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Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Hi, I'm looking for an Alajuela 33 on the East Coast or gulf for sale or to look at. There seem to be some nice ones on Yachtworld but all are on the W coast. I also would be interested in the measurments of the v-berth. I'm 6' and somewhere comfortable to sleep beside the woman is a must in any boat, even if I have to modify something. I'm in Charleston SC. Thanks Brandon richardbrandonsnider(at)gmail.com
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I don't know the dimensions but the v-berth should be plenty roomy for 2. I'm 6'2" and the length is ample, as is the width and overhead clearance.
The port settee folds out to make a nominal double, too, though you have to unbolt the center table for clearance.
The original advertising even claimed that you could convert either quarterberth into a double by adding a drop-in board at the inboard corner. That might be a little tight, but they are pretty cavernous. I can almost sit upright in them.
They are pretty roomy boats.
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Thanks John,
Just looking at the deminsions the boat seems like a bigger boat than most 33 lod boats. She has a generous beam and LWL. I've been debating whether to go see the one for sale in Venura on yachtworld. Looks like a nice boat. If the boat was on the east coast and is as advertised I'd buy her. Thanks again. Brandon
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Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Did you ever find an Alajuela 33. Are you still looking?
I also like these boats and want to find out more about them.
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Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Check out the Google 'Alajuelaboats' group. Most postings are about the 39's but there's lots of info from A-33 owners. I think they only made 18 or 20 of them but they don't seem to age.
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Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

I'm still looking. The only one I've seen was in MD a couple of years ago. I'm a few years away from buying a larger boat but when the time comes hopefully I can find one to at least consider. I've been looking and comparing designs for years and the Alajuela 33 seems like a good fit for our family, plus my wife loves them ;-) It just stinks thqat they are so few and far between.
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Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

I haven't had any luck finding the group either. Teresa, good luck. 'I've read through you and Bens blog a few times, it's a good read. Back when I was single and even married before kids we always dreamed of a BCC, however with a little one we would like a little more room. I like the 33 a lot. I think I saw you guys boats when you were in Charleston a few years back. Good luck
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Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Hey Teresa/All,

Hope all is well......

It's Ben, the guy who put together your kite cam setup.

I actually lived aboard an Alajuela 33 for 5 years or so, really regret selling it. Makes no sense, I owned the boat as a single guy and now that I'm married with 2 kids we have a Dana 24!

Anyway, loved the boat and happy to answer any questions you have about them.

All the best.
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Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Do you think you could do an extended cruise, say 6 months with the two kids on the Alajuela 33? I've been looking at the Alajuela google group, which I just found, for common issues with the boats. The only common problem I came accross fir the 33 was the holding tank lid and maybe some wood rot down by the cap rail. Anything else that you are aware of? I'm also really curious as to how she sailed comoared to the other boats you've owned or sailed on.

I like the Dana, there's one at a marina near me thats been sitting for the last 6 years at least, with what looks like little use. I contacted the owner awhile back and he had planned to possibly sell the boat but as far as I know it's still there.



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Hey Teresa/All,

Hope all is well......

It's Ben, the guy who put together your kite cam setup.

I actually lived aboard an Alajuela 33 for 5 years or so, really regret selling it. Makes no sense, I owned the boat as a single guy and now that I'm married with 2 kids we have a Dana 24!

Anyway, loved the boat and happy to answer any questions you have about them.

All the best.
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Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Snider, I bought a somewhat neglected but sound A-33 about 2 1/2 years ago.
I've done lots of work bringing systems up to date or upgrading--new hoses, second battery bank and all new high-current DC wiring, new water tank, lots of cosmetic catching-up, the list is several pages long, actually.
But it was really all stuff that just was outdated or too old. I haven't found any big weaknesses common to the boats that come to mind. But don't underestimate the effects of time. I've found some minor, isolated manufacturing shortcuts that probably relate more to the guy who was working that day than to the boats generically. I have no regrets so far.
I have sailed it on Lake Champlain for 2 years and motored on rivers and canals. I've not sailed it on the ocean; that comes this year.
There is some weather helm. I presume it's related to mast rake but am not certain. The rudder was made for a wheel, but I chose to switch to a tiller (a quick, bolt-on change except for adding new engine controls). The tiller is heavy, but I still prefer the simplicity and aesthetics.
It seems pretty fast for a boat its size, and I've found it pretty manoeverable in tight spaces. I single-hand it without any problems, though obviously some moves are always easier with a crew.
The inside is roomy and the quality of the joinery is impressive. The deck hardware is all chrome-plated bronze and first-rate. The overall construction and the rig is quite heavy and solid, and I've found no deck core problems or blisters to date. The Westerbeke 27 has been plenty adequate.
Hope that answers some of your questions.
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