Quick Look: Alerion Express 33

Cruising World 2008 New Boat Showcase

September 11, 2007

When Nat Herreshoff designed his Alerion, which was destined to become his favorite personal boat, few thought of sailing for pleasure as anything other than a daytime occupation. For those of similar mind today, the Alerion Express 33, designed and built by Pearson Composites, should have considerable appeal.

To provide satisfying performance in light air without demanding great effort from a solo sailor, the boat has a large, roachy mainsail and a relatively small self-tacking jib set on the patented Hoyt Jib Boom. The roomy cockpit allows half a dozen passengers to enjoy the ride.

True to the Herreshoff idea, the Alerion Express has no lifelines (although they can be ordered) and in case the mood or weather encourages it, simple but elegant appointments below accommodate overnighting.


Alerion Express 33 Specs

LOA: 33′ 0″
LWL: 26′ 7″
Beam: 9′ 3″
Draft: 5′ 3″
Sail Area 490′
Displacement: 8,000 lbs
Engines: Yanmar 20 hp
Designer: Pearson Design Team
Pearson Composites


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