Giles 38

Laurent Gites created this long keeled,

elegant offshore cruising design in

the early 1970s and it appeared

both as the Giles 38 with a

traditional transom, and later as

the Bowman 40, with a counter

stern. The interior of the deep

bodied but narrow Giles 38

was optimised for use at sea

with plenty of sea berths, a

secure galley and a large,

but outward facing, chart

table just forward of a

quarter berth. The

heads was a

reasonable size for

this generation of

yachts and

situated just

forward of the

saloon. She

had plenty



She was


and fitted out

by several yards

so there are minor

variations in layout and build quality. The transom-hung

rudder was tiller steered though some had wheels. The rig

was conservative, in view of herdisplacement and drawn

with the inevitability of heavy weather in mind.

LOA 39ft 9in (11.8m) LWL 30ft 6in (9.3m) beam 11 ft 1in (3.4m)

draught 5ft4in (1.6m) displacement 23,5201b (1 0,667kg)

Price guide: £45,000 to £70,000. YMreport November 1972.