Mark Cameron Yachts

Laurent Giles Giles 38


Robust blue water cruising yacht


Lying: Helensburgh, Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelLaurent Giles Giles 38
DesignerLaurent Giles
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusUnderoffer
LyingHelensburgh, Argyll, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionGRP
Keel TypeLong Keel


EngineMercedes OM636 42hp 4 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled Borg Warner, Velvet Drive, hydraulic reversing marine gearbox Single lever morse control
Engine Hours5300
Fuel Capacity295l


Drinking Water Capacity590l


A robust, go-anywhere blue water cruiser, with traditional sweeping lines and a long encapsulated keel the Giles 38 was designed in 1971 by Laurent Giles. Moulded by Blondecell Mouldings the hull and decks were supplied to professional yard and amateurs alike to fit out. The design evolved with a short counter transom to become the Laurent Giles Bowman 40, built between 1972 and 1986.

HARAMBE was fitted out by her original owner over a six year period. The finish is to a standard you would expect from a professional builder. Laid out below decks to accommodate a maximum of seven she has proven to be a reliable and safe ocean cruiser. Her inventory highlights include:

Original gelcoat finish to hull and deck mouldings
FRP moulded sprayhood shelter with polycarbonate windows
Mercedes OM636, 42hp marine diesel engine
Vetus 4hp tunnel-mounted thruster
Aries windvane self-steering gear
Varta M18 batteries fitted 2023
Victron Energy Blue Smart Charger, 30 amp (2023)
Rutland 914i wind generator with Marlec charge controller (2019)
Raymarine autopilot system with ST6002 control head and SPX-5 course computer (2016)
Raymarine i60 navigation instrumentation of depth/log and wind information (2016)
Raymarine C90W MFD with 2k Radar scanner providing chart plotter and radar functionality (2009)
Digital Yacht AIT2000 AIS Transponder (2016)
Cobra MR57 DSCVHF with repeater speaker in cockpit
NASA SSB Receiver
ICS NAV6 navtex receiver
Eberspacher diesel fired, blown air heating system (2016)
Stainless steel standing rigging, fully replaced in 2018
Furlex 304S roller reefing system on forestay (2018)
Furlex 204S roller reefing system on inner forestay (2018)
All Andersen stainless steel winches
Rocna 25kg anchor on chain rode
Large selection of additional photos available upon request

Lying afloat on her private mooring near Helensburgh this magnificent example of the Giles 38 will be available for viewing, strictly by prior arrangement at Rhu Marina.

After eight very happy years sailing our Twister 28 we decided to search for 'a larger Twister'. Over the next two years, we viewed numerous options including the Rustler 36, Tradewind, Vancouver, Rival, Victoria, Halberg Rassey and Saltram Saga. Early in 2016 we just happened across a photograph of a Giles 38 - not a boat we'd ever heard of but we knew of the designer Laurent Giles - for sale privately in Devon. When we first saw her moored in the River Yealm we both said 'Wow'. More 'wows' followed when we stepped on board. She was first christened 'Pod', then renamed 'Ghost' and renamed again by us to 'Harambe'. We sailed her up from Devon, stopping in by the Scilly Isles for a week, and have since enjoyed many summers cruising the West coast of Scotland and the Hebrides and have found her to be a dry, comfortable yacht.. We have upgraded her in many ways during our ownership, wintering her ashore every winter since 2016. She is a confidence-inspiring, forgiving, well-equipped, capable, head-turning vessel. GRP yachts under 40ft were rarely made this strong and likely never will be again.


Hull Construction:
GRP moulded hull
GRP formed internal structural members
Plywood bulkheads
Encapsulate ballast keel
Topsides finished in original off-white gelcoat
Navy sheerband
Underwater hull epoxy coated as preventative treatment in 2010

Deck & Superstructure Construction:
GRP moulded deck incorporating coachroof superstructure and self-draining cockpit
Deck moulding finished in original white gelcoat
Moulded non-slip patterned panels in contrasting grey paint to finish side decks, coachroof top and cockpit seating
FRP moulded sprayhood shelter with polycarbonate windows
Teak cockpit sole grating

Keel & Rudder:
GRP moulded, long encapsulated ballast keel
Lead ballast
Transom hung full-depth rudder


Engine & gearbox:
Mercedes OM636
4 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled
Borg Warner, Velvet Drive, hydraulic reversing marine gearbox
Single lever morse control

Maintenance & Performance:
Engine serviced October 2023
Engine recommissioned for season April 2024
Engine hours @ April 2024 – 5,300hrs
Cruising speed 5-6kts
Extensive set of cruising spares for engine, including injection pump and injectors

Propulsion & Steering:
Stainless steel propellor shaft (2017)
Cutlass Bearing (2017)
SureSeal shaft seal
Fixed, 3-blade, bronze prop
Laminated hardwood tiller
Spare tiller for emergency use

Raymarine ST6002 control head (2016)
Raymarine tiller pilot system (2016)
Raymarine SPX-5 course computer (2016)

Aries windvane self-steering gear (not currently fitted to boat)
Transom mounted

Bow Thurster:
Vetus 4hp tunnel-mounted thruster
Push button control panel to port side of cockpit


Voltage systems:
12VDC onboard power system
230VAC shore power system

Shore Power System:
Extension lead to connect to shore supply
Single 16 amp connection point
Hardwired RCD protected system
3 pin UK sockets, battery charger, immersion heater

Battery Banks:
Engine Battery – 1x 12VDC, 170Ah, M18 Varta lead acid (2023)
Domestic Battery – 2x 12VDC, 180Ah, M18 Varta lead acid (2023)

Battery Monitor:
Ammeter and Voltmeter gauges on panel

Victron Energy Blue Smart charger (2023)
230VAC – 12VDC/30amp
With Bluetooth connectivity for Victron management App

Single engine mounted alternator

Wind Generator:
Rutland 914i wind generator (2019)
Pole mounted
Marelec HRDi charger controller (2019)

Solar Panels:
Two individual panels mounted on the doghouse
Solid state charge controller

Other Electrical:
12VDC charging sockets at chart table and in saloon


Fresh Water:
Pressurised hot and cold water system
Mixer tap in galley
Manually pumped tap in galley
Mixer tap in heads, extending for use as shower head
Hot water provided by calorifier heated from engine cooling water or 230VAC immersion heater

Deck Wash:
Dedicated 12VDC pressure pump, salt water
Deck connection point with hose and nozzle

Bilge Pumps:
Manual Bilge Pump – 1 for main bilge space, 1 for engine bilge space
Electric Bilge Pump – Whale pump (2016)

Gas System:
Plumbed for two types of cylinders
2x Camping Gaz 907 cylinders
2x 4.5 Calor Butane
Self-draining gas bottle locker


Engine Fuel Tank:
Single diesel tank
Stainless steel tank construction
Approximate capacity 295ltrs

Heater Fuel Tank:
Independent stainless steel tank
Approximate capacity 25ltrs

Fresh Water:
Three fresh water tanks
Stainless steel tank construction
Approximate total capacity 590ltrs

Holding Tank:
Single tank
Tek-Tanks nylon tank construction
Discharging overboard or via deck suction outlet

Tank Monitoring:
Dipstick to monitor levels in fuel and water tanks


On Deck:
Depth – Raymarine i60 (2016)
Speed/Log – Raymarine i60 (2016)
Wind – Raymarine i60 (2016)
Radar Scanner – Raymarine 2kw digital scanner, mast mounted (2016)
Magnetic Compass

At Chart Table:
Plotter/ Radar – Raymarine C90 Wide MFD (2009)

Communications Equipment:
AIS – Digital Yacht AIT2000 AIS Transponder (2016
DSC VHF – Cobra MR57 DSCVHF with repeater speaker in cockpit
SSB Receiver - NASA
Navtex – ICS NAV6 navtex receiver
Meteoman digital barometer
Emergency VHF antenna


Galley Stove – Plastimo Neptune gas cooker, 2-burner, grill and oven. Gimbal mounted.
Fridge – Built-in top-loading fridge with Ampair XC3000 chiller unit
Twin stainless steel sinks
Mixer tap and manually pumped tap

Toilet – Lavac manual marine toilet, discharging to holding tank or overboard
Wash hand basin
Mixer tap, extending for use as shower
Electric discharge pump for shower sump overboard

Heating & Ventilation:
Eberspacher diesel fired, blown air heating system (2016)
Thermostatic cabin controller
Outlets in saloon and forward cabin

Overhead lighting throughout interior
Reading lights over bunks
Bulkhead mounted oil lamp in saloon

Blaupunkt CD/radio head unit
Speakers in saloon


Summary of Accommodation:
Double cabin forward
Saloon providing up to three occasional berths
Nav station
Quarter berth

Accommodation Finish:
Joinery work of teak, finished in satin varnish
Bulkheads finished in an off-white laminate with teak trims
Corian worktops in galley (2017)
Blue/grey woven upholstery throughout

Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward Cabin:
Two single berths in traditional V-berth layout, converting to double bunk
Standing room between bunks aft with step up centrally
Cave-type lockers overhead, outboard of bunk forward
Bin type storage lockers beneath bunks
Access to bow thuster motor beneath step-up

Located aft of forward cabin to port
Lavac manual marine toilet mounted inboard forward, facing aft
Countertop outboard with inset wash hand basin aft
Selection of lockers above countertop outboard
Countertop opposite heads compartment to starboard with storage locker beneath and hanging locker outboard

Centrally mounted double drop leaf saloon table
Bench settee to starboard which converts to occasional single berth
Shallow U-shaped settee to port, converting to an occasional double berth
Lockers above settee backrests outboard
Selection of lockers beneath seat bases and outboard of backrests

Located to port side of companionway
Double stainless steel sinks forward
Worktop outboard, forward
Gimbal-mounted gas cooker outboard centrally
Worktop aft of cooker
Selection of locker space outboard of worktop
Selection of drawers inboard of worktop aft

Nav Station:
Forward-facing chart table to the starboard side of companionway
Dedicated forward-facing navigators seat
Chart table top lifting to provide chart storage
Ships switch panel outboard with bookshelf forward

Quarter Berth:
Located to starboard side of companionway
Partial bulkhead to separate from nav station
Double berth extending aft along starboard side


Deck stepped, double spreader, masthead, Bermudan cutter rig.
Deck stepped in stainless steel tabernacle
Silver anodised alloy masts and spars
Stainless steel standing rigging, fully replaced in 2018
Furlex roller 304S reefing system on forestay, fitted new in 2018
Furlex roller 204S reefing system on inner forestay, fitted new in 2018
Slab reefing mainsail
Running backstays with block and tackle tensioners
Rod kicker
Telescopic spinnaker pole, stowing on mast
Carbon fibre spinnaker pole
Lines lead aft to cockpit
Spinlock rope clutches to control lines lead aft
Set of wire cutters

Primary Winches – 2x Andersen 46, self-tailing, two-speed
Secondary Winches – 2x Andersen 28, self-tailing, two-speed
Mast Halyard Winches – 2x Andersen 28, self-tailing, two-speed
Cockpit Control Line Winches – 2x Andersen 12, Self-tailing, single-speed

Mainsail – Ocean Dacron. Fully battened, slab reefing. Nicholson Hughes 2017
Spare Mainsail – White dacron, slab reefing
Yankee – White dacron, new UV strip 2023, roller reefing. Shore Sails
Spare Yankee - White dacron, roller reefing
Staysail - White dacron, new UV strip 2023, roller reefing. Shore Sails
Cruising Chute – With snuffer
Storm Jib
Sails professionally maintained bi-annually

Canvas Work:
Mainsail Cover – Stackpack type cover with lazyjacks
Mainsail Cover – Conventional type cover
Cockpit Bimini - unused

Anchoring & Mooring:
Bower Anchor – Rocna 25kg anchor on 65m, 3/8” chain rode
Kedge Anchors – 1x CQR 45lb anchor, 1x Danforth type anchor
Anchor Chum
Anchor Windlass – SL Tiger, 2-speed manual windlass
Mooring Warps – Selection
Fenders – Selection
Fender Board – Teak

Inflatable Dinghy – Avon 7 rubber dinghy

Double stainless steel bow roller
Stainless steel pulpit rail
Deck-mounted stainless steel stanchions supporting double-tier guard wires
Guardwire gates to port and starboard sides, just forward of cockpit with two-part folding swimming ladders mounted on both sides.
Stainless steel pushpit rail
Deck-mounted alloy mooring cleats forward, midships and aft
Panama style fairleads through bulwarks forward, midships and aft
Below deck chain locker, accessible by opening deck hatch forward of windlass
Manual anchor windlass mounted on deck centrally
Hardwood grabrails running the length of coachroof top
Liferaft secured with deck chocks on coachroof top immediately forward of mast step
Lines lead aft to cockpit on port and starboard sides
Deck mounted tracks and cars for genoa and staysail sheets
Carbon fibre moulded sprayhood
Moulded cockpit coamings with primary and secondary winches mounted outboard
Bench seating to port and starboard sides of cockpit with lockers beneath aft ends of seating
Mainsheet mounted on teak horse spanning width of cockpit aft, above tiller
Teak boarding ladder


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Navigation Lights:
Masthead tri-colour
Steaming Light
Deck flood light
Low level running lights
Portable anchor light

Life saving:
Liferaft – Adec 4 person canister – Service required
EPIRB – McMurdo Smartfind
Horseshoe lifebuoy
Throwing line
Fire Extinguisher x4

In this case we are acting as brokers only.
The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice

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