1980 Rafiki Offshore Cutter

Marathon, Florida, United States
$18,000 USD
Condition: project boat

This Rafiki will take you anywhere in the world. It was built with many custom ordered features and upgrades. She was designed for blue oceans and distant shores. A seaworthy stable platform indeed. A rare timeless beauty with great lines. With a little coin and a lot of sweat equity this boat will endure for another 40 years. If your looking for a comfortable cruiser at a reasonable price then look no further. Her interior is well laid out for living aboard with plenty of space and storage. Tons of custom teak inside and out. Heavy duty rigging, winches, deck hardware throughout. This vessel checks off many seaworthy attributes on the list one looks for in a prospective blue water cruising vessel. She is currently in the water and running great. Powered with a marinized Isuzu C240/QD 60HP that starts right up. Parts easily available online. The galley has deep double stainless steel sinks, a Seaward 2 burner gimbal stove with oven connected to an aluminum 5 gallon LPG tank on deck with shutoff valve. New freshwater pump with pressure sensor installed for galley sink. The saloon table folds down to make a double berth. The settee across pulls out with legs attached to make a large single. The forward cabin is equipped with a double as well as a single quarter berth aft. This boat offers great potential for the mechanically inclined. She will need a substantial amount of work and investment to reach cruise ready status again. Projects in need of address Teak decks will need repaired or removed. The fuel tanks have not been used in years for reasons unknown. There is a 5 gallon jerry can system as a temporary setup. Will need new rigging in the immediate future. Currently missing the furthest aft lower shrouds on port and starboard. The head is not finished. There is a new Jabsco manual pump and flush with a 20 gallon holding tank installed. The sink, shower, and cabinetry will need to be built and completed. There is substantial hard marine growth on the outside of of the hull. She will need a haul out and a new coat of paint.

Equipment: Cutter Rigged Long full keel with transom hung rudder and tiller LOA 36.75 ft. LWL 32 ft. Beam 11.97 ft. Sail Area 729 ft. Draft 6 ft. Displacement 26,500 lbs. Ballast 11,500 lbs. 2 Diesel tanks. Fiberglassed over. 125 gallons total 2 Steel water tanks. 195 gallons total. Interior cabin height 6 ft. 4 in. Cruising speed 7 knots Year built: 1980 Builder: Pacific Yacht Crafters/ Lien Hwa, Taiwan Designer: Stan Huntingford Isuzu C240/QD60, 60 HP 4 cylinder marine diesel engine with manuals and parts catalogs. Hours unknown. New impeller, alternator, and hosing. Fluids and filters recently changed. Hooked up to rotating Max Prop. Equipment: Heavy Duty double anchor bow roller 45# CQR 35# Danforth 35# Bruce Maxwell 2200 electric windlass in need of new motor 150 ft. 3/8 chain Lots of various extra anchor/dock lines and fenders 2 Barient 27 2spd self-tailing jib winches 1 Barient 19 2spd self-tailing, 1 Barient 10 single speed self-tailing winch on cabin top 1 Barient 12 2spd self-tailing, 1 Barient 18 single speed, and 1 Barient 10 single speed winch on mast 1 Barient 10 single speed winch on boom Merriman snatch blocks All head sails designed for use with Harken roller furling system Main sail, in good condition 120% jib, in good condition 75% yankee, in good condition Staysail, in fair condition Storm sail, in good condition Stack pack with lazy jacks, in fair condition Mast, boom, staysail boom, all in good condition Spinnaker pole, attached to mast for storage Monitor wind vane, needs repaired, parts on board Alpha marine systems auto pilot, uninstalled Standard Horizon CP190i chart plotter Sea 222 single sideband with tuner, untested Tank Tender fuel gauges, untested LPG safety control system Heavy duty bronze seacocks, needs serviced 2 100 watt solar panels, 200W total 4 US 2200 XC2 6V deep cycle batteries; 464 amps 15 opening ports and 2 hatches, all have screens with exception of only 1

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About the Offshore 8 Meter

E. G. Van de Stadt
Tyler Boat Co. Ltd.
Offshore Yachts Ltd.
Offshore Yachts Class Owners Assoc. (UK)
# Built
Hull Type
Fin w/transom hung rudder


Length Overall
26 2 / 8 m
Waterline Length
23 3 / 7.1 m
7 10 / 2.4 m
4 1 / 1.3 m
6,180 lbs / 2,801 kg
2,250 lbs / 1,021 kg

Rig and Sails

Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
220 ft2 / 20.4 m2
Total Sail Area
Sail Area
Mast Height
Sail Area
Forestay Length

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
6.47 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
under powered
less stiff, less powerful
Comfort Ratio
coastal cruiser
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


Originally called the BRIES (VDS #167) and built in the Netherlands (1968).
Hulls for this English version were molded by Tyler Boat Co. and finished by Offshore Yachts Ltd.
Thanks to OFFSHORE 8M owner ‘maduza’ for providing corrections.


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