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2003 ShearWater 38

Sorrento, Maine


This 2003 cold-molded ShearWater 38 "Amanda" is as classic as they come!  Built by Snug Harbor Boatworks and designed by reputable Maine designer Carroll Lowell, she is the epitome of a Downeast cruiser.  "Amanda" was very well cared for by her current owners with several recent improvements like: New Furuno touch screen GPS Plotter; new helm/passenger seats; new Trim tabs as well as new protective prop cage (all added in 2019.)  She has a very desirable bright and open interior layout and is perfect for coastal cruising or longer passage-making.  "Amanda" is a Downeast classic any Yachtsman would be proud to own!  


BLM Yacht Sales / Fall River is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Lyman-Morse Yacht Brokerage.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Amanda
Make: ShearWater
Model: 38
Year: 2003
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Builder: Snug Harbor Yachts
Designer: Carroll Lowell
Construction: Wood
Boat Hull ID: 1150004
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 38 ft / 11.58 m
Length Overall: 38'6 ft / 11.73 m
Waterline Length: 36'8 ft / 11.18 m
Beam: 13 ft / 3.96 m
Max Draft: 4 ft / 1.22 m
Displacement: 20,000 lb
Electrical Circuit: 12 V
Single Berths: 2
Double Berths: 1
Cabins Count: 1

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Cummins
  • Rope Cutter: true
  • Model: 6CTA8.3-M3
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 450hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 4 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 2003
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Onan Genset 6.5KW
  • Model: 5MDKUB-1339
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Type: Other
  • Year: 2003
  • Engine Hours: 155
Total Engine Power: 450hp
Cruising Speed: 13 kn
Maximum Speed: 16 kn
Displacement Type: Half Load


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 375 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 200 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 40 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Downeast


"Amanda" is a 38' Downeast-style cruiser and designed by Carroll Lowell with  input from builder, Jeff Gray at Snug Harbor Yachts.  Her hull was cold-molded and consists of two layers of Western red cedar over Douglas fir - tongue & Groove planking.

Beautifully finished with Mahogany joinery, she is spacious and open with a generous beam.  Her side decks are wide and uncluttered and she boasts a gorgeous classic butterfly hatch on her cabin trunk.

Powered by a 450 HP Cummins turbocharged diesel, she is economical at her 13 kt cruise and tops out around 16 kts.  She is very responsive and manageable around the docks with her electric bow thruster and large rudder.

The 6.5KW Onan Genset (only 155 hrs!) provides more than enough power to avoid any power management while on the hook.

"Amanda" has been very well maintained and continually improved by her owner.  Her appearance and overall condition reflect the pride of ownership and light use.  A definite rare and classic vessel!


AMANDA has an amazingly open and spacious interior with sleeping accommodations for four; with owner's stateroom forward and L-shaped settee in main salon that converts to a bunk for two.  The galley is down and to port of the head.  The forward cabin has two 7' long single berths (one port and one stbd) with a chest of Mahogany drawers fitted between.  The mattresses are constructed of three foam densities, totaling 5" thick.  Additional storage is located in a drawer below the berths.  There is a hanging locker forward and behind a sliding panel with stained glass mirror.  A gorgeous classic Butterfly hatch above provides excellent light and is finished in mahogany.

The U-shaped galley below is opposite the enclosed head.  The head includes a shower, teak grate, teak grate over toilet seat, vanity, stained glass mirror and ventilation overhead. The electric push button freshwater toilet is by Raritan Atlantes and includes a macerator.

The main salon is very open and spacious; terrific for entertaining.  The starboard helm station includes a sliding door to starboard; great for ventilation and visibility while docking.  The custom helm seat also provides storage for charts and has a drop-front bar with bottle rack.  The Nav area is to port and features a chart table with book rack.  Aft and to port, is a drop leaf dinette table that lowers to convert into a double berth.  A custom bookcase with locker storage below is opposite to starboard.  The interior cushions are fabricated in "Hunter Green" Ultrasuede.  Four removable sections of teak and holly cabin sole provide excellent access to the main engine.


The u-shaped Galley is equipped with a two-burner propane range, Sharp Carousel convection/microwave oven, Nova Kool Model RFS6100 2-door refrigerator/freezer (110volts AC or 12 volts DC), stainless steel sink with pressurized hot and cold water, refrigerated ice box next to sink (AC and DC), Corian countertops and built-in dish, cup, glassware and wine bottle rack.


The DC electrical system operates via 12v panel and powered by (3) 12v 8D batteries; one for starting and two for House.  In addition, there is a 12v Group 27 genset battery.  The Bass breaker distribution panel includes both voltmeter and amp meter (analog).  The batteries can be charged via a Heart Combi 25 battery charger/inverter with Link 2000 monitor.  Shore power is available via 110v 30 amp plug and includes 50' shore power cord, 15 amp adapters and 50 amp splitter.  110v power can also be produced by onboard Onan 6.5KW genset; very quiet in its dedicated sound shield and water separator exhaust.

Electronics and Navigation

New "touch screen" Furuno GPS plotter installed in 2019.  Icom IC M-502 VHF with DSC, Simrad IS-15 multifunction display and Simrad AP-20 autopilot.

Engine and Mechanical

Engine and Drivetrain:  Cummins 6CTA8.3-M3 450HP turbo-charged six cylinder freshwater cooled diesel.  Airsep air separator system.  Dual Racor 900 MA fuel filters.  Groco AGR 2000 raw/seawater strainer.  Twin-Disk MG-507-5A 2:1 transmission.  Custom engine mounts matched to Evolution Marine Shaft system.  FloScan Feul monitor system.  28" x 26" 4-blade bronze propeller on 2" stainless steel shaft.  Shark tooth shaft line cutter and custom prop cage.  Approx 400 hrs on main engine (HR meter DNW)

Genset:  Onan 5 MDKUB-1339 three-cylinder 6.5KW diesel with raw water sep exhaust system and mounted in sound shield under aft cockpit teak sole.  Racor 500 FG fuel filter.  Approx 155 Hrs.

Bow thruster:  Vetus 

Windlass:  Ideal vertical electrical windlass with rope/chain gypsy and controls at helm as well as bow.

Cold molded construction

The hull is constructed of 1/4" Western Red Cedar diagonally planked in alternating directions over one layer of longitudinal 5/8" x 1" Douglass fir tongue -in-groove planks.  The three layers are cold molded with West System epoxy.  One layer of 10oz fiberglass cloth is applied to the exterior and flood-coated with West System epoxy.  The final hull thickness is 1/1/4".  The interior surface of the hull is also coated with epoxy.  The exterior is primed and painted with several coats of Blue Awlgrip paint.  Deck is off-white and includes non-skid in paint.  Cockpit sole is raw teak planking.


The foredeck consists of four layers of 1/" marine plywood laminated with epoxy.  The side decks are 1" marine plywood.  Decks are set on 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" laminated Douglas fir beams and are covered with Dynel cloth and epoxy; providing a waterproof non-skid surface.

The cockpit is self-bailing.  Cockpit deck consists of one layer of 5/8" marine plywood with 1/2" overlay of teak planking.  Two hatches with hydraulic lifts provide access to the rudder post, genset, freshwater components and storage.  A propane locker and cockpit bench with storage under are built in aft.  The bench seat cushion and backrest are made of closed-cell foam and covered in Sunbrella fabric.  The cockpit area is very large; 10' x 10'.  A full width teak swim platform with folding stainless steel ladder is attached to the transom.

All exterior surfaces, excluding teak, are primed and coated with Awlgrip paint "sand."  Cabin sides and cabin trunk color is "oyster white".  All glass in main cabin windows and sliding cockpit door is tinted laminated safety glass.  The cockpit door is laminated with teak and mahogany; matching the exterior and interior woods nicely.  The transom is teak, v-groove planked, and finished with several coats of varnish.  All hardware, opening ports, cleats, mooring bit, windlass, grabrails, handrails, bow pulpit and search light are bronze.

Classic overhead Butterfly Hatch over forward stateroom is finished in many coats of varnish.  Dorade boxes include bronze vents and are over head and galley.

Additional Inventory

45 lb CQR with chain and rode

Fortress Anchor

Life-ring throw buoy

Remotely operated bronze Perko spot light mounted on cabin-top

3 windshield wipers

2 submersible bilge pumps

Dock lines and fenders.

USCG safety equipment


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.

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