Neff Yacht Sales / Used 38 foot BENETEAU 38s5 Cruising Sailboat - TRANSPOSITION



1994 • 38' (11.71 m) • Cruising Sailboat
United States

$47,500 USD

The Beneteau First 38s5 was introduced in 1989 and continued in production until 1995,with 120 hulls completed. The design was a collaboration of designers Jean Berret and Philippe Starck, who designed the interior.

Jean Berret, who was responsible for the hull and rig, designed what was to become one of Beneteau's most successful fractional rigs. The design he achieved created a very fast boat that could be raced competitively and yet easily handled by a cruising couple. The 38s5 handles responsively in all wind conditions, from light to heavy air, close hauled, on a reach or down wind.

The hull of the 38s5 is constructed of solid GRP laminates. The integrated GRP grid system is bonded into the hull and used to transfer the rig loads evenly throughout the hull structure. The decks are composite, with a variety of core materials in different areas and have radiused transitions from the house top to the deck and non-skid over the entire house and deck surface. The interior makes extensive use of GRP liners, with pre-cut and fabricated modules. The bulkheads are all bonded 360 degrees into both the hull and deck, which results in a light but extremely rigid structure.

All halyards and sail controls are led aft to the cockpit and concealed under fiberglass panels so that there is nothing to foul or trip over. The grab rails are recessed into the cabin top as well, so they are out of the way and not trip hazards while working on deck. Ten line clutches keep the winches free to use as you choose.

The unique interior, designed by Philippe Starck, is a wonderful contrast of mahogany, marble counters and aluminum trim. Spacious and attractive, the two private staterooms/ two head interior provide the comforts cruisers want. There is good storage, a well thought out galley and plenty of privacy for owners and guests.

Sleek and stylish, the Beneteau 38s5 offers the perfect blend of performance, comfort, and style in a manner that is sure to satisfy the racer at heart as well as the practical cruiser.

If you are looking for a boat with great sailing performance, the creature comforts you don't normally expect on a race boat and at an affordable price, TRANSPOSITION is worthy of your own personal inspection. Call and make an appointment to see her before she is gone!


Vessel Information

Model: 38s5
Model Year: 1994
Type: Sailboat
Category: Cruising Sailboat
Condition: Used

LOA: 38' (11.71 m)
Beam Feet: 12' (3.76 m)
Draft Feet: 0' (0.00 m)
Engine Info: 43 HP, Single, Inboard, Diesel, Volvo
Sleeps: 6
Staterooms: 2

Location: Middle River, Maryland United States
City: Middle River
Country: United States


Forward stateroom: Starting forward is a 6'5" x 60" x 14" v-berth, with lots of storage beneath it. Along the hull sides is a padded liner. Fiddled shelves run the length of both hullsides and have mahogany sliding door fronts. On starboard is a nightstand with double mirrored doors above and double doors beneath; both with shelves inside. Lighting and ventilation provided by an overhead hatch with shade, an opening port, one overhead light, two reading lights and a 12V fan. Headroom is 5'11".

Forward Head: The ensuite head is located on port in the forward cabin. The full fiberglass enclosure makes for easy wipe down. The head is directly in front as you enter, with the round sink to the right. There is a locker beneath the sink and a mirrored locker above. There is a fold-down shower seat over the head. Along the hull is a mirrored locker with shelves. Lighting and ventilation is provided by an overhead hatch and an overhead light. Headroom is 5'11".

Saloon: The saloon area is quite spacious and has comfortable seating for 6-8 people. The mahogany dinette table is on center and a drop-leaf with a herringbone pattern. There is bottle storage accessed through the top of the table. The opposing settees have ergonomically designed seating for good back support. Beneath each settee is a water tank, while above and behind are fiddled shelves and top loading storage bins. There is shelving with sliding doors above them running the full-length of the saloon, nav and galley. Lighting and ventilation for these areas are provided by six opening ports, three dorade vents, two 12v fans, three overhead lights and a reading light. Headroom is 6'2".

Nav station: Located on starboard, the nav station has a round pedestal seat. The chart table is large enough to easily accommodate a chartbook and has generous storage beneath it. Additionally, at the end, there is a peninsula end fiddled counter area and a locker beneath it with shelves. Electronics and electrical panels are outboard and within easy reach. Headroom is 6'1".

Galley: The L-shaped galley is located on port at the base of the companionway. the peninsula shaped counter has tall fiddles that provide great handholds and two deep round stainless steel sinks. There is a curved swing-out door for the trash bin on the end of the peninsula beneath the outer sink; the other sink has a pull-out wire rack storage unit beneath it. There is a tip front silverware holder on the dinette side, where you need it. The large refrigerated icebox, approximately 6 cubic feet, between the sink and the hullside. Moving around along the hullside is the stove and oven, with bin storage beneath it for pots and pans. Above the stove is another shelf area for miscellaneous items. The locker above that has peg storage for dishware organization. Headroom in the galley area is 6'1".

Aft Head: The aft head is located on starboard at the base of the companionway. Upon entering, there is a large radiused countertop with a sink along the hullside; a curved grab bar goes in front of that for safety underway. There is a locker beneath the sink and cubbies on either side with fiddled shelves. Above the counter and behind the sink is a shelf nook with a stainless fiddle and a small round port above it. On either side of that are mirrored door lockers. The toilet is at the aft end of the space and has a fiberglass shower seat that can be lowered down over it. A wet locker with a fiddled shelf above it is along the hull by the head and aft of the sink counter. Lighting and ventilation provided by one fixed light, one opening port, and one overhead fluorescent light. Headroom 5'9".

Aft Stateroom: As you enter the aft cabin there is a full height hanging locker with a fiddled shelf above it, a changing seat and then another locker aft of that. Above the changing seat are two shelves, with a small opening port above them. At 77" x 68" x 50" the berth is quite spacious. There is a sloped padded backrest in the area behind the engine box with a shelf behind it. Lighting and ventilation are provided a curved housetop light and two opening ports. Additionally, there are 2 smaller halogen lights and an overhead light. Headroom is 5'10".

  • Mahogany interior with brushed aluminum trim
  • Mahogany and ebony cabin sole
  • Cabin sole boards lift for access to the bilge
  • Roller blinds for all ports concealed in handrails


  • Top loading fridge with 12v. Frigoboat refrigeration
  • Frigoboat digital display
  • Whale foot pump for ice box pump out or sea water
  • Eno 2-burner LPG stove with oven
  • Pot clamps
  • 6# aluminum propane tank
  • Electric solenoid safety switch
  • Round stainless steel sinks (2)
  • Single lever stainless steel hot/cold pressure water mixer
  • Curved swing-out door with trash bin


Forward head:

  • Molded fiberglass enclosure
  • Jabsco manual head
  • Fold-down shower seat
  • Round stainless steel sink
  • Single lever water mixer with pull out shower wand
  • Curved stainless steel grab rail
  • Molded non-skid floor
  • Electric shower sump pump

Aft head:

  • Molded fiberglass enclosure
  • Raritan Elegance fresh water flush electric head
  • Y-valve for overboard discharge
  • Fiberglass counter
  • Round stainless steel sink
  • Single lever water mixer with pull out shower wand
  • Wet locker with fiddled shelf above
  • Molded non-skid floor
  • Electric shower sump pump


  • Raritan 6 gallon hot water heater
  • Par fresh water pump
  • Par electric bilge pump
  • Cockpit manual bilge pump
  • Transom shower (cold water)
  • AC condensation drains to the bilge


  • Lead ballasted fin/bulb keel
  • Spade rudder
  • Slotted aluminum toe rail
  • Toe rail mounted mooring cleats with rollers (6)
  • Wichard pad eyes on toe rails (4)
  • Double bow roller
  • Lewmar plow anchor with 98' of 5/16" chain and ½" nylon rode
  • Lewmar horizontal electric windlass with up and down foot switches
  • Cambered deck with rail to rail non-skid surface
  • Aluminum flush-mounted grab rails on housetop
  • Port, starboard and stern lifeline gates
  • Stern rail seats with cupholders (2)
  • Full cockpit bimini with windshield panels
  • Teak cockpit grate
  • Pad eyes for jack lines (2)
  • Cockpit pad eyes (2)
  • Swim scoop
  • Stainless steel swim ladder
  • D/L ratio: 211


  • Below deck roller furling headstay
  • Deck stepped swept back double spreader mast
  • Discontinuous rod rigging
  • Tides Marine strong track
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Aluminum spinnaker pole
  • Mast mounted spinnaker pole track and car
  • Goiot adjustable genoa cars
  • Harken mainsheet track and car
  • Mid boom sheeting
  • Spectra 10:1 backstay adjuster
  • Lewmar 2 speed #46 chrome self-tailing primary winches (2)
  • Lewmar 2 speed #30 chrome self-tailing secondary winches (2)
  • Lewmar 2 speed #30 chrome self-tailing housetop control winches (2)
  • Spinlock line clutches (12)
  • All lines led aft below deck to cockpit
  • North spinnaker with separate sheets, guys, 4 snatch blocks) dip pole jibe, good condition ('03)
  • Quantum Kevlar #1 155% tri-radial, good condition ('05)
  • Chesapeake Sailmakers #2 145% laminate Genoa with scrim and foam luff, good condition ('12)
  • Quantum #3 110% blade, roller furling battens (1missing), good condition ('06)
  • Dacron main sail with 2 reef points & 2 full battens, servicable/ good condition
  • Stack pack with lazy jacks
  • Spinnaker halyards (2)
  • I: 47'1"
  • J: 12'10"
  • P: 47'11"
  • E: 15'5"
  • SA/D: 22.88


  • Aluminum 29 gallon fuel tank
  • Volvo Penta 2003T 43HP 3 cylinder fresh water cooled turbo diesel engine
  • Engine S/N 2300051152-868223
  • Racor 500 fuel filter/water separator with flame bowl
  • 30mm stainless steel propeller shaft
  • Vented dripless shaft seal
  • Flex-O-Fold two-blade folding propeller
  • Goiot 47" wheel with wheel brake
  • Plastimo compass
  • CruiseAir 16,000BTU reverse cycle heat/air conditioning


  • Two 30A shore power connectors
  • 50' 30A shore power cord
  • 110V electrical panel with circuit breakers
  • 110V receptacles throughout with GFCI protection
  • Bass 12v electrical panel with voltage meter
  • Balmar 100A alternator
  • Balmar ARS-5 Smart Sensor voltage regulator
  • Sentry 10A battery charger
  • Heart Link 20 battery monitor
  • Duracell Group 34 AGM House
  • Duracell Group 31 AGM Starting battery
  • 12v receptacle at nav
  • Spreader lights


  • Mast bracket with 3 Raymarine ST60 multi displays
  • Raymarine mast instrument remote control
  • Raymarine A60 chart plotter
  • Navionics all in one US chart chip
  • Autohelm GPS
  • Autohelm ST50 Tridata
  • Autohelm ST50 Wind
  • Autohelm ST7000 auto pilot (screen inop, mechanism works)
  • Autohelm multi display at Nav
  • Icom IC-M402 VHF radio with DSC
  • ICOM Command Mic II RAM mic
  • Maxima stereo with cassette, graphic equalizer and weather band receiver
  • Magnavox CD player
  • Polk audio speakers in saloon


  • Dock lines
  • Fenders
  • Boat hook
  • Emergency tiller
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Outboard motor pad
  • Brass Chronometer
  • Brass Barometer
  • Brass Ships time & tide clock


Owner's personal effects and any items not specifically described in this listing


Potential purchasers should assume that any items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his/her agents or his/her surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes or withdrawal from market without notice.

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