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Alden 43 ft Ketch rigged Motor Sailer 1959



Alden 43 ft Ketch rigged Motor Sailer 1959

Designer John G Alden
Builder Cantiere Ottonello Varazze
Date 1959
Length overall 45 ft 11 in / 14 m
Length deck 43 ft 6 in / 13.25 m
Length waterline 43 ft 6 in / 13.26 m
Beam 13 ft 1 in / 4 m
Draft 4 ft 11 in / 1.5 m
Displacement 17.9 Tonnes
Construction Mahogany planking, teak deck
Engine Fiat Iveco 8041M09.00 83 HP Diesel
Location Italy
Price EUR 165,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



A remarkably versatile design; deep ballasted keel, short ends, high freeboard, considerable sheer and short rig make for a boat well suited both to heavy weather sailing and to the generally kinder conditions of the Med. This is where SANTA CLAUS II has spent her life, her owners benefitting from the well balanced fractional rig for easy sailing. Her sea kindliness and reliability have prompted Maurizio Adreani one of her former owners to expresses quite recently his continued great affection for her - considering she has always been loved by her owners as a boat worthwhile to be loved and having sailed nearly 70 years considers SANTA CLAUS a very good and reliable friend.



The boat was built in 1959 by Cantiere Ottonello of Varazze for Ing Paolo Ragazzi of Fiat, who had expressed his intention to go round the World in her. In the event he never made his World tour but made very good use of the yacht mainly in the Mediterranean.

Actually this boat is to the same design as ROLLING STONE IV, built earlier in 1955 - and incidentally considered to have been his last before retirement that year. That boat demonstrated her seaworthiness weathering a Gulf Stream gale near Bermuda in 1956 and several more off the US West Coast subsequently.

In the late 60s Sr Ragazzi sold to Guglielmo Coppola, owner of FIAM a leading Italian elevator factory, who was to keep SANTA CLAUS at Santa Margherita Ligure enjoying her also with his sons for about ten years.

By 1976 Coppola the father had given up sailing and the sons by then were more interested in faster craft so that they decided to sell her to Maurizio Adreani. Delighted that he had the chance of buying “this wonderful and reliable boat in spring of 1976” he enjoyed sailing SANTA CLAUS with his family and friends in the Mediterranean for about 20 years from A, Alassio to Varazze – so not quite Z but pretty well everywhere in between. With increasing age he decided to sell but was very happy that it was to an old friend (the late) Tito Gavazzi, who turned out to be very good and efficient owner who did much to update and improve the yacht to her present condition.



- Mahogany planking on hardwood frames
- Original teak deck
- High varnished mahogany bulwarks and cover boards; stainless steel stanchions mounted over


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Interior cockpit / wheelhouse
- Helm position to port
- Engine instruments
- Navigation instruments
- Large cockpit folding table
- 2 x large hatches in cockpit sole for engine access
- Lockers port and starboard containing gas bottles with cushions over
- Varnished double doors and 3 x companionway steps down to main cabin with 7 x opening ports

Galley to port
- 3 Burner hob and oven
- Stainless steel sink and H&C fresh water mixer
- Electrolux fridge
- Mahogany joinery, worktops, drawers and cupboards

Chart table starboard
- Flag locker over

Saloon forward
- Comfortable settee berths each side
- Folding drop leaf table
- Butterfly hatch skylight over
- Teak cabin sole
- Access to chain locker forward
- Large hanging locker to stbd with opening port

Aft cabin
- Varnished double doors and 3 x companionway steps down
- Work top area to stbd with 2 x opening ports
- Large head compartment opposite to port with automatic WC, basin, H&C mixer and shower
- Cupboards
- Teak cabin sole throughout
- 2 x Large single berths with stowage under
- Small desk on forward bulkhead
- Large cupboard against aft bulkhead
- Circular hatch on deck head coach roof


Rig spars & sails

- Short spruce bowsprit
- Sitka spruce main mast with single spreader and diamond c 2000
- Sitka spruce single spreader mizzen mast


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

Deck layout forward to aft
- Chromed mooring cleats port and stbd
- 1 x 18 Kg Bruce anchor stowed at bow
- Lofrans anchor windlass
- Foredeck hatch
- High forward trunk cabin with tin layer of teak planning over roof
- Varnished hand rails port and stbd on coach roofs fore and aft
- Butterfly hatch in coach roof
- 2 x Brass Dorade ventilators on boxes
- Jib tracks running fore and aft on side decks
- Large centre cockpit with hard dodger half roof and easy access both sides
- Aft trunk cabin with teak planking over
- 2 x Anderson jib sheet winches on teak blocks port and stbd fore end of trunk
- Main sail track mounted forward of mizzen
- Mizzen track in deck forward of taff rail
- 2 x Anderson 46 main mast running back stay winches on teak blocks aft top of trunk cabin
- Commanding helm position with 8 spoked mahogany wheel with bronze boss and pedestal
- Bronze Compass binnacle
- Varnished mahogany console with engine controls and instruments
- Navigation instrument screens
- Chromed stern mooring cleats and bronze Panama fairleads aft each side
- Lazarette hatches each side aft deck; large stowage space and good access to steering gear


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Fiat Iveco 8041M09.00 83 HP Diesel
- Fuel in wing tanks each side of engine
- 100 Litres fresh water I tanks under saloon cabin sole


Navigation communications and electronics

- Raymarine ST6001 autopilot
- Garmin 235 GPS and plotter
- Garmin 5215 GPS
- Visil radar
- Tacktick wind instruments
- Zenith steering compass


Refit 2014

- Water jet cleaning of hull bottom
- Two coats of protective to hull bottom
- Cleaning of propeller and rudder
- Primer and protective where necessary
- Replacement of all zinc sacrificial parts


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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