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4 Weeks Ago 12:46 PM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Still hope to make it as well Lonnie, but still don't know if I can. We're planning to head into Washington next week. Weather is starting to feel a bit brisk up here on Vancouver Island now.

Zincs... Hopefully kunk will weigh in b/c I've been a fresh water sailor so far. No need to worry about zincs. But I'm heading into salt next season so need to replace ours as well. Our boat has a shaft zinc, plus one tied to the bronze pintles/gudgeons and rudder brackets. I gather there is a zinc in the engine heat exchange as well (Perkins 4108 for us).

Why go fast, when you can go slow
4 Weeks Ago 11:43 PM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Do you guys remember how many zinks you used and where you put them?
4 Weeks Ago 11:40 PM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Thanks, Mike. Still hoping you might make it down while we are here.
4 Weeks Ago 01:15 AM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Thank Kunk. I see now how it works on your boat. I'll have to post pics of my bimini setup once I get it done -- which won't till next spring now. We do have a windmill, and with the added solar will be up to 400 watts of each. It's all to keep the beer cold, since we have a fridge.

Lonnie, I probably mentioned that we mostly use our Aries windvane for steering. But I also have a Raymarine X5GP tiller pilot, which was the largest one I could find. It's still only rated for something like 16,000# displacement, but I use it in light air and seas, and when we are motoring. So far so good.

Why go fast, when you can go slow
4 Weeks Ago 12:21 AM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hi Tony,

Thank you. That does help a lot. Are you able to use an electric auto helm at all? Are you going to add a wind vane for your long trip? We plan to stay here in the sea so we can probably do without. Love the picture. She looks great. I like the name below the upper stripe. I have been thinking about doing that instead of the name above and port below the stripe as most folks seem to do. I forgot our hull number. Will check it out. Are you planning to turn into the Sea on your way south? It would be great to hook up in La Paz or somewhere.

Can't wait to get this beauty in the water!

4 Weeks Ago 11:36 PM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hey Mike,

I have two 100 panels--one on each side. I put stainless tubing in over the life lines to mount them and have them swing up and down with lock screws I tapped out. They work great. We spent most the Summer sailing and I never ran out of electricity. I don't use refrigeration, but I do have a hot water heater. I was going to install a wind gen, but so far I've got plenty of juice, topped off each day from the panels.
4 Weeks Ago 08:52 PM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Yes, congrats on getting Dolphin. Our boats can produce strong weather helm due to the rather massive mainsail. I reef early to avoid betting overpowered. Nice thing with the tiller is you can tell pretty quickly when the balance is off.

Kunk, I'm interested in your solar setup. I installed 100 watts with two panels last season, placing them on the companion way slide cover just forward of the cockpit. I'm now in the process of building a bimini using two more panels, which looks similar to your setup if I am reading your photo correctly. Is your setup working out well?

Why go fast, when you can go slow
4 Weeks Ago 08:29 PM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Congrats on the Rafiki! I can only hope you find her as awesome as my wife and I have. I got to look again, but I think I'm hull #27. We love the boat. I've added solar, furling with a Yankee jib, and a full size staysail. My experience with weather helm is that it can be bad. That, though, seems to be relevant to weather I'm using the staysail or just the main jib. With mainsail alone, it is also extreme. For me it is balance to the wind. If it's blowing, which it does often in the SF Bay area, the staysail and main hold her well without much weather helm--close hauled doing about 6 knots. If I run the main jib, which has sheets out past the shrouds, she has weather helm.

Don't know how much this helps, but I can tell you, the boat is amazing when things get rough. We've been in some rough stuff, and heaving too, reefing, all sailing, I'd take her over many other's I've sailed.

Best to you and keep me updated. We're heading through the canal this up coming Summer.

4 Weeks Ago 05:32 PM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hello Folks,

We are the happy new owners of the Rafiki 37 "Dolphin" currently on the hard in La Paz, Baja California. She had a total refit in 2009-2011 and is ready to go except for some cosmetic damage from Hurricane Odile a year ago. The damage is being repaired and we plan to launch in late December and cruise the peninsula until April or May.

Curiously, since only 55 were built, the boat next to us in the yard here is another Rafiki 37 named..."Curious."

I hear that the weather helm can be so strong that the motorized auto-helm has trouble controlling the tiller. Any comments about that?
06-15-2015 11:23 AM
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

I'm working a few threads. Lol. I was hoping some 35 owners might be watching!
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