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Old 21-04-2012, 10:50   #1
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Parting out 54' Alden ketch

Unfortunately parting out this Alden ketch 1961 built by Hodgdon Brothers of East Boothbay, Maine. Beautiful boat (horn timber issues) that has a great rig and newly rebuilt Westerbeke 63hp engine. This is a bit of a monumental task that I am just embarking on. So, with that said, I'll start with the bigger items.

Ketch rig: (Sitka spruce)
Main mast (approx 56'). Mizzen mast (approx 33')
All 3 booms including self tending staysail boom.
Includes all (bronze) hardware.
All standing rigging and spreaders.
All 4 sails in good condition.
No roller furling or running rigging.
$10,000.

Engine:
Westerbeke W63B4 (63hp 4cyl.)
This is a brand new total rebuild (by Motive of Long Island) with all the whistle and bells. Starter, Alternator, Pumps, Gear...
Selling whole system from intake to exhaust.
I have the original panel, but needs a new one.
Motor was rebuilt 2009 (Motive invoice is for $13,000) and set back in boat and never hooked up.
I have all the paperwork, manuals spare filters belts...
2 year warranty is to original purchaser (perhaps negotiated w/ Motive).
$9,500.

*Items will be available in June for pick up only, as the boat is at the back of the shed and will have to wait until everyone else is out of the way...
Not interested in selling parts/pieces of these two listings at this time.
There will be many more things to sell, but too much to list just now.
Will consider selling whole boat for $25K.
Boat is located near New York City. SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
Interested parties can call me at 917-991-6441 Mark
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Old 21-04-2012, 18:08   #2
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Re: Parting out 54' Alden ketch

I've been searching for manual, bronze, windlass for 3/8" chain with lifting load of 700-1000 lbs
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Old 22-04-2012, 00:10   #3
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Re: Parting out 54' Alden ketch

How much did the yard quote to replace the horn timber? It is a big job but not impossible. It is a shame to trash such a beautiful boat. Will the yard allow outside labor in? An American built 50is foot boat is just what a good friend of mine is looking for._____Grant.
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Old 22-04-2012, 13:22   #4
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How much did the yard quote to replace the horn timber? It is a big job but not impossible. It is a shame to trash such a beautiful boat. Will the yard allow outside labor in? An American built 50is foot boat is just what a good friend of mine is looking for._____Grant.
Yes, she is truly a beautiful boat and while I understand why the OP might need to take the course of action stated, I am too much of an optimist and lover of classic boats to not believe there is some way to save this beauty.
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Old 22-04-2012, 15:26   #5
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Re: Parting out 54' Alden ketch

I have never seen a boat like that parted out. I guess the labor to fix things is so high, that parting something out is the cheapest way out of yacht ownership.

I am always reminded of people like Harry Pidgeon who built Islander on the beach, and Joshua Slocum who salvaged Spray from a field. Both of them sailed around the world on wooden yachts.
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Old 23-04-2012, 10:27   #6
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Re: Parting out 54' Alden ketch

I think this is the same boat that was advertised 'free' over at WBF last year. Last I heard, the keel fell off.
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Old 23-04-2012, 15:02   #7
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Re: Parting out 54' Alden ketch

I think the free boat you are referring to was in Washington state... This one is NY.
What a beautiful boat......
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Re: Parting out 54' Alden ketch

I seem to remember it as an Alden ketch, 50 ft, in Port Jeff, named Laissez Faire. My sincere apologies if I'm incorrect, as I'm told I am.

May I please ask the mod to remove my comment? I don't want my uninformed post to cause the seller difficulty.
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Old 23-04-2012, 19:48   #9
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Re: Parting out 54' Alden ketch

There seems to be some confusion about two Alden ketch classics around the area.
This on is 54' and indeed named Laissez Faire as is clearly seen on transom.
Keel is still quite intact with a massive "Paul Luke" bronze center board- floors- mast/step and ring frames (all one piece), still intact and firmly attached to the boat with 5 tons of external lead bolted below.
There is another Alden boat 50' that the keel apparently fell off of in 2010.
Alden # 903 1955 ketch « Wooden Boat Rescue Foundation
Not sure of the name.
Thanks for your interest in the parts listed.
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Again! did the yard give you a quote on repairing the horn timber , or whatever was needed to make the hull serviceable? This will make all of the difference of if it is worth buying and saving or just parting out. ____Grant.
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