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Re: WOW! This Alberg is pretty cool for this price.
A classic. That interior is beautiful. All the cabinetry is clearly custom made, after-market stuff. This owner is smart; I've seen lots of similar boats, i.e, older boats that have had considerable upgrades, priced way out of market. Let's face it: no matter how nice the upgrades, no matter how much time, effort or dollars you invest in a 1964 Pearson Alberg 35, in the end you are still trying to sell a 50+ year old boat. It's only worth what someone will pay for it, not what you would pay for it, or how much you put into it.
I see the owner put in a very low reserve price of $1000; he(she) is either anxious to get rid of the boat, or very realistic. The auction is over in 38 minutes. Think I'll stick around to see what happens!
Some local friends were selling their Alberg 35 a few years ago; he is a carpenter by trade, and their boat was a well-loved, well-maintained beauty. I politely demurred on their efforts to get me to bite, but man, what a classic design. To me, the Alberg-styled boats are what sailboats should look like. But I know me well enough to know that aside from the emotional jolt of looking at the boat, it wouldn't fit me or my sailing. I don't have the time or patience to maintain that much brightwork, and since I primarily day sail with only an occasional overnighter, I don't need a 35 footer. And since I keep my boat at a dock (something the Admiral sort of insists on) not a mooring, I need to be able to back up safely and reliably; not a key feature of the full-keeled Alberg designs. Still, what a beauty....