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A 1990 Alden 50

There’s a bit of a story as to why this lovely 1990 Alden 50 is priced so well, but given the level of improvements she’s undergone she still very much feels like a bargain. Rarely does a classic of this pedigree come on the market in such upgraded and well-maintained condition and at such a price.

‘Agape’ was hauled out and in storage in a Lloyds approved cradle in Nanny Cay Marine in the British Virgin islands during hurricane Irma in 2017 and received minor damages.  In December of 2018, a well-known cruiser and very experienced marine surveyor who is also an experienced yachtsman, undertook a four month, $100k+ refit which included not just replacing the mast with a factory original Hood in-mast furling spar and re-rigging the boat, but encompassed a complete renovation of the majority of her systems and an updating of the vessels’ DC systems to contemporary standards which included a large solar array, all new batteries and a modern wireless monitoring system.

Also completed was a faring and some non-hurricane related renovations to her bottom as deemed appropriate and a major servicing of the drive train and engine and bow thruster undertaken, and the port side of the hull was touched up and clear coated, and so that the flag blue hull looks fabulous.

With her powerful engine and efficient, easy to handle sail plan, ‘Agape’ is a joy to experience underway. Below decks she is sumptuous and elegant with private accommodations for six to eight and a galley that is both easy to work in underway and is well out of the traffic flow with more than adequate counterspace and storage.

BVI Yacht Sales

These Aldens are some of our favorite designs, and beyond their handsome lines, they’re well known to do just what they should – sail well. The quality of their construction is respected throughout the industry, with this 1990 model having been custom built to the tune of $1.3M adjusted for inflation. With her incredible solid wood cabinetry and highest quality hardware, this is vessel that would be difficult to impossible to reproduce today. She has crossed the Atlantic three times, sailed around the world and made multiple passages between the east coast of the US and the Caribbean islands.


Offered at the lower end of the range of what these vessels ever sell for, the owner is interested in a quick sale, and she is ready to sail. Listed for $229,000 USD in Nanny Cay, British Virgin Islands.

Trade Wind, a 1938 Alden Motor Sailer

Having undergone a painstaking three year renovation by Rockport Marine in Maine, TRADE WIND, this stunningly beautiful 1938 Alden motor sailer, is ready for what’s next. Designed by John Alden in 1937 for a discerning owner who wanted an elegant floating home for 2 people able to go anywhere, she has been lovingly upgraded for another several decades of luxurious cruising.

On buying TRADE WIND in 2008, the current owners honored her provenance and her age with a money-doesn’t-matter level of restoration. In collaboration with the then still operational J.G. Alden Office in Boston and its head designer Niels Helleberg, they made a plan to make her a model of classic yachting while at the same time meeting the needs of modern lifestyle and seafaring.

Rockport Marine in Maine achieved the enormously complex keel up restoration to the exquisite taste and long experience of the new patrons.  3 years in the shed, close to 20,000 miles at sea and several prizes for best restoration, attest to her meeting all these parameters with bravura and TRADE WIND deservedly takes centre stage wherever she goes, piloted so far by the owner couple without additional crew.

The large pilothouse shares the deck with three skylights, a tender trunk, and two tenders suspended from bronze davits. Ketch rigged, Alden optimized performance and handling in 2008 so that she blends traditional and modern sailing technology.

The lower deck features a master aft cabin with queen berth, under berth storage, drawer storage, hanging locker, dresser, two sofa chairs, stove, and private bath with tub.

The main salon has a sofa in an alcove, sofa chair, writing desk, book cases with lead glass doors, hanging locker, instrument locker, vintage fan, wood burning stove, and skylight. The galley has L-shaped Corian counter with white earthenware sink, classic pump and faucet, Isotherm refrigerator / freezers, compact microwave oven, and a red enameled country stove with oven. Two guest cabins with a dividing bulkhead provide upper and lower berths, drawer storage, hanging locker, and a shared guest head with shower.

Twin Detroit Diesel engines were installed in 1956 and rebuilt in 2010. A Northern Lights generator provides electrical power and a Spectra Newport 75 water maker ensures fresh water. Anyone with an appreciation for classic style and elegance should consider this amazing motor sailer.

TRADE WIND is listed for $2.6M USD by World Class Yacht Sales in the U.S. and Sandeman in the UK.

1970 Alden Boothbay Challenger for sale

1970 Alden Boothbay Challenger

Auk, this beautiful 1970 58′ Alden Boothbay Challenger was designed by John G. Alden and built by the Hodgdon Brothers in East Boothbay, Maine. Only one of 6 ever built, she has been well maintained throughout her life, and has undergone a complete standing rigging refit in 2014, including chainplates. She was repowered in 2001 with a John Deere diesel, and comes with a bowthruster, and recent B&G chartplotter. With a propane cabin heater, and reverse cycle air-conditioning, and a shoal draft with centerboards, she’s an ideal fit for all climates.

1970 Alden Boothbay Challenger

Auk sports a three cabin layout, with two seperate heads, with teak and holly throughout. Her raised salon is huge, with plenty of natural light, with a nifty gimbaled salon table for comfortable dining while underway.

She comes with a robust collection of modern electronics, from a B&G chartplotter, B&G radar, SIMRAD autopilot, rudder sensor, GoFree Wi-Fi and others.

She is currently listed at $218,000 in Annapolis, Maryland with a motivated seller.

A 1979 Alden 44 sailing yacht for sale

An Awesome 1979 Alden 44

Gammon is a two-owner 1979 Alden 44 that has clearly been well maintained her whole life. Designed by legend John Alden and built by Tillotson Pearson, she is the centerboard model, making her ideal for shallow water cruising.

 

A 1979 Alden 44 sailing yacht for sale

 

She has benefitted from several smart upgrades, including all new electronics and nagivation, mostly Garmin, in 2015. Her forward V berth was converted to a double berth, and she received all new opening ports at the same time. She was repowered with a 63hp Westerbeke in 1998, and a new electrical system and refrigeration in 2015.

 

A 1979 Alden 44 sailing yacht for sale

 

The Alden 44s are a much sought after cruiser on the used market. As Sail magazine describes them, “Classy, sleek and beautiful are words typically heard when admirers first encounter the Alden 44.  This yacht exudes power and style with a cutter rig, long graceful sheer, teak decks and quality hardware. The open cockpit is roomy enough for an intimate cocktail party of six during calm weather but designed to keep sailors warm and dry in a pounding sea. 

For traditionalists, the Alden 44 is a dream yacht, well proportioned overall, slender at the beam, sturdily built, big enough to sleep eight, seaworthy and especially pretty.”

 

A 1979 Alden 44 sailing yacht for sale

 

Although a quarter century has elapsed since the last Alden 44 was constructed, the yacht regularly appears on lists compiling the top-20 offshore sailboats. Evidently the term “built to Alden standards” still has meaning. Gammon appears to be fine example. Listed at $165K, she currently lies in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

 

Alden Yawl, 42, in Norflolk

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.

1939 Alden Sloop

A 1939 Alden Sloop

This 1939 Alden/Christensen sloop is a stunner. She’s been fully-restored by the award-winning Lowell Boats team with a new diesel engine, spars, sails, running and standing rigging and is in ready-to-sail shape.

John G. Alden began his design career as an apprentice with B. B. Crowninshield (MIT Class of 1889) 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.

The seller’s listing lacks much more information, and we would love to see more photos of the interior, but for those looking for a true classic designed by a legend and ready for sailing today, we’d suggest a good look at this one.

Sea Cloud, a Sweet Alden 54.

Sea Cloud is a beautiful example of the Alden 54 mid-cockpit design built in Rhode Island by Alden Yachts. She has a shoal draft of only 5’-7” (board up), which opens up all sorts of cruising options. Sea Cloud features a spacious two-cabin/two-head layout with a large owner’s cabin aft, with centerline king-sized berth and separate stall shower, and an over-sized U-berth forward. She is well-equipped with a furling mainsail, three electric winches and bow thruster and has benefited from many significant upgrades in the past ten years, including new engine, teak decks, carbon rig, sails, electronics, refrigeration, canvas, fabrics and much more.

 

 

Alden Yachts was a classic American design/build house founded, of course, by the legendary John G. Alden in 1909. His career really took off when his Malabar VII won the Bermuda Race in 1923 (repeated again in 1926 and 1932). Early on, Alden Yachts became best known for their fast and seaworthy offshore schooners but in later years their broad range of exceptional vessels have become true classics that turn heads as do many of the contemporaries that bear the Alden name.

 

Find Sea Cloud in Bristol, RI at Wellington Yachts.