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Pearson True North 38
(w/ 1 x 420-hp Yanmar inboard diesel)

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Brief Summary

The Pearson 38 is a classic cruiser with beautiful lines and open layout. She offers a family-friendly platform with plenty of room for socializing, and a good turn of speed.

Key Features

The 38 features a wide cockpit with plenty of room to put out a few folding chairs for “al fresco” dining. The cockpit sole has large storage lockers for fenders and lines, and anything else you want to get out of the way. The helm is sophisticated with everything within easy view and reach. The galley comes complete with refrigerator, microwave, three-burner stovetop and double sink. The dinette can sit four to six people and also converts into a double berth for guests. The stateroom is spacious and features a hanging closet with four drawers and private head.


Length Overall 38'6''
Beam 13'6''
Dry Weight 15,000 lbs.
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3'6''
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Max Headroom 6'4
Bridge Clearance
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 220 gal.
Water Capacity 100 gal.
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Std. Power 1x420-hp Yanmar inboard diesel
Tested Power 1 x 420-hp Yanmar inboard diesel
Opt. Power Not Available
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Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

Time To Plane 8.4 seconds
0 to 30 N/A
Ratio 2.65:1
Props 26x30 4-blade nibral
Load 5 persons, full fuel, full water, 4 pers., min. gear
Climate 78 deg, 75% humid, wind: 20 knots; seas: 1-2 feet

Pearson True North 38 Line Drawing


Captain's Report

A Romantic Classic Cruiser The Pearson 38 True North is a very beautiful, yet interesting boat. She has the classic lines and fine entry of a New England lobster boat, while being a roomy, good performing cruiser. The 38 True North makes good use of fiberglass, composites and other strong and easily cared for materials, which still provide a good looking boat without the maintenance headaches of a wood trimmed vessel. It is really a practical design for those who want to use a boat but not be married to woodwork and trim cleaning and refinishing.She has nice wide side decks, a good foredeck for handling lines and anchoring, and enough Bomar hatches to allow plenty of fresh air into the cabin if you want to leave the a/c off. The hatches in the side decks for storage of bumpers and lines are a wonderful innovation. Large flush mounted cleats allow you to move around the side decks without tripping worries.The cabin is laid out with a V-berth and a nice sized head with stall shower. An optional V-berth loft bunk is available as an option for the kids. Most of your time will be spent in the main cabin or salon area, which is open at the aft end, but can be closed off when necessary. The helm station is on the starboard side and passenger seating for two is to port. The helm is hinged for access to the back of the instruments and the wiring. The seat is hydraulically adjustable and well made. All the hardware on the boat is high quality and very "yachty" looking and apparently stronger than necessary. The galley is behind the helm station, and has a nice deep stainless steel sink and ample counter space. There’s seating for four at the table on the port side. Both the seats slide athwartships to increase the seating to three each, and the table had a hinged section to allow it to expand to accommodate these six people, while still leaving ample room to move around in the salon. The table can also be dropped down, hydraulically, to make an additional double berth. The large opening windows provide a lot of ventilation and 360-degree visibility.The salon deck has a large hydraulically operated hatch which provides access to the engine and machinery spaces. All the components are readily at hand and there is good storage below the deck. The large cockpit aft of the salon has the interesting feature of a transom door which is actually a clamshell-like unit that opens sideways from the center to reveal the cockpit deck continuing to the back of the boat, with a six foot wide opening ending just above the waterline. It is like a pickup truck bed. You can carry anything here: dinghy, jet skis, canoes, and more. She also provides great water access. This is a boat I'd love to play with this boat in the Bahamas. The boat has a flat cabin top which is ideal for stowage of large gear for playing or long trips. The low clearance lets you keep moving on your cruises while other yachts are waiting for bridges to open.The single prop has a skeg to protect it, and a bow thruster provides all the added maneuverability you will need. The engine and drive train is well insulated and vibration free. The True North is really quiet and it’s a good thing she has a tach or you wouldn’t know the engine is running. We were impressed by her top speed of 28.0 mph and overall performance.

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Pearson True North 38 is 28.0 mph (45.1 kph), burning 23.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 87.06 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Pearson True North 38 is 19.6 mph (31.5 kph), and the boat gets 1.69 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.72 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 334 miles (537.52 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 420-hp Yanmar inboard diesel.

Standard and Optional Features

Marine Electronics

GPS/Chart Standard
Radar Standard
VHF Radio Standard Raytheon


Air Cond./Heat Optional Aqua Air
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Optional
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Washdown: Raw Water Standard
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard


Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard Frigoboat
Stove Standard Princess

Exterior Features

Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard


Cockpit Cover Standard

Boats More Than 30 Feet

Bow Thruster Standard
Freezer Standard
Generator Standard
Oil Change System Optional
Vacuum Standard


Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!