Rambler 38

Publish date:


LOA: 38 feet, 3 inches • BEAM: 11 feet, 10 inches • WEIGHT: 11,000 pounds • DRAFT: 2 feet, 1 inch • HULL TYPE: deep-vee POWER: twin 350-hp Mercury Verados • SPEED: 39 knots top, 32 knots cruise • TANKAGE: 450 gallons fuel, 50 gallons water, 40 gallons waste BASE PRICE: $750,000 • CONTACT: Rambler Yachts, Newport, Rhode Island, (401) 369-0931. rambleryachts.com 

Rambler Yacht Co. will launch its first boat, the Rambler 38. It’s a center console designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built at the Lyman-Morse yard in Thomaston, Maine.

Constructed of aluminum that is 85 percent from recycled sources and 100 percent recyclable at the end of the boat’s life, the Rambler 38 has a 21-degree deadrise for cutting through the choppy stuff and a 2-foot, 1-inch draft for sneaking into skinny water.

Inside the gunwales, the Rambler 38 can be customized with various deck layouts. Folks who want to entertain aboard may want the cockpit dinette with two benches and a teak table. A cockpit galley/dinette version also is available. Owners with angling on the agenda can opt for a live well and rigging station.


A sunpad is forward of the console, with a bench seat forward of the sunpad. Beneath the console is a cabin with a two-person berth, a galley and an enclosed head. A hardtop protects the helm, which has a pair of captain’s seats at a dash with two multifunction displays and easy-to-reach switches.

Standard power for the Rambler 38 is a pair of 350-hp Mercury Verado 4-strokes, for a top end of 39 knots. Optional are quad 350-hp Verados, which up the top speed to 60-plus knots.

“Our goal was to develop a design that is new and different but distinctly American,” says Brendan Abbott, chief designer for Sparkman & Stephens and president of Rambler Yacht Co. “It had to be powerful and elegant, but also functional and relevant in the market. Our aft deck options leap ahead of the competition with wholly customizable solutions to suit clients’ needs and enhance their time on the water.”

This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue.