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Alajuela 38

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Underwater profile
Long Keel

Sleeping berths

1 x diesel 40hp, Perkins 4.108 (1980)

Seattle, WA USA - At Our Docks!


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Extra Details

Designer Mike Riding - William Atkin
Builder Alajuela Yacht Corp.
Lying Seattle, WA USA - At Our Docks!
Fuel capacity 60.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 100.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 27.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 09/08/2013


Engine 1 x diesel 40hp
Engine make and model Perkins 4.108 (1980)
Engine Hours Engine1: 3000
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade folding
Fuel consumption (approx) 0.5 USG /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 9 knots

The engine compartment on this boat, which is visible through a large, transparent circular hatch in the floor of the cockpit, is simply stunning. The surveyor described it as "spotless" but you would be hard pressed to find a new boat on the boatshow floor with a cleaner engine room than this one. The space is entirely finished in gloss white with systems neatly arrayed around what looks like a fresh painted, fresh out of the crate Perkins 4-108 engine and new gear. It really is immaculate and hard to imagine how the venerable Perkins and surrounding space can possibly be this clean. This boat sets the standard every boat owner should aspire to for engine compartment hygiene.

New Hurth 2:1 reversing gear with shaft, bearing and seal were installed in 2010, Six 6 volt batteries form three 12 volt pairs of "house" batteries and a single 12 volt Broup 24 starting battery is provided for the engine. Batteries are two years old. New wiring panels with a "Blue Sea" System Monitor panel were installed with all new wiring throughout the boat in 2010. A Victron Energy Phoenix 750 Watt inverter provides AC power underway. A 130 Amp alternator is installed on the engine. Two 75 Watt solar panels charge batteries and a Victron Centaur 60 Amp battery charger charges the batteries on shore power. The propeller is a Paul E. Luke feathering three blade design.


Length 38'0"
LWL 32'7"
Beam 11'6"
Draft Max 5'7"
Airdraft 55'0"
Displacement 27,004.6lbs
Headroom 6'3"
Storage On marina


Cutter rigged Sparcraft Aluminium spars (1977) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Reefing mainsail Niel Pryde Sails - Slab (2008) Fully Battened, Lazy Jacks, 2 Reefs
Headsail Nat Wilson - Furling (1993)
Other sails Genoa 130 (1993)
Staysail (1993)
Yankee (1993)
Spitfire storm jib (unknown year)
Storm Trisail (unknown year)

The standing and running rigging was all replaced between 2008 and 2010. The chainplates were replaced in 2010. Lifelines were replaced in 2010. The keel stepped Sparcraft mast and boom has been refinished in Awlgrip.

Three Barient 21 winches on the cabin top under the dodger for stay sail and main sheets, two Barient 27ST winches on the cockpit sides for the headsail sheets, one Lewmar 16 on the boom for reefing the main, a Barient 10H on the starboard cockpit side for furling the headsail and three Barient 21 halyard winches on the mast.

The full battened mainsail is by Neil Pryde Sails in 2008. The Genoa, Staysail and Yankee are by Nat Wilson in 1993.

Headsail is on Profurl roller furling gear.

A storm tri-sail and "spitfire" storm jib are on board but are unused from new.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 7 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels, shore power


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Gelcoat finish

The Alajuela 38 was famously well built in Costa Mesa, California and intended for serious, off shore sailing. It is a double ended cutter rig which traces its roots back to the Colin Archer and William Atkin designs but it has been substantially refined for performance as well as blue water ability. The owner reports seeing 9 knots under sail recently (Anacortes to Port Townsend). This particular boat did three circumnavigations before the present owner purchased it thirty years ago. In those thirty years, the present owner has steadily upgraded the boat while sailing it extensively on the East Coast, including Bermuda, the Caribbean, Mexico, the West Coast and Hawaii. This boat and owner was featured on the cover of Cruising World Magazine, December 1985, with feature articles on "blue water cruising". If you have ever dreamed of sailing far off shore, this is the boat.

The hull is solid fiberglass, laid up in one piece with reinforced keel and stem which provides much better strength and rigidity compared to the more common two piece, glued together hull used on other boats. Laminations are far in excess of Lloyd's requirements and are done to a specification that would be suitable for a hull 10 to 20 feet longer.

The deck is a one piece fiberglass molding with high quality half inch plywood coring. The hull to deck joint is specially designed to lock together to form a strong, leak free joint.

10,000 pounds of lead ballast is sealed and bonded into the hull molding with mat and roving. All through hulls are bronze.

The rudder is high density foam, steel reinforced, encapsulated in fiberglass and attached with custom heavy duty manganese bronze pintles and gudgeons.

The aluminum mast is stepped on the keel. Deck hardware is heavy duty stainless steel, with two bronze anchor rollers, custom manganese bronze elliptical opening ports and custom stainless steel bow and stern pulpits as well as a stainless steel pulpit to each side of the mast. Decks and all exterior trim are teak. The tiller and Samson post are ash.

The boat was hauled for routine maintenance, bottom paint and survey in August 2013. That survey report is available.

Measurements including tank capacities quoted in this listing are based on statements of the owner and published specifications. Waterline Boats and Boatshed have not independently verified the capacities listed.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
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The cockpit features 7'2" seats allowing comfortable outdoor sleeping if weather permits. A custom built hard dodger forward of the cockpit provides protection from spray and weather. The center window in the dodger opens for ventilation. A circular, transparent hatch in the floor of the cockpit allows access to the aft side of the engine compartment. The companion way hatch forward features a sliding hatch protected by a custom bronze cover forward of the hard dodger.

The salon area is entered down a ladder with a nav station to port and galley to starboard. A larger door behind the ladder in the main salon provides access to the front of the engine compartment. The aft counter of the "U" shaped galley features a built in "Frigoboat" keel cooled refrigeration/freezer unit with two bays and thick insulation installed new in 2010. A Paul E. Luke Heritage two burner stove/oven on gimbals is against the starboard side and the custom deep stainless steel sink is in the forward counter. A new pump out pump is installed for the sink. A pressure water system supplies the galley and head. Hot water is provided by a six gallon water heater using AC shore power and a cooling water loop from the engine.

The salon area has a built in couch/bed to starboard (with a foot recess under the galley counter, a folding salon table with built in storage suitable for wine bottles and another built in couch/bed to port with a single berth above the couch against the port side. Forward to starboard is the head and shower compartment with a manual toilet and custom stainless steel basin.

The interior is trimmed in teak with large, opening skylights in the main salon and bow cabin. Floors are teak and holly throughout the interior. All upholstery is cloth and was recently replaced including new cushions and mattress.

2 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

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A new ($1,500) Chelsea ship's clock and Barometer are fitted to the forward bulkhead in the salon. The Garmin GPSmap 740s chart plotter, sounder and radar is mounted on an arm that allows it to be used at the interior navigation station or swung around to be viewed from the cockpit in the companionway hatch. Also fitted is a Standard Horizon Matrix GX2150 AIS+ DSC VHF. The backstay is insulated for use with an SSB set (none installed).

An Autohelm ST200+ autopilot couples to the tiller in addition to the wind vane self steering gear.

Deck Gear

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Instrument Covers tick

3 halyard winches
5 sheet winches
Manual Simpson Lawrence windlass
4 anchors
(2-45# CQR, 65# Fisherman, 28# Danforth)
280'0" of chain
200'0" of rode
Scanmar Monitor windvane self-steering system
Carib Nautica dinghy (1992)
2.5hp outboard, Yamaha 4 stroke, Short shaft (1992)
Two 45# CQR anchors are carried on bronze rollers on the bowsprit/pulpit. The starboard anchor is shackled to 280 feet of high test 3/8" chain 5 years old. The port CQR anchor is on 50 feet of 3/8" chain and 200' of 3/4" nylon rode. The anchor chain locker is divided with rode from each anchor in a separate compartment. A 20H Danforth stern anchor is lashed to the stern pulpit. A 65# Wilcox Crittenden fisherman's anchor is lashed in chocks on the starboard side of the cabintop. A Simpson Lawrence model 555 manual windlass with gypsy and wildcat is through bolted to the locust bowsprit and foredeck with hardwood backing. Wiring and circuit breaker is installed for an electric windlass though the current windlass is manual.

The Scanmar Monitor wind vane self steering system is mounted on a custom stainless steel frame with built in boarding ladder.

Three Barient halyard winches are mounted on the mast, a Lewmar winch on the boom for main sail furling, three Barients under the dodger for the main and staysail sheets, a pair of large Barients on the cockpit sides for the headsail sheets and one smaller Barient on the starboard cockpit side for roller furling the headsail.

In addition to the Carib Nautica RIB and 2.5 HP Yamaha 4 stroke outboard, an 8' Dyer Dink with sail rig is available. This boat was stored on deck over the main salon skylight which is why the chimney there has a "dog leg" shape to clear it.

The lazarette just aft of the cockpit on deck holds two aluminum propane tanks which supply the stove and oven.

Safety Equipment

Fume detector tick
Life jackets tick
Horn tick
Swim ladder tick

4 bilge pumps (2 manual / 2 electric)

Manual bilge pumps include a Whale Gusher in the cockpit and a second Whale Gusher 10 in the head which can pump the holding tank or forward bilge.

Broker's Comments

This Alajuela 38 is an extremely strong and well built, high performance blue water cruising boat. This boat has cruised all over the world and is ready to go again. A recent survey shows the boat is in excellent condition with 30 years of thoughtful upgrades by the very experienced current owner.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Alajuela 38 has been personally photographed and viewed by Dirk Nansen of Boatshed Anacortes. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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