1980 Alden Biddeford Pool One Design
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- Located In:
- Chebeague Island, ME
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- Current Price:
- US$ 15,000
Vixen is a Biddeford Pool One Design built at the Landing School in Kennebunkport in 1980. She’s a gaff sloop day sailer, a design drawn by John Alden for the members of the Biddeford Pool Yacht Club in 1917. It’s a versatile design, similar in concept, hull shape and rig plan to the venerable Herreshoff 12 ½ but scaled to accommodate adults and sail comfortably in the less protected water outside Biddeford Pool. She's a near ideal family day sailer, capable of being sailed by one but with room for 3 or 4, simply rigged, pretty, stable, quick... Vixen is owned by a family that keep her on a mooring at Chebeague Island and sail her frequently on Casco Bay. Their description of her sailing characteristics sums it up nicely:
“The perfect boat for day sailing on Casco Bay, her deep draft and 700 lb lead keel help her stand up in all kind of wind while her relatively light over all weight lets her move along in the lightest of breezes. She points very well for a gaff rig and is easily single handed due to her self-tacking jib.”
Vixen is traditionally constructed of cedar planking on steam bent white oak frames, fastened with silicon bronze. She’s practical, not only from a sailing perspective, but from a maintenance and storage one as well. Vixen comes with a trailer that can be towed by nearly any car and doubles as a winter storage cradle. At 18’ she’ll fit in many barns and garages and two people could easily carry out her annual maintenance in a weekend or two. She is a hundred year old, plank on frame, gaff rigged one design; a safe, sensible, family-friendly day-sailer; and a perfect example of the notion that it doesn't have to cost a fortune to own and maintain a wooden boat
Vixen is currently moored in Chebeague Island, ME and spends the winter in her owner's boat barn on island. Her current owners have had her since 2012, work in the marine industry and perform much of their own maintenance, which is detailed below.
Every year: sand and paint bottom and topsides, seam compound applied as needed.
Every year: varnish on the spars: 2 to 3 maintenance coats.
Every Year: sails and sailcovers washed and stored with Hallet sails
2013: New sail covers built by Hallet Sails.
2018- Striped combing and toe rail to bare wood applied deks ole... 6 to 8 coats.
2019: stripped benches & sole boards, repainted cockpit, deks ole all cockpit trim.
Main Sail and Jib in good condition, washed and stored at Hallet yearly
Jib cover and boom tent (New in 2013)
Trailer (suitable for yard use, needs tires for inspection)
Minn Kota electric trawling motor and bracket (needs battery)
Gusher bilge pump
Danforth anchor and rode
PFDs (2 type III jackets 2 type IV throwable cushions)
For more information or to schedule a viewing, please contact Justin McAnaney at 207-593-6767.
Please contact Rockport Marine at (207) 236-9651
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: The Land School
Designer: John G. Alden
LOA: 18 ft 1 in
Beam: 6 ft 2 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 6 in
Ballast: 900 lbs
Construction and equipment
Oak frames, white cedar planking, oak toe and rub rails, oak tiller, ash coamings and mahogany thwarts. Silicon bronze fastened. All bronze cleats and hardware.
Canvas deck (replaced in 1998 to authentic specifications) is over the original marine plywood. Other work done during the same retrofit included wooding the rails, new silicon bronze screws, bungs, and brightwork finish.
New rudder built by French & Webb in 1998. Sitka spruce spars (solid section) are all bright with West System first coat and varnish topcoats. Leather covered oak gaff jaws for the main boom and gaff are held with parrel lines.Lazarette has heart-shaped door. Foreward cuddy has ample area to store sails, anchor line, and life jackets, cushions and more.
Sunbrella “Pacific Blue” color cover tent for the main and sail cover for the jib.
White hull, varnished transom, copper green bot- tom, Epifanes no. 2 cream yellow deck, light gray floor boards.
Motor mount: Handyboat oak/bronze.
Anchor line (75 feet) and Danforth anchor.
Internal manual pump bailer.
Compass in bulkhead.
Trailer (recently repaired).
Sails and rigging
Egyptian Dacron sails (new 2006). Main has 2 sets of reef points.
Main and jib, with clubfoot. Jib is self-tending.
Total sail area: 197 sq. feet
Main: approx. 162 sq. feet
Jib: approx. 35 sq. feet
All lines lead to cockpit for ease in single handling. Mainsail ties off to mast hoops for luff, but slides on track for boom and gaff. Topping lift and lazy jacks.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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