Alerion 41: Simplicity on a Grander Scale
Designed and built for easy handling and comfortable coastal cruising, the new Alerion 41 also satisfies your need for speed.
There was no mistaking the new Alerion 41, waiting patiently in its slip for Scott Bryant of Alerion Yachts to get us under way. As her designers intended, she exhibits most of the characteristics that made her smaller siblings in the Alerion Express line so popular.
The A41 descends directly from the original 28, designed in the 1980s by the late Carl Schumacher for Ralph Schacter of Southport, Connecticut. An enthusiastic owner of an Express 27, also by Schumacher, Schacter wanted to combine the classic good looks of Nat Herreshoff’s legendary Alerion with a modern underbody and rig. The Express 28 would be a daysailer, with minimal accommodations below and a cockpit layout suited to easy solo sailing.
|On the 41, the cockpit’s the place to be. All sail control lines lead back to winches just forward of the helm. Guests can stretch out forward, while the skipper has room of his or her own in which to work.|
Although the Alerion 41 shares many of the AE 28’s design themes, the look has evolved over time. Still, from a distance, her proportions seem just right. Keeping her freeboard relatively low takes full advantage of the lovely sheer line, which is the key to creating a “buy me” first impression, and gaining headroom via the superstructure gives the thoughtfully designed interior a chance to seal the deal. Elliptical portlights, and teak eyebrows and handrails reduce the perception of height.
Alerion Yachts’ design team conceived the 41 as a comfortable coastal cruiser for “multiple couples,” to quote the brochure. The master stateroom forward features a comfortable V-berth. A hanging locker on the starboard side is deep enough to swallow a modest selection of skirts, shirts and trousers for dressier activities ashore, and the bureau right forward seems adequately spacious for stowing socks, underwear, T-shirts and other small items. The head opposite the bureau is a little tight but not uncomfortably so — just one of the compromises necessary in fitting accommodations within the confines of the hull’s design. Natural light and ventilation come from a hatch let into the foredeck just forward of the trunk cabin. On gloomy days, you’ll want to turn on the electric lights.