Sailing yachts

John Alden Malabar Sloop

(REF: 25210)


  • Designer: John G. Alden and Co. Inc.
  • Builder: Wing on Shing Shipyard, Hong Kong
  • Year: 1961
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 33'3"
  • Beam: 9'9"
  • Draft: 5'4"
  • Tonnage: 11TM

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John Alden Malabar sloop, designed by John Alden and built by the Wing on Shing Shipyard, Hong Kong, in 1961 for a UK owner.

She has been in the present ownership for over 20  years and in that time has been very well maintained with continual upgrades and repairs including a new deck in 2005, new engine in 2009, new rigging in 2008 and major repairs to the hull when necessary with a new stem, transom and garboard planks.  Wintered undercover each year and professionally maintained by the yard team, this is a lovely example of the class and a truly stand out yacht.

The Malabar is typical of many American designs with a more generous beam than their British designed counterparts, offering a more spacious and comfortable interior layout for her modest 34’ length.  The cockpit is very large and comfortable and feels as though it belongs to a yacht of considerably more length.  This all adds up to a yacht that offers a lot for her length, keeping running costs down while still being a capable, safe and exceptionally pretty vessel.

The interior is well equipped with stowage space, a lot of which was tastefully added in the previous ownership and she benefits from domestic pleasures of hot water, a good quality stove and a fridge.

A lovely pedigree yacht built from good materials and well cared for in the present long experienced ownership.  New varnish on hull, coachroof and cockpit in spring 2022 so she is looking smart, in commission and ready for the summer.


Length on Deck                                 34’

Length Waterline                             24’2”

Beam                                                    9’9”

Draft                                                      5’4”

Thames Tonnage                             11TM


Carvel planked in 1” teak all copper fastened to steam bent Rock Elm timbers.

The hull is splined and finished in varnish, last stripped completely and re-varnished in 2013 with fresh varnish coats annually including spring 2023.

Garboards replaced in 2002.

New laminated teak stem in 2013.

New teak transom in 2014.

External lead ballast keel of 2.8 tons fastened with bronze keel bolts, checked in 2014 and found in very good condition.

Mix of sawn timber and galvanised steel strap floors.  New floors were fitted soon after launch constructed of sawn timber with galvanised straps over the top and up the hull to take the extra weight of an increased ballast keel, fitted by Morris and Lorimer soon after delivery to the first owner.

Yacht laid teak deck screwed and glued to a marine plywood sub deck, all new in 2005.  Deck planks joggled to a scrubbed teak king plank with scrubbed teak covering boards. Varnished teak toe rail all round with stainless stanchions, pushpit and pulpit.  Stainless steel gantry on the pushpit to carry the wind generator.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze port lights and a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Small step in the coachroof up to a slightly raised dog house with garage for the sliding entrance hatch.  Varnished teak grab rails and fore hatch.

Coachroof re-varnished in spring 2022.

Very large and comfortable self draining cockpit with varnished teak coamings and thwarts and laid teak cockpit sole.

Cockpit lockers beneath the thwarts and under the aft deck.

Sprayhood fixed to a permanent laminated teak boom gallows over the forward end of the cockpit, plus a bimini awning that folds out over the cockpit.

Also a complete cockpit tent, all new in 2013 that zips onto the spray hood and totally encloses the cockpit.


Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped hollow box section mast.

Mast professionally refurbished in 2022.

Varnished wooden slab reefing boom converted from the original roller reefing system.  Lazy jacks with stack pack system new in 2013.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2008, to bronze rigging screws and internal bronze chain plates.  Twin lower shorouds with a single cap shroud and single standing backstay.

Facnor 180SD roller furling headsail system.

Pair of primary Lewmar 43 self tailing cockpit sheet winches. Pair of original chromed bronze non-self tailing secondary cockpit sheet winches.

Running rigging lead aft from the mast through jamming clutches to the cockpit with a Lewmar 14 self tailing winch.

Jeckells Mainsail for 2011, headsail new in 2004.  New UV strip on the jib in 2022. Crusing chute, storm jib and old genoa.

All sails and covers cleaned, reproofed and stitched in 2022


Beta Marine B35HE 35hp 4cyl diesel installed new 2009.

AquaDrive coupling to a stainless shaft and a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller, gives 6 knots cruising speed.

25 gallon stainless steel fuel tank under the cockpit sole.

2 x 100ah 12 volt batteries for domestics and engine starting.  Charged from the engine alternator and through the AeroGen wind charging system, new in 2010.

50 gallon stainless steel fresh water tank under the forecabin berth.


5 berths including twin V-berths forward, 2 saloon settee berths and a quarter berth.

6’3” headroom in the saloon and 6’ headroom forward.

Interior of varnished teak joinery with a good feeling of space.

Steps down into the cabin with galley to starboard.  Chart desk and quarter berth to port.

Galley has A Taylors Model 043 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill set on gimbals.  Single stainless sink with hot and cold pressurised water.  Top loading 12 volt fridge compartment plus shelves and lockers for storage.

Chart desk is forward facing, using the forward end of the quarter berth as a seat.  Chartplotter easily to hand with storage space under the desk.

Half height bulkheads and vertical grab rails separate off the main saloon with a settee berth either side and a varnished teak dropleaf saloon table.  The berths both have a trotter box at the aft end to increase sleeping length.  Storage lockers outboard and below the berths.

Starboard side door going forward with a large hanging locker/storage bin to starboard and heads compartment to port.

Heads has a Jabsco manual sea toilet which discharges directly overboard and a hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.

Door into the forepeak with twin v-berths that can be converted to a double with a central infill.  Forehatch above.

Storage lockers outboard below the deck head and anchor locker right in the bows.


Sestrel steering compass

Autohelm Tridata wind/depth/log

Autohelm compass heading

Clipper wind indicator

Raymarine ST4000+ tiller pilot


Raymarine C120 chart plotter, new in 2006

Raymarine radar, new in 2006

Raymarine AIS receiver, new in 2017

Clock and barometer


6 person liferaft, serviced in 2019


Fire blanket

2 x fire extinguishers

Auto electric bilge pump

Whale Gusher manual bilge pump

MOB system

Horse shoe life buoy


35lb CQR anchor, regalvanised in 2017

New galvanised chain in 2016.

30m of 10mm chain spliced to 50m of 3 strand warp

Folding kedge anchor

Simpson Lawrence 2 speed manual anchor windlass


Taylors Model 043 stove

2 x gas bottles

12 volt top loading Frigomatic fridge

Galley equipment

Bunk and berth cushions


2 paintings of the yacht in the saloon

Jabsco manual sea toilet


2 x 12 volt batteries

AeroGen wind charging system


2 x Lewmar 43 self tailing winches

2 x chromed bronze non-self tailing winches

Lewmar 14 self tailing winch

Stack pack system with lazy jacks

Facnor 180SD roller furling headsail system


Teak boarding ladder

Deck hose


Boat hook




Helmsman seat for cockpit on bronze brackets

Cockpit bimini with stainless frame


Spray hood

Enclosed cockpit tent zips onto aft of spray hood

Folding cockpit table

Beaching legs

Storage cradle

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