Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: San Diego area
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Well, I have firsthand experience: I owned one of the SF Bay built Alberg Odyssey 30 Yawls. It was built in '69, as I recall. It was a heavy sucker, at 10 or 11,000 lbs, if memory serves. I remember cutting a hole for a deck fitting when I added a small holding tank-I think it was just shy of 2" thick. Built in the early days of FG, and I think it is generally accepted that manufacturers overbuilt then. It obviously loved heavy air, and didn't do so well in light air. It had a full keel, and was fine in close quarters maneuvering. Mine had a self-tending jib, and didn't point really well. It liked two people to sail her, due to how she was rigged. She did have wheel steering too.
The coach roof didn't have the large rear ports that most Albergs have, and was quite attractive. I painted mine beige up top and dark green on the hull-with tons of teak trim, i got compliments everywhere i went, after spending a year restoring the cosmetics after she sat for 5 years. The prior owner single handed her down to the S. Pac twice, and then quit sailing due to age.
While the cabin was cozy, there was all kinds of storage. Ventilation was only really via the main hatch and the hatch over the v berth, and a couple of dorades.
She had an Albin diesel which was hard to get parts for back in the early 90's! I remember the pirate in FL who had the parts biz locked up-I think impellers for the water pump were $80 then. I ended up machining some stuff to aid in refurbing the engine.
All in all, it was a fun boat, and it was my first non-trailer sailer. Those were fun days, and life was simpler then.
If you have any more specific questions, please let me know.
1988 Catalina 34-La Vie Dansante
San Diego Yacht Club