Monday, July 11, 2011

Design 1903 - Hughes 38

The Hughes 38 was designed to the C.C.A. Rule and built by Hughes Boat Works of Ontario, Canada. The boat was built of fiberglass on a production basis. They were introduced in 1967. The boat was designed as a light displacement type and with appeal for both the racer and as a family cruiser.

Here are the plans. Multiple sail plans were offered. The one shown below is the light weather rig.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 37'-7"
LWL 27'-0"
Beam 10'-2"
Draft 6'-0"
Displacement 12,743 lbs
Ballast 5,900 lbs
Sail Area 600 sq ft


  1. Didn't the Hughes 38 go forward to become the Catalina 38 and was successfully raced in the Congressional Cup for many years? How did that transition take place from the Hughes 38 to the C 38 ?

    1. The Catalina 38 was a version of the Yankee 38. The hull and deck is Yankee, the interior is Catalina.

  2. Hi,

    I have a 1980 Hughes/Northstar 38. I am looking for detailed drawings of the engine/bilge. In particular the original engine mounting deatils. any help would be appreciated. Email is


    Scott Cumming

  3. I have a 1979 Hughes 38 Mk ll,it has a 10'6" beam and a 6'6" draft.The displacement is closer to 18000 lbs.If it didn't weigh that much it would have 50% ballast at 5900 lbs.Boat has diesel upgrade.

  4. The Yankee 38 and, later, the Catalina 38 were production versions of Lightnin', a custom one tonner designed to the IOR rule and campaigned for a year or so by Ted Turner (I believe Turner was her second owner.)

    Paul J. Nolan

  5. I just started working on a project from 1968. She seems solid and deserving of the time and effort. Love her looks even in her sad state.

    Follow along my progress here on my YouTube channel.