Used Alajuela Mark I Cutter Sailboat For Sale 75 pictures

Boat Description

Diva is a 1977 Alajuela 38 MK I Cutter in turn-key condition that has improved with age under the loving care of her knowledgeable and experienced second owners since 2001. This bluewater cruiser is a true ocean voyager with classic styling, sweeping full keel for sea-kindliness and speed at sea, unsurpassed accommodations comfort, and quality built to take you anywhere with timeless unpretentious styling. Designed by Collin Archer and William Atkin and built in California with American Pride (and without the typical Taiwanese quality issues associated with electrical, plumbing, tankage, hull coring, and teak-decking), she is powerful, rugged and enduring.

Cutter-Rigged with roller furling systems for the headsail and staysail, and a Mack Stack Pack Mainsail system, displacing 27,000 lbs., Diva has a total working sail area of 880 sq. ft.; giving her an impressive sail area to displacement ratio of 15.7, very similar to the Valiant 40, another well-respected performance bluewater cruiser.

In addition to all of the inherent built-in bluewater features and renowned qualities of the 38 Alajuela, her owners have made the following thoughtful and practical improvements and upgrades that make Diva , the only Alajuela 38 Cutter you should consider if you plan to use her as a serious extended cruising home. These are the highlights, so if you like this short list; youll love the detailed specs and additional equipment and features youll find further in this listing:

– Hull painted w. Awlgrip Oyster White, 6-Coats (2006)
– Decks Cabintop painted w. Perfection 2-Part Polyurethane (2006)
– Standing Rigging Vinyl-Coated SS Lifelines Replaced (2006)
– Mast Painted, New SS Mast Base w. Nylon Pad Separator (2006)
– All Mast Fittings were RR with Nylon Pads for dissimilar metal separation (2006)
– Mack Full-Battened Mainsail, Staysail 115% Jib (2006)
– Cold molded hardtop Cockpit Enclosure with hinged solid opening windshield ( 1995)
– ISUZU 56 HP Diesel, (nearly 2X the HP of some Sisterships) (1997)
– Dual Engine Raw Water Intakes on either side of keel
– Dual Racor filters Fuel Polishing System
– SS Shaft Replaced (2008)
– 120 Amp Powerline Series 23 Alternator, ( Spare)
– Balmar MC 612 Max Charge Regulator
– KISS Wind Generator Trace C-Series DC Controller
– Heart Interface Freedom 1000W Inverter/Charger
– 740 Amp-hrs of 6V Deep Cycle Batteries Custom Battery Boxes
– Custom Aluminum Radar Antenna Arch w. Outboard Motor Hoist
– SSB, Autopilot, 16 mile Radar, VHF Radios, Laptop Navigation Software
– 1,200 # Powerwinch 12V Windlass w. Chain Rope Gypsies
– 2 @ 45# CQR Anchors; One with 200 Chain, 2nd w. 250 Rope Chain Rode
– Large folding Cockpit Table with built in storage
– Upholstered dense foam Cockpit Cushions
– Enlarged Sofas with added bookshelves and cabinet storage instead of Pilot-Berths
– Fold-up Bulkhead-Mounted Dining Table w. drop leaf Mirrored Enclosure
– Custom Dish Cabinet above Galley forward Countertop
– Refrigeration Box lined with Urethane Foam Vacuum Insulated Panels (2004)
– Adler-Barbour 12V Super Cold Machine Refrigeration with SS PowerPlate (2004)
– Ocean Breeze 6,500 BTU A/C Heater
– Hull Lined w. Thermal Insulation above water-line
– West Marine 9 Inflatable RIB with a 9.9HP Yamaha 4-Stroke Outboard (2003)

If you are looking for a proven bluewater cruiser outfitted for a couple to easily handle with all the right stuff to ensure safety and comfort, then call today to schedule a personal inspection. This 1977 Alajuela 38 Mark I Cutter will not disappoint you!

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name

Keel: Full

LOA: 38 ft 0 in
Beam: 11 ft 6 in
LWL: 32 ft 7 in
Minimum Draft: 5 ft 7 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 10 in
Displacement: 27000 lbs
Ballast: 10000 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 55 ft 0 in
Freeboard: 4 ft 1 in

Total Power: 56 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Isuzu
Year Built: 1997
Engine Model: C240 2.4L 4-Cylinder
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 7600
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 56 HP

Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Maximum Speed: 7 knots

Fresh Water Tanks: 40
Fuel Tanks: 2 (110 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 28

Number of single berths: 2
Number of double berths: 1
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 1

Radar Detector
TV set
CD player
Navigation center

Storm jib - Roller Furling Staysail
Furling genoa
Fully battened mainsail - Mack Sails w. Stack Pack

Spinnaker pole - Whisker Pole

Inside Equipment
Sea water pump
Oven - Force 10 SS w. 2 burner Stove
Electric bilge pump - 3@ 12V Pumps: 1500, 3700, 4000 gph
Hot water
Air conditioning
Deep freezer
Battery charger
Marine head
Manual bilge pump

Electrical Equipment
Inverter - Freedom 10_1000W w. Charger
Shore power inlet
Electrical Circuit: 110V

Outside Equipment/Extras
Cockpit table
Tender - WM 9 Inflatable 2003 9.9hp Yamaha
Liferaft - Viking 6-Person (needs Certification)
Cockpit cushions
Swimming ladder - Steps on Rudder
Teak cockpit
Wind generator - KISS w. Trace Controller
Radar reflector
Outboard engine brackets
Total Liferaft Capacity: 6
Electric windlass

Spray hood - Custom Hardtop Dodger Windshield
Mainsail cover


This 1977 Alajuela 38 Mark I Cutter has significant professionally-done custom features to make her ideally suited for extended bluewater cruising. The current owners have been cruising and living aboard since 2001, constantly making improvements to make their home safe and comfortable. Most noticeable is the cold-molded hardtop Dodger and Bimini, added in 1995, providing shelter and protection from the elements, contributing to an expanded living area as well as to ensure that the companionway area below stays dry and clean. The enclosed cockpit area is spacious, considering the teak cockpit seats are over 6 long with durable removable cushions, a custom storage cabinet aft, and a folding cockpit table. There is a dual set of companionway Teak Hatch-boards, one solid and one with vent openings.

Enter the companionway down a removable teak ladder with 5-steps and built in grab rails and the U-Shaped Galley is to Starboard with plenty of storage below, above and outboard of the counter-tops behind the SS Gimbaled Stove Oven. A Custom Teak trimmed dish glassware rack storage cabinet is mounted above the forward section of the Galley and provides a partial separation between the Galley and the Salon area. Behind the removable ladder is the hinged door to access the engine room and a custom Battery Storage Box contains six 6-Volt Batteries plus two additional batteries under the Nav Station Seat totaling 740 Amp-hours. A Freedom 10 Inverter/Charger is conveniently located above the batteries.

Opposite the Galley to Port is the forward-facing Nav Table with storage under and electrical panels and gauges on the outboard wall. The gloss-finished Teak Holly Floor is thick, over plywood throughout the light and bright traditional Herreshoff-style varnished Teak-trimmed white panel interior. There are multiple hatches in the floor providing excellent access to the bilges and tankage below. An Ocean Breeze 6,500 BTU A/C with heat system is vented to the V-Berth and Salon.

Moving forward, a large Teak-trimmed Butterfly Opening Hatch above the center of the Salon, two deck-mounted Dorade vents, plus a total of 8 opening bronze ports with chromed interior surfaces throughout the vessel provide plenty of light and ventilation. The Salon settees were customized to be deeper than the originals by removing the pilot-berths that were originally outboard and above each of the Salon Settees. The result is two wide berths when needed and deep seats for comfort and lounging. In place of the pilot-berths, there are bookshelves and cabinets with varnished teak doors.

Another Custom feature of the Salon is the folding bulkhead-mounted table with one Drop-Leaf and a mirrored hinged cover and light fixture that conceals the table when stored and adds to the spacious ambiance of the Salon. There is additional storage under and behind the Settee cushions. Ceiling-mounted 12V lighting fixtures generously spaced throughout this vessel provide excellent night lighting and there is a wall-mounted flat-screen TV Sony Stereo with Pioneer Speakers in the Salon. To compensate for the shorter Starboard Settee, there is a cut-out in the Galley/Salon counter to expand the length of the settee as a berth, or for extra storage as shown in the photo.

Forward is a passageway with the private Head to Starboard with a large hinged waterproof seat that covers the Toilet when showering. The vanity, sink with pressure H/C faucet separate shower controls has plenty of storage above and below the counter. Opposite the Head is a hanging locker, and additional cabinetry and drawers.

Further forward is the spacious V-Berth with a teak-trimmed Opening Deck Hatch, cabinet drawers under and additional storage cabinets to Starboard. The hull walls are lined with varnished teak strips and two quiet and efficient Hella 12V fans are mounted forward. Two louvered varnished Teak doors provide access forward to the electrical junction box for the Windlass and access to deck fittings when necessary. There is additional storage under the V-berth.


The well-equipped U-Shaped Galley of this bluewater 1977 Alajuela 38 Cutter features:

– Adler-Barbour Super Cold Machine 12V Refrigeration with PowerPlate (2004)
– Refrigeration box rebuilt in 2004 with urethane foam and vacuum-insulated panels
– External Refrigeration thermostat and thermometer
– Force 10 SS 2-Burner Gimbaled Stove Oven (1995)
– Trident Propane Control Leak Detection System (2005)
– Two 20-pound aluminum propane tanks in ventilated stern lazarette with gauges Marshal Regulator (2007)
– Deep SS sink in galley with H/C Pressure water plus fresh and saltwater foot pumps
– Custom overhead Dish cabinet provides convenient storage separation between galley and salon
– SS BBQ Propane Grill on Stern Rail

Hull and Deck

The Hull of this 38 Alajuela Cutter was made in 1977 of hand-laid up solid fiberglass that is between and 1 thick. 10,000 pounds of lead provides most of the ballast deep in the full keel, supplemented by fuel, water and waste tanks that are all below the cabin sole in the bilge.

The Cold-molded hardtop with solid opening hinged Plexi windshield was built in 1995. It adds comfort and styling with traditional good looks. There is no need to stand your watch in foul weather gear and you can enjoy expanded cockpit living in all climates, protection from some wind and salt spray, and increased privacy at anchor.

Eight opening trademark bronze ports; large 24x24 forward deck hatch and large butterfly teak hatches offer cool comfort in the tropics. The Companionway has two sets of Teak Hatch Boards, one ventilated and one solid. Other features of the Hull Deck are:

– Uncluttered Foredeck with 5 square Samson post and broad 20 walk-around the side decks of gel coated non-skid; comfortable and safe
– Hull professionally peeled and two layers of 22 ounce bi-axial fabric applied using West System epoxy, followed with nine layers of West System epoxy with aluminum barrier additive; blister-free since 1996
– Awlgrip, 6 coats of Oyster White in 2005
– Hempel Ablative Bottom Paint, 5 coats, 12/2013; (Diver cleans bottom every 4-6 weeks)
– Decks Cabin-top coated with two-part polyurethane Perfection paint, 2006
– Convenient outboard motor lifting arm/purchase at Port quarter
– 6-foot teak bow pulpit with stainless steel guardrail atop 7 mahogany bowsprit (2008)
– 1200-pound PowerWinch windlass with covered foot switch; line chain gypsies
– Two 45-pound CQR anchors; starboard, 200 or 250 galvanized 5/8 BBB chain; port, 200 7/8 line with 50 5/8 BBB chain
– SS Vinyl-covered Lifelines (2006) sturdy stainless steel stanchions
– Aqua Signal navigation lights; spreader lights
– Aluminum arch at stern holds radar, wind generator, GPS antennas, WIFI antenna and outboard motor lift
– Two outboard motor railing mounts
– Three 12V bilge pumps: forward bilge pocket 1500 gph; aft bilge pocket 3700 gph, and a portable 4000 gph pump with 15 cable with battery clips
– Manual pump operated from cockpit with suction hose to aft bilge
– Two engine raw water suctions, either side of keel, cross-connected to engine supply strainer
– Cockpit fresh water shower head/hose
– Rudder-mounted bronze boarding steps
– Two Teak SS Dorades on Deck above Salon
– Eight opening trademark bronze ports; large forward and large butterfly teak hatches offer cool comfort in the tropics
– Interior of Bronze Ports are Chromed

Electronics and Navigation

Bluewater-equipped, this 1977 Alajuela 38 Cutter has integrated navigation equipment and systems. Navigation and Entertainment Equipment includes:

– Icom IC-M802 MF/HF SSB Marine Transceiver w. DSC Icom AT-140 HF Automatic Antenna Tuner
– Pactor PTC II Modem
– Icom IC-M32 portable VHF Marine Transceiver
– Davis Constellation cockpit compass
– Simrad AP16 Autopilot:with heavy duty hydraulic ram
– GPS: Vertex/Standard Horizon CP180 color G; connected to Chartplotter/SSB/VHF;
– No-Strike Ion Dissipator lightning protection to two 4-foot long pure copper grounding plates
– VHF, Standard Horizon Explorer with GPS input for DSC emergency broadcast function RAM MIC
– JRC LCD 16-mile radar, 1000 Mk II
– Depth Displays: Datamarine S400DL and Standard Horizon DS41
– Horizon SL45 Speed log
– Sony AM/FM/CD Stereo system w/ Sirius FM receiver;
– Pioneer Stereo Speakers in stateroom, salon cockpit with location selector switch
– 22 LCD TV/DVD 22LV505 Combo on telescoping wall bracket; overhead-mounted RCA ANT1450 Amplified Flat Multi-Directional Indoor Antenna
– Dell computer on disappearing shelf at navigation station; connection to electronic charting; directional and omni-directional WiFi antennas

Sails and Rigging

Cautious and prudent experienced mariners, the current owners replaced the standing rigging, 3 primary sails, and lifelines in 2006, and have successfully avoided stressing themselves or their beloved Diva by carefully picking their weather windows for major passages. Therefore, these critical items do not show their age and should provide many more years of cruising to the next stewards of this experienced passage-maker. This 1977 Alajuela 38 Mark I Cutter has the following sail inventory and sail-handling equipment:

– Mainsail by Mack Full Battened with a Mack Stack Pack storage system (2006)
– 115% Roller Furling Genoa by Mack (2006)
– Staysail by Mack Roller Furling (2006)
– Dual Famet Reef Furlers
– Storm Trysail with dedicated track on Mast
– Aluminum Mast Boom painted with Perfection 2-part Polyurethane Paint (2006)
– New stainless steel mast step; full dissimilar metal separation with nylon pad (2006)
– All Mast hardware RR with nylon pads for dissimilar metal protection (2006)
– 13 Aluminum Whisker Pole
– All new 3/8 Diameter 316 stainless standing rigging, 2006
– Lewmar 48 ST Primary Winches
– Lewmar 2 @ 30 ST Halyard Mainsheet Winches
– Lewmar 44 Mainsheet Winch
– Mainsheet adjustable Traveler Forward of Dodger
– Genoa tracks with adjustable Blocks on side decks
– Staysail tracks with adjustable Blocks on cabin-top
– Boom Gallows on Bimini Hardtop

Engine and Mechanical Systems

Although the hull, rigging and sails of a bluewater cruiser needs to be able to handle all that the sea can throw at you; a powerful and reliable engine is also necessary to get you safely into port when the winds, seas and tides are against you. This 1977 Alajuela 38 Mark I Cutter has been re-powered with a 56 HP Diesel engine; nearly twice the HP of some of the others on the market today. Following are the Mechanical features of Diva:

– ISUZU C240 (a.k.a. QD60) Diesel; 4 cylinder, 4 cycle freshwater-cooled, 2.4 liter, 56 bhp; serial # 679591; 7600 engine hours; spare raw water hoses; spare injector (1997)
– Transmission, Borg Warner Velvet Drive Marine, assembly number AS 1471 CR, speed ratio 2.57:1; spare flexplate; shop inspected 2009 (1997)
– Fuel system: all USCG-approved hoses; two fuel tanks, 55 gal each; manifold to take suction on either tank and return to either tank; engine bypass manifold; ability to polish fuel in either tank using manifolds, engine fuel feed pump and duplex Racor filter system
– Fuel filter for engine feed: Racor 75/500MAX with polymer collection bowls, marine heat shields and drain fittings with shut-off valves and plugs
– Prop: 19 inch four blade fixed, left handed
– Shaft: 1-1/4 stainless steel, (2008)
– Muffler: Vernalift wet marine exhaust
– Exhaust vacuum breaker: Vetus AirVent V, (2012)
– Engine control: Morse marine model MV-2
– Engine room exhaust fan Jabsco 12V in-line blower
– Engine raw water cooler and transmission oil cooler from Sen-Dur, Fort Lauderdale; spare cooler for each
– Force 10 SS 6-gallon Hot Water Heater; engine 110V heated by Wind Generator excess power

Electrical Systems

The Electrical system of this 1977 Alajuela 38 Cutter has been optimized for self-sufficiency when off-the-grid enjoying the peace and tranquility of being offshore or anchored out. Divas Electrical system features:

– KISS Wind Generator
– Trace C-Series Multi-function DC Controller: step-type battery charger and excess-power-to-potable-water heater element
– 740 amp-hrs, deep cycle, flooded golf-cart 12 V battery system; selector switch to optional start battery (start battery, not included)
– Adler Barber Super Cold Machine by Waeco USA (now Dometic); with PowerPlate (2004)
– Ocean Breeze Air Conditioner; Model OB6CH, 6500 Btu, with 120V, 11,000 BTU Heating element; ducted separately to stateroom saloon; raw water cooling pump
– Heart Interface Freedom 10, 1000-watt modified sine wave inverter/50-amp charger, 1993
– Xantrex LinkLite battery monitoring system/gauge
– 30 amp dockside hook up with two 25-foot cables and 30-to-50 amp pigtail
– 120 amp Powerline Series 23 Engine-Driven Alternator and spare
– Balmar MC 612 Max Charge Regulator
– Force 10 SS 6-gallon hot water heater (engine, 110V Wind Generator) (2004)
– 110V Outlets throughout Interior
– 12V Lighting
– Three 12V bilge pumps: forward bilge pocket 1500 gph; aft bilge pocket 3700 gph and a Portable 4000 gph pump with a 15 cable battery clips capable of reaching all bilge areas.
– Manual pump with hose to aft bilge pocket with handle lever operated from cockpit

Safety Equipment

– Radar Reflector: Davis Echomaster
– Life Raft: Viking 6UKL six person, vacuum-packed liferaft; mounted atop cockpit hardtop; New 4/2003, recertified 12/2007 (Needs Re-Certification)
– Carbon monoxide detector: Capital XINTEX, model CMD-3M; installed (2005)
– Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB): ACR GlobalFix, manual deployment, 406 MHz with integral GPS
– Trident Marine LP Gas Control System, Leak Detection System with Detection Upgrade Kit #, (2005)
– Two 20-pound aluminum Propane Tanks in ventilated stern lazarette; tanks connected to piping via regulator Marshall model 25400 regulator with changeover lever and separate tank pressure gauges, ( 2007)


Excluded are personal and other items found onboard during inspection or shown in photos on Central Listing Agents Website that are not specifically described in text of the Listing Specifications. However, all safety items that are onboard during inspections that are required by the USCG, as well as a minimum number of dock lines, fenders, and boat hooks to safely operate and dock the vessel are included, whether identified in the Web Description or not.


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.

Approximate boat location: Apollo Beach, Florida



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