~~~A True Offshore Passage-maker~~~
Skeg hung rudder
Twin sea-going quarter-berths
Easy to single hand~~Cutter rig
With traditional looks and a modern underbody the 33 Alajuela is a performance cruiser suited for both coastal work and true offshore passage-making. It is a time tested William Atkin design with naval architect Ray Richards completing the project.
Rather than a conventional full keel known for excellent and safe tracking abilities, Richards relied solely on the aft shape of the hull and the shape of the skeg and rudder to maintain directional stability. The keel forefoot was substantially cut away to reduce wetted area and aid maneuverability and its profile was wide with a flat bottom to allow the hull to be well supported on the hard. The wide profile had multiple benefits. Practically, it allowed tankage, both water and fuel, to be placed inside the keel cavity which lowered the centre of gravity and freed up interior space.
The canoe stern, though mainly an aesthetic choice is helpful in large following seas. The skeg-mounted rudder was designed to have either tiller or wheel steering.
Construction is a one-piece hand-laid fiberglass hull and a plywood cored deck with the hull and deck join designed to lock together with a double bonded fiberglass seam.
Chainplates were brought inboard to allow for a tighter sheeting angle to assist windward performance. And the choice was made for a cutter rig for its better balanced reefing, especially handy during offshore work. This required a small bowsprit.
The 33 has a total of six berths, including the addition of twin seagoing quarter berths. The feel of the cabin is roomy and the quality of the joinery is superior.
Under sail the Alajuela 33 is easy to single-hand, fast for her size, and her modern underbelly makes her predictably nimble in tight spaces.
The Alajuela 33 is a high quality sailboat from a boatbuilder that has earned an excellent reputation.
LOA: 37′ 0″
LOD: 33′ 1″
LWL: 27′ 6″
Beam: 10′ 8″
Draft: 4′ 9″
Displacement: 13,500 lbs.
Ballast: 4,700 lbs. (lead)
Sail Area: 600 sq.ft.
Bridge Clearance: 45′ 7″
Fuel: 50 US Gal.
Water: 110 US Gal. (twin stainless tanks in bilge)
Holding: 25 US Gal.
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