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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?
Not sure how to answer that. The 70's were a long time ago and I had very little experience with other boats at that time. They were very well built Taiwanese boats with very thick glass hulls and beautiful joinery below and above deck. The ones I worked on were all rigged by Svendsen's boat works at Alameda Marina who stepped the masts and custom made all the shrouds and stays for each boat. They came without stoves, heads, or plumbing systems. Most had alcohol stoves installed. I was surprised to find the tankage was all cast iron and installed a bladder holding tank or two because, as I remember it, they weren't equipped with holding tanks from the factory, but I doubt many boats were at that time. There were problems with some of the port hole scuppers and we had to modify many of them to make them drain correctly. There were problems with cracking of the wooden cap rail around the cockpit which were repaired with butterfly joints, but I can't remember who did the work.