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Alberg 35
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Description: Alberg 35
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed January 8, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Acquired boat in 1996 and began refitting some of the systems that year. Will be happy to share information on the boat. Am also interested in meeting other Alberg 35 owners with whom to share experiences and information.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri November 19, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I love this boat very much.
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Registered: September 2001
Review Date: Tue September 11, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My Hull No. 13 is wonderful! She sails well and has made two trips to Havana with grace and comfort. She handles well in winds to 40 knots and is seakindly. The boat had numerous upgrades when I purchased her and I've added several myself.
Every time we are out I get compliments for the graceful lines of the boat from others and questions about her.

She sails well under main and 150 gennoa in light winds and her 5'2" draft isn't a big problem even here in Florida.

If there is any negative- its that she has a beam of 9'8", which is narrow by modern boat standards.
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Review Date: Tue September 13, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a great cruising boat. Fast and sea kind. Sailed from New England to Australia via Panama. The boat performs very well in heavy weather and handled 50 knot winds and 10 foot seas crossing to Gulf Stream to Bermuda and 35 knot winds and 12 foot following seas leaving Easter Island in the Pacific. Needs a large headsail to perform well in light winds, but her narrow beam lets her slice through the water. We beat many 50 - 60 foot vessels across long passages. You can't beat this boat for a combination of off-shore speed and comfort at all points of sail. The raised transom makes cruising the trade winds and following seas very comfortable.

The hull-deck joint leaked and I assume the original caulking had become brittle and dry in some places. The original forward hatch is inadequate for off-shore sailing, we replaced after our first off-shore leg. The main sheet traveler is screwed through the deck. All screws should be replaced with bolts and larger washers or a backing plate before heading off-shore.

The hull is as solid as steel and over 1" thick below the waterline. We bounced off several rocks and reefs and never had any damage (even one grounding at 5+ knots ~ I won't bother to explain...). This is a vessel that you can feel safe and secure in.

Tiller stearing is difficult off-shore, but our Cape Horn wind vane performed very well except in heavy seas or very light winds (which we experienced about 20% of the time).

Best performance with a large head sail push out on the spinnaker pole. We rattled off several 160 - 180 NM noon runs.

Difficult boat to swim off from in the tropics as swim ladder placement is a challenge (we climbed up the self steering gear and used the dinghy).

Boat sits best at anchor with a small riding sail raised up the back stay, otherwise it tends to swing, which can be uncomfortable at night and troublesome in crowded anchorages.

I would take another Alberg to sea in a heartbeat. The 35' was a good size for our 3 adult crew. Beautiful lines and even better performance.
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