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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.

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Oh, PS: I'm 6'2", and I managed fine around the boat. I hit my head, toes, shins, elbows all other appendages constantly on whatever boat I am on. This was no worse than any other I've had.

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Re: Alberg 30 Odyssey... Info Needed

Just googled my boat and came across this thread so thought I'd shed some light. We have owned a 1969 Alberg Odyssey for a four years and have sailed throughout the SF Bay Area, and along the coast to and through the Channel Islands and So Cal.

Fewer than 20 were built. Of these, at least four have cruised internationally, including one circumnavigation and numerous South Pacific circuits.

Headrooom is 6'2" in the main cabin, more under hatches (I'm 6'3", so this matters). Many seem to have Albin diesels- ours does, and continues to run well and sip fuel. Easy to work on and hand-crankable. Pretty much all parts are available from Albinmotor in Sweden, who continues to manufacture parts as needed. These remain popular motors in Europe.

Anyone with questions can feel free to contact me. We think they're wonderful boats, solid and very well mannered. We would love to get more information about sisterships, and have some build literature to share.
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