Changes and Options Through the Years

Hughes 38-1

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.

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Mast Outside of Head

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Tiller, Traveler Aft in Cockpit

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Roller Reefing

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Trim Tab (actually showing the Hinckley 38 version)


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Trim Tab on SV Wiskejak – note the differences with the Hinckley 38 versionScreen Shot 2016-03-05 at 7.52.26 PM

Mystique Wheel steering with trim tab

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)

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Early Dinette

Hughes 38-2

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.

T-shaped Cockpit with Traveler in Cockpit

T-shaped Cockpit


Early Wheel with traveler forward of binnacle  (note the emergency tiller access aft of binnacle)

Engine Controls on Early T-shaped Cockpit

Fold-down seat in cockpit.

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Keel stepped mast in head.

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Galley Amidships Starboard Side

Northstar 38

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.Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 7.57.48 AM

Rounded Coachroof

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Three Large Windows, Traveler on Coachroof w/Midboom Sheeting

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Shower in head.

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Anchor Locker

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.

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4ft. Taller Mast and Double Spreaders – SV Clarity



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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

SV Marita

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.