SOLD -1997 Beneteau Oceanis 38′


Name: Ruff Life
Fuel: Diesel
Year: 1997
Cond: Used
Name: Ruff Life
Length: 38
Boat Type: Sail
Condition: Used
Hull Material: Fiberglass

“Ruff Life” combines ease of handling and the pleasure of on-board comfort. She’s lively and fast. Even in light winds, she wants only to make you feel like you’re in control. Escape for a day, a weekend or more.

Number of heads: 1
She has a warm and inviting interior with varnished cherry bulkheads, white overhead, new upholstery (2016), Zarcor “Clozures” port light shutters, and a cherry cabin sole (2018).The forward cabin provides guests with privacy and comfort. The double berth has port and starboard shelves and hanging locker, storage shelving, dressing bench, vanity sink, deck hatch, and dome light.The salon’s starboard dinette drops to a double berth with storage under and behind plus shelving outboard. The port seating has storage under and shelving above. Light and ventilation are provided by long and smaller screened ports, deck hatches, two hull ports and the companionway.The L-shaped galley to starboard has storage galore. There are deep stainless steel double sinks with pressure hot and cold water with 6 gallon hot water heater and manual foot pump. The insulated, top and side loading ice box is fitted with Adler/Barbour refrigeration. Storage cabinetry and counter tops w/fiddles and compartments, makes food preparation in harbor or underway simple and efficient. The Eno two burner propane stove with oven is gimbaled and augmented with a Criterion microwave. Opening ports near the stove and the companionway provide good ventilation while cooking.The aft facing navigation station is to starboard aft of the dinette.The head to port of the companionway is set up with an Jabsco manual head & holding tank, pressure hot and cold water, fiberglass sink and counter top, mirror/medicine cabinet, handheld shower with independent shower sump pump, dome light, and porthole with screen.The aft cabin to starboard has a large double berth with hanging locker. The hull port, opening deck hatch and opening cockpit ports plus overhead lighting make it all feel light and airy.

Electronics & Navigation

  • Raymarine Autohelm ST5000+ auto pilot, rotary drive rebuilt (2019)
  • Plastimo Olympic 135 steering compass (2017)
  • Raymarine ST60 Wind
  • Raymarine ST60 Speed
  • Raymarine ST60 Depth
  • Garmin GPSmap 182
  • Raymarine C80 multifunction display
  • Raymarine radar mounted on stern post
  • President VHF marine radio
  • Handheld VHF marine radio
  • JVC KS-FX440AM/FM Stereo/CD player w/salon & cockpit speakerS
  • “22” TV
  • Windex
  • Lev-O-Gage
  • Brass Weems & Path Clock & Barometer
  • Carbon monoxide detector in aft cabin
  • Fuel gage


  • Two batteries – 1 12V battery in the engine & 1 8D battery under the aft berth
  • Battery isolation switch
  • Sentry 20 Amp battery charger
  • Two 50’ 30 amp shore power cords
  • 12 volt DC electronic panel w/battery voltmeter
  • 110 volt AC panel w/circuit breakers
  • GFCI

Deck Equipment

  • Double anchor roller
  • Lofrans manual windlass
  • Delta anchor (2018) w/80’ chain to 200’ nylon rode (2015)
  • Fortress FX-37 aluminum anchor
  • Deck anchor windlass locker
  • Bow pulpit and stern pushpit
  • Stainless steel, double lifelines w/gates, port, starboard and stern
  • Stern rail corner seats
  • New custom made Sunbrella dodger w/connector and polycarbonate windows
  • (2018)
  • New Bimini (2017)
  • Zacor companionway doors w/combo lock (2017)
  • Cockpit light (2018)
  • Teak hand rails
  • Slotted aluminum toe rails
  • Six mooring cleats
  • 3 Fenders
  • 6 Dock lines
  • Flares, horn, 2 fire extinguishers
  • First aid kit
  • 6 Adult PFDs
  • White Lifesling on stern rail
  • Navigation lights – Running lights on high on bow rail & transom, LED steaming light on front of mast, anchor light on top of mast (2018)
  • Flag halyard
  • Teak helm seat, cockpit seating and cockpit sole
  • Stationary cockpit table
  • Cockpit lockers
  • Fold down helm seat for walk-thru transom
  • Swim platform w/fold down ladder
  • Hand held shower at the stern
  • Single propane locker with one bottle
  • Boat hook
  • Cockpit cushions

Sails & Rigging

  • Stainless steel wire rigging
  • Twin backstays
  • Furlex 300s Roller furler
  • Z-Spar In-mast furler
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Amoit traveler on cabin top


New North Dacron roller furling main sail (2021)

Quantum Dacron 140% roller furling Genoa w/UV protection panel

Sail area:  586 sq. ft.

  • Anodized aluminum mast with double spreaders is deck stepped
  • All lines led to cockpit
  • 8 Cabin top rope clutches
  • Genoa tracks w/fairleads
  • 2 Lewmar #48 two speed self-tailing primary winches in cockpit
  • Lewmar #40 two speed self-tailing cabin top winch
  • 2 Winch handles


  • Two zone Marine Air VCD16K/1-LH 16,000 BTU air conditioning w/reverse heat
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Engine throttle/shift lever on steering pedestal
  • Engine emergency alarm for oil pressure/engine temperature
  • Engine hour meter and fuel gauge
  • Closed system cooling
  • Primary and secondary fuel filters
  • Single 10 lb. propane tank
  • Atwater EHM6-SM 6 gallon hot water heater
  • The Jabsco manual head (2015) discharges into holding tank.  The overboard discharge has been disabled per USCG Great Lakes rules
  • Whitlock leather covered stainless steel steering wheel
  • Manual steering
  • Emergency manual tiller
  • 42 HP Westerbeke Model:  42B Four w/1,044+ hours
  • Gori folding prop on a 1 3/8” stainless steel shaft
  • Spare 18” 3 Blade Feathering Max Prop
  • Dripless shaft seal
  • Proper seacocks
  • VC-17 bottom paint
  • New custom canvas cover by Ship Shape Canvas (2015)
  • Custom steel cradle
  • Beneteau, Westerbeke and other operating manuals.
Upgrades & Improvements

  • New Jabsco head
  • New 200’ nylon anchor rode
  • New custom canvas cover by Ship Shape Canvas


  • All cushions recovered
  • Holding tank hoses replaced


  • Olympic 135 compass
  • New custom made Sunbrella bimini
  • Zacor companionway doors w/combo lock


  • Cabin sole refinished
  • Lewmar 35 lb. galvanized Fastset plow anchor
  • New custom made Sunbrella dodger w/connector and polycarbonate windows
  • Cockpit light


  • Maintenance and repairs to air conditioning system


  • New North Dacron roller furling main sail
  • Rigging changes on mast and boom to improve furling system operation


  • Mast pulled, inspected and maintained

Additional Salesperson’s Comments
From the very first glance, “Ruff Life” captivates with her pure lines, generous interior volume and inviting cockpit.  She has the perfect combination of performance, comfort and safety at sea.  Just add your personal touches to match your dreams and create lifetime memories.

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.

Contact Information

  • 520 S WATER ST MILWAUKEE, WI 53204
  • 262-498-2969
  • Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 4:30PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM Sunday: By Appt