1999 Custom RQC






38 ft (11.58m)


St George's

Alacazam is a custom built 38ft cruising cutter designed by the British designer and boat builder Andrew Simpson & Associates and constructed in the UK by a small team (two of which were the sellers) and lead by Andrew in a partnership known as RQC Yachts Rather Quick Cruising Yachts).  Andrew Simpson is perhaps better known as the associate editor of Practical Boat Owner - a popular yachting publication in the UK.  The design ethos was that Alacazam should be reasonably quick, robust, easy to sail and maintain, with practical live-aboard accommodation. From the cockpit, sails can be easily handled. Below she is well thought out, light and airy in an open plan design. Viewing highly recommended.

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Basic Boat Information






Andrew Simpson







Keel Type

Bulb Keel



38 ft

Length Overall

38 ft


12.67 ft

Max Draft

7 ft


7,027 kg




Engine Make


Engine Model






Engine Power

30 horsepower




Fuel Tanks


Fuel Tank Capacity

120 l

Water Tanks


Water Tank Capacity

240 l


The layout offers up to 5 berths in 2 cabins plus sea berth. There is full standing headroom, good ventilation and light throughout.

Forecabin: V-berth arrangement with infill panel. Access to chain locker. Stowage compartments beneath the berths. Two reading lights and Cafrano fans. The main locker has a watertight hatch.

Aft of the forecabin on the port side is the sail locker. All sails can be hoisted onto the foredeck through the large Lewmar deck hatch which also provides ventilation to the forecabin. Opposite the sail locker on the starboard side are four lockers. 

Saloon: The main feature is the large folding leaf saloon table which can comfortably seat 6 for dinner. The settee berths either side are 2.2m long. Behind the seatbacks there are three stowage lockers on each side with shelving and lockers above.

Galley & Navigation Station: On the port side, aft of the saloon, is the galley comprising of a propane Taylor 2-burner stove with oven and grill, a top-loading refrigerator and a double stainless steel sink with water supplied by foot pump. Ample stowage is provided above and below the worktops.

On the starboard side opposite the galley is the stand-up chart table along with a Raymarine C80 Chartplotter/Radar unit interfaced with a Standard Horizon VHF/AIS Radio, plus an Icom handheld VHF. There is a folding cockpit table stowed to the underside of the chart table. There are three further stowage lockers below the 2.0m long sea berth, three open-fronted cave lockers and a storage shelf above. This berth is equipped with a lee-cloth.

Aft Cabin: On the starboard side is a hanging locker and two cave lockers. On the centreline is the engine box which has three removable side access panels and the top.

The large double berth is 2.1m long and has a non-opening port in the hull side and an opening Lewmar portlight in the transom. A cleverly designed wind scoop which turns the airflow through 180 degrees. Beneath the berth are six large lockers, one of which houses the four batteries which also provides access to the stern gland.

Beneath the portlight is an access to the space below the starboard half of the bathing platform with more storage.

Head: The head contains a Jabsco toilet and a stainless-steel washbasin with water supplied by a Whale handpump. From the head is walkthrough access to the Bosun's locker.

Bosuns Locker: With plenty of storage for warps and fenders. Access to the propane locker with drains overboard. The water maker is located on the dividing panel with the aft cabin, as are the 1000w 220v inverter, the 12v cockpit shower pump and the engine water exhaust pipe. A removable port provides access to the space below the other half of the bathing platform.

Mechanical Systems

The Yanmar 3YM30 30hp engine has only 797hrs. In good running order it was last serviced in March 2022 at 790hrs.  Shaft drive to a 3 bladed Flexifold prop.

Electrical Systems
  •  1 x RedFlash 750 start battery
  •  3 x Lifeline 120ah AGM house batteries- New Dec 2023
  •  2 x Kyocera 85 watt solar panels
  •  1 x Silent Wind wind generator
  •  Sinergex Prowatt inverter
  •  Antal DCM battery monitor
  •  Various LED lighting
  •  Full Nav lights
  •  4 x Cafrano fans
Sails and Spars

Cutter rigged, deck stepped aluminum mast and boom.  Standing Rigging - 2007, Running Rigging 2-17 years.  Slab reefing mainsail with stack pack and furling headsail, hank on staysail.

Sheet wnches: 2 x Anderson 46ST 2 speed, 2 x Anderson 40ST 2 speed, 2 x Anderson 28ST 2 speed

Haylard winch: 1 x Anderson 40ST 2 speed, 1 x Anderson 28ST 2 speed

Slab reefing: 1 x Anderson 12


  •  Mainsail - Darcon - Andrew Hooper - 1999 - white - serviceable
  •  Furling genoa  - Dacron - Andrew Hooper - 1999 - white - serviceable
  •  Staysail - Dacron - Andrew Hooper - 1999 - white - serviceable
  •  Spinnaker - Dacron - Andrew Hopper - 1999 - yellow/blue/white asymmetric - good condition
  •  Yankee - Dacron - Andrew Hooper - 1999 - white - serviceable
  •  Storm sails (storm jib and trysail) - Andrew Hooper - 1999 - white – good condition
Deck Equipment
  •  20kg Rocna anchor
  •  Bulldog anchor
  •  Fisherman anchor
  •  65m 10mm chain
  •  30m Rode
  •  Lofrans Tigres 1500w windlass
  •  Blue coloured bimini/dodger/sail covers/weather cloths
  •  Fresh water shower
  •  Cockpit table
  •  Cockpit cushions
  •  Swim ladder
  •  Various fenders and dock lines.
  •  Bimini with extendable sides
  •  BBQ
Navigation Equipment
  •  Contest 130 compass
  •  Raymarine C80 chart plotter
  •  Raymarine Radar
  •  2 x ST4000 Tillerpilot
  •  Aries self steering wind vane 
  •  Raymarine speed/depth/wind
  •  Standard Horizon VHF/AIS
  •  ICOM M88 handhold
  •  Nav lights
  •  Assorted charts Caribbean
  •  Plastimo Clock & Barometer
Safety Equipment
  •  Viking 4 man liferaft - needs servicing
  •  2 x Fire extinguishers - may need servicing
  •  1 x Fire blanket
  •  1 x Gas alarm
  •  Lifesling
  •  Lifebuoy
  •  Danbuoy
  •  1 x Manual bilge pump
  •  1 x Electric bilge pumps
  •  First aid kit
Additional Equipment
  •  Avon Redcrest soft bottom dinghy
  •  Yamaha 5hp 2 stroke outboard
  •  Katodyne 40E water maker - needs servicing.
  •  Reeds sailmaker sewing machine
  •  Badboy wifi
  •  Plenty of spares & tools
  •  Assorted cutlery, crockery & Linen

Built in Poole, Alacazam hull is constructed of Western Red Cedar from California sheathed inside and out with epoxy glass bi-directional woven rovings for maximum strength and robustness. She has a balanced skeg rudder with a GRP keel with lead bulb. She was last anti fouled in 2022.


Alacazam has a UK SSR registration and there are no outstanding mortgages or encumbrances.

Owners Comment

We have two reasons for selling our unique sailboat, which has looked after us for some 25 years. One is anno domini - we're both getting on a bit. The other is more compelling; the skipper suffered a serious illness in 2023 and as a result I'm now ‘unseaworthy’. But what do we love about Alacazam?  She sails like a dream. Points high and reaches her hullspeed easily. The sheets for all three sails are within easy reach of the helmsman. She’s light, airy and spacious below. She’s simple to maintain and operate. Everything is easy to get at.

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.


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