38' Vista 1990



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38' Vista 1990 SLICE OF LIFE


The SLICE OF LIFE is a very well-kept Vista 38 Sun Deck Trawler. Produced by Kha Shing Shipbuilding of Taiwan, she's a 1990 model and was built in 1989. Equipped with economical & reliable FORD LEHMAN 225 HP Turbo diesels, she'll give a solid 9 to 10-knot cruise and more if your in a hurry. By the way, the fuel burn rate is only 4.5 USG per hour at cruise! Combined with her light & bright interior and comfortable (2) Stateroom layout, the SLICE OF LIFE is a very attractive proposition for those who have their hearts set on some extended cruising! 

The SLICE OF LIFE inventory features an ONAN 8 kW diesel generator, reverse-cycle heat & air conditioning and electric heating throughout. Her SUNBRELLA Flybridge Bimini canvas, complete with a full Enclosure, is in excellent shape. The interior is certainly clean and  the yacht "shows well". Equipped with a CETREK Autopilot and, upgraded in 2015, she also has RAYMARINE RD424D Radar, A12 GPS / Chartplotter and a R60 VHF, the SLICE OF LIFE electronics are certainly complete as well as up-to-date. 

The SLICE OF LIFE has been located in fresh water up on the Connecticut River for many years with her previous Owners and she has benefited from that environment. Her "no teak decks" are a real "plus" as built and the yacht's White exterior gelcoat is easy to maintain. As her Owners plans have changed for the 2018 Season, she's offered for brokerage sale and is just now in the process of being commissioned. Appointments for viewings are to be encouraged as the SLICE OF LIFE will not disappoint. 





38 Sun Deck Trawler

Cruise Speed:

10 KTS

Max Speed:

13 KTS

Range NMI:



14' 1"

Engine Details:


Engine 1:

1990 1214.00 HRS 225.00 HP

Engine 2:

1990 1214.00 HRS 225.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

250 GAL

Water Capacity:

150 GAL



  • White Gelcoat finish
  • Dark Blue Gelcoat Boot-Top & Flybridge Accent Stripe
  • Blue bottom
  • Swim Platform w/ swim ladder, stainless steel 
  • Ladder to Sun Deck, stainless steel w/ plastic steps 
  • (3) Opening Ports for Fore Cabin & Forward Head
  • Large Opening Hatch in Transom for Aft Cabin 


  • White Gelcoat finish
  • Painted Off-White non-skid sections for Fore Deck, SIde Decks & Sun Deck
  • Bow Pulpit, stainless steel
  • Rails & supports, stainless steel
  • Lower Lifelines, 1x19 stainless steel, coated
  • Lifeline Gates, port & starboard
  • Fender racks built into rails 
  • Ladder from swim platform to Sun Deck entrance, stainless steel 
  • Safety grab rails throughout, stainless steel 
  • (3) Deck hatches, (1) Large on Fore Deck & (2) Medium for Forward Head & Fore Cabin
  • (4) Mooring Bits, port & starboard, (2) forward & (2) aft, large stainless steel 
  • (2) Mooring cleats, amidships
  • Chafe guards for the dock line, stainless steel 


  • Bimini Top w/ Enclosure (see "Canvas")
  • Wheel steering, hydraulic w/ wood-rimmed wheel 
  • Overhead electronics storage console 
  • Wind Screen / Spray Shield, multiple sections, PLEXI
  • Captain's Helm Chair, white cushion padded, adjustable
  • Bench seating port & starboard w/ White cushions 
  • Folding table (note: fixed location on Flybridge aft) 
  • Instrumentation for both engines;  fuel, engine temperature, oil pressure, volt meter for alternator, alarm & tachometer
  • Engine "start" & "stop" controls
  • Throttles & shift levers 
  • Bow Thruster Controls
  • Stern Thruster Controls 

Sun Deck

  • Hard Top. fiberglass (note: no Enclosure)
  • Door aft to ladder to Swim Platform 
  • Companionway entrance door to Salon, (2) vertical section 
  • (2) Folding Deck Chairs, padded

The Vista 38 Sun Deck Trawler has a the usual superb wood joinery below as featured by the Kha Shing Shipyard over the years. The SLICE OF LIFE has a light-grain wood that is nicely-finished with multiple coats of satin varnish and it is in very good condition. The large forward windshield area and generous windows in the Salon provide a good amount of ambient light and air. 

  • Teak & Holly Cabin Sole (note: numerous trimmed & insulated removable sections to facilitate access to the bilge & engine spaces in the Salon) 
  • Varnished light-grain wood interior joinery
  • Assorted Oriental-style carpets
  • Swivel chair w/ foot-stool, Light Brown Leather upholstery
  • "L" Shaped Settee, Dark Brown Velour material upholstery
  • Assorted throw pillows
  • Teak table w/ folding leaves & internal storage, movable
  • Bedding for Aft Cabin berth
  • Curtains for Salon portlight, starboard side aft 
  • Mesh Screens for windshield & windows through the Salon and the Aft Cabin
  • Blinds for Salon & Aft Cabin windows


The SLICE OF LIFE features a modern, (2) Stateroom accommodation layout with a "V" Berth for the Fore Cabin and a "Queen Berth" on centerline for the Aft Cabin. The Galley is "up" and is located in the Salon, port side aft. The seating area is just forward and opposite the Lower Helm Station.  

  • "V" Berth forward w/ insert section
  • "Queen" Berth aft on centerline 

Lower Helm Station

  • Wheel steering, hydraulic w/ teak wheel, spoked
  • Instrumentation for both engines;  fuel, engine temperature, oil pressure, volt meter for alternator, alarm & tachometer
  • Engine "start" & "stop" controls
  • MORSE Throttles & shift levers 
  • (3) Windshield wiper controls for port / middle / starboard sections
  • Bow Thruster Controls by VETUS
  • Stern Thruster Controls by VETUS
  • Fore & Aft Bilge Pump controls 

The Vista 38 Sun Deck Trawler has a "Galley Up" layout in the Salon, port side aft. 

  • SEAWARD Princess stove w/ oven, (3) burner, electric
  • Cutting board for stove / oven
  • Microwave oven
  • NORCOLD Refrigeration, 12VDC / 110VAC dual-voltage
  • BELLA Coffee-maker
  • BLACK & DECKER Toaster
  • Sink, large stainless steel 
  • Hot & old ressure ater service, single-tap w/ sprayer at sink
  • FORMICA countertops
  • Exhaust fan 

The Vista 38 Sun Deck Trawler has (2) Marine Head areas. They are ensuite to the Fore & Aft Cabins. 

  • Marine Heads, (2) JABSCO electric, MSD Type III 
  • Maserator Pump for Holding Tank 
  • Holding tank capacity:  50 USG (note: deck pump-out plate for the tank and overboard discharge via the macerator pump) 
  • SCAD Holding Tank Monitor (note: located at Lower Helm Station)
  • Showers; Stall unit w/ enclosure door for Aft Head & hand-held unit for Forward Head
  • Tiled Head Soles 

The SLICE OF LIFE is powered by two FORD-LEHMAN Model SP225H Marine Diesel engines rated at 225 HP. 

  • Engine Hours:  Port @ 2015, Starboard @ 1937 (note: both as recorded on Engine Tach's)
  • Fuel capacity: 250 USG total @ 2x 125 USG tanks (black iron)
  • RACOR Fuel / Water Separators
  • (3) Blade propellers, bronze, 25"x19.2"
  • Propeller shafts, 2" stainless steel
  • Oil change pump
  • BENNETT Trim Tabs (note: not operational and not made so given the lack of an operational requirement) 
  • Engine room blowers, 12 VDC 
  • FIREBOY Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing System


  • VETUS Bow Thruster
  • VETUS Stern Thruster


  • Fresh Water capacity; total 150 USG @ 2x 75 USG stainless steel tanks
  • RARITAN Hot water heater, 12 USG


  • Pressure water system
  • (2) Shower Sump pumps
  • (2) Bilge Pumps, electric / automatic w/ float switch & manual override (note: located fore & aft)
  • Bilge pump, emergency manually-operated (note: at Lower Helm Station) 


  • MARINE AIR Reverse-Cycle Heat & Air Conditioning System
  • MERMAID Reverse-Cycle Heat & Air Conditioning System
  • (3) NUTONE Cabin Heaters, electric 
  • HONEYWELL Fan, portable, 12 VDC 

Lighting, Exterior

  • (2) Lights for Sun Deck (note: deck level)
  • (4) Overhead Dome lights for Sun Deck
  • (3) Flybridge lights, adjustable
  • (4) Overhead Dome lights for Flybridge 


  • Horn, 12 VDC 
  • Spot light, RAY-LINE remote (note: mounted just forward of Flybridge wind screen / spray shield)

Communications (Flybridge)

  • RAYMARINE R60 VHF w/ antenna (note: both new, 2015)
  • NEWMAR Phone-Com Helm Station Intercom to Lower Helm Station 

Communications (Lower Helm Station) 

  • STANDARD Horizon Titan VHF
  • NEWMAR Phone-Com Helm Station Intercom to FB Helm Station 

Navigation (Flybridge) (note: both new 2015)

  • GPS / Chartplotter, RAYMARINE A12 Multi-Function Display w/ 12" Color Screen (note: has touch-screen, region charts & Wi-Fi functions)
  • Radar, RAYMARINE RD42DD 4 kW 24" Digital Radome  

Navigation (Flybridge & Lower Helm Station) 

  • BROOKES & GATEHOUSE (B&G) HS921 System:  Speed, Log, Depth & Wind (AWI / WS)
  • RITCHIE Compass
  • KVH 314 Digital Compass


  • CETREK Pilot 730


  • JENSEN AM / FM Stereo w/ CD Player w/ (4) speakers, (2) in Salon & (2) on Flybridge
  • INSIGNIA TV, flat screen

The SLICE OF LIFE has both 12 VDC Ship's Service / Utility and 110 VAC Shore Power Systems.

  • (7) Six Volt VDC Batteries & (1) Group 27 12 VDC Battery (note: all batteries are located in the Engine Room)
  • Battery Charger, XANTREX TrueCharge 40 AH
  • Inverter, CHICAGO ELECTRIC 1200-Watt
  • Shore Power Voltage;  120 / 240 VAC
  • Shore Power Service: MARINCO inlet connector for single 50 AH service & (2) 30 AH dock hook-ups with a splitter for the single 50 AH cord 
  • Generator, ONAN, 8kW (note: approx 1175 hours)
  • Sound Shield for generator installation 

Ground Tackle

  • MAXWELL Windlass, electrical / mechanical
  • Windlass controls; foot-buttons for "up" & "down" functions on Foredeck & SIMPSON-LAWRENCE Remote Controls at Upper Helm Station
  • Anchor, 35# CQR Plow w/ chain rode


  • Flybridge Bimini Top w/ Full Enclosure, Dark Blue SUNBRELLA, aluminum frames 
  • Cover for Flybridge electronics, SUNBRELLA Dark Blue
  • Cover for Upper Helm Station Captain's Chair, White


  • Dock lines & (7) fenders; (4) medium (in fender racks) & (3) large (stored aft) 
  • Fire Extinguishers, (4) Type B-1, portable 
  • USCG Gear: PFD's
  • Ship's Horn, 12 VDC
  • Ship's Bell, chrome-finish (note: mounted in Companionway entrance to Salon from Sun Deck)
  • Life Ring, throwable
  • Boat Hook
  • Swim ladder, folding w/ (2) sections, stainless steel (note: installed on the Swim Platform, port side)
  • (2) Seat cushions, throwable, WEST MARINE Dark Blue
  • Emergency Tiller
  • Line cutters mounted on prop shafts 
  • Deck box
  • IGLOO Cooler, large
  • Outboard Motor Storage Bracket (note: mounted on Transom)
  • Boarding steps, (3) step unit, fiberglass 
  • Oil Lamp. brass, gimbaled & bulkhead-mounted (note: in Salon, port side forward)
  • Ship's Clock, Barometer & Tide Clock, brass-finished (note: installed in Salon, port side forward above Windshield) 

This listing is presented to you courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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