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1983 Contest 38S

5 October, 2011 by EVAN

About this Sailboat:

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Deja Vu

Builder: Conyplex
Designer: Dick Zaal

LOA: 37 ft 3 in
Beam: 12 ft 0 in
LWL: 29 ft 10 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 5 in
Displacement: 19285 lbs
Ballast: 7593 lbs

Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
Engine Hours: 3106

Fresh Water Tanks: (77 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (44 Gallons)

Total Power: 61
Cruising Speed: 6K
Max Speed: 8K

Holding: YES

Equipment on Board:

Deja Vu has berthing for 6 in 3 separate cabins; 2 in the forward stateroom with V berth insert; 2 in main salon w/settee berth to port and settee berth to starboard. There is a walkway to aft cabin where there is a large portside double berth. Wash basin w/hot/cold pressure water in aft cabin as well. Head is forward to port and w/fore and aft doors closed is large shower area.


Sea Frost engine-driven refrigeration system w/oversized cold plate in icebox/ 12V Sea Frost
Gimballed Force 10 LPG 2-burner stove w/oven
Single ss sink


Below At NAV Station:
Raytheon R-20 Raster Screen radar
Sea 222 single-side band radio
Raytheon R-22 VHF
Magnavox MX 100 GPS
Micrologic ML 8000 loran
Located In Center Cockpit:
Robertson AP200 autopilot: needs a new ram
Datamarine speed, distance, depth AWI and windspeed instruments located over companionway
6″ Sestral binnacle compass
2″ Nav Station compass


3 12V gel cell batteries w/Guest isolator on/off switch
12V electrical system w/fuses
Digital battery voltmeter
Newmar constavolt shorepower 110V system


Hull is white w/blue stripes
Lt. gray nonskid decks
6 lifejackets; double lifelines
Simpson-Lawrence electric windlass
35 lb. CQR-type anchor mounted on bow roller w/30′ 1/4 chain
Decklights, docklines, fenders

Mechanical Equipment & Engine Details

Volvo MD21B 61HP diesel engine with high output alternator
2.5:1 reduction gear
manual Henderson bilge pump in cockpit
1 electrical Rule bilge pump
1 electrical water heater
1 Fireboy Halon 1301 fire extinguisher in engine room
SS propeller shaft w/3 bladed Vetus bronze propeller
1 fuel gauge

Sails & Rigging

Jib, mainsail, mizzen sail new 1992
Jib, mainsail, mizzen sail 1983 original (spares)
Drifter, 80% jib, storm trysail, storm (used little)
Profurl roller furling system
Whisker pole
Selden anodized aluminum spars, both deck stepped (all ss 1/19 wire rigging)
Barient 28A self-tailing primaries
4 Enkes winches on mast


All thru hulls; bronze ball valve type-1992
Holding tank w/mascerator w/deck pump-out; Y valve for overboard discharge
1992 6-man Givens liferaft mounted on cabin house
10lb. Danforth 100′ 1/2″ nylon rode
Steering system: shaft to pinion gear to steering arm
Emergency tiler
3 fire extinguishers w/1 built in engine room
Transom boarding ladder
Lifesling, man-overboard pole, throwable PFD
Screens for all opening hatches
Helmsman seat
Masthead tri-color light; masthead radar reflector
Gas tank locker w/2 11 lb.. tanks w/ solenoid shut-off
Barometer & clock, horn, dodger
Teak cockpit table
Tools, spare parts for engine, water pumps & head

Contest 38S
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