Sailing yachts

Lello 38 Staysail Schooner

(REF: 18184)


  • Designer: Lello, Brian
  • Builder: Dickinson Marine, Cape Town
  • Year: 1990
  • Location: Denmark
  • Length on deck: 37'9"
  • Beam: 12'3"
  • Draft: 5'6"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Lello 38 Staysail Schooner

Staysail schooner built by Dickinson Marine of Cape Town and launched in 1990, the lines are a Lello 38 from a designer called Brian Lello.   The first owner used the boat as a long distance cruising home and completed around 12,000Nm, eventually finishing his sailing career with her in the UK.  Bought by the present owner through Wooden Ships in 2003, she was sailed to the Baltic where she has been based ever since and from there has completed another 8,000Nm of successful cruising including a circumnavigation of Scandinavia through Russia and a crossing of the Barents Sea.

In her past she has sailed both north and south Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Baltic Sea and polar regions, proving herself to be an excellent long distance ocean cruising boat, very easily handled with comfortable space above and below decks.

The quality and strength of her build is second to none and a glance at the scantlings of her hull indicate a yacht built to take on the worlds oceans.  The majority of the hull is Afromosia which is a very durable and strong hard wood.  In recent years she has always been wintered inside where she is well protected and any necessary work can be carried out.

The decision to let go of a boat as good as this was not taken lightly and it is only because of changes in lifestyle that she is being sold, the owners are purchasing a larger vessel better suited for permanent live aboard in the cold Swedish climate.

Length Overall                 48’6″

Length on Deck               37’9″

Length Waterline            32′

Beam                                 12’3″

Draft                                  5’6″

Sail Area                           1084sqft

Air draft                            46′


38′ Staysail Schooner




Built of 1 1/8″ strip plank Afromosia edge glued and fastened with bronze nails, overlaid with 2 skins of mahogany and an outer layer of Makore.  This is all resorcinol glued and fastened to the frames at 6″ centres with bronze screws.  Frames are 4″x3″ laminated oak at 22″ centres with laminated Afromosia frames of the same scantlings in between.

The keel, stem, stern posts, floors and deadwoods are all of Afromosia.

Solid sawn 3″ Afromosia floors side bolted to the frames with bronze bolts.

3 ton external iron ballast keel held with hot zinc sprayed iron bolts.  500lb of internal trimming ballast.

Bilge stringer and beam shelf of 5″x1 3/4″ Larch.  The beam shelf is doubled from the stem to midships.

Afromosia is a very durable and dense hardwood with great rot resistance and was chosen for the construction of this boat to ensure the longevity of her sailing life.


Decks and cockpit

Yacht laid teak deck screwed and glued over a marine plywood sub deck.  A low bulwark all round set on stanchions with a varnished capping rail.  Low stainless stanchions and guard wires.

Deep self draining cockpit with laid teak thwarts at deck level and tiller steering. The cockpit has a recent professionally hand-made white canvas cover with Perspex windows that is used as a shelter in port when required.

Bridge deck before the companion hatch with a spray hood over.



Coachroof with varnished Afromosia coamings and a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Varnished handrails along the full length with a butterfly skylight aft of the mast and a forehatch.



Bermudan staysail schooner rig on keel stepped alloy spars.

Main mast has a wooden slab reefing boom with 2 pairs of spreaders.  Stainless steel rigging to internal stainless chain plates.  Single standing backstay.

Foremast with single spreaders.  Inner and outer forestay.  The inner takes the staysail on hanks, the outer has roller furling for the jib.  foremast has running backstays to support the lower section of the mast.



All sails in Tan Dacron by Sobstad.

Mainsail                            Fully battened with 3 reef points.

Main Staysail                   Battened with reefs


Fore Staysail                    Battened with reefs


Storm Jib



2 pairs of Anderson Stainless steel sheet winches mounted on the cockpit coamings

Mainmast has a pair of self tailing winches

Foremast has a single non self tailing winch




38′ Staysail Schooner


Volvo Penta MD204 3cyl marine diesel rated at 40hp fitted new in 2005 with 2100 hours.

Stainless steel shaft to centreline 3 blade bronze propeller.



500l of fresh water in five separate tanks

400l of diesel in 3 separately filled tanks giving 1000Nm range.



5 x 12 volt heavy duty batteries for domestics and engine starting.  Charged in the following ways:

Engine Alternator

Shore power and battery charger

Rutland 913 wind charger

40 watt solar panel (not connected)






7 berths with two double cabins and a deep pilot berth in the saloon, plus 2 saloon settee berths.  port side  settee berth can convert to a double.



Companion steps down into the saloon with an access door to the aft cabin to port and a large storage area to starboard under the cockpit.

Galley to port and chart desk to starboard, forward of the chart desk is a heads compartment.

The main saloon has a centreline drop leaf table with settee berths either side, the port side can convert to a double if necessary.  There is also a very safe and comfortable pilot berth to port under the deck head.  Ample storage, shelving and hand holds around the saloon.  Diesel fired hot air heating system throughout the boat.

Doorway to starboard going forward with a double berth to port and storage to starboard including a hanging locker.  Anchor locker right in the bow.



Manual sea toilet which pumps directly overboard.  Hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.  Wet hanging locker for oil skins.



U-shaped galley with a gimballed 4 burner Plastimo gas stove with oven and grill.  Twin stainless sinks drain directly overboard with hot and cold pressurised water plus a foot pump for salt water.  Hot water from an engine heated calorifier or electric water heater when on shore power.  12 volt Isotherm fridge set under the new formica work surface.  Ample storage in and around the galley.





Steering compass

Rigel handbearing compass

Clipper Echosounder

Tillerpilot Windvane

Simrad NSS navigator with UK and Europe charts

Garmin AIS 600 (2014)

Garmin GPS 76

Northstar Explorer DSC VHF with additional hand set



Viking 6 man liferaft new in 2014

Radar reflector


2x horseshoe life buoys with MOB lights

1x Danbuoy

Heaving line


Full automatic VHF DSC and MF emergency radio giving position

12 volt electric bilge pump

Whale manual bilge pump


Ground tackle

45lb CQR with 200′ of 10mm galvanised chain

Spare 45lb CQR with leaded rope

70lb Danforth

Kedge anchor



Brig inflatable dinghy with oars, new 2011

8 large fenders + canal board


Domestic equipment, tools and spares

Webasto Air TOp 200 ST hot air heating system, fitted 2014

Hot and cold pressurised cockpit shower


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.

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These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.