We found a lovely Alden Yawl in Norfolk, Virginia that’s certainly worth a look. She’s in solid shape, but will need some love from her new owner, as the seller states, “Not for the faint of heart, but here’s an opportunity to be a part of the classic Wooden Boat community.” And a chance to own one of the great John G. Alden’s works of art.
John G. Alden began his design career as an apprentice with B. B. Crowninshield in 1902 and became a productive designer and experienced sailor by the time he departed to start his own Boston design office in 1909. His initial success was modest until he won his first Bermuda Race with Malabar IV in 1923. Alden’s subsequent Bermuda Race victories in 1926 with Malabar VII and Malabar X in 1932 provided his firm enduring fame and success. This long-lived design business finally closed for good in 2008, after 99 years.
This beauty, Charis, has been with the current owner for 15 years. She has an African mahogany deck house, laminated spruce spars, including spinnaker pole, a custom butterfly hatch and all original Merriman equipment. She had a complete main mast overhaul in 2017, and a 55hp Yanmar turbo diesel that had the turbo rebuilt in 2017. Her interior is a “wide open project”.
Looks like a lot of fun to us. Priced for quick sale at $6900 USD.