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post #12 of Old 05-08-2012
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Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Ben--Mind saying what necessitated your rebuilding your rudder? There's a lot of stress on them, judging from the feel of the tiller.

One design issue with the boat that's occurred to me is the cockpit.
In some respects, it's elegant--the well sides flare out at the bottom and the sole cants up at the sides, so on a heel, you have a flat place to stand. The opening portlights in the well ventilate and light the q-berths. But, the cockpit is too big, I think. I hate to imagine what would happen if it filled with water. And if it were a foot shorter and ten inches narrower, you could still sleep in it but also wedge your feet against the lower seat, and that extra room could have made a longer cabin.
But we should all have such problems. The Southern Cross 31's and PSC Mariahs I looked at had tiny cockpits. Overall, it's a stellar boat.
John V.
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