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Advent has just been refinished (2017) by Classic Sailboat Shop and Snediker Yacht Restoration, this Exceptional Reproduction of the original 26' Herreshoff Alerion would make a great addition to the Nantucket Alerion Fleet. Built by Gannon & Benjamin in 2005, this fine little yacht was constructed to exacting detail by building to the original MIT Herreshoff archival plans (including the instantly recognizable Herreshoff Sheer Strake). She is powered by a Yanmar 1GM Diesel with the bronze propeller situated along the centerline of the keel, just forward of the rudder. She is truly a masterpiece. Recently exhibited at the 2017 Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport.
Located indoors at Snediker Yacht Restoration, Stonington Connecticut. Easily shown with a days notice.
The Herreshoff Alerion 26 evolved from some logical sources and one serendipitous incident. First, it possesses the genes of Capt. Nat’s personal daysailer, the Alerion III, which was built in 1912 (he had two others before). “Right around that time my grandfather started spending winters in Bermuda, so he designed a boat that he could sail there,” says Halsey Herreshoff. “My father, Sidney, had worked on Alerion III, so he asked Capt. Nat how he liked it. My grandfather expressed satisfaction with the sailing abilities, but found it a touch too tender and wet in choppy conditions.” So Capt. Nat added some ballast to Alerion and modified the half-model to increase beam, forward volume and overall length by about 1 foot. This boat was built in 1914 (No. 732S) for Elias Cornelius Benedict, a Wall Street investor who named it Sadie. It was one of Herreshoff’s most beloved designs, with a long and successful career under various owners. At the end of her sailing career, Sadie was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, but eventually found its way back to the Herreshoff Museum where she was restored to mint condition and is taken out to sail again. Also in 1914, Capt. Nat scaled up the modified Alerion by a third, which became the Newport 29 cruising class. That boat was 36 feet overall with 29 feet of waterline. It had a fixed keel while the original Alerion and Sadie had centerboards and external ballast. The yard initially built three (Dolphin, Mischief and Comet) in 1914 and a fourth one, Paddy (now known as Teaser), in 1926. Comet was lost in the Hurricane of 1938, but the three survivors still are cruising and participate in classic regattas. An updated version of the Newport 29 also is on offer by Herreshoff Designs and Brion Rieff Boatbuilders. The last piece of the development puzzle for the Alerion 26 came in the person of Isaac B. Merriman Jr., a Herreshoff supporter and the last owner of Capt. Nat’s Alerion III, which he donated to the Mystic (Conn.) Seaport.