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The Alajuela 38 model 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. This Alajuela 38 is the 2nd laminated hull laid by the Alajuela Corp (Costa Mesa, CA) in 1972; however, she was not launched until 1978. The current owners have owned her over 30 years. It took nine years of love and labor to refit her after they purchased her; she was set for cruising in 2000. They returned from their cruising and racing adventures to Mexico in 2005 and it has been used sparingly since.
She is truly capable of blue water cruising: double-ender design, cutter rigged, heavily ballasted with 10,000 pounds of internal lead in the full keel, stern mounted rudder with long tiller and nine sails. Powered by a 40hp Isuzu engine that is incredibly economical, she sports a custom low profile rigid dodger with sunshade supporting solar panels that protects you from the elements while underway or at anchor. The owner who is a self-taught professional cabinetmaker created the gorgeous interior: Danish Modern Teak throughout, Italian marble in the galley and head, custom storage lockers and drawers (numbered so you can create a master storage plan!), custom navigation station complete with electronics and sextant for any situation. The exterior shows wear but the interior seems to be in excellent condition.