Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
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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).
Why go fast, when you can go slow.