1990 Beneteau MOORINGS 38










Deltaville, VA
$59,900 USD
38 ft
5.17 ft
12.17 ft
53 ft









(1) 23|gallon
(1) 100|gallon

Rubicon is loaded with gear and unique upgrades and options! Her owners have cruised her and loved her for 19 years.  During that time they have customized the boat on many levels, to make life on board more convenient and cruising safer.  Every detail has been thought through before executing – from custom retractable davits, to interior lights having a white/red option; from extending the v-berth in the bow, to replacing the pesky, original vinyl hull liner, which was prone to sagging, with elegant wooden slats and so much more. 

The interior of the Moorings 38 is the fabulous Beneteau ‘art nouveau’ styling of the late 1980’s to early 1990’s, with rounded cabinets and soft edges juxtaposed with simple straight lines. The M38 is unusual for a 38 foot boat in that it has 2 heads, so is ideal for a family or a 2 couples. 

Designed originally as a racer-cruiser, the M38 performs well in both light air and heavy air conditions. It is easy to climb aboard from the sugar scoop transom and the cockpit is not only convivial, it has a lot of storage. 

Some interesting upgrades and customizations are:

Lead keel (most Beneteaus have cast iron keels)

2-Cabin, 2-head layout

Aluminum trim below

Custom Retractable Davits

Custom mounts for Solar Panels

Wind Generator

ROCNA 44lb primary anchor w/ 150′ high tensile chain (2020) & 250′ rode

2 Composting heads

WIFI booster

Garmin 3210 Chartplotter

Emtrak Class B AIS (Transceiver)

Upgraded refrigeration (Dometic)

Anchor washdown (Fresh or Salt water)

Full Enclosure (2020)

New Bimini (2020)

Custom sheaves on boom

Custom winches on mast for sail raising

Custom polycarbonate storage shelf above galley counter

Custom draining rack & cutting board in galley

Polyethylene water tanks

PUR 35E Watermaker

Extended berth in V-berth w/ new Memory foam mattress

Wooden hull liner strips throughout

… and a lot more.

Rubicon will need  bottom paint and hull compound and wax to spruce up the exterior, but she is pretty much ready to take you across the Rubicon… or wherever else you wish to sail.


This boat is classic  late-80’s-early 90’s Beneteau. Rounded corners to cabinets & vertical rounded windows at the rear of the salon give it an ‘Art Nouveau’ feel. The galley is to port of the companionway with double sink, storage, stove  and ‘marble’ counter tops and custom anodized aluminum trim.  Above counter level is a custom storage shelf, complete with custom ‘stanchion and lifeline’ fiddle & custom lighting.

The aft cabin is behind the galley – with double bunk, cedar strip hull liner and plentiful storage. 

To starboard is the aft head with composting head, vanity, pull out shower & shower curtain.

Forward of the head is a cabinet-cum-countertop-cum-chart table which houses the huge freezer and fridge. They have separate lids and extra insulation. Behind the counter top is the electrical panel and some electronics.

The salon consists of 2 straight settees with a centrally positioned table that has leaves that open up and extend to each settee. Custom cushions w/ velour upholstery are in excellent condition.  The original hull liner has been replaced with elegant mahogany slats. There is a TV on the port, forward bulkhead and clock and barometer on the starboard bulkhead with a magazine holder below.  Storage above and below the settees.

The forward cabin has an extended  v-berth in the bow.  It has a new memory foam mattress with Froli System beneath to stop condensation as well as custom mahogany headboard.  TV on forward bulkhead, mahogany slatted hull liners and storage to starboard.  Head compartment with composting head and basin, to port.

  • Tasco 2-burner Propane stove w/ oven
  • 2 x S/S sinks
  • Pressurized hot and cold water
  • Foot pump  (fresh water)
  • Custom dish rack/draining board fits into right hand sink
  • Custom, removable cutting board adjacent to sink
  •  Pull-out storage cabinet below counter
  • Storage cabinets 
  • Custom polycarbonate  shelf w/ S/S support & ‘stanchion & lifeline’ fiddles above counter.
  • Dometic (air cooled) chest Fridge w/ Freeze,  separate lids, added insulation (starboard)
  • 110V/12 V system

  • 1 x Shorepower outlet

  • 2 x 30 A shorepower cables (50′ & 30′)

  • AirMarine wind generator

  • 4 x solar panels (total 380 W)

  • MPPT Solar controller (w/ spare PWM controller) 

  • 2 x D4 SLA House batteries

  • 1 x Gr 24 SLA Start battery

  • 1 x Gr 24 SLT multi-use battery, can be connected to start if needed
  • MasterVolt ChargeMaster 50 A Battery Charger (new-not installed)

  • 6 Gal water heater

  • PUR 35e WaterMaker w/ new membrane (not installed)

  • LED lights throughout

  • Some lights can switch to red for passagemaking

  • Custom galley lighting

  • Motion sensor lights in heads & galley for night time perambulations
  • 12 V fans

  • Ryobi vacuum cleaner w/ 2 charging stations

  • Autohelm ST 5000+ (linear RAM rebuilt 2020)

  • STOWE Depthsounder (rebuilt 2020)

  • STOWE Knotmeter (rebuilt 2020)

  • Autohelm Wind instrument

  • Garmin 3210 Chartplotter

  • Raymarine 12 Mile Radar (non-functional)

  • 2 x Standard Horizon VHF (helm & chart table)

  • EMTRAK Class B AIS

  • Jensen Stereo

  • 2 x TV w/ DVD players

  • WIFI booster

  • 3GM30  Yanmar engine w/ 1971 hours

  • Motor mounts (2018)

  • Prop shaft (2018)

  • Cutlass bearing (2018)

  • PSS dripless Shaft Seal (2018)

  • Sigma Drive (2018 – aligns shaft & eliminates vibration)

  • 85A Balmar Alternator w/ digital Duo Charge

  • 55A Yanmar Alternator (original = spare)
  • Doyle fully battened mainsail reconditioned 2017 (age unknown- good condition)

  • 120% Doyle Genoa (age unknown – good condition)

  • Battcars on mast track for raising mainsail

  • Goiot genoa furler

  • Doyle Stack Pack w/ lazy jacks (2016)

  • Standing rigging replaced 2002/3
  • Custom winches on mast for topping lift and genoa halyard (2019)

  • Custom Sheaves on boom (2019)

  • ROCNA  20kg anchor w/ 150’ 3/8 G7 chain (2020) & 250’ rode

  • Bruce 33lb w/ 75’ 3/8 G4 Chain & 250’ rode

  • Lewmar electric windlass (rebuilt & rechromed)

  • Anchor washdown (fresh or salt water)

  • Anchor locker

  • Aluminum toe rails

  • Granny bars at mast

  • Teak handholds on coachroof

  • Traveller forward of dodger

  • Dodger (new eisenglas 2019/20)

  • Bimini (2020)

  • Full enclosure (2020)

  • Cockpit cushions (3)

  • Full deck awnings

  • Wheel w/ leather cover

  • Pedestal for chartplotter

  •  Fixed cockpit table w/ cherry insert in leaves

  • 2 x Lewmar ST 46 Primary winches (cockpit forward)

  • 2 x Lewmar ST30 Secondary winches on coachroof

  • 1 x Lewmar ST30  winch (cocpit port aft)

  • Cockpit lazarettes port, starboard and aft

  • Propane locker w/ 2 x 10lb  Aluminum tanks

  • Netting around all stanchions

  • Cockpit shower (cold) on transom

  • Custom retractable davits (can hold up to 200lbs)

  • Custom frame for solar panels 

  •  Radar pole

  • Custom outboard motor lift

  • Transom w/ 2 steps/ sugar scoops

  • Storage in transom step
  • LifeJackets

  • Throwable horseshoe buoy

  • Paratech Sea anchor (unused)

  • Full Deck Awning

  • Docklines

  • Fenders (numerous)

  • Ship’s bell

  • Bosun’s chair

  • Spare fresh water pump

  • Spare stanchion bases

  • Miscellaneous spares

  • Toilet through hull fittings & septic pumpout fitting were removed, plugged, laminated with epoxy resin, cloth etc., faired, epoxy coated and painted.

  • 2 x 100 gram Polyethylene water tanks under salon settees
  • Portland Pudgie dinghy seen in photos does not convey
  • Spectra 150 watermaker seen in video does not convey (smaller one will convey)
  • Disclaimer
    The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

    Jon and Anne Hutchings
    YaZu Yachting
    Deltaville, VA 23043


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