AU $148,000
38' 3" - 11.66m
Brisbane Region East Coast Marina, Manly Harbour
Launch Year
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP Solid fibreglass decks with strong stainless steel davits and dyneema lifelines

Description: Bristol 38.8 -Adorable Bluewater Cruiser with Centreboard
Launched in 1983, Gossamer is a prime example of a well-loved, and well-travelled Bristol 38.8. Her owners have completed significant upgrades and spent several seasons cruising from the U. S. A across the Pacific to New Zealand, finally arriving in Australia for the latter part of 2023 to take in the Qld coast as far as the Whitsundays.

Gossamer is well equipped for life on the open ocean with a reliable Beta engine with little more than 1000 hours and numerous options for sailing in all conditions. Her interior storage allows a couple to live comfortably for long periods of time, carry lots of spares while enjoying the simplicity of sailing without stretching the budget. To fully appreciate all that she offers and to arrange a viewing, watch the video linked, read more about her in the Brochure and contact EziYacht Broker Sonia Robinson to arrange a viewing.

Auxiliary power is abundant thanks to a large 390w solar panel, wind generator and a recently upgraded battery bank, thus negating the need for generator.
Gossamer's warm and comfortable interior layout is functional and spacious with 1-cabin and 1 large head in the bow. This is perfect for a couple who like to entertain, with a large folding dining table with sleeping quarters for additional guests or family. The large open-plan dining/saloon/galley and nav station really enhance the yacht's interior living space.

The cosy and protected cockpit is fitted with superb dodger and canvas bimini to provide full shelter. A newly fitted davits houses a sailing dinghy, with a Magma BBQ mounted on the pushpit. There are numerous storage lockers including a dedicated gas bottle locker and a very large deep portside cockpit locker for spare equipment and sails.

Gossamer is fitted with a near-new Simrad GPS plotter and autopilot, upgraded cockpit winches and an extensive sail wardrobe. Her rigging was replaced in 2018 and a solid boom vang added.

Highlights and Features:
o Fibreglass construction with centreboard keel
o Dyneema Lifelines with port/stbd gates - Dec 2023
o NMEA 2000 backbone / Radar / AIS / VHF / Iridium Go
o Rugged dodger and cockpit canopy with s/s safety grab rails
o Beta 43hp diesel engine with low engine hours (1136)
o Simrad Evo3 Autopilot with hydraulic drive unit - 2022
o Standing rigging replaced 2018 with upgraded mast clutches
o Solent stay with staysail, Trysail, Storm Jib & Spinnaker - 2018
o Gig Harbor kevlar sailing dinghy / tender on davits
o Lewmar 2-speed 50ST primary winches - 2022
o Upgraded s/s davits with 390w solar panel
o D400w Silent wind generator
o Lifeline AGM 6v House Batteries x 4 - 2019
o Forced Air internal ducted heating / Caframo fans x 4 (new)
o New Bluetooth Stereo & speakers (x4 ) - New 2023
o Danfoss (fridge) compressor - New 2023.
o Eno 2-burner stove with oven & grill - New 2024
o Engine serviced Nov 2023
o Antifouled / Polished with prop speed - Jan 2024.

Watch her under sail and below decks in the accommpanying video. For more information and to arranage a veiwing of this really great yacht, contact Sonia Robinson on . We think she's the best crusing yacht under 40ft and you don't want to miss your chance to make her yours!

Brisbane Region East Coast Marina, Manly Harbour
Leisure, Cruising, Live Aboard
Launch Year
ON 916667
Rego Expiry
Ted Hood
Bristol Yachts Inc (USA)
38' 3" - 11.66m
3.68 m / 12.08 ft
Board Up: 1.37m (4.50 ft) / Board Down: 3.14m (10.30 ft )
8,686 kg
Keel / Ballast
Keel/Centreboard. Monohull with 3/4 length keel.
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP Solid fibreglass decks with strong stainless steel davits and dyneema lifelines
Deck Material
Fibreglass with teak coamings and trim.
Engine Make
Replaced new in 2016 - enclosed under cockpit with sound proofing. Easy access by removing companionway ladder. Engine oil & filter, air filter change - Nov 2023. Racor cleaned, new filter installed (by owner).
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
2nd Engine Hrs
Fuel Consumption
Max Speed
Cruise Speed
6-7kts (Consumes approx 3lph at cruise speed between 1800 - 2000rpm. ) Max rpm 2400.
Bronze 3 blade 16" fixed prop - new anode Jan 2024.
30 gal / 113ltr (plus 2 x 20ltr jerry cans). Stainless Steel tank (under cockpit).
Approx 380ltr in 2 x internal tanks plus 4 x 20ltr Jerry cans. Stainless Steel (1 under saloon floor, 1 under V-berth).
Spacious and comfortable liveaboard yacht with one 'owner' cabin in forward section with adjoining ensuite. Optional extendable double and single berths in slaoon with large quarter berth for sleeping or storage. Bulkhead overhead soft LED lighting and fans fitted throughout the yacht. Courtesy blue/white lights fitted for passagemaking. Beautiful ceiling with exposed s/s deck fitting base plates. Teak & mahogany interior in very good condition with ventillated cabinetry, a folding dining table with in-built centrepiece for storing cutlery and bar essentials. Newly upgraded Kenwood bluetooth stereo and speakers (interior and cockpit). Very good standing head room and well ventillated interior with side and top opening ports and hatches. The interior (including head) is vented for heating.

Sleeping arrangements:
Double V-berth forward, 2 x extendable 2 settee berths. Port settee berth extends to form a double bed, single to stbd. 1 x quarter berth stb aft quarter. V-berth bed offset to port with optional insert to enlargen. Over head reading lights and fans in V-berth. Drawers and cabinets above and below settees used for storing spare parts.

Toilet & Shower:
Large separate shower cubicle (over toilet) in head with shower curtain rail. Hot and cold water. Large round mirror with overhead blue/white courtesy light. Shower fitted with separate overhead lights x 2. Towel rails x 3.

12v fans fitted in galley, saloon fwd bulkhead, 2 x forward cabin - New 2023. Full length hanging lockers opposite head and in forward cabin. Wet locker in forward saloon drains to main bilge. Lots of drawer storage (complete with engine and electrical spare parts). Deep opening cabinets in head above and below porcelain sink. Additional insulation fitted in bow cabin and hanging lockers.
(1) Master cabin is forward with offset double bed to port. A settee lies to starboard but bed can be configured to a large V-shaped queen if required. Opening hatch and opening port. Storage cabinets with sliding rattan doors. Vented for heating. Walkthrough access to foward cabin from head.
6: 2 x forward, 2+1 x saloon, 1 x aft. Double V-berth forward, 2 x
Forward facing U-shape galley to port of companionway. Brand new oven, dual fridge freezer (with new motor) runs off 12v supply. Deep double sinks with upgraded taps for hot/cold filtered water. Also foot pump fresh water. Dry storage cabinet, bench tops with fiddled cup storage. Deep cabinets filled with fitted crockery shelves. Very well equipped for extended voyaging. Dedicated rubbish bin under sink. Overhead led lights x 2 and fan.

Dual purpose deep fridge freezer with separate compartments for fridge and freezer. Well ventilated and accessible. Runs off 12v battery supply and very efficient wiht new motor (2023).
Double s/s deep sinks with fresh pumped and pressurised water (upgraded) taps. Foot pump for fresh water. Dedicated rubbish bin compartent, fire extinguisher and cleaning products under sink. Built-in liquid soap dispenser.

Lots of useful utensils stowed in galley lockers. Kettle, frypan, pots, all essential crockery and cutlery. Galley fan fitted over sink. Timber chopping board. Drinks and silverware stowage compartments in dinging table insert. Blue/White overhead galley light. Lewmar opening hatch with fly screen/blockout panels. Saloon opening ports x 2 forward, 2 x fixed aft. Overhead opening hatch in middle of saloon and forward cabin. All curtained/covered. Companionway hatch sets x 2 (timber and perspex). Dry goods storage compartment next to sinks. Lots of deep cupboards fitted with crockery and utensils.
Frigoboat 12v top loading, freezer/refrigerator spillover, one cold plate. Keel cooler replaced May 23 - capacity 120L. New fridge compressor - 2023.
Integral with fridge.
Eno 2-burner gimbal stove with oven and grill - New 2024 - certified Jan 2024. Gas locker with 2 x bottles. Cover lowers when stove not in use.
Water Maker
Hotwater System
Sistern fitted in engine bay.
2: Cockpit shower and internal separate shower in head - both hot/cold.
Generous sized head with lavac manual flushing toilet with 120ltr holding tank (Y-valve). Pump out manually or via deck pump. Opening ports x 2 and overhead dorade vent. Replaced toilet seals and fitted new White urchin sea water gusher pump - Dec 2023.
Kenwood Bluetooth Stereo (weatherproof) with Aux/MP3/AM-FM Radio with saloon and cockpit speakers (4) - New 2023. USB ports x 3 (port and starboard saloon and nav station).
Air Conditioning
Forced air diesel heater with ducting. 12v fans (x4) fitted in V-berth, galley, saloon - New 2024.
Gig Harbour kevlar (sailing) dinghy with full rig - (similar to Walker Bay).
Excellent quality 'Iversion' dodger with polycarbonate clears (fitted with protective covers), bimini infill which attaches to front of davits (zips off if desired). Winch & Mainsail covers. Steering console & hatch covers (2023). BBQ cover. All interior portlights are fitted with curtains. Boat covers include sun and weather shad
Ground Tackle
Primary Rocna 20kg fitted on bow with 65m x 5/16" chain - New 2018. Mantus Marine 25kg galvanised steel (stern) anchor (dismantled in bow locker) New - 2022. Bruce claw 8kg with spool of floating line (cockpit locker). Spare chain in bucket (approx 30m). Anchor up/down controls fitted in cockpit. Lewmar anchor winch operated from cockpit. Chain locker accessed via V-berth. Extra lines for 'fore and aft' mooring in deep water.
Safety Gear
Epirb - exp Nov 2024.
Lifesling. Vesper SP1000 AIS. Fire Extinguishers.
Para Sea Anchor.
Grab Bag.
PFDs - various sizes.
Tethers x 2.
Webbing Jackstays.
Emergency tiller (under aft quarter berth).
Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
Bilge Pumps
2 x electric pumps under companionway floor. 1 x low, 1 x high (with alarm). 1 manual (new diaphragm
ACR Epirb (battery replaced 2018) - expiry Nov 2024.
Life Jackets
PFD x 2 'Mustang' auto inflating with harness. 5 x adult life jackets. Tethers.
1 x Rocket, 2 x Handheld - expiry 2026 (stbd saloon cabinet).
Fire Protection
1 x Galley, 1 x Forward cabin (need checking).
Batteries: Life line AGM x 6v (x4) housed under quarterberth: 220amp. Start battery fitted further aft. House batteries installed 2019, starter battery installed 2022. Trimetric battery monitor panel at nav station (registers data from mppt solar and D400 wind gen).

Solar: Solar panel (390w) mounted over davits - New 2019. Tri-star MPPT controller fitted in aft quarter berth. Additional solar regulator which feeds to start battery located under quarter berth (with red light).

Wind Generator: Silent Wind D400 with full unused set of spares (blades, hub and bearings). Switch located behind companionway steps.

Internal Lighting: Several inter-changing blue/white LED overhead lights in galley, saloon and head. Bulkhead mounted brass lamp fittings in saloon x 2. All LED.
Navigation Lights: Hella LED Port & Stbd Nav Lights - New Nov 2022.
Anchor light LED - 2018. Stern light.
GPS: Simrad NSS7 Evo3 multi function display (mfd) touch screen GPS on bracket (steering console).
B&G Wind / Depth / Speed (A replacement part for wind is being fitted at mast-top. )
Autopilot: Simrad NAC-3 Core pack and controller AP44 - New Dec 2022.(2 x toggles at switch panel).
Radio: Standard Horizon VHF (with AIS) / Iridium Go (all at Nav station).
Panel Displays: Simrad AP controller, B&G Triton2 mfd over companionway. AP controller and Simrad NSS7 Evo3 MFD at steering console.
Ritchie binnacle compass with cover. Handbearing compass.
AIS / Radar / Vesper SP1000. Backup Garmin handheld GPS 76 mounted at nav station.
Sail Inventory
Dacron Main in good condition. Island planet Sails - (2012).
Furling Genoa - ( Port Townsend Sails (aka Hasse & Co) - 2010 with upgraded UV strip - 2022.
Staysail - Port Townsend Sails (aka Hasse & Co) - New 2018.
Trysail & Storm jib - Port Townsend Sails (aka Hasse & Co) - New 2018 (never used). Trys'il track.
Spinnaker: Nylon CX15 Drifter (red) with Selden continuous loop furler - New 2018.
Telescopic whisker pole.
Note: All sails were stored unused between 2019 - 2022 (during Covid).
Mast / Rigging
Masthead Sloop with optional solent stay (fixed to stbd mainstay) and trysail track fitted 2018.
Metal Mast Marine Mast and Boom. Lazy Jacks fitted to boom. Mast, sails and oars for dinghy (currently stowed in 1/4-berth).

Standing and running rigging replaced 2018 - Port Townsend, Seattle (receipts available).
All thru-hulls (bronze) serviced - Oct 2022.
Traveller track replaced - New 2019.
Dyneema Lifelines with port/stbd gates - New Dec 2023.
Seldon Rodkicker boomvang - New 2018.
Upgraded halyard clutches fitted to main mast.
Lewmar Primary Winches x 2 - New 2022.
Deck Gear
New Winches - Lewmar 50ST 2 speed. Shark Para-Anchor with bridle. Cockpit lockers: Fenders x 4 (with covers)+2. Mooring lines. Winch handles x 4. Water hoses x 2. Power cable. Steps. Forced-air diesel heater. Extra set of perspex washboards. Cleaning products. Spare sails. Spare anchor and rode. Water (4) and fuel (2) jerry cans with fitted stowage board on port rail. Magma marine gas BBQ grill with cover and separate bottle. Sail repair kit, anti-chafe gear, spare fabrics, bosun's chair, sail ties, cleaning products. Cockpit drains x 2. Gas bottles x 2 fitted in aft cockpit locker and secured in plastic housings. Spare BBQ hose and separate BBQ gas bottle. Significant engine, electrical and rigging spare parts included in the sale.
Great light airs yacht. Cruises at 5.5-6.5kts. Max 7.5kts. Excellent storage. Sails extremely well without centreboard. Great for shallow anchorages and reef areas. The owners report having had a 175NM day between Vanuatu and Australia and that she will make at least 7.5kts in the right conditions. Fully imported and all duty paid.


35 Timothy St
Macleay Island
QLD 4184 Australia

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