Alden Schooner 12.5m Gaff Rigged Classic

AU $229,000 Finance
41' 0" - 12.50m
Family, Leisure, Cruising
Vessel Location
Fremantle WA
Launch Year
Hull Material

A classic masterpiece of wooden boat building, DECATUR is a truly authentic example of the famous John Alden design, and has been constructed without compromise by a master shipwright. Setup for long offshore passage- making, this traditional classic yacht is bound to turn heads wherever she roams.

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AU $229,000    Finance   
Boat Reference
Launch Year
41' 0" - 12.50m
3.40m (11ft 2in)
1.90m (6ft 3in)
13 tonnes approximately.
Keel / Ballast
3.1 tonnes cast lead keel (antimony included) external ballast.
Vessel Location
Fremantle Wa
Western Australia
Designer: John Alden. Design: No. 162 Malabar II. Bald Headed Schooner.
Keith Allen, Mourilyan, Queensland, Australia (with daughter/owner Bernadette Marley)
Hull Material
3JH3. Servicing completed by Jota Marine. Next service will be completed during the month of April 2021. Jabsco engine driven bilge pump. Rigid mounted. Austral 18" x 9.3" three bladed cast bronze propeller on a 25 mm SS (2205) shaft.
Engine Make
Engine Hours
1138 hours
Two aluminium fuel tanks under cockpit holding approximately 220 litres in total.
Cooking: "Taylors" 30L two burner/grill/oven gimbaled.
Sink: Deep SS sink with Whale Gulper pump.
Hot Water
Hot water: Heat exchanger type to be fitted.
Safety Gear
Life ring: Safety orange (solid type) inscribed with vessel's name & light.
Life lines: seven stanchions per side with SS life lines.
GME 600-406.
Life Jackets
Four x SOLAS & Four x Marlin.
Fire Protection
Fire Fighting: Two x DCP 2 kg fire extinguishers and fire blanket.
Battery Bank: one x 220 amp house battery and one starter battery.
Cristec CPS2 battery charger with shore power connection.
Depth Sounder: bronze through hull transducer.
Tactic Wireless wind and depth instruments.
Auto Pilot: Coursemaster CM85i.
AIS: Seatracer class B transponder.
Radio: VHF Sailor 6210.
Stereo: GME CD9600 iPod connectivity marine stereo with two speakers.
Bilge Pump: Jabsco Utility Puppy 2000 (32lpm) with automatic float switch.
Lighting: 12v teak dome and brass bell down lights using halogen globes throughout. Sealed Fluoro light in toilet.
Refrigeration: 12 V Frigomatic (Danfos). 4" Corthane used in ice box.
Sail Inventory
Sailmaker: Clive Allwood, Thornlands, Queensland, Australia.
Cloth: Clipper Canvas by Richard Hayward.
Special points: Vertical cut main and foresail. Three row three step zig zag stitching. No battens in main or foresail. Rope luffs and foot.
Coverings: Green sail and mast covers in Sunbrella.
Main: 52.4 sq m. 11 oz natural finish.
Foresail: 27.4 sq m. 11 oz natural finish.
Jib: 17.8 sq m. 11 oz natural finish.
Gennaker: 40.3 sq m. 1.5 oz nylon in 4 colours.
Genoa: 28.8 sq m. 7.2 oz natural finish.
Mast / Rigging
Rigging Masts and Spars
Laminated Silver Quondong using resorcinol glue (brightworked with painted white ends).
Two Oregon gaffs replaced in Nov 2017 by Igor Bjorksten.
Standing Rigging: 7 x 19 10mm Galvanised wire. Deadeyes and lanyards on shrouds.
Forestay: 7 x 19 10 mm stainless steel wire.
Running Rigging: 10 and 12 mm 3 strand rope. Marlow double braided
sheet lines.
Running backstays: Uppers of galvanized wire with lowers of stainless steel wire. Cast bronze Myth Levers on backstays.
Standing rigging replaced Dec 2014 by traditional rigger Igor Bjorksten (Club Marine approved).
Deck Gear
Anchors: one x 60 lb CQR with 90 m of 3/8" tested grade galvanized short link chain. One x 60 lb Fisherman type (stored on deck).
Anchor winch: Custom cast bronze manual.
Steering compass: Sestral Moore (in Gunmetal Grey).
Other: Timber boat hook.
Castings: Gunmetal bronze.
Ballast: 3.1 tonnes cast lead keel (antimony included) external ballast.
Construction: Carvel planked, copper fastenings, caulked with oakum below waterline and cotton topsides. All timber used in the construction of Decatur is first grade boat building timber.
All timber was air dried and where appropriate, treated with timber preservatives.
Stem, sternpost and deadwood of Brown Penda.
Keel of Spotted Gum (boxed heart).
Floors of Penda and Scented Maple.
Planking of Huon Pine.
Bent timbers (two laminations) using Scented Maple and Gympie Messmate
Sawn frames of Papua New Guinea Rosewood.
Laminated deck beams of Queensland Maple.
Cabins sides, deck and bulkheads of marine grade plywood. Laid deck of White Beech over two layers of plywood and one layer of 6 oz dynal cloth.
Interior joinery work of Queensland Maple, PNG Rosewood, Huon Pine, Spur Mahogany, White Beech and brightworked.
Hull painted with single pack International yacht enamel and Longlife antifoul.

Below decks
Barometer: Solid Brass Screw Face 6" diameter
Clock: Solid Brass 6" diameter
DHR oil lamp.
Taco 7 x 50 binoculars.
Open plan with two berths in main cabin (settee bunks) and V berth forward. Pilot berth aft of chart table.
Separate fully enclosed toilet/shower to starboard with Jabsco brand hand pumped toilet and small SS hand basin.
Fiberglass water tanks under port and starboard settees with a total of approximately 400 litres holding capacity.
Drop leaf saloon table.
Laid deck cabin sole using White Beech interlaid with Spur Mahogany.
Top loading stowage behind settees and front loading stowage in toilet. Front loading stowage in cupboard opposite toilet compartment.

All maintenance works on this vessel have been conducted by appropriately qualified professionals.
A truly remarkable vessel that must be seen. Just try and find another classic as good as this!

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