Sailing yachts

John Alden Ketch

(REF: 18006)


  • Designer: Alden, John
  • Builder: Gweek Quay, Cornwall
  • Year: 2000
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 42'
  • Beam: 11'11"
  • Draft: 5'4"
  • Tonnage: 34,550lbs disp

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Full specification

Wooden Ships Comments

Bermudan ketch yacht from the office of John Alden, the great American yacht designer.  Drawn in 1968, she is the fourth boat built to this design. The hull was moulded at Gweek Quay Boatyard, Cornwall, fitted out in Spain and commissioned in 2000 . Design No. 1008. RCD Cat A.

This is an elegant and powerful yacht built to the highest standards and maintained by her short list of owners in a way that any owner would be proud of.  She has been continually updated since new and is now well proven after extensive cruising in European waters.  She has a full RCD certification and is absolutely ready to take her next owners to any part of the world they wish to visit.

Clipper bow with a short counter stern and plenty of beam as was usual with American designs gives this boat a lot of interior volume for her length.  The cockpit is very spacious and the rig has proved to be easily managed by a cruising couple no matter what the weather.  The generous beam means the side decks are wide enough to move easily along the boat while still having a large coachroof to increase the space within the cabin.


Length on deck.                                42’

Lwl                                         33’

Beam                                    11’11”

Draft                                      5’4”

Displacement                    32,500lbs




GRP hull laid over a plug rather than in a mould.  Faired, filled and finished with Awlgrip.

Hull epoxy treated in 2013.

Encapsulated lead ballast keel

Brazilian Cedar decks encapsulated in epoxy sheathing  and finished with deck paint creating a rigid low maintenance deck.

Large self draining cockpit with hydraulic wheel steering



Cutter headed bermudan ketch rig on built varnished Douglas Fir masts.

Keel stepped main mast, deck stepped mizzen.

Stainless steel standing rigging all renewed in 2013.

Roller reefing headsails.

Full suite of sails including mizzen staysail.



Yanmar 75hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2000

2005 4 blade feathering Variprop

Vetus electric bow thruster

Webasto 3500 diesel heating system

60 gallon plastic fuel tank.

Large battery bank with Adverc monitoring system.  Shore power and solar panel chargers.



7 berths including 2 double cabins.

Port side double quarter cabin and a starboard side single quarter berth.

Chart desk facing forward to starboard.

U-shaped galley to port with a Smev 4 burner gas stove, twin stainless sinks and a 12v top entry fridge.

Large saloon  with a port offset saloon table and seating around. 2 settee berths.

Starboard side doorway going forward with a heads compartment to port.

Heads is a conventional manual sea toilet.  Discharge directly overboard or into a black tank.  Shower with pressurised hot and cold water.

Forward cabin with a large double berth and full standing headroom.


Full specification and details available upon request



These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.