Aqua-Star Ocean Ranger 38

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Established in 1967 Aqua-Star built their reputation as builders of robust and seaworthy workboats which could operate in all weathers while offering the turn of speed needed by port authorities and pilots. As with the Nelson brand the qualities offered by hulls quickly drew the attention of leisure boaters looking for capable offshore motor cruisers. Introduced in the mid-1980s the Aqua-Star 38 was offered in aft cockpit and aft cabin versions.

The Aqua-Star Ocean Ranger 38 is the aft cabin version of the 38’ hull offering two double cabins, two heads, dinette, galley and deck saloon with internal and flybridge helm stations. A recent re-fitted example of the class BLUE STAR is reluctantly offered for sale as a turn key boat with an extensive inventory including highlights such as:

Original off-white gelcoat finish with blue sheerband

PermaTeek synthetic teak decking to finish side and aft decks, professionally fitted 2020

2x Thornycroft HINO (Commercial division of Toyota) W06 DTI, 250hp marine diesel engines.

Bennett trim tabs with dual control stations and position indicators, new pump unit fitted 2020

MASE Mariner 5500 marine generator

New batteries for domestic and engine banks fitted 2020

Sterling 230VAC – 12VDC battery charger

Holding tank

Salt water deck wash system

Raymarine AXIOM 7 chartplotter display (2020)

Lowrance Elite 5X Hdi fishfinder (2020)

B&G Focus speed/log instrument

Neptune 4500 gas cooker, two burner, oven and grill (2020)

Microwave Oven

Dometic front loading fridge, with icebox (2020)

New headlining professionally fitted in dinette, deck saloon and aft cabin, spring 2021

Sowester inflatable dinghy (2020)

Honda 2.3hp, 4-stroke outboard engine (2021)

Stainless steel transom mounted davits

Afloat and incommission until mid-October BLUE STAR represents a rare opportunity to acquire a recently refitted example of this robust and highly capable motor cruiser.


Hull Construction:

Single piece GRP moulded hull

Traditional heavyweight GRP moulding

GRP formed internal structural members

Plywood bulkheads glassed to hull and deck

Original off-white gelcoat finish with blue sheerband

Hardwood rubbing strake and quarter protection boards.

Topsided polished spring 2021

Underwater hull finished in blue antifouling, applied spring 2021

Deck & Superstructure Construction:

Single piece GRP moulded deck incorporating coachroof and deckhouse superstructure

Traditional heavyweight GRP moulding

Moulding finished in original off-white gelcoat with blue style stripe.

PermaTeek synthetic teak decking to finish side and aft decks, professionally fitted 2020

Moulded GRP toerail running around deck edge

Grey/Blue non-slip paint panels to finish coachroof top

Keel & Rudder:

Long moulded skeg keel

Twin bronze rudders


Engine & gearbox:

2x Thornycroft HINO W06 DTI marine diesel engines.

Marinised HINO (Toyota commercial vehicle division) base engine.


6 cylinder, turbo charged, indirectly cooled.

Hydraulic reversing marine gearbox

Single lever morse controls at both helm stations.

Engine dash panels with gauges for RPM, water temperature and turbo boost pressure.

Visual/auidable alarms for water temperature, battery charging and oil pressure.

Racor turbine type primary filters for both engines with visual water alarms.

Maintenance & Performance:

Estimated engine running hours approximately 1750 hours.

Engines last serviced spring 2021

Port engine injectors overhauled with new nozzles 2020. Spare nozzles included within engine spares aboard boat.

Cruising speed 10kts

Max speed 20kts

Selection of cruising spares and tools


MASE Mariner 5500 marine generator

Single cylinder Ruggerini diesel engine

50Hz, 5.5kw, 3000RPM

Running hours recorded – 284hrs

Propulsion & Steering:

Stainless steel prop shafts

Traditional water fed stuffing glands

Bronze 4 blade propellors

Dual station hydraulic steering

Steering system stripped and overhauled winter 2020/21 with new ram fitted.

Trim Tabs:

Bennett trim tabs

Dual control stations

Position indicators at both helm stations

Hydraulic pump replaced 2020


Windscreen wipers for all three forward facing wheelhouse windows.

Electric de-misters for all three forward facing wheelhouse windows.


Voltage systems:

12VDC onboard power system

230VAC shore power / generator supply system

Shore Power:

Single 16 amp connection

Extension lead to connect to shore supply

RCD protected system

Ring main, battery charger and immersion heater.

Battery Banks:

Engine Bank – 2x 12VDC, 100Ah, lead acid (2020)

Domestic Bank – 4x 12VDC, 110Ah, lead acid (2020)

Battery wiring replaced with new isolators (2020)


Alternators mounted on both engine.

12VDC output

Battery Charger:

Sterling PRO Charge Ultra

230VAC – 12VDC



Voltmeters on both engine panels to show alternator charge.

12VDC auxiliary and USB charging sockets, voltmeter on socket panel

12VDC dual tone electric horn, operated from both helm stations (2021)


Fresh Water:

Pressurised hot and cold water system

New pressure pump fitted 2020

Mixer taps in galley and both heads

Dedicated showers in both heads

Hot water provided via calorifier heated via engine cooling system or 230VAC immersion heater

Bilge Pumps:

Manual bilge pump

Electric bilge pump – x2 with manual and auto switching (2020)

Deck Wash:

Saltwater deck wash system



Twin diesel tank

Stainless steel tanks

Approximate total capacity 1300ltrs (300gal)

New deck filler fitting installed spring 2021

Fresh Water:

Single fresh water tank.

Stainless steel tank

Approximate capacity 400ltrs (88gal)

New deck filler fitting installed spring 2021

Holding Tank:

Single holding tank for forward heads.

Manually pumped overboard discharge

Deck suction discharge point

Tank Monitoring:

Analogue gauges for both fuel tanks

Analogue gauge for water tank


On Deck:

Magnetic Compass – Plastimo Offshore 115

Below Decks:

Plotter – Raymarine AXIOM 7 display (2020)

FishFinder – Lowrance Elite 5X Hdi (2020)

Speed/Log – B&G Focus display

Communications Equipment:

Below Decks VHF – Sailor Compact RT2048

Flybridge VHF – Hummingbird

Navtex – NASA Target Pro – Not currently operating



Galley Stove – Neptune 4500 gas cooker, two burner, oven and grill (2020)

Microwave Oven – 230VAC

Fridge – Dometic front loading fridge, with icebox (2020)

Double stainless steel sink


Jabsco manual marine toilets x2 (2020)

All heads pipework replaced in full 2021

Wash hand basin x2

Mixer Tap x2

Shower x2


Autotherm Planar 44D, installed new 2020

Diesel fired blown air system

Thermostatic cabin controller


Overhead lighting throughout interior

Reading lights over bunks

Most lights now fitted with LED bulbs


Radio/CD/DVD/VCD/MP4/MP3/Bluetooth/USB head unit

Speakers in saloon

Flat screen TV 19”


Summary of Accommodation:

Twin/double cabin forward

Forward heads

Lower level galley

Dinette converting to double bunk on lower level

Wheelhouse/deck saloon with occasional single bunk

Master cabin aft with ensuite heads

Accommodation Finish:

Joinery work of teak veneered plywood with solid teak trims

Carpet linings to finish hull sides in cabins

New headlining professionally fitted in dinette, deck saloon and aft cabin, spring 2021

GRP moulded sole and furniture base units in heads with laminate finish to bulkheads.

Teak sole grating in heads

Fitted carpets throughout interior fully replaced 2021

Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward Cabin:

Traditional V-berth cabin which can be configured as twin bunks or a double with infill section fitted.

Standing room aft of bunks.

Hanging locker aft of bunk on port side.

Lockers running the length of the bunks overhead port and starboard.

Door fronted lockers beneath aft end of bunks port and starboard.

Forward Heads:

Located on starboard side forward of galley, accessed through door immediately forward of galley.

Inboard facing manual marine toilet located outboard aft.

Countertop running athwartships forward with inset wash hand basin.

Vanity locker outboard of toilet

Storage locker beneath countertop


Located to port side in lower section of forward accommodation space

Thwartships double drop leaf, height adjustable table

Fore and aft facing bench settees.

Table drops down to create occasional double berth with infill cushions

Lockers and bookshelfs outboard of table

Locker aft of aft settee, above seatback

Storage lockers in settee bases.


Located opposite Dinette in lower forward accommodation space.

Thwartships worktop forward with microwave located on top.

Gas galley cooker mounted outboard

Thwartships worktop aft with inset double stainless steel sink

Range of lockers and drawers below worktop

Lockers above worktop outboard, forward and aft

Wheelhouse/Deck Saloon:

Access to side decks via sliding doors port and starboard

Internal helm station forward to starboard, engine dash panels and navigation instrumentation mounted forward of wheel.

Helm and Navigators seating on swivelling stainless steel bases, can be set to face forward or aft.

L-shaped settee to port aft, converting to occasional single berth.

Low level, movable coffee table.

Access to engine space via lifting sole panels.

Companionway and steps to access the aft cockpit.

Storage lockers beneath settee and outboard to starboard

Master Aft Cabin:

Accessed from deck saloon.

Centrally located double berth.

Dresser units and countertops outboard of bunks port and starboard aft

Selection of storage lockers and drawers forward of dressers port and starboard.

Hanging locker forward to starboard.

En-suite access to aft head to port forward.

Aft En-suite Heads:

Located to port side of aft cabin forward.

Forward facing manual marine toilet mounted inboard, aft.

Countertop running length of compartment outboard with inset wash hand basin forward.

Storage locker beneath the countertop.


Canvas Work:

Wind Breaker – Fitting on rail around cockpit aft

Winter Cockpit Cover – Poor condition

Fitted cushions for cockpit seating

Anchoring & Mooring:

Bower Anchor – 35lb CQR Plough anchor on 60m, 10mm chain rode. (Chain new 2020)

Electric Windlass – Simpson Lawrence vertical windlass with warping drum and chain gypsy. Foot button controls on foredeck. Windlass fully overhauled in spring 2021 with new gearbox and motor rebuilt

Beaching Legs

Mooring Warps – Selection

Fenders – Selection

Stainless steel fender baskets mounted on transom port and starboard


Inflatable Dinghy – Sowester dinghy, new 2020

Outboard Engine – Honda 2.3hp, 4-stroke, new 2021.

Davits – Stainless steel transom mounted davits


Single stainless steel bow roller forward with anchor stowing in roller.

Solid stainless steel guard rails running the length of the decks and around the aft end of the cockpit.

Guard rail gates port, starboard and aft.

Deck mounted stainless steel samson post forward, midships and aft, port and starboard.

Stainless steel grabrails running the length of the forward coachroof outboard port and starboard.

Stepped side deck at aft end of side decks with raised aft cockpit

Flybridge helm station to forward port side of of cockpit

Companionway to access deck saloon outboard of helm station to starboard.

Moulded GRP seating at forward end of cockpit with stainless steel ‘flip flop’ backrests, seats can be forward or aft facing.

Moulded seating units running across transom.

Storage lockers within bases of cockpit seating units.

Central transom seat section lifts out to access transom boarding ladder

Stainless steel boarding platform with hardwood slats

Folding swimming ladders mounted from bathing platform


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Navigation Lights:

Full set of navigation lights

Life saving:

Fire blanket


In this case we are acting as brokers only.

The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.

This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Contact The Seller

General Information

Geoff Willson Jnr
United Kingdom


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About The Seller

Mark Cameron Yachts

The Braes



United Kingdom

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