Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: San Joaquin Delta
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Re: Alden 44 owners
We first looked at Exile in January. Then we went back East and looked at a 46, a 48, and two more 44s. Then we added in the cost of trucking one of them to the Bay Area and came back here and bought Exile.
We are very pleased with her and impressed with the construction and quality of the finish and equipment. But the systems are complex and under every floorboard is a snarl of wires, hoses, pumps, and strainers. The boat has the main engine, a generator, refrigeration, two heater/air conditioners, water heater and accumulator tank, two fuel tanks with senders, two water tanks with senders, a holding tank with lots of valves, a washdown pump, electric winches, electric windless, a 110 system, a 220 inverter, and a propane stove with sniffer, safety switch, and thermocouples on every burner. It's been a steep learning curve!
We are slowly cleaning every locker and under the floorboards and taking photos of everything because the original blueprints that came with the boat aren't exactly how it was done. We are presently doing an engine service which is also helping us to figure out where everything is. The only really troubling thing we have found so far is some rust and rot on the plate that the helm bolts to. It's way back under the cockpit floor behind the removable lazarette dividers so I can understand why it wasn't noted in the survey. We will have to replace that before we go offshore.