I just looked at a 38 Golden Egg, and I'm new to "eggs". It seems like the 38' didn't have a long life, as it was first delivered during difficult financial times at Egg Harbor. It has twin 400 Detroit Diesel's. I can't seem to find any write-ups on this boat. I also looked at a 37' egg today. The 38 looked GREAT, the 37' was leaking through all the windows. Can anyone provide input on the 38' Golden Egg (any chance it was a "problem boat" for Egg Harbor Yachts)
We have had our 38 since 2000 and are very pleased with her and the performance of the 400,s. The other two replys with smaller diesels and underperforming and most likely need some trim tab and prop work. We cruise 5 knots faster than Juiceman and top out over 25 knots. I do not think the 375 cats are as fast even with the less weight, but the bigger cats would be. We have the 1.5 inch shafts which can handle the low 400 hp range. The s671's have all the power and weight and easily move the boats as Bob described. In salt water they get 25 kt. cruise 30+ tops. One new owner near me with 671's was still workinw with trim and props just to get up to our speeds. I call the boat with our 400's weigh sensitive. the 400 hp 653ti was not made for a long time and is not found in many boats. Seems like you have to push it more than the larger engines, because its easier to find conditions to cruise at 20 and a little above than at mid 20's. We have converted the side stateroom to a dinnette and put a side seat on the flybridge along with new minimal stainless steel and new hardtop. Inproved the sound levels so you can ride in the salon and talk. Have not found anything at the boat shows to replace it yet, can't find a wider beam and she gets respect where ever she cruises. Contact me if you would like more information.
I own a 1990 Golden 38 with Cat 3208TAs (375 HP). I run ~17knts at 2500 RPM and with max speed of 24 knts at 2850 RPM. I agree that these are heavy and beamy boats but with this you get a lot of space and comfort. The side windows do not leak as bad as the older Eggs, but still you should check the rear corners closely for wetness. Pull back the interior side curtains at the rear corners and look for water stains in the teak. Also, they are prone to leakage in the rear bulkhead, usually from the hardtop attachment points. I had to replace the formica side panels at the rear bulkhead due to rot. Also, look for rot around the cockpit air intakes since these were not epoxied after cutting at the factory. Finally, if the forward running light is attached to the forward face of the flybridge, there may be water intrusion at this point. The only comments I have heard from detroit owners is that the engines are somewhat louder than the cats but easier when it comes time to rebuild. My experience with the Cats is they are pretty quiet (much more than the detroits) at idle and trolling speeds but at running speed the interior cabin noise is not very tolerable. Also a few owners tell me the 671s have a better record than the 6V53s. I think when you are looking at used boats, especially like these that you do not have many to choose from, it is more important to find one in good shape and worry less about the type of engine.
I have 1990 38 egg with 400 hp detroits. When she is full of fuel and water and all our other stuff we are cruising at 15 - 17 knots at 2400 rpms. They are heavy boats and they hold alot of fuel. I can get 22 knots at WOT 2800 rpms. They are hard to find boats and seem to hold thier value pretty well. send me your email if you would like to talk directly.