If you are looking for a traditional boat like a Contessa 32, Rustler or Rival you should consider the almost legendary Ohlson 38. She was designed by Einar Ohlson, a Swedish naval architect. In 1976 Clare Francis famously competed in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race in her Ohlson 38 yacht ‘Robertson’s Golly’, finishing thirteenth overall and setting a new women’s single-handed transatlantic record. The Ohlson 38 has an enviable reputation for seaworthiness, speed and good sea motion. She also one of the very few boats that can ‘lie ahull’ and look after you if you are out in the ocean in a blow. She is also a very pretty boat and constantly admired.
The current owners bought ‘Slim Chance’ in 2012 from a marine engineer who owned and loved her for 32 years. The hull was moulded in 1978 by Tyler Boats in Kent who were then regarded as the experts in using fibre glass. As was normal then, the boat was fitted out by her original owners. However, much of the work was quite poor and 2 years later with only 80 hours logged on the engine she was bought by the marine engineer who then spent the next 5 years redoing all the interior woodwork and upgrading most of the fittings. She was then relaunched in 1985. With the quality of the original moulding and refit in the early eighties the boat is probably over engineered compared to a modern yacht.
The woodwork in Slim Chance is superb and in a lovely honey coloured teak, which makes the interior warm and much lighter than similar boats in dark mahogany. She sails beautifully and is very responsive. Even with just 6 knots of winds she will sail well. With 10-15 knots she creams along to windward at 6-7 knots. With a lower freeboard than modern boats you also get a much better sense of sailing. Above 20 knots, if you are feeling lazy or shorthanded, she will still sail to windward with just the genoa pointing high at 6-7 knots.
Over the last 6 years that the current owners have had her, they have carried out several upgrades and she is now in truly exceptional condition with nothing major likely to need doing for several years:
Deck: in 2014 the classic diamond pattern non-slip decking was replaced with synthetic teak. This made a huge difference to the look of the boat. Everybody thinks it’s real teak but it’s maintenance free.
In 2014 they also fitted a new sprayhood, pedestal and sail cover.
Hull: The previous owner had been involved in the marine industry and developed a new form of antifouling called Cupro FF which were basically small copper sheets. The prototype of this was put on Slim Chance during the refit. However, by 2014 the bottom of the boat was thick with this and normal antifouling and not very smooth. We decided to peel all of this off. At that point we found some very small and early signs of osmosis so decided to HotVac treat the hull and re epoxy. The hull should now be free of osmosis for 15-20 years.
Rudder: in 2017 the rudder was dropped , rebuilt and epoxied
Seacocks: The engine inlet seacock was replaced along with the engine in 2015. The toilet Blakes seacocks were replaced in 2017.
Standing rigging: This was replaced by the previous owner in 2008. It has been professionally checked and remains in good condition.
Engine: a new Yanmar 30 was fitted in 2015 by Cutler Marine, Emsworth. This has done approximately 300 hours.
In 2014 a Feathersteam prop and rope stripper was fitted.
Slim Chance has a relatively small 45 litre stainless steel diesel tank below the cockpit sole but has the advantage of being easy to remove and clean with petrol which means she can be kept free of diesel bug. The owners then followed the previous owner’s recommendation to this every 2-3 years.
Sails: New mainsail and 140% genoa from Sanders Sails in Lymington in 2016. The previous sails, also from Sanders, from 2000 are still in good condition although the genoa’s cut is too full. Both mainsails have 3 reefs. There is a cruising chute/asymmetric spinnaker plus ATN tacker with a snuffer. 5 other spare sails are also available
In 2016 all the reefing lines were replaced and an Andersen winch was attached on the mast below the boom to aid reefing. Lazy jacks were also added. These can be put way when sailing and are only used to help when lowering the mainsail.
Primary winches: The old winches were replaced with Anderson 46 ST winches in 2014
Electronics: All in 2014 New Raymarine e7 Hybrid Touch Chartplotter fitted and wheel autopilot (ST4000), wind instrument (i60) and echo sounder (i50) replaced. Also replaced old VHF with new Lowrance link8 with DSC
She is fitted with 3 batteries which were all new in 2014. A solar panel and regulator was fitted in 2016 together with an automatic bilge pump.
Interior: The headlining in the forepeak and aft berth was redone in 2016. The cushions were all replaced in 2014. In 2016 we added an additional berth configuration which means that the saloon area can be made into a queen sized double bed sleeping across the boat.
The Lavac toilet and pipework was replaced in 2015
All the reading lamps were replaced with LED lamps in 2015
Owners Words: ‘We have loved having Slim Chance for the last 6 years and will be very sad to see her go. She gives you a lovely feeling when you catch up much larger boats and sail past them. There are not many boats where people shout out how pretty she is and give her admiring looks as she comes into harbour. She is what people call a ‘proper boat’.’
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