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John Alden 61 ft Yawl 1940



John Alden 61 ft Yawl 1940

Designer John G Alden
Builder George Lawley
Date 1940
Length overall 64 ft 0 in / 19.5 m
Length deck 61 ft 0 in / 18.6 m
Length waterline 45 ft 11 in / 14 m
Beam 15 ft 1 in / 4.6 m
Draft 8 ft 10 in / 2.7 m
Displacement 27 Tonnes
Construction Carvel mahogany planking on oak frames
Engine Perkins M115 T Sabre
Location Spain
Price EUR 425,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



John Alden’s designs were influential in generating interest in offshore sailing; their strength and short ended hulls offering security and an easy motion. IRONDEQUOIT II is a powerful, easily driven yacht and fast passage maker. She has flush decks forward and a small house aft, with a comfortable cockpit well aft. In recent years she has done well in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, Regates Royales in Cannes, Les Voiles de St Tropez, Vele d'Epoca di Imperia, and Porto Rotondo. In her current ownership she has once again proven herself as a superb family cruiser – gifted as she is with the Alden combination of graceful good looks, easy handling and impressive sea keeping.

A recent and substantial price reduction due to exceptional circumstances is to facilitate a quick sale for the family that owns this yacht.



The 61 ft IRONDEQUOIT II, John Alden’s design 713 was built by George Lawley to the order of Thomas H Shephard a noted Eastern YC yachtsman, resident in Marblehead and launched in 1940. He and his family raced her successfully until she was sold to a Chicagoan, renamed SYNERGY and subsequently ESBRO VI; the mayor of Chicago among those who sailed her. She was then bought by Dick Sage, who took her back to Long Island via the Great Lakes and the Hudson River. He was to race her on the East Coast, Florida and Bermuda before laying her up at Green Point.

It was there that businessman Jim Rice; searching for a wooden yacht with a decent heritage, found her in the early 80s. He, with his wife’s support determined to restore the boat – and naming her ID, had her towed to Rives Potts’ Pilots Point Marina, where shipwright Hans Zimmer worked for several months replacing frames, floors and working on the deck and superstructure. She was substantially re equipped throughout and newly rigged. The end result according to Jim “was quite worth the effort. ID is beautiful. She turns heads wherever she goes and is a nice sailing boat as well “

She has subsequently featured prominently on the American and Caribbean classic circuits and more recently brought to Europe.



- Mahogany planking on grown white oak frames
- Oak stem keel and horn timbers
- Silicon bronze fastenings
- Pine deck over oak deck beams sheathed and non slip coated
- Yellow pine beam shelves
- Mahogany deck superstructures
- Sitka spruce main and mizzen booms
- Oregon pine bowsprit
- Cherry wood cabin soles on spruce bearers


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Accommodation is for up to 5 guests and 4 crew members in 3 main cabin areas
- Opening hatch aft and butterfly hatch over forward end of the galley provide ventilation
- Accommodation has off-white painted bulkheads with varnished mahogany trim
- Cabin soles of varnished cherry throughout
- Sliding hatch in trunk cabin offset to stbd
- Companionway steps down and doorway aft to port

Aft Cabin Guest Stateroom
- Panelled deck head
- Skylight can open forward or aft to give ample light and ventilation
- Double berth to starboard
- Single berth to port
- Hanging locker
- Engine contained in a hinged mahogany box with a seat and storage to port

Large head compartment en suite fwd to port
- Jabsco electric WC
- Washbasin
- Shower
- Stowage
- Exit from stateroom to corridor forward by companionway

Chart table to stbd
- Navigation etc instruments
- Pilot's seat

Main Saloon
- Full width saloon with white deck head and beams with contrasting mahogany trim
- Large butterfly hatch for light and ventilation
- Deck head lights
- L shaped settee to port with stowage under
- Mahogany drop leaf dining table with bottle stowage under
- Long settee to stbd, cupboard stowage above outboard
- Doorway to corridor fwd

Guest Stateroom, forward to port
- Accessed by a door at the aft end of the galley
- Panelled deck head
- Opening hatch for ventilation
- Double berth with two drawers and a hanging locker

Galley stbd
- Panelled deck head and mahogany trim
- Counter worktop
- 2 x Burner Force 10 stove with broiler / oven new 2015
- Double deep sink forward leading to a sump tank
- Waeco fridge new 2015
- Waeco freezer new 2015 built in to counter
- Stowage lockers forward, above and outboard

Head compartment to port
- Shower
- Jabsco manual WC
- Pull-out wash basin
- Storage lockers forward, above and outboard

Fore cabin
- Upper / lower Vee berth with sail storage
- Hanging locker with drawers below
- Large sliding fore hatch and wind scoop for good ventilaion
- Chain locker forward


Rig, spars sails and canvas

- Bermudian double headed yawl rig with a new 4 ft Oregon pine bowsprit
- Hank on jibs with a boomed self tacking staysail
- Aluminium masts; spreaders refitted 2011
- Slab reefing on wooden booms with original patterned bronze fittings
- Wire to rope running backstays lead to 2 x Lewmar winches
- 1 x 19 stainless steel wire standing rigging with Sta-Lok terminals, all new 2002
- 4 x Manual halyard winches on the mainmast
- 4 x Manual halyard winches on mizzen mast
- Approx. 2,185 Sq ft / 200 sq m total sail area

The principal sails by North Sails include

- No.2 working jib 2004
- Mainsail 2006
- Mizzen 2006
- Staysail 2007
- 150 Genoa 2006
- 150 Balloon jib 2006
- No 1 Yankee Jib by Mack Sails

Other sails of unknown age but in good condition

- Asymmetric Spinnaker
- Mizzen Stays ail
- Mizzen spinnaker
- Reacher
- Storm jib
- Storm Trysail
- Mizzen Storm Trysail
- Sail covers new 2015


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- Cockpit with fold down table seating 4 for outdoor dining
- 2 Barient Primary winches,
- 2 Anderson Secondary winches
- Anchor with a 65 lb CQR new 2015 with 300 ft of 112 inch BBB chain
- 1 x Maxwell 3500 windlass
- Greenheart Samson post
- 1 x 25 lb Danforth kedge anchor with rope


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Perkins Sabre M115T Diesel; Hurst gearbox 2002 max speed 12 knots
- Water cooled new pump 2014
- Electric starter new 2015
- Main engine 24 V 90 A alternator
- 3 bladed Maxprop new 2013
- Edson cable steering
- Northern Lights 643 4 kW generator
- Northern Lights 12 V generator
- Victron Energy 24 V 2000 W charger new 2015
- 4 x 8 D gel 24 V house bank batteries new 2013
- Engine start battery new 2013
- Generator start battery new 2014
- 12V battery for windlass
- Newmar 24 V to 12 V converter
- 1 x 2 membranes (new 2003) 30 gallons water maker
- Stainless steel 220 V hot water heater
- 220 V AC compressor for freezer
- Webasto temp controlled diesel central heating with 3 cabin units and rad by generator
- 90 US gall 320 litre fuel tank with 12 V transfer pump new 2011
- 200 US gal/750 litre fresh water tanks
- 2 x 10 lb aluminium LPG bottles on deck


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Garmin 600 AIS installed 2011
- Furuno Navtex NX 300
- Furuno colour radar
- Furuno colour chart plotter
- Icom IC- M502
- VHF and Standard Horizon HX 370 E VHF
- Kenwood DVD player system
- Interior & cockpit speakers & subwoofer



- Sea Safe 10 person life raft 2007
- EPIRB new 2015, certified to 2018
- 4 x Bilge pumps 24 V
- 2 x Sump tank pumps 24 V 2011
- Water pressure pump 24V 2011
- Deck wash pump 24 V


Restoration / refit

Where some equipment items fitted; relevant dates may be found in sections above; not here
2002 Extensive restoration in Ft Lauderdale
- Majority of frames replaced and sistering of all frames below WL
- New mahogany planking below WL
- Lower stem replaced
- New silicon bronze fastenings
- Original Port Orford cedar deck covered with a new 3/8th inch ply and epoxy laminate
- Covering board, toe rail and cap rail replaced
- Wiring, electrics, electronics, plumbing, water tanks, fittings and fixtures replaced
- New interior fitted
- Main Engine, gearbox, shaft and prop renewed
- Mast and rigging were replaced

2006 Classic Works in France
- Aft deadwood replaced
- New keel bolts
- New Sitka spruce booms
- Roller furling fitted
- Interior modifications

- Spreaders on both masts refurbished and refitted
- Main and mizzen mast steps refitted
- All sails checked and repaired

- Waste water hoses replaced
- The central heating system installed
- Painting of aft cabin, shower and cockpit

2013 Major retreating and re painting / varnishing; hull, deck, masts, superstructure

2014 New gas installation

2015 All new sea cocks fitted

- External bright work re varnished
- New deck cushions


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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