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1938' Alden TRADE WIND

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  • 1938 Alden TRADE WIND en Grande Bretagne
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Type: Yacht à moteur

Designed by John Alden in 1937 for a discerning owner who wanted an elegant floating home for 2 people able to go anywhere, she became the first pleasure boat ever to be tank tested !

On buying TRADE WIND in 2008, the current owners had a vision to give her everything she needed and deserved having been in commission for a full 70 years. In collaboration with the then still operational J.G. Alden Office in Boston and its head designer Niels Helleberg, they made a plan to make her a model of classic yachting while at the same time meeting the needs of modern lifestyle and seafaring.

Rockport Marine in Maine achieved the enormously complex keel up restoration to the exquisite taste and long experience of the new patrons. 3 years in the shed, close to 20,000 miles at sea and several prizes for best restoration, attest to her meeting all these parameters with bravura and TRADE WIND deservedly takes centre stage wherever she goes, piloted so far by the owner couple without additional crew.


Trade Wind was commissioned 1937 by a prominent Great Lakes yachtsman who wanted a "….comfortable floating home for two, able to go anywhere", and a yacht he could use as a tender to the 8 Metre he campaigned up and down the East Coast as well as to accompany the race fleet to Bermuda. There is little information about her whereabouts during the war, but after that she entered a long and successful career, serving both private owners and commercial enterprises.

Under the name MARIGOLD, Reed Research Inc. in Washington DC used her as an ocean going research lab and later Iotron Inc had her as a stable basis to test “state of the art” electronic equipment. Then back in private ownership she changed her name to TSUNAMI, honouring her new owner's favourite art form; Japanese prints of big waves. Under this name and successive ownerships, she commuted regularly between New England and Florida, confirming her ability to live up to her original owner's requirements.


- Traditional heavy plank on frame construction, totally rebuilt over 3 year restoration 2008 to 11
- White oak back bone, stem and horn timber new 08
- Steam bent white oak 3 x 3 in frames centred 12", replaced, scarfed or sistered as necessary 08
- White oak and fabricated bronze floors, all new 08
- Cast iron ballast keel; epoxied and re-hung with new bronze bolts 08
- Original 1 7/8th inch Burma teak planking fully refastened with silicon bronze screws 08
- 2 x Rubbing strakes of Purple Heart with bronze half round cap each side new '08
- Laminated Douglas fir deck beams painted off white, all new '08
- New ¾ inch beaded white T&G + 2 layers of 3/8th inch marine ply + ½ inch teak (buttless) deck
- Iroko covering board, bulwarks and cap rail; all new 08
- Transom framing of white oak and Iroko double planking; new 08


The interior is a very elegant blend of varnished raised panel and bead board, offset with white enamel and grey Corian counters, built to the highest standard of joinery. Hardware throughout is also of the highest grade, much of it custom built for this project, polished bronze or brass in living quarters, polished nickel in wet rooms.

Pilot house with Deck Saloon
- Very spacious 15 ft x 9 ft pilot house 6 ft 8 inch headroom
- Helm position forward
- Original 40 inch diameter 8 spoke wheel
- Dual engine controls
- Vintage gauges plus modern navigation panel
- Chart table 3 x 3 ft to port with locker below and swing arm bronze chart light above
- Overhead mounted 12 in vintage Westinghouse fan with brass blades and cage stbd fwd corner
- Dome lights over nav station with red night light
- Double exit doors port and stbd with screen doors allow easy access to deck
- Blackout curtain between steering station and dining area
- Main seating and dining area aft
- Original 3 ft x 4 ft butternut drop leaf table with three full length felt lined drawers
- L shaped settee (6 ft 5 x 5 ft 3 in) seats four plus optional four chairs (currently two in use)
- 6 ft 3 inch settee stbd
- All around visibility through ten large windows and glazed doors
- Four of the windows swing open in opposite directions, scooping or trailing the wind
- 6 x Dome lights, 2 x light sconces
- 2 x Swing arm reading lights and picture light over barometer and clock in centre panel aft
- Air heating via two registers under settees, plus powerful defroster blower under forward windows
- Oiled iroko sole with bronze lined hatch for engine lift out
- Small emergency exit from engine room
- Varnished raised panel finish with white overhead and varnished beam caps
- All fittings polished brass or bronze.
- Systems control panel and switch board to port and signal flag locker stbd
- Three-part lockable top leaf and doors to close
- Companionway stbd fwd end of saloon pilot house

Companionway steps down to galley to port, main saloon and fwd accommodation
- Galley half open to salon with L shaped countertop in marbled grey Corian
- White earthenware sink
- Manual vintage galley pump and similar but pressurized Herbeau tap
- Red enameled "French country" gimbaled 3 x burner propane stove
- Leaded glass galley wall cabinets
- Drawer fridge
- Top opening fridge / freezer
- Small microwave oven in under-sink cabinet
- Deck prism light and exhaust fan
- 2 x Dome lights and cord lights under wall cabinet

Saloon fwd
- Comfortable settee berth port with curtained alcove
- Leaded glass book cases above and outboard
- Butler’s tray table as coffee table, secured to bronze fitting let into sole
- Writing desk with drawers and filing cabinet to stbd
- Vintage 9 inch Emerson fan from 1914, with polished brass blades and cage on desk
- Curtained alcove and leaded glass book cases above and outboard
- Upholstered sofa chair
- Hanging locker and instrument locker for Viola da Gamba, stbd and aft
- Large 35 x 38 inch skylight
- 2 x 8 inch ports and 2 x dorade vents
- 2 x Light sconces, picture light, swing arm reading light over settee berth
- 4 x Dome lights and “mood” lights in alcoves
- Air heating through bronze register under lower companionway step
- Oiled iroko sole is with lift outs to access tanks and bilge on centre line
- Wood burning stove and mantelpiece centre

Divider bulkhead to two symmetrical twin guest cabins
- Doors to guest cabins port and starboard fwd
- Upper and lower single berths in varnished Iroko
- Clothes locker and dresser with small fold up writing table
- Deck head painted white
- Skylight 34 x 14 inch
- 8 inch port and a dorade vent each side
- Additional dorade vent circulates air to sole level and out via registers in mast box
- 2 x Light sconces, one dome light, two swing arm reading lights for bunks
- Power outlets; one in each bunk and under fold up writing table
- Air heating through bronze register under lower bunk
- Oiled Iroko sole is with three lift outs to access large storage bins
- Head room under beam caps 6 ft 3 to 6 ft 8 inches in this section

Guest head for the guest cabins
- White enamel beading and raised panels, varnished beam caps, countertops marbled, grey Corian
- All fittings, taps, lamps and portholes nickel plated (bronze and brass)
- Skylight 27 x 18 inch constructed as emergency exit
- 2 x 8 inch ports and 2 x dorade vents
- Dome light and two sconces
- Heated towel rack
- Oiled Iroko sole and shower grating

Forepeak accessible by booby hatch on deck
- Chain boxes, workbench, fenders and lines,
- Watertight (collision) bulkhead separates from living spaces

Access to aft accommodation from Pilot house
- Companionway stbd aft of pilot house with two 5 inch ports, down to master stateroom
- Headroom is 6 ft 3 inches throughout
- Hanging locker and three drawer dresser opposite bath room to stbd
- Vented washer / dryer behind raised panel doors
- Queen sized berth, four large drawers under and large storage space outboard and under to port aft
- 2 x Upholstered sofa chairs around Reflex stove
- Arched bookshelves both sides under raised side decks
- Light and ventilation through a 33 x 21 inch centre skylight, 8 x 5 inch and 1x 9 inch ports
- Vintage Westinghouse fan with brass blades and cage overhead over foot end of berth
- Small Reflex diesel stove that can run underway for heating
- 7 ft x 5 ft 5 inch bath room with tub to port
- White beaded and raised panel finish, marbled grey Corian counter tops, nickel plated fittings
- 2 x 5 inch ports
- Dorade vent circulates air through a pipe in the mast box down to the sole and out through a register
- Dome light, two light sconces and one light over tub
- Heated towel rail
- Oiled iroko sole and shower grating
- Sole has lift outs to access two large storage bins and one access to bilge

All domestic equipment with moving parts chosen with quiet running as top priority
- Techimpex red enamel 3 burner propane gimbaled stove with baking and broiling options in oven
- iWavecube microwave oven
- Isotherm DR49 drawer fridge freezer
- Isotherm BI29 top loaded fridge / freezer
- Splendide 210XC washer dryer with vented drying in Master state room (very quiet and efficient)
- Dometic Masterflush 8700 fresh water WCs (get high marks for quiet and reliability)

Watertight (collision) bulkhead to lazarette also accessible via two flush deck hatches
- Steering quadrant
- Hydraulic auto pilot
- Diesel tank for Reflex heater
- Storage for power cord, water hoses, spare lines etc