Originally Posted by Sic Semper Tyrannis
I have a 62 A35.
She loves to sail at 15 degrees. Reef early and often and you wont have to worry over weather helm and she will still make good time.
Don't pinch or you will just go sideway. Keep her driving.
In light air she does fine. Ghosting through the lulls. But you cant pinch her!
She is heavy and will ghost through the lulls.
You will never get her to back anywhere but into the wind unless you get good with using propwash and prop walk. With a big rudder and a blast from prop wash you can usually do alright.
Has a universal.m35 in her and i wouldnt go smaller.
She is not a floating condo like a modern 35 footer. But she will sleep more people than you really want to cruise her with.
We would load 3kids and my wife and I and go cruise. But I would not do that with 5 adults! Maybe 4 for a weekend.
Or 2 for a month.
Lots of drawers, cubbies and hidden pockets for storage. Lots of room in keel for water tanks and a real bilge.
Formica isn't the greatest but it is maintenance free. Enough wood trim to make her look good. I think of painting the panels but simply cant bring myself to do it. worried about scratches.
The liner would not need to come out to remove the toe rails.
Nice bulwark that provides great footing. Nice wood toe rail.
Cockpit is not huge and tiller does take up some room.
Decent sized fixed ports for light below.
4 opening ports and 2 dorades for good ventilation. No seahood over companionway hatch.
Even if the balsa core has some water the inner and outer skins are massive compared to modern construction.
The glass in the hull is very thick and uses cloth with no chopper gun tigers anywhere.
Chain plates are big and visible and bolted to major plywood bulkheads.
The thing is a beast.
Rig is simple and overbuilt too.
You will always smile as you approach her, you will always turn back for one last look as you leave and you will almost always get compliments !
Thanks for this. I own an Alberg 35 (Anchorage Marina/Baltimore, MD, s/v Pendragon). And you're right: I never leave without looking back.
Weather Helm: Yes. I often sail with the first reef in the main and a 135% jib, that seems to generally cure the weather helm. I have oldish sails, I'm sure new ones would help.
Sailing: Like others have said, she heels right away, then stays there. Nothing seems to stop her, she cuts through waves, and as long as reasonably handled, feels safe and secure. Once she hits her preferred heel, she's on rails. I have a wheel with an autopilot and with the sails balanced, the weather helm is minimal enough under 15 knots wind to work.
Under power/docking: I have a Yanmar 3gm30 with 600 hours. It took a while to learn about prop walk; now I see it as an advantage. I back out of the slip. This was terrifying at first but someone taught me this trick: I run a long floating line from a stern cleat to a cleat on the portside finger pier to a mid-ship cleat on the port side. Put the boat in gear, slowly back out, slacking the line until we are about half way out. Turn the rudder appropriately and harden up on the line. The boat pivots; I release the stern cleat and pull in quickly on the line. As the bow come about 30 deg to the straight line out, put her in forward, burst power, and off we go. I can do this maneuver single handed now.
Coming into the dock, as someone said, everything has to be planned, everything is done slowly. My biggest failures are docking; I tend to lose way too fast. The theory is that I grab a spring line as we come in, but it hasn't always worked.
I do, as the poster said, find I always look back when I leave the marina.