Strong 38' Stays'l Schooner 'Aldarion' for sale

by John Bryden

Aldarion in Christianso (DK)

Aldarion in Christianso (DK)


'Aldarion' is a Bermudian staysail schooner, 37’9”(length overall) x 32’ (waterline length) x 12’3” (beam) x 5’6” (draft) + bowsprit. UK registered. Lying Skive, Denmark. €50,000 VAT paid in EU. Built in South Africa for the first owner and designed by Brian Lello as a strong blue water cruising yacht for the personal use of the builder. It would be hard to build a stronger yacht.

Long keel, clipper bow and radiused varnished teak transom stern. Resorcinol glued strip plank aformosia with two overlays of 3/16” mahogany hull and exterior skin of makore all rot-proof timber, fastened with bronze screws to laminate oak frames on a laminated aformosia back-bone and epoxy-glass exterior skin. Aformosia floors. Teak over ply deck with varnished cover boards between low iroko bulwarks, varnished outside and capping rail, painted cream inside, stainless steel stanchions and guard wires over. Varnished iroko coach roof with epoxy sheathed ply deck raised into a slight dog house aft and fitted with bronze ports, grab rails, fore hatch and 4 dorado vents. Teak laid self-draining ockpit with teak laid seats each side between low varnished iroko coamings sheltered by a good spray hood and bimini and with canvas cockpit tent for port use. Tiller steering to laminated mahogany rudder on bronze hangings. Aft deck hatch. Safety lines, port and starboard fitted.

The Bermudian staysail rig is on keel-stepped foam-filled aluminium alloy masts, double spreaders to main, single to mizzen. Stainless stell rigging with twin fore stays and Pro-furl jib stay. S/s rod bob stay. Fully battened, loose-footed 3 reef mainsail. Fore and main staysails, battened with one reef. Working jib and light yankee. Storm jib. Andersen winches – ST main halyard and reef, st fore halyard, 4 pairs of 2-speed sheet winches + main staysail sheet winch. This is a simple, effective, and easily handled rig with custom made s/s mast and deck fittings.

Volvo Penta 40hp diesel engine, fitted 2005 to replace ageing original. Borg warner hydraulic single lever controlled gearbox. S/s shaft through flex couplings to sef-aligning stuffing box to 3-blade bronze prop gives up to 7 knots. Small independent generator and engine alternator. Salt/fresh water cooling system. Heat exchanger for domestic hot water system. 2 x 173L s/s fuel tanks feeding 123L header tank, giving approx. 1000nm range. Rutland 904i wind generator newly fitted 2012. 2 x 120 ah service batteries + 2 90 ah engine start and windlass batteries. 12 switch fuse panel.

8 berths + 2 optional saloon settees. Dining table can be lowered to make a double bunk. One cabin now used as tool room etc. Chains forward. Bulwark to fore cabin with port double berth, stbd lockers. Bulkhead to saloon cabin with stbd settees with bookshelves behind, stowage under, port L-shaped seating around the table with pilot berth up behind. Table lowered makes a double bunk. Helf bulkhead port side to port galley with twin s/s sinks, 2 burner gas stove with grill and oven, 12 v fridge, hot and cold pressured water to sink, plus foot pump for salt water. Stbd opposite heads compartment with sea toilet and basin, and wet cupboard for oilskins. Aft to the coentre companionway to deck with chart table, VHF DSC radio, chart drawers. Generous quartet berth to stbd with storage, Currently used for tools, vice, sail covers, boat covers etc. Port quarter-berth cabin with double berth, vanity unit, drawers under, and hanging cupboard. Full headroom in galley main cabin and forecabin as well as heads. White painted ply bulkheads with fine varnished mahogany joinery and coamings. Fresh water storage under floors in 5 linked s/s tanks. Hot water storage tank. Webasto hot air heating system, new in 2012.

Compass, echo sounder , GPS, VHF-DSC, Simrad chartplotter (2012), Autohelm tiller pilot. Hot and cold shower in cockpit. Electric windlass at bow, two strong plough anchors, one on full galvanised chain, the other on leaded rope and chain warp. Heavy Danforth storm anchor, kedge anchor. 6-man liferaft, new c.2012. Danbuoy, mob light, throwing lines, EPIRB, collapsible rubber dinghy with seat and oars. Manual and electric bilge pumps.

Under its first owner, 'Aldarion' covered 12,000nm between South Africa, South America, USA, and Europe. Under its second and current owner, she has cruised extensively in England, Scotland and Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Russia. In 2014, Aldarion successfully completed a circumnavigation of the Nordic countries through the inland waterways of Russia, through the Barents Sea and round North Cape – over 4,000nm. Close attention to detail, continuous updating of equipment, and a philosophy of ‘keep it simple’ mean a very comfortable and reliable cruising yacht for long or short passages. 'Aldarion' has been yard-maintained and in-wintered with masts and rigging removed. She is currently lying in Lars and Helle Klok’s boatyard at Skive on the Limfjord, Denmark. Inspection is recommended.

'Aldarion' is equipped to sail away with galley equipment,

'Aldarion' is UK registered and EU VAT paid.

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