38E Pilothouse





The Helmsman Trawlers 38E Pilothouse is an innovative design offering the spaciousness of a much larger boat while fitting into a 40 foot slip. The low-rise pilothouse has excellent visibility and open communication with the salon, and is a social area too while underway or in port. The full-beam salon is expansive and comfortable, with exceptional light and ventilation. A day head is a rare and practical feature, and the convertible settee and day head can be enclosed to provide a private suite for guests when needed. The flybridge is set back to maintain a low profile – which benefits windage and center-of-gravity. A high, flush bow, sturdy railings, full covered cockpit, deep pilothouse side deck footwells and secure flybridge stairs on both sides increase practicality and safety in adverse conditions.

Minimal exterior maintenance and reliable, economical propulsion systems allow owners to spend more time cruising.

All Helmsman Trawlers are designed for long-range, comfortable passage-making. They feature sturdy construction, reliable mechanical and electrical systems, quality components and materials, and stable, efficient hull designs. Beautiful nautical interiors are expertly crafted. Helmsman Trawlers are built to exceptional standards and our quality is superb – examine and compare!

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LOA 12,45 m | LOD 11,53 m | BEAM 4,24 m | DRAFT 1,22 m

FUEL 1.514 L | WATER 549 L | WASTE 170 L

13.600 kg DRY WT

Design and Construction

  • Semi-displacement hull design with soft chines, deep forefoot, broad sections aft for form stability, and full keel
  • Strong stainless steel skeg and large rudder
  • Low profile with chariot-style flybridge and low-rise pilothouse
  • Full-beam salon, open interior design, port and starboard pilothouse doors, secure steps and handrails to flybridge
  • Separate head and shower compartments in master; day head with shower adjacent to salon
  • Convertible settee in salon; space for a freestanding chair or recliner
  • Exceptional light and ventilation – opening windows (7), opening portlights (5), opening hatches (2)
  • Structural stiffness with a solid FRP laminate hull with vinylester resins in external layers — hull fitted with an internal FRP grid
  • Decks built with substantial laminations and cored with PVC foam
  • FRP fuel tanks (2), stainless steel water tanks (2), and FRP holding tank (1)
  • Extensive use of sound deadening techniques and materials
  • Multi-layer composite interior floor construction, with rubber cork inner layer for sound and vibration reduction, topped with teak and holly strip planks
  • Expertly-crafted cabinetry — teak solids and veneers throughout for strength, water resistance and long-lasting beauty
  • Hand-brushed and hand-rubbed two-part polyurethane varnish in multiple layers, with final satin finish
  • Ceiling panels easily removable for wiring access
  • Wireways and cable runs positioned for easy equipment installations
  • Quality stainless steel deck hardware
  • Aluminum sliding pilothouse doors (2) and aft cabin door
  • Oversized double-rung stainless steel safety rails with finely polished welds

Equipment and Features Included in Base Price


  • Matterhorn White gel coat hull, superstructure and deck surfaces
  • Sidepower bow and stern thrusters
  • Transom door
  • FRP swim platform with pull-out ladder
  • Opening side handrails at pilothouse
  • Full-length cockpit cover
  • Lewmar V4 windlass with 200’ of 5/16” high tensile chain
  • 45 lb stainless steel Bruce-type anchor
  • Anchor chain locker access hatch on foredeck
  • Raw water anchor washdown at bow
  • Hawse cleats on transom (2), aft (2) and amidships (2)
  • Flybridge control center with stainless steel wheel
  • Lazarette storage compartment
  • Flybridge L-shaped settee
  • LED navigation lights
  • Dual-trumpet horn
  • Pedestal helm seat on flybridge (1)
  • Radar mast with hinge
  • Three pantographic windshield wipers
  • Stainless steel handrail on transom
  • Seahawk epoxy barrier coating and bottom paint
  • Seahawk Barnacle Blocker on underwater metal


  • Cummins QSB 6.7 liter 250 hp electronically controlled common-rail diesel engine
  • Dual Racor fuel filters
  • Dripless-type prop shaft seal with inspection window
  • Tides Marine rudder shaft seals
  • Sea Star hydraulic steering system with autopilot hydraulic steering taps installed
  • Electric bilge pumps (3) with automatic switches and high water bilge alarm
  • Shower sump pump
  • Hinged interior floor hatches with gas stays
  • Removable deck plates throughout engine room
  • Tool / storage cabinet


  • Northstar 215 A-hr AGM house batteries (2); AGM bow thruster battery (1), AGM start battery (1)
  • Magnum MS-2812 inverter/charger
  • Blue Sea Systems remote battery switches and automatic charge relays
  • SmartPlug 30 amp shorepower inlets (2) on transom
  • Galvanic isolator
  • Blue Sea Systems electrical (AC/DC) distribution panel
  • Bonding system with anodes


  • LED interior overhead lighting with dimmers
  • LED lighting in engineroom
  • LED reading lights in salon, galley, pilothouse and master stateroom
  • LED cockpit lighting
  • Storage cabinet with sliding doors aft of galley
  • Pilothouse control center with teak wheel
  • Louvered storage cabinet doors for ventilation
  • Overhead handholds in pilothouse
  • Laminated teak / holly overhead beam with hanging knees in salon
  • “Watertight” door for engineroom access from day head
  • Stainless steel overhead hatches and portlights with screens
  • Privacy door for master stateroom
  • Opening center windshield window
  • Wood blinds in salon and pilothouse
  • Sliding lower helm seat with flip-up bolster
  • Granite galley countertops
  • Spice rack in galley
  • Overhead drop-down storage cabinets in galley
  • Medicine cabinet in master head


  • Force 10 galley range - propane or electric; microwave
  • Nova Kool 9 cu. ft. refrigerator/freezer
  • Webasto Air Top 55 cabin heating system (or credit toward optional reverse-cycle heating/cooling system)
  • Dometic Masterflush heads (2)
  • Macerator overboard pump with through-hull fitting
  • Marco variable speed potable water pump
  • 11 gallon electric hot water heater
  • Cockpit shower (hot and cold)


  • Lines, fenders, shore power cable, and basic safety equipment included
  • Delivery and commissioning


A wide range of options and customizations including: engine brand and horsepower selections, generators, galley appliances, exterior gel coat colors, upholstery and granite choices, custom cabinetry, bridge layouts, and more.