Simply one of the best One Design cruiser racers ever that is widely accepted as one of the best blue water cruisers in her size.
The level of construction of these boats has resulted in the current reputation of the Sigma 38. It's excellent accommodation of 8-10 berths and large storage offers great accommodation and performance at a sensible price.
The Sigma 38 was born in 1985 when the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Thames Yacht Club, in wake of the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race, agreed to sponsor a new one design that would stand up to tough offshore conditions.
A committee of top yachtsmen decided to adopt the design of David Thomas who had already designed the successful Sigma 33.
Built by Marine Projects in Plymouth with a sail wardrobe from North Sails, the Sigma 38 became extremely popular.
A total of 125 yachts were built, the last Sigma 38 in 1993. Large fleets were established in Scotland, Ireland, on the East Coast and particularly on the South Coast. The Class Association was established in 1988. Many changes, including introducing new sail makers, have been introduced to the rules to maintain the competitive nature of the fleet.
When the class was born, back in the late 80s, it was the fashionable, trend setter on the water. A huge variety of people, even Royalty, dipped their toes in Sigma 38 waters, stayed for a few seasons and with several notable exceptions, moved on.
Later, in a second wave of popularity, the boats found favour with charter companies and sailing schools, which possibly diluted the level of competition in the mid fleet.
The level of construction of these boats has resulted in the current reputation of the Sigma 38 as being extremely seaworthy. The Sigma 38 has proved itself as being a…solid cruiser/racer for offshore and inshore use. It's excellent accommodation of 8-10 berths and large storage areas offers great accommodation and performance at a sensible price.
Solid GRP lay up, glassed and bolted main bulkheads in marine grade plywood.
The keel is a cast iron and lead composite and is attached with 13 stainless steel bolts with up rated backing plates, as is customary with the 38
The hull deck joint is sealed and bolted through aluminium toe rails.
Wave Train benefits from strengthening of the internal hull stiffening matrix around the keel box.
'Wave Train' is a good example of the Sigma 38. She retains her original livery of Oyster white topsides and coach roof, grey cavita line, blue boot top lines and blue antifouling paint beneath the water line.
Her interior is the "OOD" layout with the two double cabins aft, saloon berths each side of the large table and the excellent pilots cots to port and starboard outboard of them.
Teak finished with grey patterned dralon upholstery.
Forward V-berth double, two small lockers towards the front of the forward cabin. Sail storage below, hanging wardrobe, portside storage cupboard.
Starboard side forward heads, vanity unit, H&C water, sea toilet, cupboard storage.
Starboard side L-shaped galley. Port side aft, excellent forward facing chart table to port, with a large table surface and good storage for charts with nav instruments.
10 berths in 3 cabins
The galley features ample stowage with;
Domestic water is heated in a calorifier tank, new in 2013, by engine and shore power.
Hot water tank is approximately 15 litres, cold water tanks are approximately 220 litres.
The heads forward to starboard, feature the Jabsco toilet with manual locking pump. Mixer tap feeds hot and cold water to a faucet.
The cockpit teak has been replaced and is in good condition. The original teak faced plywood has been replaced with solid teak and the caulking and general appearance of the cockpit is good.
The Rig is by Selden.
Class approved double spreader keel stepped rig, with swept back spreaders plus topmast back stay and the optional "runners" or check stays for enhanced windward performance.
The rig is in good condition, it is believed that it was replaced around 2005.
A heel restraint connects and restrains the heel of the mast in the cabin. The boom and spinnaker pole are in similarly very good condition.
A new Volvo Penta D 130 engine was fitted in 2013.
Approximately 460 engine hours.
Shaft driven 2 bladed folding propeller, and Volvo dripless shaft seal.
The fuel tank holds approximately 114 litres of diesel.
History and Construction
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