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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

That's good that you've rescued your boat. My understanding is that only about 50 of the Rafiki-37s were ever built, so each one is treasure. As you know, they were very well made, so I'm sure it will all be worth the time and effort to bring yours back up.

Pachina Mia was in pretty good shape when we bought her, so we haven't had to do anything major yet. The two biggest challenges we will eventually face are issues around the teak deck, and dealing with the black iron diesel tanks.

I love the way she sails. She cuts through any small slop, and has a nice gentle motion when things pipe up. The tiller is great, and it forces you to remain well balanced (which is a good thing). We're still learning how to use the stay sail effectively, and that big main makes broad reaching tricky sometimes. Overall though, she's a great sea boat. And with wind anywhere on the beam or aft and she moves pretty fast. Beating ... not so much.

I hope the refit goes well for you. Keep an eye out for other Rafiki's. Those that I've heard of have all be over on the Pacific coast (or off circumnavigating).
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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Just bought a Rafiki 37 in Alameda. Saw the posting and thought I'd join in. I had to sell my Atlanta 28 to help pay for the new Rafiki, but I am so excited about this boat. I'd welcome a chance to chat with any other Rafiki owners, especially those in the Bay Area. - Tony
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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

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Just bought a Rafiki 37 in Alameda. Saw the posting and thought I'd join in. I had to sell my Atlanta 28 to help pay for the new Rafiki, but I am so excited about this boat. I'd welcome a chance to chat with any other Rafiki owners, especially those in the Bay Area. - Tony
Congrats on the new (old) boat Tony. I'm sure you're going to love her. As you know, only about 50 Rafiki-37s were built, so our group is rather small. I've only managed to find a couple of other owners since acquiring our Rafiki a few years ago. It would be great to have others join in here.

In any case, I'm happy to chat about the boats, and share what little I know and have learned.
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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Thanks, Mike. Just finished fixing a through hull and some plumbing issues and we're putting her back in the water Thursday. Found the old owner on a posting and he was nice enough to come out to the boat and show me some of the upgrades he did. What an awesome boat. Been looking at these for some time and never thought I'd actually own one.

I do have to do some electrical, but the engine that was reported as ruined is fine and dandy. Was worrying about teak and deck but found out the deck is five years old and the teak new. Unfortunately, it's never been sanded, so still needs that.

Planning a trip from SF Bay to Hawaii in a year, so time to get her ready.

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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Glad to hear you've found such a gem Tony. They are amazing boats.

We're based in the Great Lakes for the next year and a half, and then heading out the St. Lawrence and south to the Caribbean; after that, who knows. But I'm already envious of you -- our water is very hard right now. We won't get back in the water until end of May at the earliest. One more year sailing Lake Superior, and then south!
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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

I've just bought hull number 27 in Alameda.

Was wondering if anyone knows the the capacity for the tanks?. I don't think they're original iron, but look to be in the same places. I have a fuel tank forward midship, two water port and starboard, side by side just aft of the fuel, and then two more fuel tanks just aft of the water tanks.

Any other Rafiki owners in the bay area? We're planning to do some cruising this summer and are looking for destinations and possible boats to meet up with.

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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hi Tony, hopefully other owners will emerge b/c I'd love to hear what others have as well.

Our boat (hull #37) is set up with two diesel tanks, one water tank. The tanks may be original -- at least I bet the diesel tanks are since they're black iron. I've yet to measure the exact size of our tanks, but the blueprints specs that we received with our boat (copies of the originals, direct from Stan Huntingford) show the forward diesel tank to be 35 gallons, and the aft to be 89 gallons. The single water tank (made of SS) is 198 gallons.

Interestingly, we're beginning to suspect our aft diesel tank is only about 65 gallons. Our forward tank is decommissioned due to a leak.
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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hey, Tony my name is Rick,I'm a Rafiki 37 owner in the bay area. We keep our boat in Point Richmond. We try to sail her a couple times a month mostly local. Were planning a few trips to Drakes Bay and the Santa Cruz and Monterey area this Fall. Where do you keep your boat? I like to take a look at it some time and compare notes. Let me know.
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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hey Rick,
We're in Alameda. We're hoping to hit Drakes Bay soon ourselves. We're hoping to head to Half Moon Bay this Saturday and head back Monday, though it is possible we'll end up anchored at Richardson Bay instead. My wife likes Sausalito (as do I). We'd welcome a chance to see your boat and compare notes as well. I'm without any auto tiller or steering until June, so it's some work traveling, but I've found she'll point well into the wind and stay on her mark with nothing more than a bungee attached.

Good to hear from you. Maybe we could meet up some time some where.

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Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hello, I have a 37' foot Rafiki cutter. I believe I purchased this boat off Davenus (hull 20) this past year, and I am now living on her in Hawaii. Also Met MikeOriley on another sailing forum.

Any tips/tricks about our boat are welcome. We have been sanding and staining the gun rails, and doing various repairs that come with an older vessel. Anyone currently making large voyages on their cutter?
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