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02-03-2016 04:00 PM
kunkwriter
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

I met a guy while on the hard at Berkeley who used to work at Svendson's boat yard in Alameda rigging all the new Rafiki's when they came in. He told me about a contractor who customized a couple of them as presold. That could explain your photo and the bowsprit. Looks like a Rafiki 37.
02-03-2016 02:04 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Ours is stamped on the stern deck between the boomkin, as well as in the sail locker (port side). I think the boats were semi-custom. Maybe yours was more so...?


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02-03-2016 01:50 PM
Natatale
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

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Originally Posted by MikeOReilly View Post
You got me Natatale. Looks like the Rafiki insignia (squiggle), but it's not a standard 37 for sure. As far as I know they were not built with bowsprit. Odd...

Can you find the HIN?
That's the other thing where would I find the HIN ??, I have looked in all the normal places.
02-03-2016 11:24 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

You got me Natatale. Looks like the Rafiki insignia (squiggle), but it's not a standard 37 for sure. As far as I know they were not built with bowsprit. Odd...

Can you find the HIN?
02-03-2016 03:42 AM
Natatale
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

The photo's are of the vessel that we are trying to identify.
02-03-2016 03:35 AM
Natatale
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hi all I have what we believe is a Rafiki of some type or model, but her setup is not as 35 or 37. She is 37' with the Rafiki logo on her bow & stern, but she has oval style port holes of the Rafiki 35, the Tiller of a Rafiki 37 but not a rounded stern more straight cut. Her internal fit out is the same setup and look identical to both boats. Can anyone tell me how to find her ID or has anyone come across this type of boat.
12-07-2015 01:35 PM
krisscross
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Looks like this is the boat: 1978 Rafiki Cutter Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
No teak decks (good), original engine (bad). But the boat looks very well cared for and the price is reasonable.
This a boat for long distance cruising, not casual day sailing. Is that what you have in mind for it?
12-03-2015 10:56 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

For those with an eye for traditional style, Rafiki's are lookers. Congrats on possibly joining us.

It's hard to give you any specific advice without knowing more about you and the boat, but in general Rafiki's are all older boats, so have all the same issues most older boats have. Older electrical, plumbing, tanks, etc. will all need to be examined closely. A well maintained boat will shine in these areas. One's that have suffered neglect will show it.

Decks should be closely examined for water intrusion, especially since most Rafikis had (have) screwed on teak decks. Chainplates should also be looked at closely. If there is any sign of water intrusion you may need to repair/ replace.

Look at the engine. If original, it's probably overdue for replacement. Most would have been repowered by now though.

Rafikis came with iron diesel tanks built into the bilges. They are hard to remove if/when they fail. There are other options though...

In general, get a good survey done by a qualified surveyor (preferably not one the broker recommends).
12-03-2015 12:37 AM
Newbie
Re: Rafiki 37 owners out there?

Hello. Im a complete beginner in the sailing world. Regardless we are looking to Liveaboard and have found a 1978 rafiki cutter 37 in long beach California. It's looks really pulled me in. I've enjoyed reading this thread but what do I need to know as a newbie and Liveaboard on this particular model ? Before I buy? Thanks !!
10-28-2015 11:46 AM
MikeOReilly
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).


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