I think the similarities lie in the hull
shape, narrow beam, large overhangs, wide side decks and the keel hung rudder
that makes all these boats classics and really good safe performers in heavy weather
If I remember correctly the Allied
Luders is a 33 and very similar to the Sea Sprite 34, both Luders. Wasn't the Allied Luders the "Dove" sailed around the world by the kid that was the youngest sailor to circumnavigate. Think so.
Originally, I started looking for a smaller boat such as the Alberg 30
or one of the Pearsons, Vanguard or Trident. I could not pass up the deal I got on my Alberg 37 and it was less than some 35s that were out there and as much as some 30s.
I think the thing with these boats is to take your time, do the survey and do a sea trial. I would be concerned about deck
stepped mast in that I would closely take a look at the beam below the step, specially if there is no compression
post. You might have to replace it or reinforce it as their great stress and many forces on that beam and these are simply not new boats.
I can understand GordMay's entry here as my Alberg 37 probably has as much room as his C&C
29 but there is a trade
Finally, I was at Strictly Sail Chicago last weekend where I happened to attend a Seminar given by John Kretshmer, writer for Sailing, Cruising World and Author of various books
. The Seminar was entitled something like "Ten Great and Affordables Boats to Sail Around the World." Number two on the list was the Alberg 37. He also has a book out which goes into the characteristics of a good blue water
Anyway that is that,