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post #27 of Old 04-02-2014
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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

I never owned a Rafiki, but while in grad school in 1978 and '79 I worked for Bristol Marine in Alameda, CA taking Rafikis out of their shipping cradles and outfitting them for their new owners. I installed everything from heads to electronics (such as they were in the '70s). I will never forget the first time they handed me a drill and told me to put a hole in the bottom for a thru-hull. I'm not sure which hull number that was, but I hope she's still afloat. I only have spotty records, but know I worked on commissioning hull numbers 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 in 1978. I looked at Rafikis online for a long time and considered many before I bought my Island Packet. Rafikis are/were beautiful boats and I am glad to know several are still traveling the oceans.
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