April 10, 2013

FOR SALE: Finnsailer 38

$59,000 (USD), will consider trades

Manufacturer: OY FISKARS AB, Turku, Finland
Year: 1978
U.S. Coast Guard documented: 605765
LOA: 37' 7" (11.5 m)
LWL: 32' 6" (9.9 m)
Beam: 11' 7" (3.54 m)
Draft: 5' 2" (1.58 m)
Displacement: about 9 tons
Sail area: 100% fore triangle sloop = 500 sq. ft. (46 sq. m)
(Minke is ketch rigged, with a very small mizzen for additional area and better balance.)
Engine: Perkins 4.236 with approx. 4200 hours
Fuel tankage: 115 gallons
Water tankage: 150 gallons

Current location: Hauled out at a boatyard in Massachusetts. To view this great vessel contact the owner by using the form on the homepage of this blog.

Minke is a very large and comfortable, center-cockpit, 38-foot motorsailor that really sails. She was constructed to Lloyds specs., and is in great shape for her age. She shows really well. In 2005-2007 our family of four sailed from New England to Panama and Colombia and back, and we never had a moment's concern about our safety. She has large tanks, a powerful and reliable diesel engine, a very comfortable three-cabin layout, a sea-kindly motion offshore, and is easy to handle. It is not unusual to hit seven or more knots in a good wind, and she is surprisingly weatherly.

With her large spade rudder, steering control is excellent with two helm positions. The forward helm, protected under the hard top, has a lower gear ratio creating the feeling of power steering. This is the position most often used when underway. The aft and larger wheel provides less turns lock-to-lock and much better "feel" when under sail. Either steering position has excellent visibility. Both wheels are hydraulic, and there is an emergency manual tiller that can be attached. The main steering cylinder was replaced in 2006.

The ketch rig creates smaller sails that are easy to handle. The main has deep reefs, and the jib is roller furling. The furling gear was replaced in 2005.

There is a built-in hydraulic autopilot that is currently not working. When cruising we installed an Auto-Helm auxiliary rudder windvane steering gear, which is currently dismounted but available.

The interior is very comfortable. Forward is a large V-berth cabin, with extensive storage underneath and on shelving. Next aft to starboard is a head, equipped with an AirHead composting toiled (works great!). There is pressure hot and cold water, and a pressure shower, though we usually use a shower head on a hose in the protected cockpit. Opposite the head is a large hanging locker.

The main salon has a U-shaped settee to starboard and a straight settee to port, with a folding table in between. The berths are rigged with lee cloths if needed for offshore work. There is extensive storage underneath the settees, in overhead cabinets, and on shelves.

Next aft is the L-shaped galley to starboard, with a propane stove and oven. Propane tanks are stowed forward in the anchor locker, which drains overboard. There is a remote propane shut off switch in the galley. There are double stainless steel sinks with pressure water, and there is a manual water pump as a back up. A 12 volt/120 fridge is between the galley and navigation station. To port of the galley is a large navigation table with fold-out stool. A smaller hanging locker is near the companionway, and below the steps is the battery compartment.

Electrical charging is via three systems. The engine drives a 94 amp alternator, there are solar panels mounted on the pilot house roof (about 140 watts), and there is a shore power charger. There is also a small diesel generator mounted below the cockpit, though it is not currently hooked up or working.

Aft of the galley is an inside passageway with stooping headroom to the aft cabin. Doors can close off this passage for privacy, and there is a comfortable single bunk in the passage with lee cloths. There is an overhead hatch that opens into the cockpit for ventilation and an opening port. The engine room may be accessed through a large door in this passage, providing easy access for routine maintenance like oil changes, and belt checks. The entire cockpit sole may be raised for even better access to the engine room.

The aft cabin has a hanging locker, a large double berth, two opening ports, and access to the cockpit via an aft companionway and overhead hatch. Ventilation is excellent, and this is a very comfortable place to sleep. There is a large amount of stowage in lockers and under the berth. There is a small sink, not currently used, to starboard.


Minke comes with all equipment needed to get underway and go cruising tomorrow. There is a large bronze manual windlass to pull up the 100 feet of 5/16" HT chain, followed by 200 feet of 5/8" nylon rope. She currently sports either a 45 lb. Bulwagga or Mantus anchor (new owner's choice) on a nice bow roller. There is a bow eye near the waterline that makes a perfect place to attach a nylon anchor snubber.

She has all the usual safety gear: lifejackets, docklines, fenders, horn, running lights, fire extinguishers (3), man overboard pole, Lifesling and life ring, etc. In addition, she has a masthead tri-color and anchor LED light that saves a lot of energy. Her anchor light is visible from a great distance.

Sails include an older main and mizzen, both with partial full-length battens and lazy jacks for easy handling. The roller genny was new in 2005. There is a small storm jib too.

Electronics include two depthsounders: one providing just depth readings, and one is a small graphic fish finder, which is very handy in shallow waters and in the Intracoastal Waterway. She has a Furuno GPS32. She has an ICOM fixed mount VHF radio with a masthead antenna on the main mast. There is a full dashboard at the forward steering station with engine gauges and various switches and controls.

The electrical system includes a solar charge controller so the batteries are always maintained properly, currently three older GP31 deep-cycle Interstate batteries, and one GP29 marine starting battery. All charging sources go to the main house deep-cycle bank, and the starting battery is just used to start the engine. Selector switches allow the engine to be started by any combination of the banks. Circuits are properly fused, including large fuses on the alternator and start circuits. It is set up so that with all main switches off the bilge pump circuit, electronics (for memories), and the solar power circuits remain on.

There is a system of valves that allows the port deck drain to be diverted into the water tanks, so that the entire deck (when clean) can be used for water catchment. This system works very well.

Minke is a great cruising sailboat with a lot more space than most boats of her length, plus she is in great shape for her age.