Used Alajuela Yacht Corp. 38 Cruiser Sailboat For Sale 41 pictures

Murray Yacht Sales presents this Cruisers 1976 Alajuela Yacht Corp. 38 boat for sale.

  • This Alajuela Yacht Corp. 38 offered at $59,000
  • Powered by single Yanmar 4JH2E / 1400 hrs
  • The boat located in New Orleans, Louisiana (map below) and ready for viewing
  • The listing has been updated and on a market since Apr 16th 2021

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1976 Alajuela 38 Features:

  – Awlgrip hull
  – Fiberglass decks
  – Yanmar 4JH2E engine, 1999
  – Custom Aluminum Bow Sprit
  – Custom Stern Pulpit with Seats
  – Garmin electronics
  – 12v refrigeration
  – Hard Dodger with Bimini
  – and a lot more

The Alajuela 38 is a derivative of William Atkin's Ingrid 38 Ketch itself following a lineage of traditional double-enders started a century earlier with the lifeboat designs of Colin Archer. The boat entered production not long after the Westsail 32 swept the world with dreams of sailing to distant shores and a cruising boat boom that spanned over a decade. Over the years the Alajuela 38 has garnered something of a cult following, with owners attracted by her beautiful sweeping lines, impeccable engineering, and surprisingly good performance.

Equipment List


Layout: Factory, One Cabin / One Head, interior teak is natural

Ports: (8) Opening

Hatches: Opening

Salon Hatch: Custom opening skylight which makes the salon very bright and airy.

Headliner: Painted white plywood with teak trim.

Bookshelves: White Formica.

Fans: 12v Hella Turbo

Cabin Sole: Teak holly, natural

Nav Station: To Port with Compass

Dinette Table: The starboard settee was removed, dinette table with(2) settees added. The dinette table folds a leaf to extend it for 6 - it easily serves 4 as it stands. It lowers to convert the starboard settee to a double. This modification creates a constantly open passageway through the salon.

Settee(s): To Port


Heater: Sig Marine 100 kerosene, unknown if it is operational

Master Cabin: Fwd with a V Berth

Headroom: 6’4”

Head(s): Marine head with Shower


Stove/Oven: Hillerange, 2 burner propane

Refrigeration: 12v Alder Barbour with Power Duct for cooling efficiency, installed in 1999

Microwave Oven: GE, installed post 2003

Sink: Large stainless steel

Water: Pressure, hot cold

Water: Manual

Water Heater: Yes

Counter Tops: Corian


Plotter: Garmin GPSmap 741xs on a pivoting mount

Autopilot: Navico TP100

Radar: Stainless steel mast mount only

Depth: Lowrance x28

Wind: Garmin

VHF: Apleco VXL 7500

Stereo: Yes

Self Steering: Aries Vane Gear, unknown if operational

Radar Reflector: Yes

Clock Barometer: Yes

Insulated Backstay: Yes

Compass: (2)


12v system: Yes

110v system: Yes


Shore Power: 30amp service

Inverter/Charger: Heart Interface 1500 watt, added 1999

Alternator: 124 amp, added 1999

Interior Lights: Yes

Nav Lights: Yes

Tri Light: Yes

Spreader Lights: Yes

12v Outlet(s): Yes

1999 Upgrades: Heart Inverter/Charger, Freedom remote control panel/controller, Emon II power system monitor/controller, Next Step alternator regulator, Balmar high output engine alternator, Ample Power Eliminator, custom easy access battery box, separate 12v gel cell engine starter battery, electric propane solenoid


Main: Dacron, replaced after 2003

Genoa: 150% Dacron with UV cover, forest green

Staysail: Dacron, 2002

Working Jib: Dacron

Yankee: Dacron

Mast: Cutter rig, keel stepped, with Tides Marine Strong Track

Roller Furling: Profurl

Primary Winches: (2) Lewmar 54 self tailing

Halyard Winches: (3) Lewmar 44 self tailing

Mast Winches: (4) Barient

Windex: Yes

Backstay: Yes, insulated for SSB

Checkstays: Yes,

Standing rigging: Replaced in 2018/2019

Traveler: Yes

Mast Height: 54’


Hull Color: Awlgrip Sea Mist Foam (or similar color)

Deck Color: Two tone, gel coat crazing on cabin top

Deck: Fiberglass

Bow Sprit: Aluminum, added after 2003

Draft: Full keel, 6’

Canvas: Custom hard dodger bimini

Cushions: Cockpit C Cushions

Covers: Forest Green, winches, windlass, mast boat, main cover, electronic

Anchor: CQR 45 lbs 300’ of chain 200’ of rode

Anchor: Danforth 20 lbs

Windlass: Lofrans Tigres 1000 watt, added 1999

Locker(s): Yes

Dorade: (4)

Teak w/Varnish: Cap rail and cockpit seats

Teak Natural: Companionway, handrails, tiller, bow sprit, rudder head

Teak Cetol: Primary winch bases, dorade boxes, bow sprit

Custom: Stainless steel stern rail, stern anchor rode spool, retractable boarding ladder, outboard motor lifting crane, bowsprit tip, mast pulpits, boom gallows integrated into hard dodger.

Hatches: Aft hatch does not exist will need to be replaced, salon hatch glass needs to be resealed forward hatch needs some attention

Bottom: The bottom was painted in 2017. Around 100 blisters ½ inch in diameter were reported in the 2003 survey.

Blue Water Boats Review: “The build quality and high standards of engineering made a name for Alajuela. The hull is molded in one-piece from hand-laid fiberglass varying in thickness from 3/4 inch near the bilges to 1/2 inch at the topsides. Inside the hull, there are no liners, it's all wood bonded to the hull which is durable while providing accessibility to every nook and cranny. The deck uses plywood coring and the hull-to-deck joint remains one of the best in the industry. Of particular note were the beautiful bronze fittings which were cast by Alajuela themselves.”


Engine: Yanmar 4JH2E installed in 1999, engine panel tach, oil, water hour

Prop: Max Feathering, 3 blade 1999

Steering: Tiller, natural

Stuffing box/gland: PYI/PSS dripless stuffing seal

Water Heater: Yes

Bilge Pump(s): 12v manual

Filter(s): Racor

Spare Parts: Plenty of spare parts

Fire Suppression: Yes

Oil Filter: 2019

Belt: 2019

Valves: Within tolerances in 2019

Head: Manual marine head with Y Valve for direct overboard holding tank

Replaced in 1999: Reduction reversing gear, custom engine mounts, hi-output engine alternator, instrument panel, primary fuel filters, diesel fuel purifier, fuel lift pump, engine oil change pump, marine muffler, bronze raw water strainer.

History: Ligaya has only had 3 owners in 45 years. The first owner enjoyed her from 1976 to 1988, the second owner from 1998 to 2003, and the last owner from 2003 to the Present. Ligaya was purchased in 2003 and cruised the west coast of the US and then she was transported to New Orleans in 2013. Lake Pontchartrain is a brackish lake, more fresh than salt. The vessel has been well maintained over the years but unfortunately, the owner passed away earlier this year so we do not have specific dates for all of the upgrades done from 2003 on.


The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

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Approximate boat location – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Murray Yacht Sales

(504) 688-4224
/ New Orleans, Louisiana

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