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38' San Juan Express

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Boat Name: 38' San Juan Express
Year: 2001
Price: 299000
Located in Seattle, WA
Hull Material: Composite
Engine/Fuel Type: Twin diesel

An impeccably kept modern day classic with fresh bottom paint and varnish, ready for summer cruising.  Easy to see at South Lake Union.

Additional Specs, Equipment And Information:

Boat Name

38' San Juan Express


Total Power: 700HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: Yanmar
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Location: Port
Engine Hours: 1254
Engine Power: 350 HP

Engine 2:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: Yanmar
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Location: Starboard
Engine Hours: 1256
Engine Power: 350 HP

Cruising Speed: 25 knots
Maximum Speed: 31 knots


12 ft


Water Tanks: (80 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (300 Gallons)
Black Water Tanks: (20 Gallons)


Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 1


Builder: San Juan Yachts
Designer: Greg Marshall

Vessel Description

San Juan Composites are built in the USA at Anacortes on Fidalgo Island on the East side of the San Juan Islands in Washington state.    
San Juan 38's were quality built using E-glass, Kevlar, and Corecell foam coring material in a resin infused lamination resulting in a 100% composite structure.  The weight savings and strength of this construction are benefits that show in this boat's seaworthiness and efficiency.  Prop pockets allow for a modest shaft angle and remarkably shallow draft.  A single baffled fuel tank keeps the balance and trim consistent.  A great looking boat that was drawn by Gregory Marshall with softer and sleeker lines than some similar designs, with "a little Gatsby" as described by one San Juan owner.  A practical cabin layout offers 2 staterooms below, a rarity in any boat less than 40'.  

This particular vessel had a customization done to the cockpit area with the addition of an inboard swinging side entry gate.  Perfectly engineered and executed so one may think it was a factory option.  In 2010 the spring and aft cleats were upgraded to a hearty yet folding style which makes passing the side decks underway a safer transition.  The shining Flag blue hull is accented by a gold cove stripe and a double thin white boot stripe and a red bottom.

Topsides have a molded white rub rail capped with a polished stainless strike rail then a beautifully varnished toe rail and cockpit cap.  The deckhouse has a varnished half-round trim and four varnished grab railings on the cabin top and forward trunk.  The deckhouse is a light beige with similar color non-skid surface on the forward decks.  Entering the teak decked cockpit there is a comfortable lounge bench across the aft side with navy blue cushions with a tan accent piping across the seat.  Behind the portside aft lounge cushion there is an hinged step which folds out to make easy egress from the integral swim platform with inset teak decking.  There is also a retracting hot/cold shower wand found in the step opening.  Forward in the cockpit are two matched cushion lounges with comfortably pitched backrests which are actually the engine boxes (sound insulated).  A tan canvas and eisenglass panel drop curtain encloses the pilothouse area and the center doorway panel can be folded up and that panel slides to the side if desired.

Inside the deckhouse, immediately to the starboard side is a countertop with insert covering a cockpit sink with fold-down faucet and a teak fiddle rail around the counter surface.  Just below a teak trimmed U-line cubed ice machine.  Across is a raised four-seat dinette with teak table and cushions matching the cockpit seating.  Above a 24 by 36 inch electrically opening skyroof is between varnished teak batons and flush mounted stereo speakers are above.  Back to the starboard side below is the main electrical switching panel.  Above is a very comfortable helm bench seat (seats 2 cozy, extra thick cushion) covered in an high quality, Spinneybeck navy blue leather.  The teak finished helm console surrounds a Furuno 3D NavNet 12.1 inch display.  VDO engine gauges and a 6-spoke thick wood rimmed helm wheel.  On top of the dashboard is a magnetic compass and within easy reach the Sidepower bow thruster control, electric spotlight panel, Vhf radio and autopilot.  The main cabin reverse-cycle A/C has a vent and return on the bridge deck when needed.

The bi-fold louvered teak salon door opens and the top panel folds back to enter the cabin down two steps to the teak & holly sole.  To the port side and aft is the door to the larger berth stateroom with shelved storage locker and double bed.  Further forward on the port side is the galley area with decent sized Surell solid surface counter top with custom teak fiddles.  A gas stove and oven, microwave, basin sink, and refrigerator/freezer combo round out galley equipment, plus there are good cabinet spaces & drawers.  Forward is a V-berth with a filler cushion and hanging locker.  The hull sides are lined with teak sheathing and well finished.  Lastly to the port side aft is the head with vanity top, mirror and separate shower stall.

Electronics and Navigation

  • Furuno 3D Navnet Color GPS Plotter/Depth recorder/Radar
  • Raytheon ST6000 Autopilot
  • Standard Horizon VHF
  • Furuno FA-50 AIS transponder
  • Windlass Control at Helm
  • Ritchie Compass
  • ACR RCL-100 spotlight controller
  • Twin Disc Marine Gears
  • Micro-Commander controls with trolling valves
  • Side Power bow thruster control panel
  • Monitor panel for the Heart Inverter system
  • Tank tender, pneumatic fluid level monitor
  • Alpine 12v Stereo system with CD player (in main cabin)
  • Standard Horizon Command full control Vhf mic (in main cabin)


The Pilothouse to port is a dinette/lounge area with raised seats and a varnished teak table with chart drawer that can be lowered to provide a double berth. Opposite to starboard is a fully equipped helm station with bench seat.

  • Electric-opening Composite Sunroof
  • Convertible Teak Dinette Table with drawer storage beneath
  • Cushioned Bench Dinette Seating for four
  • Storage Area under Helm Seat and Battery Switches and Electrical Panel
  • Hard Glass Front and Sides Windows: all Windows are Frameless and Sealed 
  • Windshield Wipers, Roca 2-speed
  • Custom Composite Radar Mast on Hardtop
  • Teak Helm Console
  • Mahogany Steering Wheel
  • Aft is a Barrett Enclosure with sliding track for the center panel, also there is a screen replacement center panel stored aboard


The Galley is well appointed with abundant storage and counter space.  It is located amidships down and port, featuring generous storage and counter space, and convenient to the cabins and head.

  • Surell Solid Surface Countertops
  • Teak Drawers and Cupboards
  • 3-burner Force 10 gas Stove with Oven (stainless)
  • Trident gas control panel (tank is stored aft in molded compartment beneath rear bench)
  • Deep S/S Sink with Countertop Filler
  • Sharp Carousel Microwave
  • 3.2 cubic foot Norcold Refrigerator/Freezer with Cold Tray
  • Teak and holly sole
  • There are four large oval stainless steel (opening) port-lights on the deckhouse, 3 in the galley/main cabin area and 1 in the head.  They provide good natural light throughout the cabin.

Master Cabin

The Master Cabin is located aft of the galley, mid-ship, and has a Queen berth. 

  • Teak and Holly Sole
  • Teak sheathing hull lining
  • Reading lights on hull side
  • Full Queen Berth Guest Cabin
  • Shelf Locker in Guest Cabin
  • Full bed linens for both staterooms, cleaned - folded - stored in plastic

Guest Cabin

The Guest Cabin is located forward featuring a V-berth arrangement.  Floor space is actually larger than the double berth stateroom.

  • Double size V-berth, accommodating two with a filler section 
  • Teak and Holly Sole
  • Teak Sheathing hull liner
  • Reading lights on aft bulkhead
  • Teak forward bulkhead with access door to anchor locker
  • Under bunk storage


Private Head with separate shower stall is located to starboard opposite the galley.

  • Surell Solid Surface Counters
  • S/S Sink in Head with Vanity for Storage
  • Shower Stall in Head
  • SeaLand Traveler fresh-water toilet
  • Non-skid sole

Deck and Hull

The Hull and Deck of SUNDAY MORNING were formed using Kevlar (hull only), E-glass and Corecell foam core composite vacuum infused with epoxy vinylester resin to yield a strong lightweight structure with high glass to resin ratio. The core is removed and replaced with solid glass and extra laminations in areas of major penetrations and high stress. Watertight structural bulkheads separate the hull into separate zones with dedicated bilge pumps. Structural bulkheads are built using Corecell foam core with E-glass skins infused with epoxy vinylester resin.  Built to ABS guidelines.  There is a composite swim platform with teak inlay and molded rubrail with stainless striker. A slightly unusual fact about this vessel, Hull #9 of the 38' San Juan model, the USCG document and the San Juan Composites hull badge state the boat was completed in May of 2001.  The hull ID number shows the last 4 digits as K000, which would typically indicate this to be a 2000 model with a late build date. 

  • Stainless steel portholes with screens
  • Foredeck hatch with screen
  • Teak toe rails, drip rails, hand rails and cockpit trim finished with two-part clear polyurethane for exceptional durability
  • Aft and Spring cleats upgraded to heavy-duty folding style for safer side deck transit, also Sampson post on foredeck
  • Wet Bar, Ice Maker and Sink Concealed Aft of Helm Bench Seat
  • Removable 2-step Teak cockpit Boarding Ladder
  • Full Beam Aft Bench Cockpit Seat with Cushions
  • (2) Large Sun-pads on Engine Hatches 
  • Freshwater Cockpit Wash Down System
  • Composite Molded Non-Skid Foredeck
  • Concealed Transom Door with Folding Step
  • Concealed H/C Cockpit Shower
  • Concealed Large Coolers or Storage Bins under Stern Bench Seat
  • Teak Swim Platform with S/S Swim Ladder
  • Port and Starboard Side Cockpit Storage with Louvered Teak Doors
  • Generator access in Mid-Cockpit deck hatch
  • Stern mounted Teak Flagpole
  • All Bronze Thru-Hull scupper Grates bedded with 5200
  • ACR RCL-100 Spotlight
  • Dual Trumpet Horns, Marineco
  • Muir Atlantic 850 Chrome Rope/Chain Windlass w/Remote at helm
  • Bruce Polished S/S 10kg Anchor,  foredeck plug-in washdown inlet for anchor rinse
  • S/S Anchor Chute
  • Two fishing rod holders in cockpit
  • In plastic bags stored aboard are a new windshield mask and side window covers, plus canvas covers for the exterior seating and parts of the varnished trim
  • "Slant back" full cockpit cover

Engine and Mechanical

  • Electronic engine synchronization, through MMC controls
  • Engine compartment sound insulation
  • Engines have always been custom painted white
  • Twin Disc gear boxes, 2.0 : 1 ratio
  • Marol Hydraulic steering
  • Computer balanced 4-blade Nibral props
  • Bronze thru-hull hardware with bronze ball valves
  • Bennett hydraulic trim tabs
  • Oil transfer pump and manifold for main engine and transmission oil changes
  • Tank tender tank level gauge for monitoring fuel, water and holding tank
  • Webasto Thermal 90 hydronic heater with outlets in forward stateroom, aft stateroom, head and pilothouse
  • Fireboy Automatic fire suppression system in engine compartment Co2 fume detector
  • 2 Tides Sureseal shaft seals
  • 2 1 3/4" Stainless Steel Shafts
  • Tides Marine Dripless Rudder Boxes
  • Racor primary Fuel Filters with vacuum pressure gauges 
  • Groco raw water Strainers
  • Side-power 4hp Bow Thruster
  • Electric Engine Hatch lifts, engines are painted white
  • (3) Bilge Pumps
  • Black Water Discharge Pump
  • Shower Sump Pump
  • Heart Inverter System
  • Guest radial battery switches, emergency parallel switch
  • 30amp/110v shore power cord and inlet plug 
  • Northern Lights 5.5 kw Generator, new battery 2016
  • 16000 BTU AC/Reverse AC/Heat System, Marine Air System
  • Flo-Jet pressure water system with hot water heater


An impeccably kept modern day classic with fresh bottom paint and varnish, ready for summer cruising.


All personal gear; loose items; galley gear; CD's; charts; fishing equipment; tools; spare parts; supplies & items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Call Martha Comfort for additional information and your viewing appointment at 206-624-1908 or 206-499-0910 (cell). Recently reduced.  NOW AT OUR DISPLAY DOCKS, Chandler's Cove Marina, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA.

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