1989 Custom Built Tripp 38' by Holby Marine

Year: 1989
Current Price: 55,000 USD
Location: Richmond, VA, USA
YW# 74916-3177214

Voodoo 2 (originally known as Promises) was custom built by Holby Marine and has spent most of her life sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.  Having sailed on and against this racing yacht for many years, I can speak first-hand as to her quality and performance.  Designed in the early IMS rating era, the Tripp 38 benefits from a very fair hull shape producing an attractive and classic yacht.  The wide-open cockpit is comfortable and easy to maneuver; designed for fluid crew work. 

Voodoo has been optimized for windward/leeward course racing but is also competitive in distances races having done such races as Annapolis-Newport and Newport-Bermuda. She is an upwind machine, tacking and easy to sail downwind in full control.  In short, she is a great boat.

Present Boat Name Voodoo 2
Year 1989
Model Tripp 38 Custom
Builder Holby Marine
Designer Tripp
LOA 11.58m - 38.00ft
LWL 10.39m - 34.10ft
Beam 3.76m - 12.20ft
Draft Deep 2.16m - 7.10ft
Displacement 4,761.00kg - 10,500.00lbs
Ballast 2,603.00kg - 5,800.00lbs
FYS Broker Bill O'Malley
L/A Date 2019-01-08
Engine HP 30HP
Engine Manufacturer Yanmar
Engine Model 3GM30
Fuel Diesel
Hull Identification # HXY38001A989
Keel Fin
Propeller Type 2 Blade Bronze Folding

Hull/Deck Construction Details

Custom built by Holby Marine and Mark Lindsay, the Tripp 38 is light and stiff, owing largely to the excellent construction and design. The construction utilizing an aluminum grid bonded to the interior hull which carries all the rig and engine load in addition to adding stiffness.

The Tripp 38 has 6 structural bulkheads in addition to two longitudinal stringers which double as bunk/settee sides. All interior bulkheads are either nomex or foam cored as are the hull and deck.


Interior Layout

Voodoo 2 has a spacious and open interior layout with port and starboard settee bunks, Ice chest that doubles as a Nav station small galley and enclosed head.  A spartan but very functional racing interior, comfortable and ideal for offshore racing and weekend cruising.

  • Poly-core floorboards, engine box
  • Foam core bunk tops
  • Skateboard type companionway steps for pit man
  • Butane (portable) single burner cooker
  • Ginballed pressure cooker


Electrical System

  • Yanmar 3GM30 -2007
  • Flexfold prop – reconditioned '15
  • New exhaust/water elbow – '16
  • Rebuilt raw water pump – '17
  • New belts and hoses – '17
  • Engine hours – 1050.  Oil changed annually



  • Raymarine E80 chartplotter
  • 8 bulkhead 60displays – Tri Data, Multi, Graphic (2 ea. On all), Wind &  Close Haul
  • 3 Tacktic wireless maxi displays at mast w/remote
  • NavPac electronics power regulator/isolator for instruments
  • Horizon VHF in cabin w/remote microphone in cockpit and remote station in cockpit
  • Panasonic stereo w/Bose speakers, 2 in cockpit, 2 in cabin
  • ST2000 autohelm
  • LED bow, stern and cabin lights
  • Rewired and new panel 2016


Deck Gear

Custom tiller

Custom spinnaker bag under forward hatch

Newer Jeffa rudder bearings

New non skid – 2017

Windward sheeting main traveler w/gross and fine trim

Gross and fine tune main blocks

All tracks replaced since 2008

All new cars since 2008

Spinlock XX0812 clutches for jib and main 2012


Winch Package

2 - Lewmar 48 Primary 3-speed Genoa winches

2 - Lewmar Quattro- style Secondary Halyard/Spinnaker 2-speed winches

2 - Harken 40 2-speed checkstay winches.

Ronstan and Harken quick release winch handles


Spars & Standing Rigging

Hall 3 spreader mast w/checks and runners – repainted '08

Rod rigging – new in 2008                                                                                   

Carbon penalty spinnaker pole (+10%)

Holmatro hydraulic backstay w/custom gauge (readable from trim stations)

Spare hydraulic cylinder


Sail Inventory

Doyle Sails - Hampton

2017 Main – carbon

2014 Main – kevlar

2013 Heavy #1 – carbon

2014 #3 – carbon

2013 Spinnaker AP .6

2014 Spinnaker lt. reacher

20xx Spinnaker hvy. Reacher

Numerous other sails, all serviceable.


Spares & Safety Gear

All safety equipment required for coastal sailing


Additional Comments

Voodoo2 Maintenance/Upgrades

2007 - Maxprop re build

            Repaint mast - $4K

            Replace spin track, car

            Replace cutlesss bearing

            Replace rod rigging - $7K

            New mainsheet system

            Replace main track, traveler car

            Replace engine - $14K

            Replace dripless prop seal

            New Raymarine nav system, E80/ST60's - $10K

2008-    Replace jib, main halyard clutches

            Replace engine box, floor boards w/honeycomb cell board

            Replace Jeffa rudder bearings $1.6K

            Replace tiller

            Replace lifelines

            Replace primary winches  w/ Lewmar 48-3speed


2009 -   Replace hydraulic backstay - $7.5K(automatic 2-speed)

2011 -   Replace jib tracks

            Replace all bearings in primary winches

2012 -   Replace stereo, add Bose speakers to cabin, cockpit

            Replace main, jib clutches w/ new XX0812's - $1.5K

            Replace bunk boards w foam core

2013 -   Replace jib car sheave rollers

            Rw-core deck under winches, stanchions, fore and aft pulpits, pot and fill deck fittings

2014 -   Add 3 Tacktic Maxi's for mast - $3K

            Replace cabin top winches w/Lewmar "Quatro" type winches w/speed ring

            Replace spin. Guy Blocks

            Replace forward Lewmar hatch

            Replace forward (small) Lewmar hatches (2)

            Replace 10 cabin lights w/ LED

2015 –  Replace breaker panel, re-wire

            Add cockpit VHF microphone w/DSC

            New GPS receiver, upgrade Seatalk to NMEA 0183

            Replace hydraulic cylinder and lines

            Replace all interior lights, bow and stern light w/LED

            Replace cutlass bearing

            New GPS antenna

2016 -   Max Prop reconditioned

            Replace exhaust mixing elbow

            Remove and polish side lights, re-bed in Sika

            Remove and inspect all standing rigging

2017 -   Rebuild raw water pump

            Replace engine belts and hoses 


Also available –  Gooseneck trailer (F250 pulls boat comfortably)



Farr Yacht Sales offers the details of the listed vessel in good faith. We are diligent in presenting the above facts and inventories of the listed vessel but we cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of the information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The buyer, whether himself or through his agent or his surveyor, should conduct such investigation, independent confirmation and additional due diligence as the buyer deems necessary before purchasing the vessel. 

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