The Herreshoff Alerion is one of the most admired yacht designs of all time.The first Alerion was designed and built by Nathanial Herreshoff as his personal boat 100 years ago; she now resides at Mystic Seaport Museum where generations of sailors have been entranced by her subtle curves and elegant simplicity. The Rumery’s Alerion is wisely built to the original design, as, while other boats have been inspired by the original, none have equaled her beauty, speed, comfort and refined sailing manner.
Rumery’s Boatyard, in Biddeford, Maine, has done a fine job of converting the design for fiberglass construction while preserving all the aesthetic appeal and spirited performance of Nathaniel Herreshoff’s personal yacht. The Alerion is fast, comfortable, maneuverable and easy to sail. She is lively in light air yet stiff and powerful in a breeze.
"Puffin is hull #15, built in 2006 with all desirable options, including a custom lightweight carbon fiber mast extended 4', and an overlapping genoa, resulting in superb light air performance. She is in excellent condition and is highly recommended to those who wish to own a pedigreed classic daysailer, and one of the greatest sailboats of all time.
Replacement cost is approximately $135,000.
Divinycell-cored fiberglass hull and deck using Vinylester resin with solid fiberglass bottom. Green hull.
Canvas fiberglass textured non-skid deck surface.
Internally cast lead ballast comprising 50% of boat weight.
Carbon fiber mast with Awlgrip finish.
Bronze rudder post and hardware. Teak exterior toerails and teak cockpit seats and sole, of natural finish.
Varnished, mahogany cockpit coamings. Louvered cabin doors. Varnished oak tiller.
Deep comfortable, dry cockpit, even in heavy air, capable of seating six. Storage under two, teak seats and under after-deck.
Yanmar 1GM 10 hp diesel
5 Gallon plastic fuel tank
Two blade folding propeller
2 x 12v electrical system with 4 way switch and distribution panel
Masthead running lights
Cabin reading lights
Carbon fiber mast, extended extra 4'
Bronze centerboard, 3000 lb, 50% ballast
Harken roller furling for self-tending jib
2 x Bronze halyard winches on housetop
Harken mainsheet, travellor and jib cam cleats
Suncover on jib
Mainsail cover and boom tent mooring cover
Accommodations for two. Vee berth forward with a Porta-Potti under.
Next aft are bench seats to starboard and engine box to port with sink on countertop.
There are two cabin/reading lights and berth cushions.