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04-03-2014 01:17 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Thanks again for this Honu. It's fun to hear your experiences from way back then. My diesel tanks are black iron, which may cause me grief at some point. My porthole drains don't drain well, and now that you mention it, I do think there is a nice butterfly join in my cockpit teak combing. We just got rid of the holding tank (went to a composting head), and I'm installing a new propane stove right now (although there is an old one in there right now).

The boats are incredibly well built, with beautiful wood and joinery, very thick and solid hulls & deck, and very strong spars. My boat's standing rigging has been re-done at least once (I'm the fourth owner), and the teak handrails and boomkin have been replaced with stainless on mine.

No surprise, but I love my Rafiki. We've only had her for four years now, but I hope it is my final boat.

Thanks for the info and your reflections on them. Much appreciated.
04-03-2014 11:39 AM
S/V HONU
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Not sure how to answer that. The 70's were a long time ago and I had very little experience with other boats at that time. They were very well built Taiwanese boats with very thick glass hulls and beautiful joinery below and above deck. The ones I worked on were all rigged by Svendsen's boat works at Alameda Marina who stepped the masts and custom made all the shrouds and stays for each boat. They came without stoves, heads, or plumbing systems. Most had alcohol stoves installed. I was surprised to find the tankage was all cast iron and installed a bladder holding tank or two because, as I remember it, they weren't equipped with holding tanks from the factory, but I doubt many boats were at that time. There were problems with some of the port hole scuppers and we had to modify many of them to make them drain correctly. There were problems with cracking of the wooden cap rail around the cockpit which were repaired with butterfly joints, but I can't remember who did the work.
04-02-2014 05:32 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

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Originally Posted by S/V HONU View Post
I never owned a Rafiki, but while in grad school in 1978 and '79 I worked for Bristol Marine in Alameda, CA taking Rafikis out of their shipping cradles and outfitting them for their new owners. I installed everything from heads to electronics (such as they were in the '70s). I will never forget the first time they handed me a drill and told me to put a hole in the bottom for a thru-hull. I'm not sure which hull number that was, but I hope she's still afloat. I only have spotty records, but know I worked on commissioning hull numbers 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 in 1978. I looked at Rafikis online for a long time and considered many before I bought my Island Packet. Rafikis are/were beautiful boats and I am glad to know several are still traveling the oceans.
Thanks for posting Honu. I own hull #14, so I guess it was a bit before you were there. Can you tell us anything more about their outfitting or construction? I've never been able to find out anything about the company that made the boats: Western Pacific Yachts. Love to hear more.
04-02-2014 03:32 PM
S/V HONU
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

I never owned a Rafiki, but while in grad school in 1978 and '79 I worked for Bristol Marine in Alameda, CA taking Rafikis out of their shipping cradles and outfitting them for their new owners. I installed everything from heads to electronics (such as they were in the '70s). I will never forget the first time they handed me a drill and told me to put a hole in the bottom for a thru-hull. I'm not sure which hull number that was, but I hope she's still afloat. I only have spotty records, but know I worked on commissioning hull numbers 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 in 1978. I looked at Rafikis online for a long time and considered many before I bought my Island Packet. Rafikis are/were beautiful boats and I am glad to know several are still traveling the oceans.
04-02-2014 07:16 AM
hullothere
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Though it has been many years, my family owned hull #9, Tranquillity. She was sold in the late 90's. Not sure where she wound up.


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01-23-2014 09:12 PM
Markwesti
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

There is a Rafiki for sale on CL Orange County CA. And all they want is 34K . Nice pics in the ad . The o'l girl looks super!
01-23-2014 07:01 PM
kunkwriter
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hey Rick,

When I bought the boat it had a setup where the sheet travels along the bottom of the boom to the mast, then down to a pulley and back to the the cockpit. It's a healthy length of rope, but it has been very easy to use--especially in the bay were the winds become fierce in the afternoons. I don't have rope laying anywhere but next to the starboard winch where the cabin meets the cockpit. Once I get a dodger It'll be nice being able to control the main from underneath. I don't have any pics, but would be happy to take some this weekend and post, or send. I'm in Alameda Marina--straight off the Svendsen's dock with the boat lift. Tony
01-23-2014 01:08 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Good question Rick. I'd be interested in any good solutions. It is a hazard of end-boom sheeting I suppose.

I did decrease the sheet diameter a couple of years ago, which has reduced the problem. I also use a preventer to maintain boom angle, which also reduces the problem. These days we usually just centre the main (sheet in) when the wind becomes so light and flaky that sheets can become tangled.
01-23-2014 12:20 PM
Rick Falconer
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hey Tony , How's your boat coming along? What part of Alameda are you in? I'd really like to take a look at it. I was wondering if you have the original mainsheet set up or if you've come up with a better idea. There really has to be a better way. On light air days in the swirling wind of the bay the sheet seems to tie up everything on the back of the boat. Anyone out there with any ideas I would sure like to hear them. Rick
12-26-2013 11:09 PM
kunkwriter
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Good to meet another owner. I'm in the SF Bay area and I know of three others here with Rafiki 37s. I'm possibly heading your way this Summer. We're planning, but things with work may interfere. It'd be nice to have a contact there once we arrive. Love to see your boat. I just sanded and recaulked the deck this past summer and am in the process of sanding and varnishing the topside wood--gunrails included. I love this boat. I'm Hull #27. "Sunshine".

Best,
Tony
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