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1951 Classic John Alden Cutter

US$ 149,500*
Interested in this boat? Tel: 207-337-9812
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Old Lyme, CT
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 149,500 

MEANDER was built in 1951 by Morse Boatbuilding Company in Thomaston, ME and is one of eleven sisters built to John Alden’s design #880 known as the SEAGOER class.   True to the name, MEANDER is large, capable, and built for crossing oceans.

She features a spacious cockpit with a beautiful spoked wheel and polished brass binnacle, well protected by a large dodger.  In fact, nearly all of MEANDER’s hardware both above deck and below is brass or bronze and has been meticulously polished and clear-coated. 

Below decks her beautiful joinery and period hardware is warm and inviting.  A large private master cabin with double berth and oversized chart table/dresser is ideal for a living aboard, and there are berths forward in the forepeak and aft in the salon for an additional four crew or guests.

As authentic and traditional as MEANDER may appear at first glance, when it comes to performance and safety she is far from traditional.   She features a fully modern aluminum rig (carefully matched to the original sail plan) with new sails and roller furling, state of the art systems and navigation electronics, and an epoxy/composite hull.

In the early 2000s MEANDER’s planking was completely refastened and splined and then overlaid with two cold-molded diagonal layers of 1/8” mahogany set in epoxy.  This was further sheathed with two layers of biaxial fiberglass cloth in epoxy, wrapped around the deck-edge and covering the deck itself, cabin sides, and cabin roof.  This work was done to an exceptionally high standard and as a result MEANDER is twice the strength she needs to be, does not leak anywhere, and is painted with awl-grip.   An in-depth survey will reveal that the bilges and entire inside of the hull are thoroughly painted and clean as well as free from any moisture or rot.

During this refit a new Yanmar diesel with feathering max-prop was installed, as well as all new wiring, plumbing, and through-hulls. 

In essence MEANDER is a classic John Alden cutter, fully restored to modern boat standards, and ready for coastal cruising or world voyaging in safety and comfort. 

A complete list of upgrades and specifications are available upon request, as well as a 2014 survey. 

Artisan Boatworks is one of the world’s premier yards for new construction, restoration, storage and maintenance of classic yachts. Not finding exactly what you’re looking for? We are happy to provide estimates for custom new builds, restorations, upgrades, and maintenance costs. Please visit our website at and contact us today!

Please contact Alec Brainerd at 207- 542-0372

Interested in this boat? Tel: 207-337-9812

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