'Aleria', a Bowman 57 Sailboat for Sale
by owner Capt. Alex Blackwell, Licenced Master Mariner

The Bowman 57 is the ideal ocean cruising yacht. 'Aleria' is currently lying in Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland, which is close to Shannon International airport. She is EU VAT cleared and has Part 1 Registry Ireland, Reg Number 404492.

A Bowman 57 Staysail Ketch under full sail.'Aleria'

'Aleria' (formerly 'Manic Moment', 'Kestrel', 'Papagayo') is a classic Holman & Pye designed ketch, built in 1976 in the United Kingdom for delivery to the US. She is the sister ship to Roger Swanson’s 'Cloud Nine' which was one of the first yachts to successfully traverse the NW Passage.

'Aleria' was featured in Cruising World - see Quite the Ketch.

'Aleria' is a very comfortable and fast cruiser for crossing oceans, coastal cruising and/or living aboard.

Her classic lines and tumble-home hull never cease to draw other sailors to ask about her. Her balanced sail plan provides many options for maximizing speed and comfort while underway.

Over the past year, she has received new standing rigging, as well as a thorough going over with many minor upgrades to make her ready for her next adventure.

Bowman 57 staysail ketch AleriaMaking great progress reaching under full sail!


  • Fibreglass, centre cockpit, long keel, teak decks, skeg-hung rudder;
  • 8 berths: four forward, two in aft cabin and two in main cabin;
  • Length: 17.4 m (57 ft);
  • Beam: 4.5 m (14.8 ft);
  • Draught: 2.5 m (8’4”);
  • Displacement: 19,000 kg (42,000 lb);
  • Gross measured tonnage: 19;
  • Net measured tonnage: 5;
  • Tonnage/weight: 27;
  • Fuel tanks: 758 litres (200 gal);
  • Fresh water: 1,327 litres (350 gal);
  • Holding tank, flexible: 30 litres.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, stern viewSeldom seen on modern sailboats - tumblehome and a narrow stern


  • Engine: Yanmar 110 hp, new 2008;
  • Propulsion: 21” Feathering Easy Prop (MaxProp) new 2017;
  • Shaft: 1.5” diameter, Water injected PSS shaft seal;
  • Rope cutter on shaft;
  • Custom fuel polishing system with electric pump, which allows hot swap of Racor filters while engine is running. Pump can also be used to bleed engine;
  • Generator: Westerbeke 8KW;
  • Engine and generator situated under salon floorboards and easily accessible.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, saloon 2Saloon, starboard side

Ground Tackle

  • IDEAL Anchor winch, 12V;
  • 40kg Rocna Anchor;
  • 100 m galvanized chain 2016;
  • Spare 1 inch diameter nylon anchor rode with 10m chain in pack on deck;
  • Wash down pump.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, saloonSaloon, port side

Deck Equipment

  • Teak, original;
  • Spray hood 2016;
  • 2 self-tailing sheet winches for yankee – Lewmar #65;
  • 2 self-tailing winches for staysail sheets – Lewmar #55;
  • 1 winch for Mainsail sheet, deck mounted;
  • 2 winches for running backstays;
  • Mainsail traveller, 2008;
  • Swim ladder.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, sleeping berthsSeaberths forward of saloon on port side, mirrored on starboard side

Rig and Sails

  • Standing wire rigging and Norseman turnbuckles all new 2018;
  • Masthead, Shaeffer headsail furler, 2008;
  • Yankee, 2005. New UV protection 2018;
  • Hanked on staysail;
  • Mainsail, full battened, 2005;
  • Storm Tri-sail, unused;
  • Lazy jacks and sail covers 2016;
  • Mizzen sail 2005;
  • Mizzen staysail 2008 (asymmetrical);
  • Spinnaker boom, telescoping, carbon fibre 2008.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, navigation stationThe navigation station

Main Mast

  • 6 winches for halyards, & reefing lines;
  • 2 mainsail halyards - spare used as topping lift;
  • 1 Yankee halyard;
  • 1 spinnaker halyard;
  • 1 Staysail halyard;
  • Spinnaker topping lift and downhaul;
  • Running back stays;
  • 2 flag halyards;
  • Boom vang.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, double berthThe stern cabin


  • 3 winches on Mizzen;
  • Mizzen halyard;
  • Staysail halyard;
  • Topping lift;
  • Running backstays;
  • Ensign halyard;
  • Flag halyard.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, chart tableThe chart table


  • Compass;
  • Northstar M121 Chartplotter;
  • C-Map mega Wide Chart chips, including Atlantic European Coasts, Mediterranean and Black Sea, North America - Atlantic Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean;
  • Raytheon Radar;
  • VHF/DSC Radio ICOM 2012 – Antenna on Main mast;
  • Loudhailer/foghorn;
  • Remote Command Mike in Cockpit locker;
  • Comar AIS transceiver 2016 - interfaced with chartplotter;
  • SSB Radio ICOM IC-M800 – Antenna on Mizzen mast;
  • TackTick depth instrument;
  • LED Navigation lights on main and mizzen masts (2018);
  • Separate deck Level navigation lights with LED bulbs (fore and aft).
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, headOne of the two heads, each with shower


  • Whitlock Pedestal wheel steering;
  • Rod steering with Lewmar Mamba gear boxes;
  • Autopilot Raymarine hydraulic steering (2015);
  • Monitor Wind Vane Self-steering.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, galley 2The galley is on the port side


  • Shore power: 230 V and 110V (fully dual voltage system);
  • Battery charger/Inverter 2017;
  • Batteries: 1 x 200 Ah AGM start battery (2016), 2 x 270 Ah AGM General consumers (2019);
  • 110v outlets;
  • 220v outlet;
  • DC outlets;
  • USB ports.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, galleyThe galley, looking aft


  • 2 Heads, each: shower and sink with 12V sump pumps, manual toilet;
  • Pressurized fresh water pump;
  • Salt water foot pump;
  • Refrigerator and separate freezer, compressor;
  • Deep double sink with sump and automatic overboard pump;
  • Stove with three burners and oven, propane gas, 2 gas cylinders (2016);
  • Air Conditioning (never used);
  • Chart table;
  • Chart storage drawers (Flat File system);
  • Office with light table and swivel chair;
  • Forepeak Workshop/storage area with vice.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, work benchThe forepeak contains a workbench


  • 406 GPS Epirb with current batteries;
  • 4 Fire extinguishers, 2017;
  • Fire blanket;
  • 1 automatic bilge pump;
  • 2 Bilge pumps, manual;
  • Throwable Rescue horseshoe;
  • MOB signal flag buoy;
  • MOB Retrieval Lifesling;
  • 6-man Winslow Life Raft (out of date);
  • 8 offshore life jackets.
'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, accommodation layoutAccommodation layout


  • 10 ft Inflatable Dinghy with 2hp outboard.
  • Cockpit table;
  • Cockpit cushions;
  • Outboard mount on stern rail;
  • Sun awning 2015;
  • Wind scoop.

Asking Price & Contacting the Owner

'Aleria', a Bowman 57 sailboat, THUMB 2'Aleria' reaching under full sail

I'm asking €275,000 for my Bowman 57 Ketch 'Aleria'.

If you'd like more information or want to be 'Aleria's new owner please contact me, Alex Blackwell, here...

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