1974 Alberg 30 sloop hull 555. Lots of recent work done, new bottom paint, original A4 engine serviced and gauges replaced (some sending units still need replacing), some new rigging turnbuckles and lifeline hardware. 2 new batteries. New tiller. A bunch of misc stuff.
Sails are ok but probably will need replacement to have a top notch boat. 110% Genoa Main. I did a few repairs and replaced the battens in the main and they are working fine for me. I think they are around 5 years old? No previous records for the sails (but there are records on other things back to the original owner) but I know the previous owner didn't replace them and I think he got the boat in 2016 or so. They look worse than they are because they get dirty fast in the warm weather but they still have life.
No Shorepower but includes 220 head extension cord for dock power, currently run through foredeck dorade vent.
Chainplates went through the typical reinforcing recommended for these boats. They are regularly resealed as they are the original thru-deck design. They are in great condition. The hull/deck joint was also re-worked.
I am the 5th owner. Since 2008 it has been in Kemah/Seabrook area. Before that it lived in the Pamlico River, NC from 1986-2007 and in 1974-1985 in the Chesapeake bay where most of these boats came from. I believe it was sailed between destinations as I didn't find a receipt of trailer services and the windvane was installed before Texas. There are no voyage logs but I have a good number of original records that came with the boat.
To my knowledge there has never been water above the sole.
I have not replaced any wiring. Some wiring has been replaced in the past but some of it is probably original.
2 winches on mast and 2 Barient 22 self tailing winches at cockpit. Fully functional Norvane Windvane with 2 sizes of fins. Original 2 burner alcohol stove. There is a Raymarine II instrument panel with thru hull transducer for depth and a paddle wheel for speed installed 2007. VHF radio of course. All equipment comes with boat, including but not limited to 3 anchors, winch handles, safety equipment and PFDs, fenders, extra lines, and spare parts.
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“A legend in it’s own time”, that’s the description John Vigor made about the Alberg 30 in his book Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere. And indeed the Alberg 30 has garnered a huge following with an active community of owners in North America. It’s an unmistakably traditional boat with long overhangs, a narrow beam, and a full cutaway keel-attached rudder, a design harkening back to the early 60s that’s forgiving to sail and seaworthy enough to cross oceans. This 30-footer has many circumnavigations to its credit, perhaps the most notable being that of Yves Gelinas, who made an award winning film of his circumnavigation in Jean du Sud.
The Alberg 30 story began, when in 1961, a bunch of Scandinavian style folkboat owners from Toronto’s National Yacht Club got together and approached Whitby Boat Works to design and build them a boat that was bigger. For the design, Whitby Boat Works in turn approached Carl Alberg (1900 – 1986), at that time one of America’s leading yacht designers.
The brief that was given to Alberg was for a boat built from fiberglass that would sleep four. The configuration had to have a full keel, a practical cockpit, and an interior that had full standing headroom interior and a decent galley. The boat that resulted was the Alberg 30 which was introduced in the following year of 1962.
While the boats were being built a group of sailors from Washington DC inspected the Alberg 30 at Whitby Boat Works and left with firm orders for 15. Another group from Annapolis left with orders for 12, the production run continued into what has become a one of the longest runs on record tallying over 750 boats through a 22 year period. Today Alberg 30s can be found scattered over all parts of the world, but mainly concentrating around North America and particularly in Chesapeake Bay where a vibrant owners association has approximately 250 members.
The Alberg 30 is classic design from the 1960s period when many boats were transitioning from wood to fiberglass construction. Narrow beam, low freeboard, large overhangs, and a full keel with a cutaway on the forefoot and a rudder directly attached were the order of the day. When looking at the history of how the boat came to be, it’s not surprising the design is heavily influenced by the Scandinavian folkboat style, Carl Alberg himself being a Swedish born American.
By modern standards the boat’s narrow beam and low freeboard means the insides will seem extremely small and cramped however this traditional approach to seaworthiness pays dividends in rough seas with a hull that is ultimately stable and seakindly.
Berths accommodating a crew of four are divided into two areas, two in the v-berth, and two in the main saloon area. In between is the head.
The galley is situated in the well vented space at the back of the saloon below the companionway where the cook can be a part of the social happenings outside in the cockpit when under anchor.
The boats are solidly built. It was a time when fiberglass was the new wonder material and pioneering a new material meant construction was pretty conservative. That translated into lots of glass fiber and lots of resin. The fiberglass was hand laid and polyester resin was used. Early decks were cored with Masonite, which gave way in favor of balsa after 1970.
The mast is deck-stepped and supported originally by a laminated wooden beam on early boats, which over the years have proven to be a weak point. Boats produced from 1970 changed over to an aluminum beam encased with fiberglass. It’s not uncommon to find early boats to have been retrofitted with aluminum supporting beam.
Though the original design by Alberg called for lead ballast, the boats were instead produced with iron ballast encapsulated inside the keel cavity. This resulted in early boats being quite tender and more ballast was added to subsequent production to correct for this.
The Alberg 30 has been described as a forgiving boat to sail. In its day it would have been considered a relatively quick boat, being designed to be raced under the Cruising Club of America racing rules, but don’t expect modern day performance. The boat will not point particularly high to windward, the best point of sail is reported to be a beam reach to close reach. Expect some amount of hobby-horsing.
As conditions get rougher, the Alberg 30’s seaworthiness starts to shine, with its narrow beam the boat tends to slice through the waves where modern designs which favor beaminess and high freeboard will get thrown around. In more extreme conditions, the classically seaworthy design is well suited for heaving-to or laying ahull without complications.
Advice can be sought from the active community of owner associations. Particular areas for inspection are listed below:
As of 2010, the asking price of Alberg 30s generally range from $15k-$30k USD depending on their condition as much as their year of build. There are the odd examples that are asking much higher prices having undergone very extensive rebuilds and presenting themselves in “as new” condition.