Sparkman & Stephens Aqua Lady 38

Classic & Performance
£25,995.00 (Approx €30,866) Reduced
  • Boat REF#  ·  331600
  • Length  ·  11.58m
  • Year  ·  1982
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Fin
  • Sleeping berths  ·  7
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 30hp, Volvo D130 ()
  • Lying  ·  La Rapita
Boatshed La Rapita
Boatshed La Rapita
Tomasz Zaprzala

Extra Details

Lying La Rapita
Fuel capacity 90.9 ltr Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 318.2 ltr Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 22.7 ltr Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 30hp
Engine make and model Volvo D130 ()
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Drive saildrive
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

130S Volvo Saildrive


Length 11.58m
LWL 8.84m
Beam 3.35m
Draft Min 1.83m
Draft Max 1.83m
Displacement 7,500kg
Storage On marina


Sloop rigged Aluminium spars () with Stainless Steel standing rigging ()


Reefing mainsail - Slab (2024)
Headsail - Furling ()

High aspect rig, keel stepped with slab reefing. Profurl reefing head sail. Spinnaker pole. Lightening protection on the back stay.
Most running rigging changed over the last 4 years. Standing rigging last checked 2017.
Rutgerson large genoa cars, with new 32mm T Track 2014.
Stack pack and lazy jack system new 2017.
Mainsail new 2024.
Genoa good condition serviced 2024.
Small cruising chute.


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Paint finish

Lead Fin Keel - Keel beam replaced 2005, keel checked, faired and epoxied 2018.
Rudder with skeg - removed and rebuilt 2018.
In 2013 the deck was treated to 4 coats of polyester gelcoat, plus textured gelcoat. The topsides were prepared and 3 coats of epoxy primer and an Awlgrip topcoat applied. This was done by Pedros Yacht Ltd. At the same time various deck ware was replaced.
Water main tank 65 gallons (not used) Day Tank 5 gallons.


Total # of berths 7
No. of single berths 7
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)

2017 new electric water heater

2 burner Stove


Pressurised water system
Hot water system

2017 new electric water heater

2 burner Stove

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover

3 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
Electric windlass
1 anchors
2 lewmar 28 2 speed self-tailers
2 lewmar 40 2 speed
2 Barient 2 speed
1 barient mast winch.

Broker's Comments

She is a S&S Aqua Lady 38 class cruising/racing yacht. Built essentially as a Swan and marketed as the Aqua Lady 38. The Swan 38 was built by Nautor, and after 1979 the moulds were transferred to a nearby yard and production continued for a few years.

The S&S 38 is an easy boat to sail with wide decks, she handles beautifully on all points of sailing, and can be relied on to make ground to windward in a gale with heavy seas. She is a great all-rounder and is very well behaved going astern for marina manoeuvres.

This boat has benefited from constant investment; she has a new main sail and serviced genoa, modern engine and saildrive, radar and AIS. Some of the equipment is basic but effective. The solar set up and new lithium house battery really makes life more comfortable. She is easily sailed solo, is tough and sturdy but great to sail, old yes but with many positives.

A lot of boat for the money.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Sparkman & Stephens Aqua Lady 38 has been personally photographed and viewed by Tomasz Zaprzala of Boatshed La Rapita. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

I bought her in 2011, I thought she was beautiful with a surprising amount of space inside.

Why are you selling her?

After 13 years of ownership and a growing family I am looking for something a bit different.

Where have you sailed her?

I have sailed her all round the south coast of the UK, as well as France, Spain, Portugal, and the Mediterranean.

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