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Congrats John...Alleluja 33 ....stumped the rest of us! Do you know who did the design or anything about the boat?
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He said it was a Ray Richards design out of California.
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Congrats John...Alleluja 33 ....stumped the rest of us! Do you know who did the design or anything about the boat?

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He said it was a Ray Richards design out of California.
not familiar with the name, is that the bastard child of ray charles and little richard? he designed one nice boat!

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I just noticed this thread. I can tell you definitively that the boat in question is NOT a Pacific Seacraft model (the Crealock 31 does not look anything like this boat, and the earlier Mariah 31 has a much longer bowsprit.) Nor is it any kind of Morris.

I believe it is an Alajuela 33, a Ray Richards design built in California.
By Jove, he's got it. Well done that man.

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It is the little sister to the much better known Alajuela 38, a cutter rigged, full-keeld double ender based on Atkin's Ingrid ketch (which in turn was based on the Archer lifeboat designs). They were popular in the late-70's, back during the Westsail era, and built in So. California too. We have a couple 38's moored at our marina.

I know even less about the 33. We passed one once about ten years ago while circling for a mooring in Annapolis. The bowsprit was suspicious, and in response to my hale the owner confirmed the make and model of the boat. Alajuela had earned a well deserved reputation for high quality metal fabrication, including cleats, gudgeons, portlights etc in bronze, and nice solid stainless work on the bowsprit/platforms. In the OP's photo, the sprit design was the giveaway.

I'm not sure when Alajuela closed-up, probably in the late-70's or early 80's. Someone on the list can probably fill-in the details.
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I didn't catch it. Great job. I believe most were owner finished boats - kinda custom as I recall. They've sailed around the world. There's an active Alajuela list on sailnet - the other one. There's a great guy on list named Rod Jermaine who helped build them and has a lot of information - he's helped a lot of people with his knowledge.
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Thanks John.
I was starting to foam at the mouth with each new PSC suggestion.

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Raymond Richards is probably most notable for designing several offshore boats for Cheoy Lee (32, 38, 39, & 41) the Haida 26, and several boats for Ranger boats of Kent ( R26, R24, R20 ).

I own a R24, she's a sweet, well mannered little keel boat. The R20s around here have a cult following and still race one design despite their smaller numbers. A lot of folks I've talked to here in the PNW know about him, probably due to Ranger Boats.

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thought it might be a Roberts 341...

Hey all, thought it might be a Bruce Roberts 341... But, alas, I was wrong.
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