True North 38 Flybridge

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Vessel type – length True North 38 Flybridge Model
Engine Type – Horsepower Yanmar 6 cylinder 480 HP
Economical Cruising Speed 18 knots
Starting location Key Largo, Florida
Final destination Portsmouth, Rhode Island

True North 38 Flybridge!

True North 38 Flybridge! True North 38 Review And Features - This was a great trip full of surprises and unexpected pleasures. We arrived aboard the boat Friday evening to inventory spares and supplies. Rushed to the grocery store to stock up on food and turn in the rental car before they closed at 5pm. The Keys are still the Keys. Saturday morning we arrived at the fuel dock at 645 a.m. As the sign read “Open 7 – 5”, we were surprised that the dock attendant arrived a little after 8 AM. We also noticed the sign “self serve fuel dock”. Well, the Keys are still the Keys.
True North 38 Flybridge

True North 38 Flybridge - After fueling we headed out to Hawks Channel to start our delivery to Rhode Island, a distance of about 1600 miles. Our first day was a heavenly trip through the clear waters of the Keys and up the East Coast past Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Palm Beach and into Fort Pierce for the first evening. Great shakedown trip for us as everything was running fine and the weather was terrific.

True North 38 Review And Features

True North 38 Flybridge! True North 38 Review And Features - Day two the weather started changing but it looked good enough for another day in the ocean. Murphy was waiting for us though, and in the early afternoon it became too rough for running outside. Ponce Inlet is well marked and fortunately the winds were in the right direction for us to dart in between the jetties. We ran the rest of the afternoon in the ICW from just below Daytona Beach to St. Augustine, FL. As the weather deteriorated we kept a close ear to the VHF and overheard a boat that lost a SCUBA Diver off Cape Canaveral. We were too far away to assist in the search but later heard the diver was found and was OK. The wind and currents surely played a role in that escapade.
True North 38 Flybridge

True North 38 Flybridge! True North 38 Review And Features - Day three and the ocean was still too bouncy so we continued up the ICW. Even the inside route was rough. A tornado touched down near us amid wicked wind and thunderstorms. We did not actually see the twister but heard about it on the radio so we headed to Brunswick Landing Marina (GA) hoping for shelter from the high winds. We were protected somewhat but it was still blowing 25-30kts in the marina basin. We discussed plans with an 85 ft Motor Cruiser and agreed the following day should improve according to NOAA. It did, a little bit. We had another Big Boy join our northbound fleet and our parade headed into the ocean, working our throttle constantly to maneuver in the steep seas. We were all getting pounded but the True North 38 was handling things better than we were. Anticipating that the winds would lessen and the seas would be on our bow, we plowed on. A few miles up ahead we watched as the two large yachts gave up and turned around- so we did too- surfing all the way back in. The hull design of the True North was perfect for this type of following sea. But it was too rough 3 miles out of the inlet to risk a full day of getting beat up. NOAA was more optimistic than we were.

True North 38 Flybridge! True North 38 Review And Features - Day four, five and six and then some… the howling winds would not let up. Hilton Head, SC, Charleston Harbor and the Waccamaw River brought us past Georgetown to Wacca Wache Landing marina where we stumbled into BIKE WEEK. Myrtle Beach had their annual bike week and a lot of sharp Harleys were in the parking lot at the marina restaurant. Aside from being crowded we were able to tour all the custom painted bikes in the parking lot. Nice treat after a long day at the helm!
True North 38 Flybridge

True North 38 Flybridge - As we cruise farther up the ICW we hear a radio alert of a tug and barge broken down and tied up to the bridge fender system of the Ocean Isles 65 ft bridge. I didn’t have my tape measure but there wasn’t much open space available for us to pass between the barge and the opposite fender system. (see attached photo). We set out fenders on both sides of the boat just in case we needed them. Fortunately we had no problems. This True North steers like a dream. Later we passed under the Figure Eight Draw Bridge and noticed a sign on the fender boards stating “SUBTRACT 2 FEET”. Never saw that before. The bridge tender said the construction crew forgot to remove that sign when they hung a safety net during maintenance.

True North 38 Flybridge! True North 38 Review And Features - Onslow Bridge at Camp LeJune only opens on the hour so we had 40 minutes to sit and wait. As we idled along we heard rotary noises on the eastern shore. I assumed the marines were playing with an LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) but I got a terrific surprise when I saw an OSPREY jump up and fly off. Then a second OSPREY- no, not the birds. (see photos) These are the tilt wing-rotor STOL aircraft the Marines use. Very exciting to be so close to see and feel them fly.

True North 38 Flybridge - We finally ran out of daylight, stopping in Swansboro, NC at Dudley’s Marina. This is a real country place. Great friendly people eager to help in any way they can. In fact they drove us 2 miles to the closest restaurant and the restaurant drove us back to the boat. The food was great and the southern hospitality is something we miss in the modern world. Of course they had sweet tea to beat the band!

True North 38 Flybridge! True North 38 Review And Features - Up the Bogue Sound, through Morehead City, around Beaufort, NC to the commercial docks where we see a 30ft sportfisherman leaving the ICW heading to sea. The winds are relentless but maybe he knows something about the forecast that we don’t. After seeing him head out we hear a sailboat asking the Town Creek bridge for an opening and was told they could not operate the bridge in 45 knot winds. Wow, was it that bad? Thank goodness for the protection of the ICW.

True North 38 Flybridge! True North 38 Review And Features - Heading north from Adams Creek, past Oriental and into the Neuse River you can take a shortcut through Croatan Sound (Manteo) that will save you half a day in a trawler and is easy to navigate. You can completely miss the Alligator Pungo Canal and of course, the Alligater River bridge. This will take you right into Camden Point back in the ICW on the way to Coinjock, NC. As we cruise along the short cut listening to the VHF we learned a 30ft foot sportfisherman ran hard aground in Hatteras Inlet. We recognized the boat’s name as the same one we saw earlier heading out of Beaufort Inlet. Once again, we made the right choice in staying inside.

True North 38 Flybridge - Another VHF alert announcing a truck was in the Dismal Swamp canal at the VA/NC State line and was blocking the channel. How did it get there? Arriving at Coinjock, we wait our turn to fuel. This is a very popular location because of the 32 oz Prime Rib Steak for Two. Yes it was GREAT and we had leftovers for another 2 nights aboard.

Optimistic for an overdue change in the forecast, we head north through the Great Bridge Lock and into Norfolk Harbor. Things looked to be settling, so we raced out into the ocean and up to Ocean City Maryland for the evening. It was still quite bumpy but nothing this ol’ girl can’t handle. We arrived near dusk, fueled the boat, hosed her down and heard loud engine noises nearby. The “Cruisin 2008” was in town. This was a Hot Rod Convention driving thought the main streets in parade fashion. We were treated to a few Funny Car Dragsters and a lot of old American Graffiti style cars. 50s and 60s vintage Ford Fairlanes, Falcons, Mustangs and Shelbys. Chevy Cameros, BeLairs (55, 56, & yes the 57), Nomad wagons and Chrysler too with a Dodge Dart, Swinger,Fury III and the Barracuda. A car I have never seen before was a Chrysler 300 D Convertible in Turquoise. If you read Clive Cussler this is like the car on the back cover of the Black Wind novel. We even saw two VW Beetles with the small oval rear window. Wished we could’ve been there before dark to really appreciate the paint jobs.

True North 38 Flybridge! True North 38 Review And Features - Back in the ocean and north to NYC. We had a one day respite from the weather gods and today we’ll pay the piper. What do you know? It’s windy and rough. Unable to make NYC before the weather gets worse or darkness, we ducked into Barnegat Light NJ and spent the evening at a commercial fishing dock surrounded by scallopers and long line fisherman. As we sat in the boat watching the front come from the West, funnel clouds dropped down to start water spouts. Time to adjust the lines and check the fenders one more time. Luckily the front passed quickly with no problems to us other than a lot of wind. A LOT of wind!

Tenth day - return to the ocean. Winds were predicted to be stronger from the West - and how is that different? - so we intended to run the coastline all the way to NYC, passing through Manasquan, Shark Inlet, and Sandy Hook. Everything went smoothly until we lost the mainland possibility, which reduced the wind intake. Until we built the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, we were hit by the full force of the westerly wind, by the huge seas, at the port bow and then directly at the bow. With the seas breaking the roof, the wipers had trouble keeping up with the water on the glass. We were very grateful to the 3 fast-acting wiper blades so we could catch the buoys and commercial traffic amid the seawater deluge. Having successfully passed through this choke point, “Lady Liberty” greeted us at NY Harbor. East River commercial traffic was light as it made its way to Long Island Sound. The rippling wave at Hellsgate was not a problem as we were traveling at 18km to compensate for the messy surface. We enjoyed the last of the protected waters, passing Rikers Island (prison) and JFK Airport.

True North 38 Flybridge - Long Island Sound was our next open water source. As we passed the Stepping Stones and Execution Rock, the seas were on our hips and we started surfing towards New London. Our goal was to get to Rhode Island so we would have a short run on our last day, but the weather caught us again. The seas were close, steep and pushing us from behind, so we decided to head to another safe harbor, this time Port Jefferson, NY. During the night we bent and rolled with 30+ knots of wind blowing from the west to the sea port and our marina. NOAA finally got its forecast right for the next day, and the seas were pretty calm after midnight.
True North 38 Flybridge is certainly up to the challenge. The hull design is great for the rough seas we experienced, she is powered properly and handled anything we humans could stand,….and then some!

Pearson 38 True North Flybridge 2007 Boats for Sale & Yachts

Year: 2007  
Manufacturer: Galati Yacht Sales Orange Beach
Price: US$390,000

GRACE is a 2007 slightly used True North 38 and the only flybridge model available for sale. Priced way below replacement,  this comfortable passagemaker has many custom features including cockpit seating and access to swim platform, hidden dive tank storage, outriggers, extra rod holders, teak decking in the helm area, two TV’s, camera tied into electronics, and full electronics duplicated at both the upper and lower helm stations. The hull was recently painted the original Midnight Blue color with a red bottom and lovely dark blue Ultraleather upholstery, this boat is a beautiful, versatile platform for fun on the water. For cruising, fishing, diving, kayaking, snorkeling, or entertaining guests, the True North 38 Flybridge has the best arrangement for the ultimate boating experience with her unique expansive cockpit deck that blends seamlessly into the integrated large swim platform like an open porch to the sea! Make An Offer! You might be surprised what you can buy this boat for!

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226 gal
38 ft 4 in
41 ft 6 in
120 gal


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