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1978 Alajuela 33

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin


Palindrome is an Alajuela 33, a cutter rigged, canoe-sterned, cruiser equally at home in coastal waters or on long passages. Designed by Ray Richards, she was built in 1978 by Alajuela Yachts in Huntington Beach, California. Built for efficiency, the A33 design incorporated a cutaway forefoot keel to retain tracking while improving maneuverability and decreasing the wetted area, resulting in exceptional speed for her waterline length. The canoe stern provides benefits in following seas, and the bowsprit extends the possible sail plan to provide more drive. The chainplates are mounted inboard to allow for tighter sheeting angles and better upwind performance.

Palindrome is set up as a well-equipped passage-maker for a cruising couple or a crew of up to four. In addition to the forward v-berth, the port side quarter berth provides a comfortable sleeping location in proximity to the cockpit. The settees in the salon have been equipped with lee cloths for additional sleeping options under sail. The starboard quarter berth, aft of the navigation table, is reserved for gear and sail storage.

She is robustly constructed, with a skeg-hung rudder linked to tiller steering. With the added Monitor wind vane, she can be reliably sailed for long distances without consuming battery power. Palindrome is also equipped with a tiller pilot and autohelm as well as a GPS chart plotter, digital depth sounder and radar.

The current sail plan includes a battened mainsail with 3 reef points, a high cut Yankee headsail on roller furling and a hank on staysail. Also included is a cruising spinnaker with snuffer. Other options for downwind sailing include a whisker pole to allow wing on wing sailing, along with the included preventer.

The galley features a refrigerator, 3 burner stove and oven and a double sink with reliable foot pumps for raw and tank water. A pressure water system with hot and cold water is available for the head sink and shower, as well as an auxiliary shower unit. Plenty of storage behind and below the salon seating, under the quarter berths, and forward under the v-berth. Aft she has a large capacity, two-tank propane locker designed to drain overboard for safety.

Palindrome is a reliable, comfortable, well-built and well-equipped cruiser ready for her next adventure. She can achieve speeds up to 6.5 kts under sail. She was repowered in 2006 with a Yanmar 30hp diesel that can push her at 5 to 5.5 kts while using 0.5-0.6 gallons per hour. 

Included with the purchase are an inflatable dinghy and 3.5HP Mercury 4-stroke outboard engine, all safety gear including self-inflating life vests, safety tethers, jacklines, a sea anchor, strobes, horseshoe buoy, throwline, lifesling, flares, and fire extinguishers. There are also plenty of spare parts, tools and all galley items including pots. pans, dishes, glassware, flatware, knives. Also included are marine binoculars, VHF and handheld VHF radios (with distress signal and GPS), spare life preservers, an assortment of stainless steel hardware, spare bilge pumps, wiring tools and fasteners, and more. 


Basic Boat Info

Make: Alajuela
Model: 33
Year: 1978
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: AYC3T0090878
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 33 ft
Length Overall: 33 ft
Beam: 10'8 ft
Min Draft: 4'9 ft
Dry Weight: 13,500 lb
Cabins Count: 1

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 3YM30
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 29hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 2006
  • Engine Hours: 783
  • Engine Location: Center


Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 75 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Cruisers


Tony Peot
CenterPointe Yacht Services - Sturgeon Bay


CenterPointe Yacht Services - Sturgeon Bay
77 South 1st Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, US, 54235
Tel:920 493 4747 Call or Text


V-berth forward with port and starboard quarter berths aft.  Galley is to starboard with head to port.

Deck and Hull

Fenders and dock lines

Tiller steering

Pedestal with wheel (not installed) 

Magma rail mount gas grill

Force 10 propane cabin heater

Cockpit speakers (2021)

Saloon speakers

Simpson Lawrence Seatiger 555 heavy duty manual windlass

Plow anchor with all chain rode

Monitor windvane

Hatch hoodie

Wind scoop hatch vent

Swim ladder 

Hella 12 volt fans

Electronics and Navigation

Bulkhead mounted compass

Autohelm ST4000 tiller pilot

Icom IC-M402 VHF marine radio

Lowrance GPS/chartplotter with Sirius satellite weather overlay


New Jensen stereo with Sirius satellite radio


Manual pressure water

Adler Barbour 12 volt refrigeration

3 burner propane stove with oven

Deep double stainless steel sink



 4 - 6V deep cycle golf cart batteries (2021)

2 solar panels

High output alternator (2006)

30 amp shore power inlet

30 amp shore power cable

Statpower Truecharge 20 automatic battery charger 

Engine and Mechanical

Repowered in 2006 with Yanmar 3YM30 (783 hours) 

New heat exchanger( 2021)

New starter solenoid (2021)

New throttle cable(2021)

Dual Racor primary fuel filters with vacuum gauge

Two saddle fuel tanks (13 gal ea, 2006)) plus main keel tank - 75 gal total capacity which equates to approximately 125 hours at 5 to 5.5 knots or 625+ nautical mile range under power

Speedseal impeller cover plate

Sails & Rigging

Hood Mainsail  (2012)

Dorsal headsail (2015)

Hanked on staysail

Lewmar #16 two speed halyard winches

Lewmar #42 ST primary winches

 Asymmetric cruising spinnaker with snuffer (2019)

Oversized standing rigging (2006)

Mast track-mounted whisker pole


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.
Additional Contact Information

For more information contact Tony Peot at 920-493-4747 or

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