If yours is the one listed in Mx on Yachtworld, she does indeed look like a good find. But only a detailed look will show for sure. And she seems underpriced, which is probably due to the location. I think they typically sell in the mid to upper $50k (USD).
I inherited a letter from the designer
, Stan Huntingford, where he talks about the concept
for the boat. It was purpose designed and built to be a long distance quality cruiser for a small crew; typically a couple. As such, the systems are simple yet stout, as is the whole boat. She really is heavily built in all the places that matter.
I do have the blueprints for these boats. Iíd PM you so we can exchange emails. I donít want to post them publicly here, b/c I assume they are still the intellectual protected property.
They are cored hulls down to a foot or so above the keel
housing. It is an airex core
, and Iíve never heard of any problems. I had to replaced and rebuild transducer
housing a few years ago, so got to examine the core
in that area. It was in perfect shape.
ChainplatesÖ I actually canít tell you much about the originals b/c mine have been modified and moved outboard
by a previous owner. The original ones did penetrate through the deck, which I suspect may have been a source of problem on my boat.
As for issues, mostly these would be similar to any good olí boat. Decks are balsa cored, and most of these boats came with screwed in teak decking, so you can bet there is likely some water
intrusion. This is not necessarily a show-stopper, especially given how over-built the decks are (indeed, everything on these boats is heavily built). But it is something to look closely at.
Other than that, look at the tanks
. I think they all came with mild steel
(black iron) diesel
tanks that are deep recessed into the bilge
. They have been known to rust out. My boat has two tanks. The forward (small) tank failed a pressure test so is sealed off. My main tank tested fine, but may become an issue in the future.
Sailing Ö contrary to the stereotypical view, Rafikiís actually sail quite well. Sheís a cutter
rig, which makes for great versatility and safety
out on the big briny. Put wind
on the beam or aft and she moves really well. Sheís no up-wind champ, but even here she performs quite well. She actually carries a lot of sail, which probably explains why people rank Rafikiís a better sailers compared to similar boats like the Tayana-37.
Anyway, hopefully you can get my PM so we can exchange email
. Iíll send you the link to the blueprints. They show how well designed and built these boats are.