Sea Ray 38 Sundancer — By Elizabeth Ginns Britten
— January 2006
Part 2: The galley, immediately to port of the cockpit stairs, is accented in rich-looking, grain-matched cherry.
With testing complete, I turned the wheel back over to McCloud to save a little time (the sky was beginning to cloud over) and went below via the 24-inch-wide curved door and down a few steps into the saloon/galley area to check things out. That door, by the way, slides way back on its tracks, so it lets plenty of light and air enter the saloon and galley (two opening ports on either side of the forward master let in even more). But since it was 90ºF and felt like 1,000-percent humidity, we decided to fire up the 7.3-kW Kohler genset (located in the engine room) and 18,000-Btu Cruisair reverse-cycle air conditioning, both of which are standard. The galley, immediately to port of the cockpit stairs, is accented in rich-looking, grain-matched cherry and has the amenities you need for a long weekend away or a day of entertaining: two-burner Kenyon cooktop, 3.9-cubic-foot Waeco refrigerator and 1.6-cubic-foot freezer, and microwave. However, that microwave—and the DVD player located just above—will be hard to reach for some. It’s about six feet off the sole, so I had to stand on one of the cockpit steps to access it. A standard 20-inch Zenith LCD TV drops down from the galley overhead and is viewable from the Ultraleather dinette settee directly to starboard, which seats four adults and has a high-gloss cherry table.
The 38’s two-stateroom, one-head layout is plenty comfortable for weekend cruisers, either a family with one or two young children or a couple who occasionally overnights with another couple. The forward stateroom features a queen island berth (with innerspring mattress), hanging lockers on the port and starboard sides, and a standard 17-inch Zenith LCD TV/DVD player. There’s private access to the port-side head, which is also accessible from the saloon. The head features a VacuFlush MSD, mirrored medicine cabinet, and separate compartment with a roomy, stand-up shower with 6'2" headroom.
The midcabin, at the after end of the saloon under the bridge deck, offers slightly more than five-foot headroom and has sliding curtains that, when drawn, separate the stateroom from the saloon for privacy, so it’d be fine for kids or adults. It’s not a particularly bright space, a common situation in a midcabin, but there is a small porthole and port lights on both sides of the L-shape Ultraleather settee that converts into a double berth. My test boat featured the optional 15-inch Toshiba flat-screen TV/DVD combo. And in case your guests would prefer an airier space, or you just like to cruise with a crowd, the dinette converts to yet another berth.
I found the 38 to be so comfortable that once I was back at the dock, I wanted to linger for a while and get really comfy. But there was a video crew—and a hurricane—on the way. So I packed up my test gear and headed for the airport. And although the afternoon was a whirlwind (no pun intended), I had enough time to get to know the 38. She’s not only sleek-looking, but also has a long list of standard equipment, good performance, and predictable handling. She’s a perfect vessel to get the whole gang together for fun on the water and under the sun. That is, unless there’s a hurricane on the horizon.
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This article originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.