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Alajuela 38

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Boat REF# 136606
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 11.58m (38'0")
Year 1976
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 4
Engine 1 x Diesel 55hp, Volvo-Penta D2-55 (2005)
Lying Sequim, WA USA


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Extra Details

Designer Colin Archer / William Atkin
Builder Alajuela Yacht Corporation
Lying Sequim, WA USA
Fuel capacity 218.2 ltr (48.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 409.0 ltr (90.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 122.7 ltr (27.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 01/07/2005


Engine 1 x Diesel 55hp
Engine make and model Volvo-Penta D2-55 (2005)
Engine Hours engine1:   1300
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) MaxProp 3-blade
Fuel consumption (approx) 3.6 ltr (0.8 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6.5 knots
Max speed (approx) 8 knots

Volvo-Penta D2 4-cyl diesel engine installed new in 2005, with new mounts, new shift/throttle/stop cables, new muffler, new instrumentation, new shaft, new dripless shaft seal.

12 volt alternator is rated at 115 amps.

Borg Warner Velvet Drive gear rebuilt 2005.

MAxProp 3-blade feathering 18x18" prop new in 2005.

House bank consists of two Trojan 6-volt deep cycle batteries. Single start battery.

1000 watt inverter. Xantrex Truecharge 20+ charger.


LOA 11.58m (38'0")
LWL 9.93m (32'7")
Beam 3.51m (11'6")
Draft Min 1.70m (5'7")
Airdraft 16.76m (55'0")
Displacement 12,245kg (27,000.0lbs)
Headroom 1.96m (6'5")
Storage On marina


Cutter rigged Aluminium spars (1976) with stainless steel standing rigging (1995)


Mainsail Banks - Slab (1997) Lazy Jacks, 3 Reefs
Headsail Banks - Furling (1997)
Other sails Main (1976)
staysail (1976)
yankee (1976)
genoa (unknown year)
storm jib (unknown year)
spinnaker (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear tick

Barient #25 genoa winches (2); Barient #21 halyard winches (3); Barient #21 main/staysail winches (3). Custom stainless steel genoa winch mounts new 2006 replaced original wood mounts.

Furlex furler.

All standing rigging replaced 1995 except bobstay and whisker stays (2000) and upper shrouds (2005). All standing rigging terminal fittings are Norseman mechanical fittings.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Gelcoat finish

Total LOA from bowsprit to rudder is 46'. Including the wind vane total LOA is 48'

Built by Alajuela Yacht Corporation of Costa Mesa, CA, and completely factory finished. Double-ender design for capable long-distance blue water cruising. Heavily ballasted with 10,000 lbs of internal lead in the keel. Stern-mounted rudder with tiller. Original wooden bowsprit replaced with a custom aluminum bowsprit to original dimensions in 2006. Heavily-built solid hand-laid FRP laminate hull. Hull topsides, deck and spars are Awlgrip coated. Exposed areas of hull interior are lined with 1/2" closed cell foam insulation.

Chainplates are outboard, allowing easy movement around the boat inside of the shrouds. Double lifelines on sturdy stanchions all around.

All through-hulls and seacocks replaced 2005 - 2007.

Bottom recoated April 2011.

48 gallon fuel capacity is supplemented by additional 9 gallon day tank capacity -- for diesel furnace or engine.

Water tanks show above as 2x45 gallons -- actual capacity is one 50 gallon tank and one 40 gallon tanks -- both stainless steel.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 1
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
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Oven tick
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Large open cockpit with teak seating and extensive storage in deep port and starboard cockpit lockers. Two propane tanks in lazarette.

Wide companionway with stairs down into cabin. The cabin immediately impresses with its warm woods, comfortable upholstery, abundant light (from the large butterfly skylight and the many opening bronze port lights). U-shaped galley to starboard with large icebox. Sink has pressure water (hot and cold) plus sea water and fresh water spigots from foot pumps. Hot water heater new in 2005 complete with recirculating system to conserve water when hot water is demanded.

The nav station is to port, with a useful wet gear locker immediately aft. The nav station provides a very large working area for charts and storage for full-size charts within the table.

The saloon features a Dickinson Antarctic diesel heater, large settees port and starboard (with an additional pilot berth outboard port), and a beautifully-finished saloon table beneath the skylight and the hanging oil lamp. Settees and pilot berth have lee clothes.

The master stateroom has a large double v-berth, a large translucent overhead hatch, a small settee, a hanging locker and plenty of drawer storage.

Teak and holly floors.

The wet head compartment is roomy, and includes a Raritan PHII head new in 2007.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

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Navigation lights tick
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Raymarine RC 435 chartplotter; Garmin GPS 120; Furuno 1621 MKII radar; ICOM M45 VHF; ICOM M1 handheld VHF; Morrow S-120 sounder (with spare).

Raymarine tiller autopilot -- integrated with Monitor wind vane.

Clarion stereo with CD.

Insulated backstay antenna and two Guest Dynaplates for SSB grounding.

Deck Gear

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3 halyard winches
5 sheet winches
Electric Lofrans Tigres 1200 W windlass (with remote control)
2 anchors
(CQR 35 lbs primary; Bruce 44 lbs secondary)
76.20m (250'0") of chain
Monitor windvane self-steering system
Seaworthy dinghy (1997)
Primary anchor chain 250' of 3/8" BBB.

Dodger with side curtains, winter cover for aft half of boat, individual covers for skylight, forward hatch, companionway hatch and tiller. A companionway hood is included for use when the dodger is removed.

Safety Equipment

LPG Detector tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Broker's Comments

The Alajuela 38 was introduced when the "world-cruising" boom developed in the early 1970s. The builders designed and engineered a boat that earned acclaim for its sturdy construction, its beautiful and traditional lines, and its sailing characteristics. Named one of the "best boats to buy or build" by Ferenc Mate, and displaying remarkable longevity these boats are much-sought-after by knowledgeable cruising sailors.

This lovely Alajuela 38 was built mid-way through the production run of 81 boats. She has clearly been well-maintained, and her current owner has installed new equipment (including engine) and many custom features to ensure her reliability and comfort at sea and at anchor. Her interior is in impeccable condition and is incredibly warm and inviting. A visit aboard is sure to ignite dreams of casting off lines and leaving port far behind.

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 Scott Helker of Boatshed Seattle. 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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