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Blackfin 36-38 Convertible


Name: 36-38 Convertible
Length: 38
Hull Type: Deep-V
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 514 gals.
Model Years: 1989—1998
Draft: 4'0"
Beam: 14'5"
Water Capacity: 135 gals.
Waste Capacity: 40 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: --
A handsome yacht whose sky-high price humbled all but the most affluent buyers of her era, the Blackfin 38 Convertible is a stretched version of the original Blackfin 36 Convertible introduced back in 1986. (She became a 38-footer in 1988 when the cockpit was lengthened by two feet.) From her rakish profile to her superb seeking characteristics, the Blackfin 38 set a very high standard for under-40-foot flybridge fishing boats. The cockpit is huge, and her well-planned flybridge provides excellent helm visibility and plenty of guest seating. Several single- and twin-stateroom floorplans were offered over the years (two of which are featured here) with most owners choosing a galley-up, two-stateroom configuration or a single-stateroom/dinette layout. Where the early interiors were finished with teak, later models were trimmed with light oak woodwork. A good performer, twin 375hp Cats cruise the 36 Convertible at 20 knots (about 25 knots top). For the 38 Convertible, a pair of 425hp Cats cruise at 23 knots (26 top); 485hp Detroit 6-71 diesels cruise at 25 knots (28 knots wide open); and 550hp 6V92s will produce an honest 27-knot cruise (about 30 knots top).


Heavy-duty convertible made the cut with hardcore anglers willing to pay for Blackfin quality, durability.


Big fishing cockpit came standard with in-deck fishbox, bait-rigging center, dual washdowns, tackle drawers, transom door. Offered with two floorplans; standard two-stateroom layout, or alternate single-stateroom plan with full-size dinette in lieu of guest cabin. Wide side decks are a plus.


Big engine compartment for a boat this size.



Detroit 550hp (or 565hp) diesels cruise at 25 knots (30+ knots top).

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