The Modern Classic from the Herreshoff original. Each sailboat was built specific to customer needs.
ALERION has captured sailor's hearts ever since Nathanael Herreshoff designed and built the original in 1912. Herreshoff knew what he was doing - masterfully blending exquisite lines and materials to arrive at a very special boat. Herreshoff sailed his Alerion for many years near his homes in Bermuda and later in Bristol, Rhode Island. A perfect daysailer for the single handed sailor.
Look at the original lines as drawn by Herreshoff. The boat is a centerboard sloop with a large main and boom overhanging the transom. The mast goes through the deck forward of the housetop.
Alerion is a versatile sailing yacht; her stability and predictability make her ideal for family outings, racing, and single handled sailing. A simple boat. In a light breeze, Alerion ghosts along effortlessly. Her sleek lines make for powerful yet surefooted and comfortable performance in strong wind. Drawing only 2' 5" with the center board up, Alerion can sneak into coves and shallows easily and confidently.
Down below, her cuddy is warm and snug, with plenty of room to chart a course, read a book, or take a nap. Alerion's elegant mahogany house sides and coamings, rails, and louvered doors along with the teak cockpit and cockpit sole are very attractive.
Alerion 26 Specifications & Standard Features
LWL: 21' 9"
Beam: 7' 7"
Draft: 2' 5"/5' 2"
Displacement: 6000 lbs
Ballast ratio: 50%
Sail Area: 386 sq. ft.
Cored fiberglass hull with solid fiberglass below the waterline. Internal cast lead ballast. Bronze rudder post and hardware
Cored fiberglass deck and house top with integral canvas textured nonskid surface. Varnished mahogany house sides and coamings. Natural Teak toe rails, cockpit seats and sole. Louvered cabin doors and varnished oak tiller.
Rig & Hardware:
Painted aluminum spar with Jiffy reefing. Club for self tending jib. Harken blocks with braided running rigging. Adjustable Harken Main sheet and jib travelers. Custom bronze stemhead fitting, bow, and stern chocks, Herreshoff cleats (5), winches (2) on house top, turnbuckles, and chainplates.
Large, six-person cockpit with teak seats and cockpit sole. Storage under cockpit seats. Built-in manual bilge pump. Additional storage under afterdeck.
Berth cushions. Jib sail cover. Boom tent covering main sail, cockpit, and most brightwork.
Compass & Windex. Other options upon request.
Forward vee berth with storage below. White paint with teak or mahogany trim. Solid teak cabin sole. OPTIONAL overnight layout with reading chair and navigation station, single burner stove, sink —may be customized to meet owner's specifications.
OPTIONS: diesel engine, DC electric drive unit, or removable bracket for outboards up to 5 hp
Alerion #12 was completed in May 2003 and delivered to LI Sound. "Fraldima" is pictured here about to place third in Pequot Yacht Club's Classic Yacht Regatta. She is being sailed by Maurizio (age 13) helmsman, Francesco (age 8) mainsail trimmer and Tim (age 9) jib trimmer. (Parents provided nav & logistics support.)