@aol.com

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