Herreshoff 38 AU $129,000

Boat detail
Price AU $129,000
Length 11.75m  |  39ft
Location Sydney NSW
Year 1956

Now sold by Flagstaff Marine.

A truly stunning classic yacht, "Sylvena" is a Herreshoff 38 sloop, built by W L Homes and Co. In Sydney in 1955 and launched in 1956 at Lavender Bay.

"Sylvena" has competed in three Sydney Hobarts, 1959,1961 and 1968 and is a regular in the Sydney Classic Regattas. Spending the majority of her life in NSW, she had a 15 year period based in Tasmania but was more recently returned to her Sydney Harbour base by her current owners.

Now rigged with an aluminium mast, she retains the original timber boom with hull made from Oregon planking over spotted gum frames.

She was repowered in 2013 and has had significant work in recent years with the cabin, cockpit and bright-work painted in September 2019 / Hull sprayed in September 2019 / Standing Rigging replaced 2016 / new Norths 3Di Nordac mainsail and #1 headsail (Nov 2019).

She is a beautifully maintained vessel retaining all of her classic charm internally and externally.

New Antifoul December 2020 and a survey dated January 2017 is available on request.

"Sylvena" is your chance to own a truly classic Sydney Harbour yacht, contact Jay McEvoy at Flagstaff Marine for further details or to arrange an inspection.

Now sold by Flagstaff Marine.


Vessel Name Sylvena
Launch Year 1956
Beam 3m  |  10ft
Draft 1.77m  |  6ft
Displacement 8,000kg
Hull construction Timber
Timber Carvel planked in Oregon over laminated Spotted Gum ribs, Copper fastened
Engine hours 220
Deck Material Laid Teak over Sheathed Plywood
Designer L. Francis Herreshoff, USA
Builder W. L. Holmes and Co., Sydney
Registration Number AKI809N
Registration Expiry 28/11/2021

Engine / Machinery

Engine Make Nanni
Engine Description Repowered in 2013 - last service Apr 2019
Number of Engines 1
Engine Hours 220
Horsepower 38HP
Fuel Capacity 85L
Fuel Consumption 4-5 ltr/hr at cruising speed
Fuel Type Diesel
Maximum Speed 7.5 knots
Cruise Speed 6 knots
Propulsion Shaft with dripless seal - Autostream 17" Feathing Prop (new 2013).

Deck Hardware / Fittings

Ground Tackle Muir Electric anchor winch with power up / down controls on fore-deck, Mason 451b CQR anchor with 50m of galvinised 10mm short link chain (New December 2020) / additional Large Fisherman's anchor
Covers Canvas covers from bow to stern - New (August 2019)


Accommodation Description Forward Cabin: Double berth with storage under, Just aft to port is an Enclosed head with Toilet, Shower and Hand basin and storage locker opposite, Saloon: Fitted with Settee berths to port and starboard. New Sunbrella foam and upholstery in Cabin and Cockpit (September 2019)
Cabins 2
Berths 6
Shower Internal - Cold
Toilet 1 x Jabsco manual
Entertainment Fusion Apollo MS-SRX400 Marine Stereo with 3 x Fusion MS-FR6021 Outside Speakers in the Cabin


Refrigeration Ice Box
Stove 2 Burner Metho
Water Capacity 120L
Hot Water System No

Safety Equipment

Safety Gear Cat 7
Bilge Pumps TBA
Epirb GME 406mhz Epirb with GPS (New September 2019)
Life Jackets 6 x PFD1 (new 2019)
Flares Inshore set
Fire Protection 3 x extinguishers & 1 x Fire Blanket


Electrics 12V Electrical system with switch board and isolator switch, 1 X 12V Engine start battery (New September 2019) 2 X 6V 225ah Deep cycle House batteries (New September 2019) Spreader Deck lights.
Electronics / Navigation B & G Zeus3 (new 2019) Chart plotter with complete set of Eastern Seaboard Charts and fully integrated (2019) with the Raymarine Instruments, B & G V60 VHF Radio (new 2019) with DSC and AIS Receive, B & G H60 Wireless Handset for VHF Radio (new 2019), B & G ZG100 GPS Antenna (new 2019). Raymarine Tiller pilot (New 2006). Raymarine ST60 Speed/Log, Wind and Depth instruments (New 2007/8).

Sail / Rigging

Deck Gear 2 X Anderson 52 S/T Two-speed primary winches, 2 X Anderson 28 S/T
Two-speed secondary winches, 2 X Lewmar 16 two-speed halyard winches on cabin top with 2 x Spinlock Triple Stainless 8-14 mm Rope Clutches (new 2019), 2 X Bottom handle Bronze halyard winches on Mast. Stainless steel Pushpit, Pulpit, Stanchions and Life lines (New 2016, checked and re-fixed December 2020), Fenders and mooring lines.
Sail Inventory 1 X North Sails 3Di Nordac fully battened Mainsail (New November 2019, used 5 times) 2 Reef points and single line reefing. 1 X No. 1 North Sails 3Di Nordac Headsail for Furler with UV protector strip (New November 2019), 1 X No. 3 Dacron Headsail for Furler (Excellent condition) 1 X Dacron Tri-sail (Excellent condition) 1 X MPS in sock (Excellent condition)
Mast / Rigging Aluminium Mast and Spinnaker pole with Timber boom (Excellent
Condition with original bronze fittings) Deck stepped (New Stainless Steel Step 2016), Single spreader mast-head rig. 1 X 19 Stainless steel rigging and Turnbuckles (New 2016) Headsail Furler (New 2016).

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