1 of 27
Proven and Upgraded Blue Water Sailor
New Engine! New Decks! Wind-vane!
Owner has reduced and is serious about selling.
Marafiki is a perfect example of a world capable cruiser that has been maintained and conscientiously updated through the years. These include the costly and smart upgrades that matter in terms of reliability and ease of handling at sea.
Here's a partial list:
Myrafiki comes with a myriad of small extras, ready for customization. The Cabin top is wired for solar and can easily have panels put on. Raymarine MFD with gps and radar are installed as well as a Raytheon depth sounder. A full dodger is available and in storage, as the owners prefer a small bimini for San Diego's fair weather sailing. A sail inventory is also included in the sale of the boat, including spinnakers, storm sails, and backups for current sails. Owners love this baby, take care of her, live on her, but are looking to sell to upgrade to a larger vessel.
The Rafiki 37 by Stan Huntingford is a sister ship to the Robert Perry Tayana 37. The story goes that Stan Huntingford queried many famous designers of single handed blue water boats in the 37 foot range, including Bob Perry, and asked what they would do if they had no limitations. He then took that information and designed the Rafiki, having it built in the same Taiwanese yard as the Tayana 37. The result was a blue water cruiser of higher quality and better performance than the Tayana. Margins for a boat of this high quality were thin, and thus only 50 were built in the late 1970's.
For those in the know, these designs are some of the most sought-after cruising hulls ever made. They are sea-kindly and spacious, safe and easy to singlehand. This, combined with excellent build standards and materials, puts these boats on the Blue Water Boat "shortlist" for sailing enthusiasts.