An exceptional vessel which has benefited from a major rebuild finished in 1998 by D. Hylan/Benjamin River Boatyard, Brooklin, Maine. In this rebuild, a new bottom configuration was designed, and the old keel centerboard trunk log and floor timbers were removed and redesigned with full-length keel and all outboard ballast with new keel plank, floor timbers, lead ballast keel, and lower planking. At that time, all iron fastenings were removed, and the entire boat was refastened with Monel and the transom rebuilt. Fir planking on white oak frames, teak trunk cabin, pine decks overlaid with plywood and covered with Dynel and epoxy, bronze deck hardware. Cockpit rebuilt and new rudder installed. Wheel steering to worm gear. NOTE: A copy of an August 1999 letter from Douglas Hylan of Hylan & Associates summarizing the restoration work is available upon request.
Engine & Tanks
2000 Yanmar 4-cyl. FWC 69-hp diesel engine, 1 1/2″ bronze shaft and 18″ three-blade fixed Michigan propeller (two-blade 21″ reconditioned Martec folding propeller also available), a new aluminum 45-gal. fuel tank of 5086 alum. with welded flanges which in turn are bolted to the floor timber and fitted to N.F.P.A. code #302. Two new 5086 alum. water tanks of 53 gallons each with all new domestic water system with a Raritan hot-water heater and a Sur-Flow water-pressure pump located in the engine room.” Morse-type cable engine controls with 2 levers. 25-gal. fiberglass holding tank.
12V lighting system with shore power, one 6D Prevailer gel cell starting battery and two 6D Prevailer gel cell lighting batteries. The electrical system was replaced is all new throughout and uses Anchor marine cable run in P.V.C. conduit and has a vapor-proof main disconnect switch and a Bass circuit-breaker panel all neatly secured and installed. This system is also fitted with a new Heart Interface Freedom 20 inverter.” 12V engine-driven alternator. 12V DC and 110V AC electrical outlets.
Rode/chain locker forward followed by 2-berth stateroom with ample stowage. Next aft is an enclosed full-width head with porcelain enamel sink set in scrubbed teak counter to starboard, WC (Groco 12V toilet) to port, and teak grate over centerline shower pan with sump tank and hot-water shower. The sink has been adorned with a custom painting of an albacore. Next aft, in the main saloon, are pilot and transom berths port and starboard with teak drop-leaf table between on centerline. The galley, is next aft, featuring sink (with 10-gal. Raritan hot-water heater) with lockers above, below, and outboard and a 3-burner Force 10 propane range with oven and broiler to port, and Sea Frost engine-driven refrigerator with top-loading icebox and stowage to starboard. Teak cabin sole. The separate, spacious walk-in engine room is aft (beneath the bridge deck and easily accessed behind the companionway ladder) with workbench and marvelous access to systems to starboard. There is ample room to service engine and systems as required.
During her restoration, ALBACORE’s entire interior was removed and beautifully rebuilt with white painted raised-panel bulkheads and lovely details, including brass drawer pulls engraved with “ALBACORE” on the handles. Ventilation provided by 2 dorade ventilators, 3 deadlights in the deck (1 forward and 2 in the bridge deck, over the engine room), 10 opening ports, 1 skylight, 2 hatches, and a companionway.
No description of ALBACORE is complete without a description of her spacious and elegant cockpit. There is a wide bridge deck forward followed by a large cockpit with new blue Sunbrella-covered cushions and high coamings. The centerpiece of the cockpit is the lovely custom binnacle and pedestal with the GPS and radar, built into the base but invisible when not in use. A removable circular table may be mounted to the binnacle as needed. The cockpit sole runs full width, and there is ample stowage outboard of the cockpit under the cockpit seats. There is also good access to the lazarette aft with its own hatch.
Sails & Rigging
Masthead ketch rig with self-tending jib. The rebuild included new Sitka spruce keel-stepped masts and booms with Fife rail around base of mainmast, 1-x-19 stainless steel standing rigging, Norseman terminals, and Dacron running rigging. 1998 Oceanus Dacron sails by Nat Wilson include working jib, main, and mizzen. There are also an older nylon mizzen staysail and light-air reacher/drifter. New bronze mizzen halyard winches, Lewmar 40 self-tailing bronze mainsheet winch, Lewmar 16 self-tailing bronze mizzen sheet winch, and two bronze Lewmar 30 self-tailing cockpit winches. New bronze bobstay. Boom crutches for main and mizzen. All bronze hardware.
45′ Bruce anchor with 180′ of 5/16″ chain, spare Danforth and yachtsmen anchors, and 12V electric anchor windlass (rebuilt 2000).
2 horns; bell; 12V running lights; masthead light on mizzen; hand-held spotlights; 1 horseshoe buoy; bell; air horn; flares; Life Sling; double lifelines with bronze stanchions and gates port and starboard; hanging brass kerosene lamp over salon table; two 5-lb. B11 dry-chemical fire extinguishers; 1 manual and 2 electric bilge pumps; shower sump pump; tan Sunbrella sail covers; extensive canvas covers for hatches, binnacle, wheel, etc.; some cookware; 2 propane bottles in custom teak box on bridge deck; tools; new cockpit cushions; flag halyards; burgee staff; docking lines; varnished boathook; custom wood boarding ladder; cockpit awning; 4 monogrammed blankets; glassware; flatware; 13 PFDs; 4 inflatable harness-style life jackets; saltwater wash-down; spreader lights on both masts.
Electronics & Navigation
North Star GPS; ICOM VHF radiotelephone; Furuno radar (24-mi. range)/GPS; Brooks & Gatehouse and White Constellation compasses; Brooks & Gatehouse networked depth finder, wind instruments, autopilot, speed log, etc.; Chelsea 4″ clock and barometer; CD player/changer with cockpit and salon speakers.
Previous Owner’s Comments
A truly exceptional cruising ketch, ALBACORE is widely considered by many to be an L. Francis Herreshoff masterpiece. She is very traditional, elegant, and seaworthy. Built by Lawley in 1929, she has been carefully and lovingly maintained ever since, most recently by Rockport Marine, Rockport, Maine.
In 1998, she was completely rebuilt and restored by Doug Hylan/Benjamin River Marine in Brooklin, Maine. No expense was spared in the rebuild, and ALBACORE is now like new with completely new decks, interior, engine, wiring, electronics, spars, sails, tanks, and keel. She is highly varnished and draws attention and complements wherever she goes. Replacement value is estimated at over $600,000.
ALBACORE is an outstanding, one-of-a-kind vessel, perfect for an owner who appreciates tradition, beauty, classic lines, and immaculate details.