The new model by Sly Yachts, which is due to be launched in June will be up against some stiff competition, like the XP-38 by X-Yachts, the Grand Soleil 39 and the new Solaris One 37.

Sly 38 rendering

The Sly 38 has a large, open cockpit, a long cabin top and a fixed bowsprit.

For the design Sly Yachts again turned to Studio Lestuzzi, who also collaborated on the larger and very successful Sly 42 that inspired the lines of the new 38. Sly attempted a deck design to satisfy both racing and cruising sailors. The hardware and trim arrangement and the trim lines are laid out conventionally with primary and secondary winches for genoa and main (German Admiral’s Cup mainsheet system) and trim lines on the coachroof. The boat also has twin-wheel steering and an open stern.

Sly 38 lines

The T-keel is slim and deep, the genoa has a short overlap - image Sly.

The rig (standard aluminum, carbon optional) includes a 106-percent genoa and, for ambitious sailors, a Code 0 that can be flown from the bowsprit. The hull construction is a sandwich laminate of E-glass and epoxy resin. The floor is reinforced with carbon fiber to channel the rig loads to the keel from the shrouds that are attached on the outside of the hull. At 5.5 tons, the Sly 38 is lighter than most other boats in her class.

Sly opted for a conventional interior with the owner’s stateroom forward and a double cabin aft. There’s only one lavatory with separate shower stall and a wet locker for the foulies. A three-cabin-version will be offered as well. For more details see Sly Sailing Yachts.


LOA 11.5m
Beam 3.7m
Draft 2.3m
Displacement 5.5 tonnes
Mainsail 49sq m
Genoa (106%) 36sq m

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 11.20.08This article was re-published with kind permission of YACHT, Europe’s largest sailing publication.