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.