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Alajuela 38 Cutter

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Boat REF# 117641
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 11.58m (38'0")
Year 1976
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 3
Engine 1 x Diesel 40hp, Yanmar 3JH3 (2002)
Lying Olympia - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer William Atkin / Colin Archer
Builder Alajuela Yacht Corp
Lying Olympia - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 272.7 ltr (60.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 572.7 ltr (126.0 G) Total - 3 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 113.6 ltr (25.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 40hp
Engine make and model Yanmar 3JH3 (2002)
Engine Hours engine1:   1787
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Generator output 1KVA
Engine spares tick

Portable Yamaha 1KW Generator 2006, Wind Bugger rigging-mounted wind generator, 4 solar panels approx. 8 amp., Yanmar repowered in 2002, PortaWatts Inverter 600 Watt.


LOA 11.58m (38'0")
LWL 9.93m (32'7")
Beam 3.51m (11'6")
Draft Max 1.71m (5'7")
Displacement 12,245kg (27,000.0lbs)
Headroom 2.01m (6'7")
Storage On marina


Cutter rigged Unknown Aluminium spars (unknown year) with galvanised standing rigging (unknown year)


Mainsail - Slab (unknown year)
Headsail - Furling (unknown year)
Other sails Staysail (unknown year)
Storm trysail (unknown year)
Storm jib (unknown year)

Long bowsprit with furling head sail. Hank on staysail. Galvanized, parcelled and served standing rigging. Seller reports main in good condition with small repair, furling head sail fair, staysail fair, storm trysail unused, storm jib unused. All the sails are removed from the boat and stored in the owner's garage along with the Monitor wind vane.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 4 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator, solar panels, shore power


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

Heavy GRP layup built in 1976 by Alajuela Yacht Corp in California. This particular yacht was commissioned in 1977. 72 of these William Atkin / Colin Archer designed boats were built from 1977 through 1985.

Long full keel, heavy barn door style rudder and well protected propeller.

This boat’s gel coat has been painted with Awl Grip (both hull and deck) while touring Central America. Most of the exterior wood structural parts (bulwarks, winch bases, rudder cap) have been replaced with Honduran Mahogany. The Sampson post has been replaced with stainless steel. Much of the structure of the bow sprit has been rebuilt as well. The teak cap rail on the shear was re-installed and left natural. Cockpit teak is in good condition.


Total # of berths 3
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 1
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Oven tick
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Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
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Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Upon entering through the companionway and down four steps to the parquet-floored interior of this boat the size of this Alajuela will be appreciated. There is lots of headroom. The galley is to starboard -- it’s modest but has everything you need: Alder-Barber refer, two burner stove with oven, a big single basin sink and plenty of counter space. The full size nav table is to port and offers additional counter space while not underway. Two settees, one on either side, make up the salon with a decent sized pilot berth to port now being used as storage. The salon table folds out of the way. The headliner is clean and bright, with opening bronze portlights lining the cabin truck and an opening Lewmar hatch. Forward is an entry to a good sized master cabin with head that has its own door, a hanging locker, dressing seat, vanity and a large queen size berth with inner spring mattress. A large Lewmar hatch brings in light and air. New Dickenson cabin heat 2011.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

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EPIRB ACR Satalite 406 re-registered in 2007, VHF Hand Held Standard Horizon, VHF West Marine, Depth Sounder Standard Horizon DS 150 (2), Kenyon Wind and Speedo, (2) Garmin GPS 128, Garmin GPS Map 440, JRC Radar 1000 (1997), AIS West Marine Class B,

Deck Gear

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Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Ladder tick

5 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
Manual windlass
3 anchors
60.96m (200'0") of chain
30.48m (100'0") of warp
Monitor windvane self-steering system
Caribe dinghy (2008)
15hp outboard, Suzuki, Short Shaft (2007)
Lazarette locker contains two propane tanks vented to outside. Decks are painted with non-skid. Wide side decks with chain plates attached to outside of hull. Paint on topsides and hull appears realatively fresh and in good condition. Bottom paint is within two years.

Safety Equipment

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Life jackets tick
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Horn tick
EPIRB 406MHz tick

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 Electric)

Safety harnesses and all USCG requirements on board and up to date.

Broker's Comments

The Alajuela 38 is an excellent and proven bluewater cruiser, this one having spent most of the past 15 years in exotic places like Cartagena, Cuba and twice through the Panama Canal. The interior feels large and has been used as a live aboard for a couple. With some very modest updating she can be made ready to journey again to wherever the weather suits you.

Similar in style to the Tayana 37 or the Union 36 this boat is about 5-6000 pounds heavier. Her underwater profile, canoe stern and kind motion in a seaway has kept her owner comfortable and safe through many thousands of miles of ocean travel.
To view a video of this sailboat on her recent voyage from Mazatlan to Seattle go to;

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

This Alajuela 38 Cutter has been personally photographed and viewed by Gary Buck of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

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