'Silver Heels', an Alajuela 38 Sailboat for Sale


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'Silver Heels' is a 1980 Alajuela 38 sailboat offered for sale by her owner in Barcelona, Spain. She is a double-ended heavy-displacement cutter designed by William Atkin and built by Alajuela Yacht Corp in the USA.

An Alajuela 38 sailboat'Silver Heels'

With her long keel and transom hung rudder, cutter rig, canoe stern and heavy GRP construction, the Alajuela 38 is a robust and comfortable ocean cruising yacht.

'Silver Heels' is 46' long overall if you include her impressive bowsprit, or 38' if you don't.

Her hull was epoxy treated in June 2021 and stayed out of the water for two months.

An Alajuela 38 long keel sailboatEpoxy treatment on the hull in progress
An Alajuela 38 canoe-sterned sailboatA long keel and windvane self-steering makes a great combination for offshore sailing!

Accommodation in an Alajuela 38

Layout plan for an Alajuela 38 sailboatThe layout plan

Sleeping accommodation is provided for four people (no pilot berth). These include a "V"-berth in the forecabin, plus two settee berths in the saloon.

The galley is "U"-shaped and located on the starboard side at the foot of the companionway steps. It includes a top-loading icebox and a two-burner propane-fueled stove.

There is a navigation station aft.

A wet locker is mounted between aft engine room and navigation station aft.

The cabin has a teak and holly sole and is finished in teak wood, with a planked ceiling. The head is located just aft of the bow cabin, on the starboard side.

The stern lazarette provides vented storage for propane tanks.

Ventilation is provided by four teak ventilators, plus an optional teak skylight.

1 forward double cabin
2 single berths in the saloon
LPG fuel cooker
2 burners
1 oven
1 grill
2 sink
Petrol Cabin Heating
Freezer and Fridge Dual Compressor

Main cabin of a Alajuela 38 sailboat'Silver Heels's rich teak interior
Galley area of a Alajuela 38 sailboatThe galley is at the foot of the companionway on the starboard side
Stove on a Alajuela 38 sailboatThe 3-burner gas cooker with oven
The head on a Alajuela 38 sailboatThe head


The yacht comes with 7 sails: a mainsail, Genoa and staysail by Lee sails 1998 and a Storm Main, Strom staysail, Gennaker + Spinnaker which are originals.
Winches, Lewmar 2 speed:

  • 2 x #44
  • 2 x #32
  • 3 x #30
A traditional ships barometerA traditional barometer


The motor is installed under the bridge deck and cockpit floor.

The motor is splayed to the port hand. The propeller, however, is in the center of the stern post. The advantage of this arrangement is easy steering when the boat is under power; no pull on the tiller as would be the case with straight center line drive.

The engine is a Izuzu 40 HP 3 cylinders fresh water-cooling system. Last serviced in 2019 with 4789 engine hours.

Shaft drive 18" fixed 3-blade bronze propeller.

The fuel tank holds 250 litres and the 2 fresh water tanks have a capacity of 190 litres each. There is a holding tank of 132 litres but it is not connected.

A marine diesel engineThe Izuzu 40HP diesel engine


  • 5 Vetus/Exide batteries capacity 110 x 3, year 2021, 12 volt;
  • Mastervolt 240 Battery Charger;
  • 220 Shore Power.
Bronze portlight on a Alajuela 38 sailboatBronze portlights
Traditional cabin lighting on a sailboatTraditional lighting

Ground Tackle

  • Electric Windlass;
  • 100 meters of chain;
  • 80 meters of warp + chain.
Wide side decks on a Alajuela 38 sailboatSafe, wide side decks and dorade boxes on the coachroof to provide ventilation below

Navigation Aids

  • Plastimo Compass 1980 x2;
  • Horizon Speed WS45 2000;
  • Wind speed/direction instrument;
  • GPS 2000 Garmin;
  • Chartplotter;
  • Echo Sounder Horizon 2000;
  • Log Walker KDS MK III;
  • Radar Sitex 24 miles 1980;
  • VHF 1980;
  • Autopilot Autohelm 4000, year 2000;
  • Navtex 2000;
  • Card System Radar Detector;
  • Monitor windvane self-steering gear.
Cockpit on a canoe-sterned sailboatThe small, but safe cockpit
Secure gas bottle stowage on a sailboatGas bottle stowage in the stern

General Equipment

  • Tools Complete Set;
  • Dishes and Glasses;
  • Pot and pans;
  • Linens and Towels;
  • Many engine, plumbing and electrical spare parts;
  • Gas Detector;
  • Searchlight;
  • Horn;
  • Boarding Ladder;
  • Achilles Dinghy 4 persons 2000;
  • Outboard Yahama Malta 2000;
  • 10 Fenders;
  • 1 Manual Bilge Pump;
  • 2 Electric Bilge Pumps;
  • 3 Navigation Lights;
  • 2 Boathooks;
  • 1 Sprayhood;
  • 1 Sun Awning;
  • 1 Clock;
  • 2 Barometer;
  • 1 Boat Alarm;
  • 1 Radio;
  • 1 Cassette player;
  • 1 CD player.
Transom-hung rudder on a long-keeled canoe-sterned sailboatThe 3-bladed propeller is well-protected in the aperture between the keel and rudder

Safety Equipment

  • 1 Liferaft serviced in 2000;
  • 3 Manual Fire Extinguishers to recharge;
  • 3 Life Jackets.
Mainsheet track at the forward end of the cockpit on a sailboatThe mainsheet is at the forward end of the cockpit
The cockpit of a canoe-sterned sailboat'Silver Heels' is tiller-steered

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