Helm Station and Electronics
The ergonomic helm station is situated to starboard, with an overhead radio box and new single lever Glendinning single lever controls and trim tab rocker switches to the outboard on the bridge wing shelf. There is a lockable sliding acrylic door for easy salon access on the bridge deck centerline and a companion chair to port. The Pompanette helm and companion chairs are painted fighting lady yellow to match the hull color. To the left of the helm on the centerline within easy view, is a Furuno FCV-1100L Color LCD Sounder. Along the top of the helm dash board are the additional sounder and GPS units. Below those are the analog engine gauges and start/stop buttons, Cummins digital telemetry scrolls and various rocker switches. Immediately to the right of the stainless wheel is one of three Simrad AP-22 Autopilot control heads.
Electronics and Navigation Equipment:
Also located at the helm station:
- Multifunction Furuno NAVnet 5" and 10" screen units
- Multifunction Furuno NAVnet 3D 5" screen
- Furuno DGPS GP-37
- Furuno Color LCD Sounder FCV-1100L
- Furuno 48" Open Radar Array
- ICOM VHF IC-M504 w/ West Marine External Speaker
- ICOM IC-M422 (tower)
- 2 Shakespeare 2' VHF Antennae
- TAIYO TD-L1550A Radio Directional Finder
- CELECTRON Bilge Pump Monitor
- Simrad AP22 Autopilot (3 control heads)
- 2 Ritchie 6" Powerdamp Compass
- Qualcomm Global Star sat phone
- Cummins Marine Digital telemetry scrolls
- Cummins Marine Analog Gauges
- Cummins Marine rockers for Engine sync-Cruise-Slow Idle-RPM +/-
- Rule High Water Alarm
- FireBoy Systems Indicator
- Fuel Gauge
- GOOD Automatic windlass raise/lower toggle
- Bennett Trim Tab rockers
- Glendinning Single Lever Controls
- 12V Accessory Plug In
- Rockers for (Horn, Power window, 3 Wipers, Window Washer, Parallel, Nav Lights)
- Toggles for overhead lights
Salon and Galley
As you enter the sliding salon access door, down the non-skidded steps, you immediately feel like you are in a much bigger boat considering the size of the cockpit and the bridge deck because of the open floor plan. There is an "L" shaped couch with storage underneath to starboard. The electronics panel and Westerbeke gender control panel are at the top of the bulkhead and there rod storage over the couch back. Forward of the the couch is a floor to ceiling hanging locker. To port amidship is a lockable head with sink and shower. Moving forward along the port side is a 12v/110v Norcold fridge/freezer with locking doors with stainless Panasonic microwave above. Forward of that is a sink with hot and cold running water and storage cupboards above and below. All the way forward is a double bunk to port and rod lockers above on both sides of the upper hull, and also rod hangers beneath. There is ample storage under the bunk as well as under the shelf running along the starboard side. There is plenty of overhead sectioned 12v and 110v lighting overhead and natural light is provided by the overhead Bomar hatch and the two side port holes.
Henriques' 38 El Bravo boat aims to please the die-hard sports fisherman. Her heavy weather hull, the same as on the 38 Sportfisherman, has proven capable of taking on even the worst sea conditions. As one owner put it, "This boat can take anything you throw at it."
Like the other boats in Henriques' lineup, the El Bravo boasts a lot of cockpit space - 140 square feet, to be exact. She also has two 103 gallon fish boxes, complete bait & tackle center, fresh and saltwater washdowns, 10 stainless swivel steel rod holders, and plenty of room for the Pompanette Unlimited Fighting Chair. A fiberglass hardtop, flush mounted electronics console, chart table, and lockable rod stowage are just part of the long list of standard features that prime this 38 footer to do battle with the big ones.
But don't think that her hardcore fishing capabilities leave this boat lacking in accommodations. For those overnight jaunts, there is air conditioning, genset, a fully equipped head with shower, and a galley with refrigerator/freezer; microwave, sink, stowage, and convertible dinette.
The 38 El Bravo is truly the ultimate in quality! Everything you'd expect from the boat the pros use!