1952 Alden 64' Cutter

US$ 255,000
Opua, New Zealand
Interested in this boat? Tel: +61299744096
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Ironwood hull, rosewood topsides, immaculate presentation. Equipped to sail around the world. US$1M spent since 2008 on huge refit.

Nirvana - 64' Alden Cutter

Get used to receiving numerous compliments as you sail Nirvana into any harbor. She has classic Alden lines with an elevated stern sweeping forward to a raised bow. She was built in 1952 in Newcastle, Australia by S.F. Heaton for his family. Nirvana was the first yacht built specifically for the Sydney-Hobart race. Her sturdy hull is made of ironwood and her topsides are rosewood all fastened with 7/16 inch copper rivets to sawn oak ribs then splined and skinned with dynel. She is beautifully furnished in teak, mahogany and maple below decks. When you step below decks you are transported away from the noise of the outside world into a luxurious sanctuary of tradition and elegance.

She underwent a complete refit from 2006-2008 costing 1 million US dollars, and the current owner has continued to improve her significantly, including repainting the topsides and bottom in December 2015. In 2008, a new engine, all new plumbing, electrical and electronics were added. She was stripped to her frames and the interior was reconstructed from all new material, plus the deck was glassed over, ensuring a dry interior. The carpenter's mandate was to use only the finest materials, adding modern comfort features, while keeping a traditional feel below. The end result is simply stunning.

The master stateroom is located aft of the sail locker, behind a full bulk head, and has a queen-sized bunk on the centerline with extensive mahogany lockers lining the hull on either side. The woodwork is truly exceptional. Aft of the bunk on port is a cleverly hidden wash basin and head and enormous storage cupboard. On starboard there is a large cedar lined hanging locker. Under the bunk are 3 cavernous storage lockers, and 2 wide, flat drawers ideal for storing charts. The drawers handles cleverly double as steps up to the bed.

Continuing aft, the owners lounge/crew bunk occupies the starboard side of the boat maintaining the same beautiful mahogany storage lockers. On the port side is a very large head with abundant storage, and a sizeable shower with bench and full headroom.

Up two steps you enter the spacious main salon with a large wrap-around dinette outfitted in Spanish leather, followed by the galley with new stove/oven aft. Her galley is great at sea or when preparing a gourmet meal for 35. On the starboard side there is a massive refrigerator that holds enough food for months off the grid, followed by a settee that converts to a queen-sized bunk, and navigation station. Etched glass butterfly hatches and a custom stained glass port brighten the salon and add old-world charm. There are very classy touches throughout, fitting a yacht of this pedigree.

Aft on the centerline are the guest quarters, with one quarter berth and a double berth. Our children have comfortably shared this cabin for two years. The large clothing cabinet on centerline can easily be removed to access the rudder post and steering quadrant. Under each bunk are multiple storage lockers, which we have used for clothing, toys, sleeping bags and additional food. The lazarette is accessed through a hatch in the cockpit or at the foot or either guest bunk. She has 2 heads and can sleep 8-10 people.

The fo'csle, or sail locker, contains two bunks, originally designed as crew quarters, now used as a workbench and for a large amount of storage. The watermaker, a salt water rinse down, and fresh water shower are located here. There is also a large amount of storage throughout the boat.

Nirvana has comfortably cruised the South Pacific for the past 2 years with a family of 4 and multiple guests. Nirvana is setup to be self-sufficient, allowing us to visit distant islands and be months away from groceries and other stores. We have sailed her to secluded atolls, through stunning coral reef passes, and to remote villages, and enjoyed some of the most transforming life experiences.

After a snorkel through the anchorage, it is marvelous to rinse off with the shower on the bow, then relax with a book in the cockpit on comfy cushions. At sea the dinghy fits securely on custom chocks in front of the mast, but at anchor these can be removed and allowing a spacious deck area to enjoy your yoga practice.

She is equipped with modern cruising electronics and the solar panels meet the daily power needs of 6 people. Sailing Nirvana is a dream, she slices silently through the waves, never pounding, effortlessly maintaining 7-8 knots. Nirvana is a solid racing yacht, with many wins to her name, including holding the overall Newport to Ensenada record for over 20 years.

Step onboard and start your cruising dream, race her to win local or international competitions, or berth Nirvana at your yacht club for sprints around the bay. Own a part of Australian yachting history.




Length Overall: 64 feet

Waterline length: 50 feet

Beam: 13' 8" feet

Draft: 7' 8"

Displacement: 67,000 lb

Sail Area (feet): 2500 ft2 (main, genoa, staysail)

American registration


Galley Refrigeration: R10 Sunfrost 12 V; Air cooled, 9 ft3 Stove: Force 10; 2 Burner Propane w/Oven new 2015 Sink: Double Stainless Steel Water System: Pressure

Stainless BBQ: Propane


Tankage Fuel: 200 gallons in 4 tanks Water: 200 gallons in 4 tanks Holding: 20 gallons

Propane: 40 gallons in 2 tanks


Electronics & Navigation Equipment Radar: Raymarine E-80; 24 Miles VHF: ICOM 304 Auto Pilot: Simrad Hydraulic AP-25 Chart Plotter: Raymarine E-80 GPS: Raymarine E-80 Depth Sounder: Raymarine E-80 Wind Speed & Direction: Raymarine ST 6001  Knot Meter/Log: Raymarine E-80 Rudder Angle: On Autopilot

Electronics new in 2008

Compass: 6" Danforth Constellation Television: 12 VDC (2014)

Stereo with cockpit and cabin speakers (2014)


Electrical System Batteries: 9 AGM Golf Cart; 1 Starting Battery Monitor: Heart interface Electrical System: 12 VDC Inverter: Heart Interface 2000 W Inverter/Battery Monitor/ Charger, 110 V Interior Lighting: 12 VDC Battery Charger: Heart Interface 110v 60hz, Precept 240v 50hz Smart Reg: Balmar Max. Charge MC-612 Alternator: 2 Balmar 120 amp

Solar panels: 2 x 100 W (new 2014)

Entire boat rewired in 2008


Engine & Mechanical Equipment Engine: Yanmar diesel 87 hp, new 2008, approx. 2500 hours

Engine Alarm; Emergency Engine Stop

Fuel Filters: 2 Racor; 1 on Engine Fuel Shut Off: Stoves; Engines; S2A Xinex Fireboy Fume Detector and halon automatic firefighting system Lube Oil System Raw Water Sea Strainer Bilge Blower Bilge Pump: 3 w/Float Switch 2 are high capacity; 1 Manual Propeller: 3 Blade, Bronze; 2 blade spare Steering: Wheel

Head Type: 1 Groco manual; 1 Jabsco electric Holding Tank with electric macerator pump Watermaker: Spectra; 19 Gallons/Hour

Deck saltwater rinse down

Deck fresh water shower

All plumbing new in 2008


Sails & Rigging Main; #1 Genoa 155%; Staysail; Dacron; Manufactured by Ullman, all in good condition

Asymmetrical Spinnaker with snuffer, Manufactured by North, in good condition Titanium reaching strut Winches: 2 Harken 70 Self-Tailing (Primaries) new 2008; 2 Lewmar 55 (Secondaries); 1 Barient 27 ST (Mainsheet); 1 Lewmar 43 (Spinnaker Halyard); 1 Lewmar 43 (Headsail Halyard); 2 Barlow 24 (Halyard); 1 Lewmar 30 ST (Main Furler); 1 Barient 10 (Boom Topping Lift) Mast: Aluminum; Stepped on Keel, designed by Bruce Nelson 1980 based on a 12 meter yacht extrusion Standing Rigging: 1x19 SS, with Spectra running backstays, and removable inner forestay

Lazy jacks on the main


Anchor & Deck Equipment

Anchor: 88 Lbs. Kingston Anchors Plow; Chain: 300' Anchor: 75 Lbs. CQR Plow Anchor: 75 Lbs. Stainless Plow Anchor: 125 Lbs. Kingston Anchors Fisherman Anchor: 22 Lbs. Kingston Anchors Plow (Stern); Line: 300' Anchor Windlass: Ideal Custom Double Anchor Bow Roller, New 2014 Numerous small dinghy anchors Navigation Lights: Deck; Masthead tricolor Masthead anchor light, Spreader Lights Lifelines: Stainless steel upper and lower with gates on both starboard and port Dinghy/Motor: 10.3’ Avon; 15 HP Yamaha Covers & Curtains: Dodger; Bimini, Hatch covers, Bow sun shade, Center Boat Cover, Main sail cover, Staysail cover Deck Material: Epoxy laminate over Marine Plywood and original timbers, cabin-top teak

Custom stainless steel boarding ladder


Safety Equipment Lifejackets: 10 Type II USCG Lifesling: 1 Horseshoe: 1 Liferaft: 8 Person Zodiac Offshore with EPIRB serviced in 2014 Complete USCG Safety Package plus additional flares EPIRB: ACR 406, plus PBL in liferaft DAN MOB Strobe Jacklines




Please contact Anna Manach at +61420882296

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