S/V “Barmina”- Year 1996 – Roberts Offshore 38 Blue Water’ – Steel Sailing Cutter Sloop – Complete zink coated, well equipped for offshore cruising –
Design by Bruce Roberts, Built in Hamburg, Germany. Registered in Germany.
Available in Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Asking US$ 30.000 or Rent 500$per month with transfer of ownership after 10 years.

This Bruce Roberts Offshore 38 Blue water  is a solid cruising yacht designed to be single handled or for a small family. She gives a comfortable ride and performas well sailing in strong and light winds.

The vessel is a substantial distance cruising yacht having a raked stem, firm forefoot, half length keel with a short counter and well proportioned transom.
She is a center cockpit Yacht and looks close to a Halberg Rassy. There is a full canvas enclosure over the cockpit.

Many new Parts came on the boat after complete overhaul in 2011.
The accommodation below provides for 4 occasional 6 persons with stay aboard facilities. The vessel is rigged as a masthead bermuda cutter (cutter rigged sloop). The inboard engine is provided by Mercedes Benz, OM 615, with a 40mm shaft and a robust reversing hydraulic paragon transmission.

All covers are new double layer made by sunbrella an waterproof plastic material (tough stuff). Barmina has a well maintained teak deck. Heavy davids, solar-panels, wind generator, front table and much more.

The rubber dinghy does not exist anymore. Instead a second bigger hart dingy was purchased. Barmina has two dinghies,the 5 meter Fiberglass Tender with 15 PS Johnson Motor and a small fiberglass sail and rowing dingh with sails, etc.

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General Description
Builder/Designer Bruce Roberts Engine/Fuel Mercedes OM 615 diesel 50HP
Model Offshore 38 steel Year: 1996 3000 hours
Length 38’3″ Accommodation Sleep 4 to 6
Beam 11’3″ Galley
  • Force 10 stove 3 burners with oven
Draft 6′
  • Fridge 5.6 cu. ft E Z Cold
  • Double SS sink
  • Autopilot
  • GPS Garmin 128
  • Depth VDO
  • VHF Professional
  • Weather fax
  • Remote servo stearing
  • Hidraulic
  • Notebook navigation NMEA interfaced
  • Inverter
  • Batterie Chargeur
  • Wind generator
  • House bank + engine
  • 110/220 shore power
  • Insulation transformer
  • Hot water


  • Fuel: 69 Gals
  • Water: 117 Gals
  • Hartdinghi small lancha 14′
  • Hartdinghi small 6’
  • Outboard new 15 hp Johnson
  • Windlass
  • 90 lbs Bruce 250′ chain
  • 44 lbs Bruce 20′ rode
Sails/Deck Gear


  • Full batten Mainsail
  • Genoa
  • Yankee self tacking
  • Staysail
  • All in good conditions
  • Shaft generator
  • TV
  • 4 persons liferaft
  • electric head
  • Antifouling april 2010
  • Registered in Germany
Bruce Roberts OFFSHORE 38 BLUEWATER CRUISER built in 1996. Innovative blue water cruising yacht, designed to offer strength, practicality and excellent performance. Sleeps 6 in 2 cabins plus saloon. Mercedes Benz 50hp diesel engine. Sloop rig with large sail wardrobe, twin forestays and twin backstays. Autopilot, radar, GPS, wind generator, watermaker and more. Much updating and money invested since 2011 including most recently, re-painting of hull, cockpit and interior in 2014. Please contact Lisa for further details and viewing arrangements.

Location: Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Listing Price: 30.000 Dollar US

Boat Summary

Make: Bruce Roberts
Model: Offshore 38 Steel Blue water Cruiser
Year: 1996
LOA: 38ft/12m
Class: Sailing Cruiser
Hull: Steel, inside and outside flamespray zink coated
Keel: Concentrated long keel

Rig: Sloop cutter rigged
Engine: Single Diesel
Layout: Center Cockpit
Berths: 6
Cabins: 3
Aft Cabins: 1
Vessel Name: Barmina


Professional shipsbuilder in Hamburg Germany, built in 1996.
Designed by Bruce Roberts
Interior by a Carpenter in Frankfurt Germany,

Mast and Rigg, Herrot Yachting Germany,

Steel hull, deck and superstructure.
Hat shine hull in 4mm german Corten steel, fabricated with diagonal plating over T-bar stringers.
Integral keel with internal lead ballast
Robust steel rudder
Scoop stern
Cockpit completely re-sprayed (2011)
Deck with hand laed full Teak from Asia
Hydraulic wheel steering
Insulated above the waterline with 2″ sprayed foam.
Hull professionally re-sprayed in Awlgrip (2011)
Re-varnish some wooden parts needed
Anodes replacement 2011

LOA: 37’9″ (11.51m)
DRAFT: 6″ (1.80m)
BEAM: 11’3″ (3.45m)
DISPLACEMENT: 12500kg (24943.91lbs)


Twin forestays and twin backstays
Aluminum mast
Stainless steel standing rigging (High German Quality V4A)
Spinnaker pole
Lewmar racing blocks with bearings
Dedicated Trisail track, stainless steel

Hood fully battened mainsail
No.1 Genoa
Storm Jib and Trisail
Working Jib
Backup sails

4 Lewmar Ocean Racing winches, selfholding
2 Mastwinches for haliats
1 winch to reef mainsail


Saloon with u shaped birth, table retractable
Chart table with chart stowage, extensive switch panel and full instrumentation.
Aft Quarter Cabin with double berth, hanging locker and stowage.
Workshop with workbench. Sewing machine.
Heads compartment with automatic sea toilet, wash hand basin and shower, warm and coldwater.
Galley with stainless steel gimballed force 10 diesel cooker, 3 burners, oven, and one 240 Volt ceran cooktop next to it. Frigoboat fridge, two stainless steel sinks, “liquid glass” coated wooden work surfaces.

High quality interior cabinetry finished in teak, birch and ash-tree.

Alcantara upholstery in saloon (renewed 2008)
Interior repainted (2011)


Single Mercedes Benz OM615 four cylinder 50hp diesel engine.
Parts for this engine are worldwide in the autoparts stores available.
Shaft drive for shaft generator ,
Robust hydraulic paragon reversal transmission

4 T105-LPT Trojan Batteries (NEW 2013)
1 x Engine starter Battery
240/120 V shore power system

240/120 V insulation step up step down transformer. 4000 Watt
Battery charger
AIR X Wind generator
3 x 100 Watt Solarpanels

1 x 340 litre fuel tank
1 x 90 gallon water tank
1 x steel holding tank
1x Diesel tank for heater system

1x Kerosene pressure tank for stove

All tanks are from high quality V4A (416) stainless steel

Hot and cold pressurized water system in shower and galley
Water heated by 240V calorifier.
Aquapoor 5 litre per hour 12 V watermaker.


ST8000 Autopilot with remote control
Radar warner
VDO – compass, log, depth
Transducer retractable
Professional VHF DSC radio
2 x GPS
1 magnetic Compass

90 lb claw anchor
45lb Bruce anchor with 100m chain
35 lb Danforth anchor

4 Person Ocean liferaft
4 Life Belts
1 x  lifebuoy with beacon
1 x Whale Gulper 12V  electric bilge pump
1 x manual bilge pump
Emergency tiller in stainless steel
Nivigation lighting
Fire extinguishers

Sprayhood  (repaired and cleaned 2015)
Canvas winter cover
Sony stereo system
2 Fiberglass hartdinghies + Johnsoin 15 hp outboard engine

Broker Comments

This one-off was conceived as a direct result of the longest and most successful series of articles ever published in the pages of Yachting Monthly – the Offshore Yacht Series. In 1989, a panel of experts pooled their expertise of offshore yachts to discover where improvements could be made. However, due probably to the expensive production costs, it wasn’t until 1990 with the aid of Sirius Yachts that the ‘YM Offshore 38’ was born – an ideal liveaboard ocean-going yacht for a couple to sail wherever they wished in safety. David Thomas, the top naval architect, designed this innovative bluewater cruiser, embodying practicality with strength and excellent performance potential.


Owner Comments

The initial Owner and the present Owners have made four Atlantic crossings and found her an absolute pleasure to sail, with a long legged feel to her, speeds of 6.5 knots easily achieved mile after mile in Force 4/5 winds, a lightly balanced helm and easily managed sail configuration, due to the design of the hull, choice of sails and the close attention to the positioning of all the sail trimming equipment. The present Owners can vouch that during the 22 day Atlantic crossing from La Gomera to Barbados, she sailed for two weeks goosewinged with only minor centimetre adjustments to the windvane self steering.

On their return voyage from Florida to Kinsale in Ireland, gales were experienced on each leg, from Florida to Bermuda, Bermuda to the Azores and the Azores to Ireland. “LIGHT BLUE” felt comfortable, stable, quiet below and a very fast passagemaker. The 1800 miles from Bermuda to the Azores were covered in an exhilarating 12 days.