Caprio’s First impression:
Small open boats have always tickled my fancy, and the Osprey 38 from Wajer is among the coolest. Stylish, luxurious, and fast, she’s a BMW Z4 for the watery set.
Growing up along the banks of the Monongahela River in the eponymous city about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I regularly swooned over the mahogany runabouts from Chris-Craft, Lyman, Hacker, and Gar Wood to’ing and fro’ing on summer days. Varnished hulls, sparkling chrome hardware, and windshield frames, plus the sound of inline sixes or V-8s snorting epithets through barely muffled exhausts, sent me to the dizzying heights of fantasy.
I never grew out of that fascination, but nowadays, shiny gelcoat, the warp and woof of carbon fiber, and the purring exhaust of economical clean-running diesels fill my fantasies. So, one look at the Osprey 38 stirred my driver’s soul.
Wajer’s design team has given us one of the cleanest, most honestly sculpted designs of the present day. The thrust of her stem, echoed in the reverse transom, leaves no doubt about the Osprey’s speedy mission. At the same time, her sheerline has exactly the right amount of spring to keep the boat from looking like a brute. Her graceful wrap-around windshield, terminating in a chrome comma on each side, makes the cockpit fit for a princess.
In boats of this ilk, the cockpit commands center stage. Predominantly finished in leather and matte-black anodized aluminum, the Osprey’s cockpit recalls that of a high-performance sports car, except that the helm is on the centerline. A 15-inch LED monitor gives the driver all of the data he needs, and he can see it in direct sunlight. The captain’s chair and both of the chairs flanking it sit on adjustable gas-pressure springs and dampers. The cockpit has about an acre of lounging space divided among opposing bench seats immediately abaft the helm and a sunpad abaft those. A convertible fabric top protects the entire cockpit.
Beneath the bubble of a trunk cabin, we find a V-berth (perhaps best suited for an afternoon nap), inline galley, and a fully enclosed head with a separate shower stall. A hanging locker is at the base of the companionway on the port side.
Even better, you can have a one-of-a-kind Osprey thanks to the optional colors offered for the hull and cockpit. Let your imagination soar.
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- Builder: Wajer
- Model: Osprey 38
- Year: 2015
- Base Price: upon request
- LOA: 37'1"
- Draft: 3'0" (hull only)
- Beam: 12'4"
- Displacement: 18,000 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 277 gal.
- Water Capacity: 45 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/435-hp Volvo D6-DP IPS600 diesels
- Top Speed: 45 knots (approx.)
This article originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.