Came equipped with a tiller, end boom sheeting with traveller in cockpit, Atomic 4, stepped coach roof, some were open under cockpit – no quarter berth, others with starboard quarter berth, all with keel stepped mast outside of head.
Options – Cinkel pedestal steering, trim tab behind keel, roller reefing, single spreader tall-mast, dinette.
Mast Outside of Head
Tiller, Traveler Aft in Cockpit
Trim Tab (actually showing the Hinckley 38 version)
Early Cinkel pedestal and wheel with separate trim tab wheel – note the difference in the aluminum on the wheel between a saltwater boat (top) and a freshwater boat (bottom)
Tiller was replaced with a Cinkel wheel, lazorette removed and cockpit moved aft to transom and T-shaped. Head enlarged to enclose keel stepped mast. Options – Tall Mast, Dinette in Salon instead of port settee.
Early Wheel with traveler forward of binnacle (note the emergency tiller access aft of binnacle)
Fold-down seat in cockpit.
Keel stepped mast in head.
Galley Amidships Starboard Side
Name changed in later 1972. Otherwise the same as the Hughes 38-2.
Hughes 38-3 (Sometimes known as the Hughes-Columbia 38)
Rounded coachroof design without a step. Traveller located on coachroof, with mid-boom sheeting. Cockpit shortened forward – coachroof lengthened aft. Shower in head with hot water from engine. Anchor locker.
Three Large Windows, Traveler on Coachroof w/Midboom Sheeting
Shower in head.
Options – 1. Yanmar Diesel 3GM30.
2. Volvo Penta Saildrive, with holding tank relocated to under the V-berth.
3. Tall mast with double spreaders.
4. Dinette instead of port settee.
4ft. Taller Mast and Double Spreaders – SV Clarity
Some boats were sold as kits, we know of at least two – this boat apparently was produced in 1986 but not launched until 2016. Notice the changes to the windows below
The windows are like a Hinckley 38 – which lends credence to the idea that Hughes really produced the decks as well as the hulls for the Hinckley 38.