AU $159,000 Make an offer Need Finance?
38' 8" - 11.79m
Family, Leisure, Cruising
Perth Region South Fremantle WA
Launch Year
Hull Material

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Description: Mustang 3800 LE Sportscruiser Twin DIESEL IPS

This is a once in a lifetime chance to get into an IPS / Volvo powered Sportscruiser that has just had her annuals completed, including a genuine major service done by Volvo at the price of a petrol driven model. This vessel is well used and is out on the water most weeks, the current owner runs between Fremantle and Garden Island with the occasional trip to Rottnest.

She has had all the regular servicing required and all have been geuine Volvo services, she has had all the campaigns identified by Volvo done so the engines and drives are not only up to date, by registered with Volvo should there be any service bullitens released.

Over her life she has done on average 140 hours per year, this has resulted in a very sorted and reliable powerplant and drive, the less you use them the more they cost to maintain.

We have currently got her stripped down as she is getting all new BESPOKE trim to the rear and helm area, this is being done to match the off white leather of the interior.

Mustang's 3800 is one of the most sought after sportscruisers on the market, they are massively wide compared to others like Bayliner and Searay. This beautiful 2006 model is in really great condition and we are about to retrim the helm and cockpit seating as part of the sale. The cockpit features a huge rear deck with comfortable seating and a table, wet bar with sink, ice box and fridge, and a wrap around sun lounge. The double helm seat overlooks a farier gauge cluster, Volvo controls. The galley's headroom is only one of its features, with a microwave, fridge, deep dish sink, loads of storage and double burner cooktop. A Flat screen TV downstairs, a very comfortable U shape couch, forward double bed, additional 3 seater couch and huge aft cabin. This mustang has a GENSET and AIRCON, electric heads with holding tank and TENDER. Powered by twin Volvo 310 Diesels in short the 310hp D6-310 gives the IPS-400 equivilant HP.

The Volvo Penta IPS Joystick, designed to make docking a breeze, is an option in the 3800 cruiser.
Volvo Penta says the joystick utilises the system's diesel engines and IPS drive units, delivering exceptionally high power, manoeuvring performance, and significantly greater side thrust compared to conventional bowthrusters.

You will not see another bargain like this in the condition she is in for this price.

Do not miss this boat, she is ready to go for the rest of the year and comes with a pen if required

Now the technical side of this vessel.......................

IPS gives significantly increased propulsive efficiency and is one of the key benefits of IPS, but that increase has been made possible only by a fundamental rethink of propulsion principles. About the only thing IPS has in common with conventional shaftdrive is that it uses fully submerged propellers rather than jets or surface-piercing propellers.

IPS uses two forward-facing contra-rotating propellers per unit. The superior efficiency of twin contra-rotating propellers over a single larger diameter one was appreciated many years ago, and Volvo's Duoprop outdrive is the established manifestation of that theory. Because they operate in clear water, propellers work better in tractor (pulling) form than in pusher mode but shaftdrive installation naturally ensured that the pusher principle has remained dominant in the marine world.

Improved handling
Great news for devotees of outdrive legs, the handling of the IPS will delight you. And excellent news for shaft drive junkies, the handling of the IPS will charm you too. The impossible dream? It would appear not. Nowhere was this more evident than driving the Mustang 3800 sportscruiser. This is the boat we have tested over the years more than any other, and in all its forms; with outdrive legs, with Buzzi surface drives, with shaft drives, and with Volvo, Yanmar and Mercruiser engines.

Low speed manoeuvrability was excellent. In practice, IPS provides all the (outdrive) advantages of vectored thrust so you can push or pull the stern around and turn extremely tightly using just one engine, or both if you need more haste. But unlike most outdrive setups, IPS also works okay when you leave the wheel centred and use ahead and astern commands as you do with shaft drives. The response is slower but still distinctly shaft-like.

The drive units also have plenty of keel area so they provide remarkably good directional stability. Pottering out of the marina on just one engine required only the slightest deflection of the wheel, and like shafts and rudders, side winds have less effect than on outdrive leg boats. The great thing is that you can pick and choose depending on what you are trying to achieve. Centre the IPS and turn in your own length. Or vector the IPS, and see yourself pulling smartly sideways and backwards (or forwards) out of a tricky cross-tide marina berth. Master the IPS fully and you will be giving those implausibly manoeuvrable twin jet-drive boats a run for their money.

At high speed, the good directional stability remains. Rudders work well at medium to high speed but IPS permits a tighter turning radius and better speed through the turns because, like outdrive legs, there is nothing blocking the prop wash.

Reduced noise and vibration
Again, the Mustang 3800 provided the perfect yardstick. It was not possible to measure noise accurately (too many people onboard gabbling away) but subjectively there was no doubt whatsoever; the IPS 3800 was significantly quieter than its counterparts.

IPS makes things far quieter and noticeably smoother largely because the propulsion unit feeds thrust loads directly into the hull, allowing the use of much softer engine mounts. This is the same principle used by the highly effective Aquadrive coupling. Vibration damping is further enhanced because thrust is transmitted via two large-diameter rubber O-rings, which also provide the watertight seal between the IPS unit and the hull.

Reduced maintenance
Worries about long-term maintenance is something that shaftdrive devotees often cite for avoiding outdrive legs. Fortunately, the maintenance requirements of IPS should be minimal. Certainly far less than an outdrive and possible even cheaper than a conventional shaft drive set-up due to the elimination of the sterngland and P-bracket bearing. The steering motor is maintenance free and there are no tilt, trim or steering joints to worry about. Accessibility is outstanding which makes keeping an eye on the condition things like the rubber exhaust hoses dead simple; outdrive owners have permission to eat their hearts out. The mechanical parts of the IPS transmission that come into contact with the water are made almost entirely of stainless steel. The leg is made from bronze, rather than aluminium, and the propellers from a special nibral (nickel aluminium bronze) instead of stainless steel. Volvo hope this will negate the corrosion problems that so plague aluminium outdrives in certain circumstances. The only anode is a small cast-iron cylinder inside the exhaust outlet.

Increased safety
We now come to what looks like the IPS's Achilles heel: what happens if you hit an underwater obstruction. As you might expect, Volvo have given this aspect a great deal of thought. There are two entirely different scenarios: low speed contact with the bottom and a high-speed encounter with a submerged object.

Touching the bottom at low speed shouldn't be a problem as the skeg on the bottom extends below the propellers. The subsequent vertical force is transmitted into the robust GRP mounting ring inside the hull and assuming the engines are put into neutral promptly, no damage should result.

In the high-speed scenario, the leg and pod will shear off flush with the hull. The lower bearing carrier has been engineered specially to break at a point below the O-ring seal between the fixed and steerable parts of the drive. As the leg bends backwards, the vertical drive shaft simply pulls out of its spline. The inside of the transmission is now open to the ocean but no water can escape into the boat and the vital mounting joint between transmission and hull will remain not only intact but undamaged thanks to the energy absorption of the big twin O-rings.

More room on board
Existing flybridge boats could take advantage of IPS by installing the engines in what was the lazarette and using the old engine room under the saloon floor for storage. But the full benefits of IPS will only be realised by entirely new interior layouts - some of which will undoubtedly feature an extra cabin or more. The rearward weight change of IPS also provides the opportunity for transverse fuel tanks located at the centre of gravity, meaning no trim change in relation to fuel contents.

Boatservices Australia (2020 Marine Pty Ltd) was established and has been in operation and under the guidance of Rohan Lewis since 1993, every boat we have listed for sale we have managed, so we actually DO know the boat and her history.

After you purchase any vessel from us or one we have surveyed for you, you can choose to continue to have her managed by us and you will have the lifetime of your ownership or relationship with us to call about anything that needs attention, with us there are no silly questions.

With qualifications of Master IV, Ocean Yachtmaster, Med2, Coastal Skipper along with shipwriting we will always, as boat owners, give the advice we would give ourselves.

Five service vans on the road in addition to our Engineering Contractor with four we can and will be there as soon as humanly possible to make boating an enjoyable experience. If its on a boat we either supply it of fix it 1300 36 37 39.

We also have an extensive chandlery, detailing, antifouling, engineering, pretty much everything you need to go boating

Western Australia
Perth Region South Fremantle WA
Launch Year
Mustang Australia
38' 8" - 11.79m
3.74m (12?3?)
1m (3?3?)
6800kg (14500lbs)
Hull Material
Engine Make
Volvo IPS
IPS 400 (310hp)
Number Engines
Horse Power
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
2nd Engine Hrs
1000 litres (225 US gals)
400 litres (90 US gals)
Two cabin doubles plus dinette
6 - 8
Air Conditioning

Broker / Dealer
Boatservices Australia
Unit 1/4 Flindell Street