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Congratulations! Summer sailing in Maine is a dream. It is funny buying a boat without a sea trial, but these are the chances you take sometimes. I hope everything works out wonderfully.
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I know - it's a little odd. One thing that helped is that the Bob Vaughn, who owns the boatyard we've been with for 30 years, has considerable experience sailing an Alden Triangle and speaking with him left me feeling that it would work well for me. I won't know for sure until I'm actually on her, which leaves the next 5-6 months to imagine what it will be like.

Going to be a long winter...!
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Well I figure i'd weigh in. Ours is semi-composite (one of Bob Derecktor's innovations) typical framing and longitudinal planking but with interior cold molding between the frames. She's very stiff (no groaning creaking etc, and we've had her out in F9 and pretty big seas) not particularly light nor particularly heavy but a lot of SA and she really goes. She's held up well with typical maintenance. Since she's tight seamed and glued, she doesn't leak.

I think you'll really like your Alden- it's a very different ride from a "modern' boat.


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Hi all - thought I would write a quick note to update my story a little. I went far down the road on the coldmolded Triangle, but kept having problems with the seller. First of all, when the surveyor went out, he said the boat was in good condition but there was some rot in the bridge deck and also around the mast step. The seller's response was - "that's very impressive, I knew where the problems were but I didn't think he would catch it", which struck me as a bit of an odd to thing to say. I then told him I was prepared to proceed, but asked that he not do the repairs as I wanted to have them done myself (not particularly trusting him at this point). He agreed and then called me five days later to say he had gone ahead with the repairs and was raising the price. He didn't raise it by much, but I have to say, I was definitely getting irritated and not trusting him at this point. Final straw came when he said reneged on the delivery arrangements that he initially agreed to undertake. Ugh! Anyway, as luck would have it, there was another Triangle for sale much closer to home and I was totally hooked - had spent too much time imagining myself on it over the summer. The boat was totally rebuilt by IYRS in 2001 and in great shape, so I simply walked away from the first boat and had a deal done on the second boat in five days. Anyway, attached below is the picture of my new boat - closing next week! Thanks to all who helped answer my questions here. Can't wait till spring....

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VERY pretty boat! Congratulations.. obviously the roadblocks put up by the first seller were, in the end, fortuitous!!

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I hope everything works out for you. I would've walked too. Her pic on the mooring was pretty, but undersail.......OMG!........i2f

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She's gorgeous! Now, you have the whole winter to get her 100% ship-shape for the spring....just like me . Actually, I think it's the perfect time to buy a boat if you can deal with delayed gratification. You can address all the surveyor's recommendations and do any upgrades or cosmetic work you want, so she'll be totally ready when spring rolls around.

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VERY pretty boat! Congratulations.. obviously the roadblocks put up by the first seller were, in the end, fortuitous!!
Couldn't agree more. Is this one cold molded or plank-on-frame?
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Holy smokes, that's a gorgeous boat.
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