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1939 Alden Ketch

The Sandeman team has another beauty on their hands with this 46ft Alden Ketch. But before we gush over her glory, a quick note from the broker on her provenance: “While DELFINO has for many years been described as an Alden, it has to be acknowledged that no build number has been tracked down to identify her thus absolutely. That she was built by an Italian yard on the eve of WW II may reasonably explain the lack of it. In assessing the likelihood however it has to be said that this yacht exhibits so many of the characteristics of John Alden’s designs, well known for their beauty as well as their ability offshore that we are inclined to describe her as an Alden with this caveat. Fact is there is a shortage of well restored yachts of this size that can be cruised extensively as well as exhibited and raced – and DELFINO fits the bill. The current ownership are lucky enough to own a fleet of classic vessels so with their knowledge and passion DELFINO has been optimised for Med cruising, with generator, air conditioning as well as new Hood sails. Thus wonderfully set up she is ready.”

DELFINO was originally commissioned by Cesare Pagnini, the last Governor of Trieste. After WWII she served as a gentleman’s yacht to the British Major General Sir Terence Airey, Commander and Military Governor of the Anglo American Zone. Then she was given to the Yachting Club “Circolo Adriaco” of Trieste where she served as the Club’s sail boat in the 1950s and 60s. She was then somewhat neglected for the next 3 decades until the de Vargas family rescued and restored her before she passed to the current owner. 

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Beyond her many upgrades and thoughtful improvements Delfino has received all new teak decks. Her original construction includes Carvel larch planking on oak frames, mahogany doghouse and cabin superstructure with butterfly skylights. She’s received new brass rimmed portlights and new hatches, which should keep the water where it belongs for some time.

She is equipped with a refrigerator, a Smev four burner gas hob, an air conditioned saloon, drop leaf table for dining for six, a gorgeous Shipmate wood burning stove, accommodations for five – two in the saloon, two in the forward guest cabin and a quarter berth.

She’s Marconi rigged and comes equipped with ten sails, many of them recent Hoods. She has a full array of Raymarine and Garmin electronics, and is powered by a Yanmar 4JH2 – HTE 84 HP Diesel engine 2006); with about 1300 hours on it.

If you’re looking for a drop dead gorgeous classic that’s ready to cruise the Med, you may have found her. Lying in Spain and listed for 450,000 Euros.

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