Steve Scherr
Knot 10 Yacht Sales
106 Wells Cove Road (behind Fishermens Inn & Crab Deck Turquoise Buildings)
Grasonville, MD, US
Office: (844) 815-0508
Mobile: (757) 438-1494

1983 Herreshoff Classic 38 Nereia Ketch
Boat Type: Ketch Address: Kilmarnock, VA, US Price: $49,000


PRICE REDUCED FROM $78,000 TO $49,000!!!

Owners health mandates quick 2019 sale


This once in a lifetime boat was built starting in 1983 and commissioned in 1985 for the current and only owner byAlan Cothren in Wilmington, NC.

Built of Airex Core Fiberglass (C-FLEX) hull construction she is a true blue water yacht capable of crossing oceans or just showing her incredible lines off to the Yacht Club.

The decks and cabin are balsa core fiberglass laminate.  The price was reduced because the decks are showing some moisture with a moisture meter.  The hull does not.  These are NOT soft spots as the lay up is so thick the decks do not flex.  Re-bedding will be needed on some deck fittings in the future.  But for a 35 year old boat she is solid as a rock.

All canvas and sails are in fantastic shape.

Engine only has 200 hours.

Owner wants a good home for his amazing yacht.

In the water at owner's dock, must make appointment to see this stunning yacht.


Basic Information

Manufacturer: Herreshoff Vessel Name: V 4148 SS
Model: Classic 38 Nereia Ketch Boat Type: Ketch
Year: 1983 Hull Material: Fiberglass
Category: Sail Hull Type:
Condition: Used Hull Color:
Location: Kilmarnock, VA, US Designer:
Available for sale in U.S. waters: Yes Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

Length: 38 ft - 11.58 meter Draft - max: 5 ft 3 in - 1.6 meter
LOA: 38 ft - 11.58 meter Bridge Clearance: -
Beam: 11 ft - 3.35 meter Dry Weight: -


Make: Yanmar Engine Type: Inboard
Model: 51 Drive Type:
Engine(s): 1 Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: 400 Horsepower: 51 (Individual), 51 (combined)
Cruise Speed: - Max Speed: -
Range: - Joystick Control: No

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank: 70 gallons - 1 tank(s) Holding Tank: -
Fresh Water Tank: 40 gallons - 1 tank(s)    


Total Cabins: 1 Total Berths: 1
Total Heads: 1 Captains Cabin: No


Description of this Yacht

This gorgeous cruising ketch is one of the late L.Francis Herreshoff's favorite designs.  Her heavily ballasted keel has no problem holding the 673 square feet of sail in just about any weather.  Her sister ship sailed to Ireland and never heeled over more than 18 degrees.  Very comfortable.

This is truly a cruising man's dream and only requires two people to handle her.  She is beautiful and completely custom built down below.  Many species of wood were used to decorate her cabinetry.  the sole is hard maple with teak strips.  Cherry, here and there.  Painted bulkheads to offer a brightness that gives her a airy feeling. 


Custom painted hull 

New Yanmar 51 h.p. engine in 1998

New electronics;  wind speed and apparent wind.  Knot meter, VHF radio, stereo

All canvas stored off vessel;  Dodger, sail covers, cockpit tent, various covers

All sails stored off vessel;  Main, Mizzen, jib, Genoa, Gennaker

Two anchors, 50 ft. 3/8" chain only rode

Dinghy davits

Bronze dorade vents

Propane 3 burner stove and oven

Double SS sink

Compressor driven refriergator

Freezer compartment

Custom Bristol folding futon berths in salon

Head with holding tank

Lots of storage



The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Location Map

Steve Scherr
Knot 10 Yacht Sales
106 Wells Cove Road (behind Fishermens Inn & Crab Deck Turquoise Buildings)
Grasonville, MD, US
Office: (844) 815-0508
Mobile: (757) 438-1494