The Stanley 38

The 38 provides gracious overnight and local cruising accommodations.

The Stanley 38 is a traditional semi-displacement hull with a reasonably flat section aft, a slight dead rise and a soft chine.  It has a little rocker in the bottom and a deep forefront that helps hold her up in the wind when docking. She cruises comfortably at 18 knots and tops out around 20-23 knots. Fifty percent of all the hulls we’ve built since 1972 are owned by commercial fishermen so you know right away that she’s built for safety in open waters, sea kindliness and steadfast durability.

The Stanley 38 evolved from our Stanley 36, the company’s flagship, when one of our customers wanted more room in the forecastle.  Rather than design an entirely new mold we decided to extend the length of the Stanley 36 by adding 36 inches right in the middle of the hull. The extension lengthens out the sheer line accentuating the pretty, transitional lines of the Stanley 36.  The extension also offers more room in the center of the boat where it counts the most.  To date, we have built four of these “stretch” 36’s and all of them are with their original owners.

The pilothouse and cockpit are open and well suited for enjoying the sights and sounds while cruising.  Both areas offer excellent visibility and the entire pilothouse can be enclosed should the weather become inclement. Below decks, you will find a large v-berth forward plus a full head with shower. Our renowned joinery and brightwork are finished in your choice of woods. In addition, you can choose to have the galley up or down. And the all of the accommodations can be customized to your needs.

The 38’s large cockpit encourages you to spend your time aboard absorbing the natural elements.  It’s a great platform for fishing or entertaining, with plenty of room for 10-15 guests.  A table and chairs could be added to the aft settee for the perfect plein air dining area.

The Stanley 38 is meticulously built for safety as well as comfort by the crew at John Williams Boat Company.  It is sure to bring you years and years of pleasure where ever you choose to cruise. There is nothing trendy about her.  Her classic lines and the integrity of her construction and design are timeless and enduring.


Specifications & Equipment

  • Fuel tankage (fiberglass or aluminum): two 150-gallon tanks
  • Water tankage: two 50-gallon tanks
  • Unidirectional fiberglass hull (core optional)
  • Solid integral keel and skeg
  • Molded fiberglass rudder, stainless-steel post (1 1/2”), bearings
  • Stainless-steel propeller shaft (13/4”) to complement engine, cutlass bearing outside, stuffing box inside
  • Engine installed: 350 to 450 diesel
  • Segregated fuel connection system
  • Racor fuel filtration
  • Manual Hydraulic Wagner (N-40-190) steering system
  • Wet-muffler exhaust system out the stern
  • Bass circuit breaker panel, lighting and mechanical circuits and fixtures
  • Two 100-amp heavy-duty batteries
  • Fiberglass cockpit coaming
  • Teak guard and toe rails on deck
  • Bronze, stainless, or chrome cleats and bow chocks
  • Varnished Honduras mahogany cockpit steps
  • Varnished Honduras mahogany cabin trim, doors and drawer fronts
  • Varnished Sitka spruce cabin ceiling
  • Teak and holly sole
  • Bulkheads, cabin sides, and overhead painted in Awlgrip cabin enamel
  • Bomar hatch
  • Galley with three-burner stainless-steel propane stove with oven, stainless-steel sink and faucets, top-access icebox, Formica counter top
  • Enclosed head with marine toilet, small stainless sink, and optional shower
  • Waste system: 25-gallon tank, macerator pump, overboard discharge, deck pump out


LOA 38′ 4″
LWL 36′ 4″
Beam 12′ 8 “
Draft 3′ 6 “
Cruising Speed 18 to 20 knots
Top Speed 23.5-24 knots avg.