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Alden 55 Classic Timber Cruising Yacht

AU $429,000 
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Length 55' - 16.76m
Vessel Location  Gold Coast
Year  1985
Hull Material Timber
Alden 55 Classic Timber Cruising Yacht
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Alden 55 swing centre board cruising yacht. MASSIVE PRICE REDUCTION FROM $595,000.***TIMBER BOAT LOVERS BUYING OPPORTUNITY*** "Bolero" is a well known masterpiece of Australian traditional boat building. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, she is admired wherever she goes, yet she is a fully functioning and practical ocean going yacht.
All furling sails and excellent deck hardware make for easy sail handling from the spacious safe cockpit.
Selfishly designed for two people to comfortably live aboard and cruise the world, she has circumnavigated the world and then singlehanded around Australia with her previous owner/builders.
Replacement is well over two million $$ so she is a bargain for the sailor with a genuine love of a finely crafted timber boat whose hull has a better finish than most fibreglass yachts.
AU $429,000 
now reduced
Vessel Name  Bolero
Boat Reference  S5197
Year  1985
Length  55' - 16.76m
Beam  13' 6"
Draft  6' / 11'6"
Displacement  22Ton
Keel / Ballast  7 ton Lead Keel+ 4 tons of Silicone Bronze Centre Board, Casing and Floors
Vessel Location  Gold Coast
Region  Queensland
Designer  John Alden
Builder  Andy Engwirda
Hull Material  Timber
Decks Material  Timber
Engine  (NEW 1993) Perkins 120hp 6 Cylinder Borg Warner Diesel, 2:1 Reduction Gear Box, 25" 3 Blade Propeller, Cruise Speed 7knts Top Speed 8knts, Shaft Alternator. Engine room: Located under the cockpit, there is good access to service the machinery
Genset  Onan 6.5Kva (NEW 93) Main Engine & Generator have 12vlt Alt
Fuel  800lts
Water  600lts, Desalinator 60lts/hr driven by 3hp Electric Motor
Dinghy  Avon Dinghy
Outboard  2hp Outboard
Covers  Full Set of Boat Canopies by Murray's Gold Coast
Accommodation  2x Singles Fwd in Owners Stateroom, 2x Singles in Saloon.
Very comfortable leather settees in the cosy saloon
Shower  1 in the bathroom forward
Toilet  Enclosed bathroom forward, just aft of the owners stateroom
Galley  Broadwater Gas Stove/Oven - 4x Gas Bottles fitted in external lockers, Twin stainless steel sinks, heaps of excellent storage and bench top space for meal preparation
Refrigeration  Large commercial unit driven by main engine or generator shore power, Deep freeze: 2x Chill Plates, 2x Holding Plates, Fridge: 1x Holding Plate, Stainless Steel Shelving and Baskets
Ground Tackle  2x 65lb CQR Anchors, 1x 80lb Admiralty Anchor, Nielson 3000 Anchor and Stern Warping Winch
Safety Gear  Liferaft RFD 4 person - Seasava Plus fitted with Waterproof VHF Radio, Dry Chemical Fire Fighting, GME 406Mhz EPIRB, Electric and Manual Bilge Pumps
Electrics  All Lighting and Hardware inside has been Gold Plate to prevent tarnishing, GME AM/FM Tape, Furuno Weather Fax, 6x 180Ah 12vlt Maxi Power House Batteries, 2x 180Ah 24vlt Engine Start Batteries, 1x 180Ah Battery for the Genset - ALL BATTERIES NEW in 2001
Coden Chart Plotter, Coden MD 3604 Radar, No. 1 Magnavox-MK100 GPS, No. 2 Magellan 5000DX GPS, Icom M800 HF Radio, Icom IC M120 VHF Radio, No. 1 Coursemaster 750 Autopilot, No. 2 Wagner MK4 Autopilot (2 pump sets), Lowrance 3400 Sounder, Lowrance 3600 Sounder, 2x VDO Wind Instruments
Sail Inventory  Hood Vectran (NEW 1995) Sails including MPS, Furling Mizzen Staysail, Furling Headsail, Furling Stay Sail, Furling Main, Storm Tri Sail, Storm Jib
Mast / Rigging  Yawl Rig with Electric Furling on the Main Mast, Manual Furling on the Mizzen Mast, Both Spars Imported and Constructed by Allyacht Spars, Main Mast fitted with 4x Barlow Winches, Mizzen Mast fitted with 3x Barlow Winches
Deck Gear  4x 32ST Barlow Winches, 2x 25 ST Barlow Winches, 2x 24ST Barlow Winches
Remarks  This masterpiece of boat building was inspired by the Design "Margaree" by John Alden for the Dupont family in 1959. Built from Huon pine and Burmese teak with silicone bronze ringframes, strong back, and centerboard, "Bolero" has circumnavigated the world and has won numerous awards at wooden boat shows.... She has been maintained fastidiously by her second/present owner with ongoing consultation with her original owner builder.

Febuary 2013 A CRUISING STORY:
On Dec 23rd 2012 Bolero departed Gold Coast seaway in 12knt NE and remained on port tack for 365nm, arriving at Lord Howe Island on 26/12/12, total trip time of 66hrs.
This was our 2nd fastest trip to the island in the past 8 years, (57hrs …av 6.5knts achieved in 2009).
We attached to our mooring at Dawsons Point in the lagoon and enjoyed extraordinary fine weather over the subsequent 4 weeks.
Sailing activities around the island included trips towards Balls Pyramid, Admiralty Islets, and Gower Island.
Bolero, having shoal draught, with silicon bronze centreboard, can be manoeuvred into various spots in the lagoon, including Lovers Bay, where we stayed overnight and barbecued.
On Jan 17th, 2013, we departed LHI and set course for Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, having obtained relevant permits from the Marine Office(LHI Board).
The remarkable stable weather conditions prevailed, necessitating motor sailing the 92nm to Elizabeth Reef.
We generally depart at 1700hrs for this trip, thus ensuring a morning arrival, with optimal visibility etc for entering the lagoon passage.
The solitary sandy cay has increased in size substantially since our trip in 2010.
The marine life within the lagoons is breathtaking, with vast schools of bluefish, silver trevally, and kingfish inquisitive enough to follow in the wake of the inflatable, as we conducted serial slow motoring and drift excursions of the crystal clear waters. Many turtles and sharks present, including tiger sharks to 12ft.
Outside the lagoon tuna, mahi mahi, and kingfish plentiful.
We moved the 30nm north to Middleton Reef for another 2 day stint, which included excursions around the numerous ship wrecks.
The anchorage at Middleton is superior, with a large sandy bight providing access to further more shallow options deep within the protection of the lagoon.
Bolero feels like home in these unique isolated places…. She has the capability to withstand any conditions served up, and the capacity to provide comfort and safety for prolonged periods of serious sea mongering, particularly with the fuel and fresh water reserves and abundance of space for 2 persons determined to savour the beauty and wrath the Tasman is notorious for.
One of the highlights was cruising over the Derwent Hunter seamount, 120nm from LHI, and witnessing over 1000 dolphins conducting a roundup and banquet of mackerel.
No trip to Lord Howe is the same, but in terms of near perfect unlaboured sailing, this one rates the highest, the only negative being the greater than average fuel consumption due to the often balmy conditions.
Whilst on Lord Howe we met up with Jock and Mona and friends on the big cat, "Slipstream", out of Southport Yacht Club.
Let the pictures tell the real story!
Sailing Data:
Bolero averaged 6 knts for both legs, with periods of motor sailing(Perkins 120hp@1000rpm).
75% furling yankee and main used day and night on autopilot.
Day sailing at LHI we used MPS, mizzen staysail, and mizzen also.
Tender: Gemini 3.2m with 8hp Yamaha.


Disclaimer: The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his surveyor to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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Broker / Dealer  Ian Mackenzie International Ian Mackenzie International

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Telephone  +61 7 5502 3124
+61 0419 756 540
Fax  +61 7 5676 5902
Address  Building 1A/a
The Boatworks
1 Boatworks Drive
City / Suburb  Coomera 4209
State  QLD
Country  Australia
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