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B15820

Alden Challenger 38 GRP centreboard yawl

Lying

ashore West Sussex

Builder

A LeCompte, Jutphaas, Netherlands, on Halmatic moulded GRP hull and deck

Year

1960/61

Price

£33,500

LOA

38' 6"

Sail area

670 sq ft designed sail area *

Brief details

LWL

27' 0"

Rig

Yawl

The Alden Challenger 38 was designed by John G. Alden shortly before he retired in 1956. It is one of the last designs John Alden designed personally just before he retired in 1956. A few were built in timber before the hulls and decks were moulded in GRP by Halmatic, and fitted out by quite a number of yachtbuilders in the USA and Europe. About 50 in total of the GRP-hulled boats were built. Being an American design she is beamier and hence more spacious than many British yachts of similar age, and has a centreboard as well as a full long keel.

Beam

11' 0"

Cabins

Forecabin and saloon

Draught

4' 3" to 7' 0" with centreplate down

Berths

6

Displacement

7 tons **

Engine

Yanmar 3JH3E diesel

Ballast

2.5 tons ballast (fixed lead ballast plus 350 lb bronze centreboard)

BHP

40

Keel type

Long keel with centreboard

Sailplan

The first GRP boat to be built in Europe was in 1952, an Uffa Fox design moulded by Halmatic, the GRP material being glass matt fibres with Crystic polyester resin - the director of Halmatic Patrick de Lazlo named this new material 'Deborine' after his wife Deborah. By 1960 Halmatic was one of the major builders of GRP yachts and to this day although now taken over by Vosper Thornycroft still build high quality GRP hulls, though the 'Deborine' material name did not last long.

Born in 1884, John G. Alden founded his yacht design office in 1909 after serving an apprenticeship with Starling Burgess. The design office closed whilst he served in the army during the First World War, but his name was made when his 'Malabar' design won the 600 mile Newport-Bermuda race in 1923, 1926, and 1932, all with Alden at the helm. In 1932, all four top finishers were Alden designs. John Alden himself retired in 1956, by which time his design office had a workforce of 90. The John G. Alden collection of designs is now in MIT's Hart Nautical Collection.

The builder of this yacht for sale was LeComte-Holland, N.V., a company set up in 1954, with premises in Jutphaas in Holland and New Rochelle in New York, USA. They built a number of Alden designs under license, originally in wood, but later switching to composite and then all-fibreglass construction, with very high quality timber interiors. LeCompte closed down building yachts in 1994.

Ashore September 2020

Yachtsnet photographs September 2020

Ashore stern
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Saloon
Forecabin
Heads
Saloon with stove
Saloon forward
Plan
Saloon aft
Galley

Photographs September 2020

Chart table
Plotter etc
Engine

The Yanmar diesel was installed in 2002 and has logged 578 hours to date.

Ashore September 2020
Deck
Bow detail

Photographs September 2020

Deck aft

We sold this yacht to the present owner in 2013, and the 2013 survey revealed rot in the timber structure under the cockpit sole. The hull and deck are GRP but the cockpit structure and coachroof are timber. The present owner had extensive work done on the yacht - a list of which is here. He has however been unable to keep up the maintenance of the brightwork, and she now needs quite a lot of external cosmetic work.

Coachroof

Cockpit

Cockpit aft
Cockpit

The 350 lb bronze centreboard is raised and lowered by the winch on the bulkhead by the companionway

Falmouth Classics

Photo from previous owner sailing in Falmouth at the Falmouth Classics regatta

This is a seriously pretty genuine classic, with (unusually) a GRP hull and deck. She now needs a new owner who will give her the love she needs - most of all some paint and varnish.

Inventory:

Engine details

Yanmar 3JH3E 40 hp diesel, run 578 hours since installed in 2002. Serviced annually in present ownership, and will be serviced again before sale

Fuel tank capacity

40 gallons

Propeller

Darglow feathering prop - new 2007

Batteries

2 x 185 AH domestic batteries and 90AH engine start battery - all new 2016

Battery charging/electrics

80 amp engine alternator wiith Adverc smart regulator

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Bermudan yawl rig, alloy spars with S/S standing rigging, mostly 17 years old but rigger checked 2016 and main backstay replaced.

Mainsail

Lucas Sails - good condition

Genoa

Lucas Sails roller genoa - good condition

Genoa furling

Profurl - new 2007

Mizzen

Older than other sails

Spinnaker

Crusader cruising chute with snuffer - very good condition

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar

Secondary/halliard winches

2 x Lewmar in cockpit and 4 x Lewmar on masts

Bower anchor

35 lb CQR with 160 ft 3/8" chain

Kedge anchors

25 lb Danforth with 10 ft chain and 90 ft warp

Anchor windlass

Lofrans Tigres 1,500w electric windlass

Steering

Wheel

Autopilot

Raymarine ST6001 with SIG linear drive - new 2007

Steering compass

Plastimo Offshore 135

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 6 fenders

Miscellaneous

Cockpit sprayhood, dodgers, cockpit table

Navigation Equipment and instruments

Radar/GPS/plotter

Pathfinder scanner with 2 x Raymarine RL70C 7" colour LCD screen - dual displays at helm and chart table with English Channel chart cartridge

Log/speed

Brookes & Gatehouse H1000 - displays on Garmin GMI-20 colour multi-display in cockpit

Depth sounder

Brookes & Gatehouse H1000 - displays on Garmin GMI-20 colour multi-display in cockpit

Windspeed/direction

Brookes & Gatehouse H1000 - displays on Garmin GMI-20 colour multi-display in cockpit

VHF radio

Icom IC-M411 with DSC

Radio receiver

Sony radio/CD

Safety/emergency equipment

EPIRB

ACR Cat II EPIRB

Lifebuoy

2 x lifebuoys and danbuoy

MOB equipment

KIM MOB recovery sling

Radar reflector

Visiball on mainmast

Bilge pumps

Electric and manual pumps

Miscellaneous

Portable gas detector

Interior

Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon

Cabin heating

Solid fuel stove

Berths

6 berths, all over 6' 6" long

Water tank capacity

40 gallons

Cooker

Eno 3-burner and oven

Coolbox

Coolbox under chart table

Heads

Jabsco

 

Miscellaneous

 

Dinghy

Avon inflatable

Outboard

Suzuki DF2.5 4-stroke - new 2018

Cradle

 

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

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