Stark Bay 38

The Stark Bay 38 is a traditionally styled monohull designed around the needs of a couple undertaking short coastal cruises. After thoroughly reviewing just how the boat was to be used, overnight accommodation was limited to four and the top speed limited to 24 knots. Reducing the speed from 32 to 24 knots halved power requirements and the savings allowed the size of the boat to be increased slightly and a more generous interior fitted. Continuing in the same theme, the hull was optimized for a speed of 17 knots. The end result is a light, practical and economical boat that is a perfect match to its husband and wife crew.

This boat is an absolute gem with superb ride and handling. Practicality and efficiency follow through into the simple, open layout. The owners’ cabin is generous with a large double birth and plenty of storage space. Lashings of huon pine and western red cedar feature in the main saloon which includes a galley, wine cellar and an additional fold-out double bed. Built by traditional Fremantle boat builder, Chris Bowman, this 38 foot craft is constructed in a cedar cored epoxy/glass composite.

For would-be boat owners, building to the proven Stark Bay theme, with similar hull shape, engine and propulsion arrangement would provide an ideal basis for a picnic boat, coastal cruiser or live-aboard power boat.

Length 11.5m
Beam 3.6m
Power Cummins 370B
Propulsion Castoldi TD06