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Success at ‘Round The Island Race!

July 23, 2013

The conditions could not have been better last weekend for this event sponsored by the Edgartown Yacht Club on Martha’s Vineyard!  The winds were consistently 22 – 28 knots for the buoy races and the actual RTI race on Saturday.  The Alerions were in good company: Swans, Sabres, J122s, J120s, and Little Harbor to name a few.  There were also two Navy 44’s present that were built by the same craftsman that build Alerions.  The IRC division attracted a few TP52s and the impressive “Rambler”, a Reichel Pugh 90′.

As always the Alerions did well!  “Iniki” an Alerion Express 38 won its double-handed division while another 38 took second in the PHRF non-spinnaker division.  Full results here.


Alerions size up the starting line…


An Alerion 38 heading for the windward mark.


Wing and wing!


The crew of “Iniki” receive their first place award!

The Alerion 41 moves ahead!

December 12, 2012

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The Alerion 41 deck is suspended over the hull in preparation for installation.

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Interior teak is finished and varnished ready for final install.  Note the solid teak head vanity on top.

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Completed solid teak doors.

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Corian counter tops are complete!

The Alerion 41 Takes Shape!

October 27, 2012



This is the Alerion 41 interior viewed from the aft port side.  Guest quarters are aft and to port.

This is the master stateroom viewed from the bow.  Note the dual entry into the head.

Storage abounds with rich teak joinery in the master stateroom!

This is the starboard settee as well as the opening to the guest stateroom.  The space at the aft end of the settee allows for a navigation desk.  This unit (not shown) easily drops down to settee height when a full length settee or berth is needed.

Joe crafts the navigation desk .  Plenty of storage within…

The main salon and staterooms are finished with chair rails and lower teak panels. Beautiful!

The head is finished with our signature solid teak counter.  The WC is covered for a cleaner look and there is dry storage throughout.


Ben, our lead designer, reviews joinery details with one of our talented carpenters, Walter.

This is the master stateroom bureau with adjacent hanging locker (to be cedar-lined).

All of the louvered doors, fiddles and trim in the master stateroom are adjusted before final finishing.


Hand crafted tongue and groove drawers with teak faces are just a few of the exquisite details on the interior of the Alerion 41.

Alerion 41 Update!

August 7, 2012

We’re excited to announce that the tooling for the Alerion 41 is complete and the first boat is under construction!  We’ve taken our time to ensure that every detail on this new Alerion is just right.  The Alerion 41 is the first model in the “Alerion” series of boats.  Earlier this year we announced the division of our models into the “Express“, “Sport” and “Alerion” series of sailboats.  The Alerion series being the first with standing headroom and coastal cruising amenities.

The Alerion 41 has everything one might dream of when thinking about cruising on an Alerion.  The boat can be sailed easily by one person allowing for unmatched flexibility when scheduling your cruising or daysailing.  The enormous cockpit is perfect for entertaining at the dock or under sail and the new opening transom allows for easy access to the water for swimming or boarding a tender.  The interior will leave you speechless;  teak-paneled bulkheads with high-gloss accents, two staterooms and a generous galley make this your home away from home.

Like all Alerions, the A41 is resin-infused using our trademarked SCRIMP construction method and will have a prepreg carbon spar made by Hall Spars.  Stay tuned for future updates (on our site or facebook page) as we close in on the Fall completion of this yacht.  If you are interested in learning more about the Alerion 41, contact us.

Alerion Yachts: What’s the latest?

February 10, 2012

It’s been a great start to the new year here at Alerion. We’ve made a few important changes, taken a bunch of boat orders and are looking forward to what the year holds for us.   By now you’ve probably noticed our updated website along with the small change  in our name as well as  the reorganization of our model series’.    The most noted change from the familiar “Alerion Express” name to the more encompassing, “Alerion Yachts” will allow us to grow in an exciting direction.  The new website focuses on the customer experience of choosing, building and owning an Alerion while displaying our three model series; “Alerion Express”, “Alerion Sport” and the all new “Alerion ” series of cruising boats.

As most of you know The Alerion Express series was the first to confirm in a modern design the allure of a true “gentleman’s daysailer.”  The AE28 celebrated its 20th birthday last year and continues to be the most popular of all the models with nearly 450 hulls in existence.  The AE20, AE33, and AE38 round out the series with the widely sought-after design DNA that enables “Alerion Sailing”.

Alerions have quietly succeeded at several PHRF regattas in recent years.  This underlying thoroughbred characteristic explains the recent success of the Alerion Sport 33.  This first model of the Sport series, reveals Alerion customers’ desire to win on the race course.  With additional designs in process, the Sport Series allow for greater sail plan flexibility required for racing while maintaining all of the styling and singlehanded ease of the Express Series.  Lighter displacement, tiller steering, thoughtful rigging and enormous cockpit make all of this possible.

The Alerion 41 is the first model in the “Alerion” series of cruising boats.  With standing headroom, and two private cabins, the Alerion 41 combines all of the aesthetic and handling characteristics of the Express Series with the ability to cruise for several days at a time.  Customers have the ability to customize the A41 to their specification; a capability we’re accustomed to.

With several orders for multiple model types including the A41, we’re off to a great start in 2012.  Stay tuned to our events page as we host several small, private events along the east coast.

Electric Propulsion: Why it makes sense.

August 29, 2011

This year we are offering electric propulsion on the Alerion Express 28’s as a “no charge” option In lieu of the 14hp diesel engine.  This technology has come a long way in the past few years; not to mention the price has come down, too.

As most of you know, a typical day sail with a diesel motor consists of checking oil, opening sea cocks and starting  the old “iron”.  These trusty motors sputter and come to “life” with a gurgle and spray of raw water from the exhaust thruhull.  We shove off from the marina or mooring, hoist the sails and enjoy a fulfilling day of Alerion sailing.  The Alerion Experience is different with electric propulsion.  With this technology, a turn of the battery switch and a nudge of the throttle trigger instant, silent thrust.  The boat moves eerily along while onlookers pause and wonder how an Alerion can move so silently without sails.   The transition from power to sail is graceful and smooth.  With sails filled, the DC current changes direction;  the spinning propeller steadily regenerates current and slowly charges the batteries.
The benefits of electric propulsion are numerous: completely sealed systems, low maintenance, silent operation, increased maneuverability and simplicity.  The benefits easily outweigh the costs for most sailors’  lifestyles.  However, with great breakthroughs there are always other considerations.  Currently, the system designed for the Alerion Express 28 is optimized for boats that are stored in marinas.  Although there are solar and prop regenerating options, a good old shore power cable ensures a fully charged system every time you step aboard.   The basic system specified for the Alerion Express 28 has a range of approximately 5-7 NM depending on speed and weather conditons.  For most this is sufficient for a typical day sail.  There is room and capacity for more batteries/range on the Alerion Express 28 but there are obviously cost and weight compromises to consider.
One of our existing electric propulsion owners loves the system for many reasons.  The biggest reason is that he finds himself sailing more and not defaulting to auxiliary power as much.  During the testing phase our design team was startled by the simplicity and silent transition from power to sail and back to power.

Maybe sailors will use this technology on those glorious sunset evenings when there’s no wind  in the same spirit of a classic Elco launch. No wind, no noise,  just the sound of a pretty boat moving through the water.  Pure and Simple.

Alerion 38 Racers Share Their Secrets

August 29, 2011

Since its inception in 2005, the Alerion Express 38 has been quietly placing or winning multiple East Coast regattas. Dubbed as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” the AE38 has had its fair share of winnings in 2011 alone. With first or second standings in Charleston Race Week, The Back Asswords Regatta, PHRF New Englands, The Vineyard Cup, and most recently the Classic Boat regatta in Marblehead, there is no shortage of performance and of course capability from their owners. A few of these owners were kind enough to share their secrets on sailing fast on their 38’s.

Bernie Cignavitch (hull#1) had this to say about navigating a starting line:

“…I am always aggressive at the start. For example, if the start favors the committee boat, I will position the boat on that heading. If a leeward boat tries to take me up, I head up to luff- depower the boat. As soon as the other boat passes my bow I power up and head leeward of him and take him up into the committee boat. Now you are in a perfect position for the start, your powered up, no one else can take up and  you can protest the boat next to you because he’s not going to head up into the committee boat. The only reason you can do this is because you practiced the maneuver  and the Alerion 38 will slow down, turn on a dime and power back up quicker than most boats!”

Craig Speck (hull#2) had this to say about sail trim:

“Because of the very large roach mainsail and the relatively small jib, upwind trim of the sails is critical. The main requires more sheet tension than many would expect as the top third of the main will wash out easily without higher sheet tension. Our basic trim is the traveler above centerline with high tension on the sheet. We ease the traveler rather than the mainsheet as wind velocity changes to keep the boat at correct heel angles and speed.

The jib is so small that many think it is along for the ride and don’t trim it as frequently as they should. Upwind we set the jib boom just inside the attachment point of the pole sheet to the top of the cabin. We continually trim the jib with the outhaul rather than moving the pole. In tacks and during starting sequences we ease the outhaul to put more power in the jib to rebuild speed and trim in as speed builds.  The jib boom is adjusted generally only with significant course changes.

Final comment, the Alerion Express 38 is wickedly fast upwind when heeled and sails are trimmed correctly.”