1968 Ohlson Sloop

  • 38 ft
  • Sloop
  • South Berwick, ME, US

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 SPARHAWK is an outstanding example of the popular Ohlson 38 that has benefited from excellent care and upgrading by knowledgeable owners. Her classic good looks and level of maintenance are a welcome addition to any harbor. The Ohlson 38 was featured in Richard Henderson's book Choice Yacht Designs. A PDF of the chapter is available on request. I have  owned what may be the wood prototype to the  Ohlson 38 since 1986, and can attest to the quality of build and performance.   Sparhawk is well suited to coastal cruising as well as offshore sailing and is highly recommended.


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South Berwick, ME, US
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38 ft - 11.58 meter
37 ft 7 in - 11.45 meter
10 ft 3 in - 3.12 meter
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5 ft 7 in - 1.7 meter
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21 (Individual), 21 (combined)
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 This elegant, classic, dark blue, fiberglass yacht with a varnished African mahogany cabin trunk, cockpit and interior was designed by Einer Ohlson for fast, comfortable cruising.  She was fully modernized with racing-level electronics, complete ocean-cruising electrical system including top-of-line autopilot, hot & cold pressurized water, new standing and running rigging, new custom aluminum boom, new electric windlass, self-tailing winches and North sails in 1998.  Her modest displacement, equipment, mahogany wood and long overhangs combine modern-like performance of 6+ knots with head-turning classic aesthetic appeal.


Below deck is bright and spacious due to 6' 2" headroom, two transparent smoke-gray acrylic hatches, satin finished African mahogany joiner-work, white overhead and bulkheads and bright, varnished cabin soles. The forward cabin is a double-berth with custom filler and 6-inch mattresses and v-berth filler with plenty of storage space in mahogany drawers under and shelves above. 


Next aft is the head compartment with doors fore and aft with a Lavac head, hot & cold pressurized water and shower with an electric sump pump.  Solar ventilator fans circulate air both in and out of the compartment.  Opposite the head is a large hanging locker.


The open main saloon with a smoke-gray acrylic hatch providing light and ventilation features a custom-made folding teak table to seat 4 with slide-out settee berths port and starboard, a starboard pilot/sea berth and port side custom mahogany book case and 6 fixed ports with curtains.  All berths have lee cloths.  The L-shaped galley to port is equipped with a gimbaled Taylor stove and oven, a large ice chest with a SeaFrost cold plate for ice trays and refrigeration.  The stainless galley sink has pressure hot and cold water. The full- sized nav table and station is to starboard with a custom instrument station with stowage below. A large quarter-berth extends aft over the battery storage compartment. Engine access is under the companionway steps.


Electronics include integrated Brooks and Gatehouse instruments, below deck autopilot, Northstar 951X GPS chart plotter, Icom M59 VHF.  The electrical system consists of five Group 27 batteries, a high output alternator, a 110 V shore power system and Trucharge-40 multi-stage electric battery charger.  A Victron 602-S battery monitor keeps track of house and starter battery status.


Topside, the standing and running rigging are of modern materials including synthetic rope for the running rigging.  A bow pulpit, pushpit, and radar post are custom designed.  Four 2-speed Lewmar self-tailing winches are in the cockpit.  The cockpit includes multi-function displays on the bulkhead and the Edson binnacle. The mainsail is fully battened with a Dutchman flaking system. The custom aluminum boom has reefing winches and a Harken vang.  On the foredeck is a Lofrans electric windlass, a deck and chain washdown outlet, and a Harken roller furling headsail system.  To protect and preserve the varnish there is a custom cover for the coach roof and cockpit.  For winter there is a Fairclough frame and cover for outside storage, not yet used.


This yacht's racing history is impressive.  She was well known along the Connecticut and Long Island shores as "Pageant", placing second in the Bermuda Ocean Race in 1969.  As "Copernicus" she raced to Hawaii in 1998 and has since cruised San Francisco Bay before moving (by truck) to New Hampshire and Maine where she has cruised every summer since 2002. 


Well loved and cared for, SPARHAWK is for sale to a future owner with an eye for classic beauty and fast, sea kindly performance.


Solid fiberglass hull over longitudinal stringers with glass over plywood decks and house top. Varnished African mahogany house sides cockpit coamings, and toe rail.  Modified fin keel with skeg rudder and encapsulated lead ballast. Pedestal wheel steering with varnished teak wheel;  Dark blue topsides with white boot top and Hydrocoat ECO red bottom. Additional information on this design can be seen at Ohlson38.de.



1985 Westerbeke 21 three cylinder fwc Diesel.

Rebuilt approx. 1995 under previous ownership.  Refurbished 2017 to include new engine mounts, hoses and clamps, seals, rebuilt high pressure fuel pump, cleaned heat exchanger, new propeller shaft and coupling, cutlass bearing, new Hydralign three-blade 16.5" feathering propeller.  Hurst 2:1 reduction gear. 1" SS shaft. app 6.5 knots at 2100 rpm/ max 7 knots. App 3140 engine hours as of July 2020.


App 21 gallons fuel in integral fiberglass tank with inspection plate.

App 74 gallons water in integral fiberglass tank with inspection hatch and separate bladder tank (app 26 gallons)

12-15 gallon cross-linked poly holding tank


12 volt dc and 120 volt ac systems Gel Group27 starting battery;4 AGM Group 27 house batteries (new2020); 105 amp engine driven alternator with new regulator

Circuit breaker panel; Two master switches with house and starting batteries isolated via bridge switch; Victron 602S battery condition indicator.

120 volt ac shore power hookup ; polarity indicator;Tru-Charge 40 amp multi-stage battery charger; portable inverter

Sails and rigging:

Masthead sloop rig with aluminum spars. (mast height app 49'). SS standing rigging and turnbuckles;  Dyneema and/or Spectra halyards; Harken roller furling for headsails; Dutchman main furling on custom boom with reefing winches; Spinnaker gear and pole; Harken rigid boom vang; Winches include 1 Barient 22, 1 Barlow 23, and 1 Barlow 20 halyard winches, and 2 Lewmar 50 as well as 2 Lewmar30 self-tailing two speed cockpit winches.

Sails include fully battened North Sails main w/Dutchman flaking system, jib, symmetrical spinnaker.  Several spinnakers, genoa, storm jib, tri-sail are in storage.  11 sails total, various mfg. and ages all (except one spinnaker) in good condition.



Ritchie 5" compass in Edson pedestal

Icom vhf radio

Furuno radar

Integrated B&G autopilot

Northstar 951X GPS

Navico charts; chart kit

Integrated B&G apparent wind/wind speed, depth sounder, and speed/log

Kenwood CD player with Bose speakers


35# CQR (on bow roller) and 25# Danforth anchors, each with 50' chain lead and 150' rode;  Lofrans electric windlass, and salt water washdown;  Two Gusher manual bilge pumps (cockpit and saloon);  Electric Rule bilge pump; Automatic fire suppression in engine compartment;  3 dry chemical fire extinguishers;  Emergency tiller;  Horn (oral); Weems and Plath clock and barometer;  Flares;  Various type I thru IV PFD's;  Safety harness;  Lifesling; Masthead strobe light;  Hand held search light;  Spreader lights;  Docking lines;  Boathook;  Bow and stern rails with double lifelines ( lifelines new 2015) 3 Taylor fenders;  Canvas covers include full custom cabin and cockpit cover, mainsail cover, UV cover on jib;  2015 Sunbrella dodger;  Custom fitted white vinyl closed cell cockpit cushions;  New 2020 cockpit awning;  Fairclough custom winter cover (never used); Pillows, blankets, cookware, glassware and flatware;  Lavac head; Taylor kerosene gimbaled stove with oven;  SS sink with pressure hot and cold water;  large ice chest with a SeaFrost cold plate for ice trays and refrigeration.

Nutshell pram with sailing rig and Shaw and Tenney oars 


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.


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Disclaimer: 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(7520407)