Salpa Laver 38x : so much space for just ten meters!

Simply, not many boats offer that much in so little.

There’s not much really pristine about Salpa Laver 38x, but looking closer, it’s the good balance what pleases the sight. The rest is all on the livability: in ten meters LH (almost 12 overall) she offers two cabins, both with en-suite, and four proper berths.

The pros of Salpa Laver 38x

You can’t really find anything misplaced on Salpa Laver 38x. Everything is properly designed, starting with the resin-infusion construction to make her lighter and stiffer, and continuing with the traditional yet modern and refined interior furnishing.


The swim platform, not that large, leads to the cockpit through a gate on port side. An l-shaped couch makes the dinette with a folding expandable table. To starboard, the kitchenette sports a grill, sink, refrigerator and glass-ceramic stove. On the port side, a chaise longue is faced by the helm station, which features analogue gauges and the digital screens from Raymarine and Volvo Penta.


The hardtop has a rigid-sliding sunroof, whose area is as large is if it were a canvas one. Last but not least, the huge locker under the floor houses all the ECUs and switchboards, and can store gear and work as a pantry as well.


While the bulwarks are safe enough, we don’t like the handrails, a tribute to aesthetics and not to practicality. The passageways lead to the fore solarium with lifting backseats and knickknacks storage. To the extreme bow, the anchor locker is beneath the floor.


What is more impressive is the interiors. Two proper double cabins, both featuring en-suite, and a large mess with a complete galley ideal in bad weather.


In the end, it will be possible to spend long cruises aboard Salpa Laver 38x. Let’s see if the marine capabilities live up to expectations.


The test

We’re in Salerno, southern Italy, and while the sea is quite rough I lok for calmer waters close to shore in order to measure speed and fuel consumption. The wind is restless, and we have to cope with it in our reads. The hull faces the waves in total safety, with soft impact and a good feedback from the infused construction even when we provoke some slams.


Even the tightest turns return a feeling of safety, despite a marked careening which is due to the sporty Volvo Penta Duoprop sterndrives. The margin to reach the limit is big, although we are a bit bothered by the emphasized nose-up before getting to plane.


After some seconds, the boat reaches the proper balance. The minimum planing speed is 14 knots at 2100 rpm, with a fuel request just in excess of 40 liters per hour. Progression by the two Volvo Penta D4 is excellent, to remark the perfect coupling with the hull made by Salpa designers. In my attempt to push this Laver 38x to the limit,  I briskly decelerate and see no water getting inside the cockpit, not even on the swim platform. The visibility is perfect on both sides and is helped by the mentioned, large sliding roof.

The numbers of Salpa Laver 38x

Length overall   11.95 m (39ft 2in)

Length hull LH   9.95 m (32ft 8in)

Beam   3.85 m (12ft 7in)

Draft   0.90 m (35 in)

Displacement   8250 Kg

Engines   Volvo Penta D4 2×300 HP

Fuel reserve   2×350 l (184 US gal)

Fresh water reserve   250 l (665 US gal)

Passengers   10

CE design category   B


Performance Salpa Laver 38x

Test conditions
Rough sea, temperature 22°C (72° F), clean hull, fuel 350 l (92 US gal) water 230 l (60 US gal), 3 passengers

Indicative prices

With Volvo Penta D4 2×260 HP   € 249,950 + VAT

With Volvo Penta D4 2×300 HP   € 267,950 + VAT

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