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Alerion 33, or an alternative for the retiree?
So the Alerion 33 seems to have it all for the weekend-type, mostly daysailing retiree: setup for singlehanding with a nice big wheel, rig that's balanced on the main, electric winches,etc. Basically, a boat built for retiring baby boomers that sail out of their weekend house on a nice day and like the comforts for a long day or overnight to the islands. Sounds perfect for a cool $250k (new, but used boats seem to command near-new prices. Yacthworld had one for right under $200k and it was gone).
Granted, it's a really nice boat. It's a pretty boat, and a fraction of a Hinckley, Morris, etc. But those are truly trophy boats- and the Alerion is something of a middle ground for someone who's spent a life working hard and has socked away some.
So, here's the qustion: what's an alternative? A J100 is a nice boat for sure, ~$80-100k for a nice used boat. But it's not setup like an Alerion 33. Tiller steering, manual winches, cockpit traveler. A really nice boat (especially for a daysailer!) but can it be retrofitted moving the traveler, pedestal steering to cleanup the cockpit and make it more of a comfortable daysailer for a getting-older type of fella?
Basically, the Alerion 33 is in consideration (don't want to spend that much dough, but can afford it if I have to). Would like a viable alternative $100-125k over the Alerion's $190-230k which it appears they go for- do they really go for that much used?). I may wait a few years before pulling the trigger- so maybe more Alerion 33's will come off the factory line and establish more a used market? Seems like there won't be a huge downward pressure on price given where the markets are going!?
I've never bought a depreciating asset over $28k (maybe? a used car!), and have managed to do ok with money. But now, my 36ft 84 Pearson is just a bit much for sailing, and the Alerion looks like a (steeply-priced) great option for sailing off a mooring around MDI.
Thoughts? I have a local yard with great folks that can do excellent retrofitting work. I'd love to give them business over a broker out of Newport, RI or something like that. But jeeze, those Alerions sure are nice, streamlined boats. Alerion really hit the nail with aging baby boomers who sorta-sail and want a boat that is easy to work with- at least it seems. A jury-rigged option for ~$100-120k would be even better! Can a J100 or the like be bought for $80-100k and be retrofitted for another $20-40k?
Gotta say, the talk of spending more than four figures for a daysailer- let alone six-figures- still blows my mind. But life is short, and having a nice 30-35' boat that sails well and is easy on the body is a real inspiration. Aesthetics are not really a driving motivation.
Last edited by gorillavape; 07-02-2015 at 11:00 PM.