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38' San Juan Express "Katana"

Boat Name:





San Juan








Twin CAT diesels

Engine/Fuel Type:

Twin Diesel






300 gal. - Aluminum

Hull Material:


Listed Price

Sale pending


Seattle, WA

Listing Broker:

Mark Gilbert
email: mark.gilbert@nordhavn.com
cell: 206.300.1325
office: 206.223.3624

Eric Leishman
email: Eric Leishman
cell: 949.370.8433
office: 949.496.4848

For more information, please contact your Nordhavn sales person or the office nearest you.


This highly sought after San Juan 38 is one of those rare yachts that actually lives up to the hype so often found in yacht listing descriptions. Thanks in large part to meticulous owners and a proactive approach to routine maintenance, she has been cared for the way a fine yacht should be, and she shows accordingly. She’s been in a covered boat slip the majority of her life and her exterior teak shines with multiple coats of high gloss Spar varnish. She reflects the water with her freshly waxed dark blue hull. 

Katana has twin 325 hp CAT 3116 diesels with only 1340 hours. She has a bow thruster to make maneuvering even easier. She features a Wabasto heater to keep you toasty warm when the temperatures are a bit cooler. 

Pilothouse: The heart of Katana is her semi-enclosed pilothouse with its 360-degree visibility, hydraulic sunroof, convertible dinette, and comfortable helm station. The teak table has a large built-in lockable drawer under it and a table filler cushion for an additional berth. The helm seat has dark blue leather with an internal locking system for security. There is a bar and sink with hot/cold water, U-line refrigerator with icemaker. The overhead lights have been converted to LED. 

Below decks:  You have a  traditional two-stateroom, well-appointed interior with warm teak cabinetry throughout.  There is a spacious V-berth forward and a queen berth amidships, aft of the companionway stairs. The owners currently use the amidships berth as the master. The head is on the starboard side with a walk-in shower. The galley is located on the port side that features a Force Ten 3-burner stove. There are several stainless steel ports (with screens) throughout for good ventilation. There is very good interior lighting overhead. 

The galley is located on the port side and has nice counter access and ample storage. There is a Force Ten 3-burner propane stove with oven, Norcold refrigerator with freezer (on the starboard side) and domestic hot water on demand. There are nice overhead lights and a port for good ventilation. 


  • Custom made intuitive dash layout for easy access to switches and controls 

  • DELL computer with 12" daylight screen and Logitech wireless mouse 

  • Nobeltec Visual Nav Suite with radar overlay 

  • 36-mile 4 kw dome radar

  • Engine instrumentation by Caterpillar 

  • Additional hard-wired engine alarm system

  • Raytheon Tri-data, speed/depth/temp/log 

  • Raytheon autopilot with fluxgate compass connected to computer Navigation system 

  • Standard Horizon VHF mounted in galley with RAM microphone at helm

  • Alpine AM/FM CD player with two 600-watt amps, four speakers & two subwoofers

  • ACR 100-R dual spotlight mounted on mast with helm controller 

  • JRC DGPS wired to computer


  • Heart Freedom 25 inverter/charger charges the house & engine batteries on AC

  • Echo charge system to charge the engine start banks while on DC 

  • Two 105-amp high-output alternators feed the house battery bank

  • NextStep external voltage regulator controlling both alternators 

  • Link 1000 battery management/inverter control system

  • Four 8D Lifeline AGM house batteries (800 amps) and Two 8D AGM engine start batteries. They were replaced in the last couple of years.

  • Guest galvanic isolator 

  • 50' shorepower cord

  • 110-volt outlets throughout boat, including engine compartments & lazarette

The cockpit has port and starboard sun pads that are perfect for relaxing. They have a powered lift to provide excellent access to the diesel engines. There is an aft cockpit seating area as well that has deep storage spaces below them. The exterior cushions are covered in a dark blue Sunbrella fabric. There is teak deck on the cockpit and pilothouse sole along with the swim step. All exterior teak was refinished February 2016. 

  • West Marine RU-310 roll-up inflatable that fits perfectly in the starboard locker 

  • Mercury 4 hp outboard (with both internal & external fuel tanks) stored in port locker

  • Cockpit wash down

  • Custom S/S bow roller with polished S/S anchor

  • Lewmar Concept II flush chrome windlass with wireless remote & pilothouse switch control 

  • Foredeck washdown with flush hose receptacle

  • Custom S/S bow chocks

  • Hot & Cold cockpit/transom shower

  • Cockpit bright-finished teak boarding ladder

  • 30-amp cigarette plug in cockpit locker for inflator

  • Flush/pullout drink holders for aft seats, on port & starboard sides

  • Custom BBQ shelf for S/S Parker grill (with custom canvas bag) that mounts on the port or starboard sides of the cockpit (stores in lazarette)

  • Teak cockpit table with custom storage

  • Two flush pop-up cleats on swim step

  • Sunbrella bronze full boat cover

  • Sunbrella bronze slant-back cockpit cover 

  • Black Mermet windshield screen cover 

  • Drop curtain of bronze Sunbrella fabric with sliding door with Sunbrella bronze screen door for drop curtain

Mechanical & Engine Details
The San Juan 38 is an impressive mix of cutting-edge styling and performance. She cruises comfortably at 19-20 knots. She is on plane at 12-13 knots with a top speed of 28 knots. 

  • Twin 325 hp CAT 3116 turbocharged/after cooled diesels with 1340 hours

  • Sidepower 4 hp bow thruster

  • 45,000 BTU Webasto hot-water heating system; thermostat-controlled 

  • MicroCommander electronic controls 

  • Automatic electronic engine synchronization 

  • Automatic engine room fire suppression system 

  • VDO gauges mounted in each engine area, including fuel & water 

  • Tank Watch III holding-tank gauge

  • Racor fuel/water separators for each engine 

  • Hydraulic engine hatches controlled from helm

  • Engine compartment soundproofing package

  • Tides Marine dripless shaft & rudder boxes 

  • Computer-balanced 4-bladed Nibral props 

  • Bronze thru-hull hardware with bronze ball valves 

  • Bennett hydraulic trim tabs

  • Oil transfer pump & manifold for engines & transmission 

  • Marol hydraulic steering with high gloss finished wooden wheel 

  • Two-speed windshield wipers with intermittent mode 

  • Twin Kahlenburg air horns with compressor 

  • Italian high-output 12-volt dinghy/toy inflator 

  • Fresh and saltwater wash-down systems

  • Custom storage in cockpit locker aft of engines; additional storage box outboard the port engine

  • Sea Recovery 170 gpd DC watermaker. This came with the boat when the seller purchased it. It has been pickled but they have never used it so the seller doesn’t warrant that the watermaker is in working condition.  

  • Oil changes, drive belts and hoses have been done every year

  • Bonding wires for the thru-hulls were replaced Feb. 2016

  • Injectors were adjusted at 500 hours 





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