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Shearwater 38

The Wooden Boat Shop renowned for their range of classically styled luxury wooden launches comprising of the Nepean 30, Cheviot 32 and Efficient 44 are proud to release to the range, the all new Shearwater 38.
Just like the Shearwaters that can so effortlessly glide across the waves on their global migration, our new Shearwater 38 is inspired nature and will allow mariners to master their own environment.
With thanks to partnerships with Andrew Dovell, Australia’s leading naval architect, Yanmar with the new 8LV 370 , Veem, Simrad, Muir and Norglass, all outstanding industry leaders, Shearwater 38 will be at the fore of the semi displacement cruiser market.
Constructed "the Wooden Boat Shop way", built to last generations, the age old proven use of wood and bronze will feature throughout the Shearwater 38. These quality base materials resist the harsh marine environment and develop patina that will compliment the boats style through the decades.
The Shearwater 38 will be equipped for extended holiday cruising or as a luxurious day boat for gourmet days afloat. The layout will comfortably accommodate 5 people overnight with two options for the foc’sle offering a split layout for a private master’s suite or a spacious open plan style.

Outline Specifications

  • Length Overall: 38'
  • Beam: 12'
  • Engine: Yanmar LY440, Max 440hp Diesel @ 3300 RPM
  • Fuel Capacity: 1000 L
  • Draft: 3'6"
  • Displacement: 6000 kg
  • Speed: Max 23 knots @ 3300 - Cruise 15 knots @ 2400 Load Dependent
  • Water Capacity: 300 L

Inspired by Nature

Watching shearwaters effortlessly glide across the waves when cruising Bass Strait, it is hard to believe that these birds migrate from Tasmania to as far north as the arctic, often covering over one million kilometres in a lifetime, a beautiful example of natural design, a true master of its own environment.

Our Shearwater draws inspiration from nature in her styling and functional design, a boat that will allow you also to effortlessly glide across the waves in ultimate comfort, safety and efficiency.

The Wooden Boat Shop Way

Designed and built “The Wooden Boat Shop Way”. Based on a fundamental chain of knowledge that has been passed down from men who in locally built Couta boats took on the open sea with wood, copper, iron and canvass, this “way” is the key to the success of our iconic Couta boat, Nepean and Cheviot Launches.

Download the Shearwater brochure to find out more.


“We are excited to offer a new boat that is the culmination of all of our experiences on and off the water with production of over 40 launches, backed by leading edge design and systems. Imagine cruising Shearwater overnight to Hobart on one tank of fuel.”

Wayne Parr. WBS Shipwright/Sales Manager

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