ARIA

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The Challenger yawls were John Alden's answer to the Concordia yawl.  The Challengers were designed not only to outsail the Concordias, but provide a more comfortable cruising platform as well.  She is both a racer and a cruiser, with little compromise on either count. Her keel-centerboard design makes her ideal for gunk-holing and her full-keel shrugs off pots that would foul exposed props and spade rudders.

VESSEL MAKE YEAR BERTHS
SECURITY
DEPOSIT
PORT RATE
ARIA
Alden Challenger 39
1962
6
$2000
Rockland, Maine
 
$2450-2800/wk
 
July & August:  $2800/ wk (7 nights/8 days) 
 
June & September:  $2450/wk (7nights/8 days) 

The Challengers are classically beautiful boats.  When we tie up in Northeast Harbor, which is loaded with lovely boats, people still gather to admire and comment. Aria was the ninth in the Challenger series (only 54 were made).   She was built for one of the Alden architects who had her finished out in the Morse yard in Thomaston using the best materials then available (the owner was also a part owner of the Morse yard). The yawl rig was favored for racing in the period of her construction, but the yawl is a superior rig for cruising, too.  It allows the boat to ride into the wind while rigging or reefing. It allows a variety of sail configurations not available to the sloop and provides several easy ways of reefing.

Aria was built in 1962, but has been carefully upgraded over the years.  In 2003 she received her third engine, a 40 hp Yanmar® diesel, in 2005 new genoa and mizzen, a new radar and dinghy in 2006, a new main and lazy jacks in 2011, a new transmission in 2012, a new VHF radio with AIS and foghorn in 2012, and a new mizzen and 110 volt inverter in 2014.  She sails with a complete set of charts of the Maine coast and several cruising guides.

 

Specifications
Design Aden Challenger Yawl #949-J
Designer John Alden
Builder
Hull by Halmatic, finished by
Lyman Morse
Hull Construction Fiberglass
Year Built 1962
Rigging Stainless steel wire standing rigging
LOA 39'
LWL 27'
Beam 11'
Draft 4½’  (7’ w/ centerboard)
Displacement 15,000 lbs.
Weight N/A
Ballast 4350 lbs. external lead
Engine Yanmar® 40 hp diesel
Sail Area
Main sail 670 sqft. -125% Genoa
on roller furler, mizzen
Water Capacity 105 US Gallons
Fuel Capacity 50 US Gallons
Holding Tank 9   US Gallons

Accommodations

In outfitting Aria we have tried to achieve a balance of comfort and simplicity. She has comfortable full size berths for six, with generous stowage for each member of the crew.  She has over six feet of headroom in the main cabin. There are two hanging lockers forward and hooks for wet gear aft.

She has four berths in the main cabin, each of which can accommodate an adult, and two berths in the v-berth, which can be converted into a spacious double-berth.  The main berths double as cabin settees.  The head has pressurized hot and cold water and a new electrically operated toilet.  

We provide dish towels, pillows, and pillowcases, but we expect our guests to bring their own towels and sleeping bags.  She also comes with books, cards, games, and cruising guides.

There is a wood/charcoal cabin heater amidships that can warm and dry the cabin on a cold and rainy day. 

Galley

The galley is equipped with a 3-burner propane stove and oven, sink with pressurized cold and hot water and a large and easily accessible ice-box.  There is unusually good stowage for food and drink. There is cutlery and china for six and plenty of pots and pans for cooking. Galley sink has 6' hose to be pulled out to cockpit for showers.

Cockpit

  • Edson® wheel console with binnacle and compass and drinkholder
  • Fold down cockpit table
  • Ample cockpit lockers for stowage of lines, fenders, cushions, lifejackets, etc
  • Gas grill mounted on stern pulpit
 
Electrical
12 V system only, except for inverter that provides 110 volt AC & USB charging

Electronics

  • Furuno® radar
  • Sitex® GPS  & chartplotter
  • Standard Horizon® VHF Matrix radio w/AIS
  • Standard Horizon® depth sounder
  • Standard Horizon® knotmeter
 
Mechanical
Yanmar® 40 hp diesel
 
Hull & Deck
Fiberglass hull and deck.  Cabin is mahogany, spars are sitka spruce
 
Additional
Sunshade for cockpit, ensign & staff
All hatches have screens

Safety

  • 8 Type II PFD’s
  • 2 throwing horseshoe rings
  • Fog horns:  electronic (from radio), gas canister & mouth
  • Ships bell & flares
  • 3 fire extinguishers
  • 2 bilge pumps: 1 electric, 1 manual
  • Wired beam gun

Anchors

  • 35# CQR® w/ 300’ of rode
  • 20# Delta® w/ 200’ of rode
  • 50# Danforth® storm anchor
 
Dinghy
8’ Dinghy (lightweight Bolger® designed Ruben Nymph rowing dinghy-4 adults & gear)
 
USB plug in
inverter with 2 USB ports for charging
 
Grill
Coleman® gas grill on deck
 
Location
Sharps Point South
75 Mechanic Street
Rockland, Maine
 
Free Parking and Showers Available
 
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