ESTHER Little Harbor WhisperJet 38 2002

Stamford, CT


38 ft
12.5 ft
740 hp


ESTHER is one last Ted Hood-designed Little Harbor 38’ WhisperJets which has been thoughtfully updated and expertly maintained by Hinckley Yacht Services in our YachtCare Program for years.

She’s a wonderfully versatile boat and fun to drive. With her shoal draft jet drive, she invites you to explore areas other boats with props just cannot go!

Priced to sell quickly, her spring commissioning & detailing is prepaid to make her fully ready for another great summer of cruising. In addition, all of her mechanical services (Jets, engines, generator, AC, etc) are up to date and her varnish has just been completed.


  • Boat Name: Little Harbor WhisperJet 38 2002
  • Builder: Little Harbor Yachts
  • Designer: Ted Hood
  • Location: Stamford, CT
  • Displacement Measure: 18,000 lb
Engine 1
  • Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 6-Cylinder TA Diesel
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Hours: 2045
  • Drive Type: Jet
  • Engine Power: 370|horsepower
Engine 2
  • Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 6-Cylinder TA Diesel
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Hours: 2045
  • Drive Type: Jet
  • Engine Power: 370|horsepower




From the bridge deck and down two varnished teak (removable) companionway steps is the open salon/cabin. Accommodations below include a V-berth/double forward with custom fabric, head with shower aft to port, and galley. A spacious seating dinette starboard midship with blue UltraLeather upholstery and a drop-down table. Drop-down dinette berth and hanging lockers. Antique white surfaces with varnished cherry trim and cabinetry. A satin-varnished teak and holly floor. Very comfortable and versatile; this is a beautifully finished yacht.


  • (2018) New cabin headliner
  • (2018) New sky screens for hatches
  • Varnished interior trim
  • Teak and holly sole
  • Flush-panel storage doors
  • Tambour storage doors in galley
  • Roller-bearing drawer slides with Kroon flush positive latches
  • (5) Interior dome lights
  • (5) Frigast stainless/chrome-plated lights
  • (4) Opening port lights
  • Lewmar opening hatches with Ocean Air screens/blinds
  • ABC fire extinguisher mounted behind companionway steps
  • Electrical panel at companionway to port
  • Chelsea clock and barometer
  • 12,000 BTU Marine air conditioning system
  • Origo microwave oven
  • Custom transit floor covers for salon, cockpit steps and sole



Dinette (Starboard)


The Dinette has bench-style seating facing forward and aft with varnished teak table. The cushion upholstery is blue UltraLeather. There is outboard shelving and an aft hanging locker. The table drops down to form a double bunk.


  • Opening window ports with screens
  • 12-volt overhead lighting
  • Frigast reading lamps
  • Under-seat storage
  • Custom transit floor covers


Head (Port-Aft):


A cherry-louvered aft door provides access to the enclosed easy-to-clean Cream fiberglass, Formica and Corian head with cherry trim and padded vinyl overhead. Fiberglass molded-in floor with shower sump for easy cleaning.


  • Corian vanity countertop
  • Stainless steel oval undermounted sink with hot and cold pressure water
  • Grohe hot/cold faucet with pull-out shower and wall-mounted holder
  • King starboard cream-color shower grate
  • Vacu-flush head system
  • Door storage below sink
  • Cherry-framed, wall-mounted mirror
  • Dual 110-volt GFI outlet
  • Overhead 12-volt dome light
  • Opening window port
  • Tank Watch mounted under vanity
  • Stainless steel towel bars
  • Fluorescent light


Galley (Port-Midship):


  • Norcold DE-451 refrigerator mounted under counter
  • Grohe faucet
  • Corian countertop and cherry-trimmed lockers and drawers
  • Under-mounted stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressure water
  • Tambour-door storage lockers outboard the sink with shelves
  • Door to under-sink storage
  • 3-drawer storage below countertop aft
  • Kenyon electric two-burner “Euro-style” cook top
  • Microwave – cabinet-mounted with shelf over stove
  • MarineAir digital control panel
  • Dual 110-volt outlet
  • Opening port with screen


V-Berth Accommodations (Forward):


Forward are the V-berth sleeping accommodations finished in cherry trim and cabinetry, with flush panel doors. There are cherry battens on the hull sides. Upper hanging lockers with lower storage lockers port and starboard, outboard shelves forward at hull sides.


Complete with:


  • V-berth with filler cushion to form a double berth
  • Step/seat between V-berth with storage compartment below
  • Drawer storage port under the V-berth
  • Port and starboard built-in hanging lockers
  • Outboard V-berth shelves
  • Stereo speakers
  • Hella 12-volt fans
  • 12-volt overhead dome lights
  • Port and starboard Frigast 12-volt reading lamps at V-berth
  • Overhead hatch with sky-screen shade
  • Opening portlights
  • Alpine FM/CD/satellite stereo system, speakers 




Inward-facing, L-shaped cushioned settee for entertaining, to port, with light grey UltraLeather upholstery with blue piping.


  • Varnished teak dining table on two pedestals drops down to form bunk
  • Custom port settee back rest for navigation table
  • Starboard side Waeco freezer aft of helm chair
  • Varnished lift-top navigation table to port forward
  • Day hatch access to engine compartment
  • Teak deck
  • Overhead hardtop lights
  • Hinged-deck with electric deck-lift accesses engine area below
  • Molded dash, steering console and instrument box
  • Varnished teak-rimmed stainless steel helm wheel
  • Molded L-settee has access hatches to storage under seats
  • Companionway forward to interior accommodations is teak-trimmed and has a teak sliding top with smoke grey Plexiglas and teak companionway doors
  • Alpine FM/CD/satellite stereo system
  • (2) Bose speakers – mounted in settee bases
  • Stamoid covers for helm, table, companionway and chart table
  • (6) Overhead halogen lights

ESTHER has a custom hardtop with clear vinyl sides and aft curtains, teak-finished toe rails, cockpit coaming and trim. The interior is finished with a cherry hull sheathing and cherry interior trim and cabinetry with teak and holly sole.


  • Custom varnished teak interior windshield frame
  • (3)  Forward windshield washers/wipers
  • Clear side and back curtains can provide a fully-enclosed bridge deck
  • Electric opening center windshield section


To Port:

Forward dash has a custom varnished teak lift-up chart table.  Navigation station has removable back rest.




The helm deck area has a teak deck with helm station and Stidd chair to starboard, and an L-shaped entertainment/dining settee/nav station to port.


  • Stidd helm seat on pedestal and base
  • 12-volt outlet at helm
  • 110-volt outlet mounted under seat side
  • 12-volt courtesy light
  • Binocular and 2-cup holder
  • Accessory switch panel


Helm includes:


  • Stainless steering wheel with teak rim
  • Hinckley JetStick® control
  • Teleflex hydraulic steering
  • Yanmar dual engine gauges and start panels
  • Flush-mounted electronics
  • Bennett trim tab control switches
  • Bennett trim tab position deflection gauges
  • Single-lever Morse controls
  • Manual bucket controls
  • Fuel tank gauge
  • Rudder angle indicator gauge




  • Raytheon ST6000+ autopilot
  • (2016) Raymarine Hyrbid touch chartplotter, GPS, Radar
  • (2016) Raymarine open array radar
  • Raytheon ST60+ sea temp, depth, speed
  • ICOM M-402 VHF radio
  • Azimuth electric 1000 digital compass
  • Fire Boy override switch
  • Remote windlass control
  • Cathode protection system





Separate AC/DC systems:


Breaker system panel to port at gangway cabin steps, generator remote control panel, inverter control panel and battery switch. All systems are flush mounted.


12-volt system:


  • (2022) (2) house system batteries
  • (2022) (2) batteries
  • Remote control battery combiner/insulator
  • (2) Engine alternator – battery charging
  • On/Off battery switches for inverter, bow thruster, house circuits, parallel system and engine start


110-volt system:


  • (2018) Heat exchanger service
  • 125-volt, 30-amp shore power with 50’ shore power cord
  • Trace 2512 inverter/charger with remote panel




  • Electrical system to ABYC standards
  • Distribution breaker panel – 12-volt/110-volt with voltmeter and amp meter
  • Tinned wire
  • Dockside power connection




  • Twin Yanmar 6-cylinder 370 hp diesel engines
  • (2024) Full 2,000 hour Yanmar engine service just completed
  • Heat exchangers and coolers removed, pressure tested, cleaned, primed and painted
  • All new gaskets, hoses and clamps on engines
  • Fuel injectors pop tested
  • Engines painted
  • Transmissions cleaned, primed, and painted
  • (2018) Stainless steel exhaust risers
  • (2018) All new fuel injectors
  • (2018) New Port and Starboard gear coolers
  • (2018) Turbos sent out and rebuilt
  • Twin Hamilton 274 waterjet propulsion system
  • (2021) Cutlass Bearings
  • Wet exhaust system with transom through-hull discharge
  • Velvet Drive transmission
  • Teleflex hydraulic steering
  • (2024) New Trim tabs
  • (2024) New 7″ bow thruster
  • Racor fuel filters/separators
  • Bennett trim tab system with indicator gauges and helm controls
  • Alarm systems:  Low oil, high temp, low voltage, and water in fuel
  • High water alarm
  • FireBoy fire suppression system
  • Cathode protection system
  • Isolated engine mounts
  • WhisperJet custom sound insulation

Electric bridge deck lift with manual override allows easy access to engine area.




  • (3) Rule 2000 gal/hr automatic bilge pumps
  • Groco bronze raw water strainers
  • Flojet water pressure system
  • Shower sump pump
  • Bronze ball-valves and thru-hulls below water line
  • Labeled sea cocks
  • FireBoy automatic fire control system
  • (2) 150-gallon fuel tanks
  • 6-gallon water heater – works off heat exchanger, shore power or generator
  • 30-gallon holding tank with Tank Watch III gauge and Y-valve






  • Whisper Grey hull
  • Smoke White house, deck and windshield frame with Pearl Grey nonskid on decks
  • Double blue boot stripe
  • Gold cove stripe
  • Black bottom
  • Full stainless steel bow rail
  • Hull molded rub rail with stainless steel rub strake
  • Varnished teak cap rail
  • Custom hardtop with enclosure
  • Electric Lewmar Ocean One windlass (2018, new motor) with foot switches on deck and helm controls
  • Fiberglass composite swim platform with telescoping stainless steel ladder, and grab handle
  • Opening center windshield lower section
  • Painted exterior hand rails
  • Bow line chocks
  • Cleat chafe strips



  • Modified Deep-V hull design with running chine
  • Corecell foam-cored and knitted bi-directional E-glass with Kevlar hybrid hull
  • Vinylester low profile resin osmosis barrier
  • Deck is segmented resin infused Corecell
  • Lightweight composite grid system stringers and marine grade plywood-laminated FRP main bulkheads




  • Whisper Grey Awlgrip deck and superstructure
  • Fiberglass bow sprit pulpit with anchor roller
  • Stainless steel bow rail with pennant flag socket and running lights
  • Teak decking at helm
  • Finished teak exterior trim including toe rails, cabin half-round trim and cockpit combing
  • Foredeck anchor locker built-in with large hatch access and saltwater wash down
  • (2018) (2) Cabin top deck hatches – Lewmar anodized aluminum
  • (2) Hardtop hatches – Lewmar anodized aluminum
  • (4) Opening ports – Lewmar anodized aluminum
  • (2) Handrails on cabin top and side windshield
  • Stainless steel cleats: (2) forward, (2) spring, (4) stern)



Ground Tackle:


  • Lewmar Ocean 1 electric windlass – Helm control pad and up/down deck foot switches
  • Manson anchor with chain and rode
  • Bruce anchor with rode




  • Horn
  • Burgee staff
  • Flag 5′ staff
  • Dock lines and fenders
  • (2) Fire extinguishers
  • Cockpit courtesy lights 




Access to the cockpit is via fixed teak boarding steps on either side of the cockpit. The cockpit is painted with Pearl Grey contrasting non-skid.


  • Finished teak cockpit coaming and covering boards and stern trim
  • Cockpit flood light
  • Full-beam cockpit stern seats
  • Large cockpit deck hatch for easy access to generator/jet lazarette area
  • Cockpit hot/cold shower – aft starboard
  • Cockpit cushions covered in light grey Naugahyde fabric with blue piping
  • Storage under aft seating
  • Courtesy lights under gunwales
  • Shore power connection


Custom Hardtop:


  • VHF antenna
  • GPS receiver antenna on hardtop
  • Raymarine radar antenna on hardtop
  • Cockpit floodlight
  • Painted exterior teak custom windshield frame
  • Center lower section of windshield opens electrically
  • (3)  Windshield washers/wipers
  • Valance lighting
  • New headliner (2011)



  • (6) Lifejackets
  • Winslow 6-person coastal life raft
  • Throw ring



ESTHER is an excellent boat, in excellent condition, and priced to sell.



The owner’s personal effects are excluded from the sale.

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