BORA 838 - history of the yacht

The BORA 838 can be distinguished among other boats at first glance. In the novelties market of serially produced yachts it stands out with its slender figure and distinctive sheer. We made intensive effort to redesign the Kormoran, an old construction of a well-known Polish constructor Aleksander Powalajew.

The interior has been intensively modernized, as well as hull hydrodynamics. The deck was modified to facilitate any modern fittings. We have thus proven that stylish, cozy interior may harmonize with seaworthiness and great pleasure of sailing.


KORMORAN 05 – a description of the yacht in the Polish magazine “Sails” – December 1979

BORA 838 – timeless design

Both models of BORA – fin keel and the long keel/centerboard combination, can cruise all inland basins, as well as the North Sea, Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean.

A beam of 2.55 m makes it possible to transport the boat on European roads without any special permits. In effect, one gains access to a great variety of basins, without the necessity to compromise pleasure and comfort.

Naturally, while building the most important elements, such as the hull and deck, we applied gelcoats and topcoats based on isophthalic resins, as well as powder fiber mats and fabrics, thus meeting EU standards and ensuring a maximum protection against osmosis.

Deck space is carefully planned in order to facilitate maneuverability both in harbor and in the open waters for a single person or a limited crew.

The arrangement of the interior makes an even a few-weeks long holiday onboard a real pleasure.

  • Main cabin height 1.8m

  • Comfortable bathroom with sink and toilet (shower installation possible)

  • Separate fore cabin

  • Solid mahogany, teak or cherry lining

  • Numerous and spacious lockers for all stowage needed during long cruise

  • Special wet clothes locker with gravitational ventilation

  • Vast leg space under the main cabin table

  • Spacious berths

  • Comfortable galley with a 2-burner gimbaled cooker (gas or alcohol)

BORA 838 – technical data

BORA 838 B

CE category B – Offshore
Lenght overall 8,98 m
Lenght of hull 8,38 m
Waterline length 7,64 m
Width 2,55 m
Waterline width 2,35 m
Cabin height 1,80 m
Draught 1,40 m
Mainsail 18,88 m²
Genoa 14,07 m²
Ballast 650 kg
Displacement 3.700 kg
Weight ~2.700 kg
Crew 5 persons
Engine YANMAR 2YM15 14 HP


CE category B – Offshore
Lenght overall 8,98 m
Lenght of hull 8,38 m
Waterline length 7,64 m
Width 2,55 m
Waterline width 2,35 m
Cabin height 1,80 m
Draught min. / max. 0,65 m / 1,57 m
Mainsail 18,88 m²
Genoa 14,07 m²
Ballast 750 kg
Displacement 3.700 kg
Weight ~2.800 kg
Crew 5 persons
Engine YANMAR 2YM15 14 HP

BORA 838 – standard equipment

Model B   – deep keel – fixed; rudder – fixed; draught min. 1.4m
Model BS – long shallow keel, centerboard – lifting; lifting rudder; draught min. 0.65m

1. Deck and hull – white RAL 9003
2. Deck light beige RAL 1013, dark green hull RAL 6012 – option with surcharge
3. Deck white RAL 9016, dark blue hull RAL 5011 – option with surcharge

Glass-polyester laminate made in vacuum technology using DCPD resins and isophthalic gelcoats, powder mats and fabrics. Reinforced slip feather and bottom grid joint with monolithic module.
Plastic film decoration up on the waterline

Made with sandwich technology
Under fittings and equipment installation points laminate layer is additionally thickened up to 10 mm
Stainless, double guard rail 2 ft high
Bow platform, 6 guard rail fittings, aft baskets
Bow platform seat
2 teak hand rails on the cabin roof
Folding stern ladder – 4 steps
Mast bearer (for transportation and mast folding)
4 stainless steel mooring cleats (250 mm long)
2 genoa sheet rails with ANTAL cars
2 genoa sheet winches ANTAL XT16
Self-tailing halyard winch ANTAL XT16
One winch lever ANTAL
Halyard’s blocks – ANTAL
Halyard’s stoppers – ANTAL
Halyard’s bags in cockpit
Forecabin deck slide-hatch – LEWMAR
6 port lights with dark PLEXIGLAS # 10 mm
Teak wood finished hatchway: Dark PLEXIGLAS hatchway locker; Laminated hatchway upper locker
Deck lockers and containers: Anchor container, Cockpit seat locker, Cockpit locker under cockpit floor
Non-skid adhesive TBS surfaces
Teak gunwale

Model B – deep keel – fixed, cast iron ballast (650 kg)
Model BS – long shallow keel with leaden ballast (750 kg), centreboard (100 kg) handled by halyard in the cockpit

Model B – Abyssal, balanced, JEFA bearing, bonded teak rudder tiller
Model BS – Abyssal, balanced, rudder blade lifted by halyard and secured with aluminum clam cleat, counter-halyard with cleat, JEFA bearing, bonded teak rudder tiller

Mast (10 m long, one pair of spreaders) and boom made of anodized aluminium
Standing rigging 5 mm: stay, side stays, shrouds, aft stay tightened with aft-stay sheet
Easy and comfortable access to main ropes from the cockpit

Standard of sails: Fibercon Pro Radial 280 g/m2 material, radial sewing
Mainsail, 18.88 m², 4 full-battened, sliders + batten cars, Fast reef system – one rope handled from the cockpit, two reefs possible, LAZY JACK cover, tissue UV-resistant
14.07 m² genoa, UV resistant stripes on foot and leech

Stationary engine YANMAR 2YM15 – 10,3 kW (14 HP), with two cooling cycles, mounted in a sound absorbing lined engine chamber, full equipment:
– Propeller shafting with 2 blade solid propeller 15″ x 11,
– Outboard water inlet and filter,
– Exhaust shafting,
– Starting battery AGM 55 Ah with battery charge system,
– Engine chamber and battery locker ventilation,
– Control panel and gear lever in the cockpit, easily accessible to helmsman (engine-speed indicator, working hours counter, cooling liquid, oil and charge indicators),
– Fuel installation with 40 L tank, fuel level indicator, onboard inlet and tank vent.

100 Ah battery – AGM
Main switch
Electric panel with 12 automatic fuses and switches
12 V socket
Interior lights – 6 LED lamps 10 W
Complete navigation lights AQUA SIGNAL
PLASTIMO CONTEST 101 backlighted compass

Pressure fresh water installation (100 L tank, deck inlet, 2 taps – bathroom and pantry, 12V pump)
Electric bilge pump activated automatically after the well flooding
Manual bilge pump one operated from cockpit

Made with high quality marine plywood, finished with sapelli mahogany; spray varnished with semigloss polyurethane.

5 lockers under the half decks
Folded table
Port side seat for three persons (single berth, optional folding for double)
Starboard seat for 2 persons
Vast lockers under the seats
3 step stairs folded with non-skid teak surface
Plywood floor
Pillar with stainless steel

Laminated module made with gelcoat imitating marble
Sink with outboard water outlet through cut-off valve
Cutting board – sink cover panel
Locker with slidable doors under the half deck
Locker with three shelves on the pantry’s right side
Two lockers – under the kitchen and sink
1. Complete gas installation: gimballed gas cooker (ENO), two burners, one pot holders, one gas bottle 2 kg, reducer, ventilated gas bottles container cockpit accessible
2. Alcohol (ORIGO 3000) cooker, two burners, Cardan shaft, two pot holders
Stainless steel vent (above pantry)

Double berth
Shelves on each side
Stainless steel vent

Lockers whole berth long
Shelf on the side

Laminate module with washbasin, outboard water outlet plus cut-off valve
Wet clothes locker
Locker under the washbasin (one shelf inside)
Locker with slidable doors over the washbasin
Shelf besides the toilet
Porta – Potti chemical toilet with 20 L waste tank
Stainless steel vent

Mattresses on each berth and seat  (several different design types available)
Lined seat supports in the main cabin
Both sides lined with soft velours
Deck ceiling: white leather-like lining panels

Yacht’s construction and workmanship meets European Union CE standards (for cat. B – Offshore).
Every part or element mounted at the boatyard has 3 years guarantee.
For laminate shells we give 6 years guarantee against osmosis.


BORA 838 … under sail

BORA 838 … in the cabin

BORA 838 … in harbour

BORA 838 – downloads




BORA 838 – Folder


BORA 838 – standard equipment