1968 30' alberg 30

Bay City, Michigan, United States
$33,000 USD
Condition: Excellent

If you’re looking for a the nicest, cleanest, most well equipped Alberg 30 this is it. If you’re interested in a well outfitted small cruiser you have found it. This is a turn-key boat. With its own trailer. The equipment list and photos speak for themselves. I have many photos thru out the refit, and engine build. if you’re looking for something specific let me know and I’ll see what I can do. this boat is immediately available, and currently in the water in bay city, Michigan. Haul out date oct.1. information concerning the mast and sails came from the previous owner this boat also sat on the hard from 2013 to 2018 when I purchased it. Best way to get ahold of me is thru text message. If email print SOB in the subject line.

Equipment: 1968 ALBERG 30

HULL Bottom stripped to gelcoat , 4 coats west system, 2 coats total boat barrier coat, 2 coats west marine copper bottom paint ..2019 Main beam, carbon fiber reinforced..2018 New heavier chain plates and bolts..2018 Swim ladder. Boat rewired..2018 Teak cockpit floor grates. Sea hood…2019 New navigation lights LED (forward)…2018 Hull and deck repainted .2018 All portlight plexi replaced ..2018 Dodger (at the end of its life) .


Atomic 4 (GAS) Rebuilt …2019 Reseat and adjust valves, new rod bearings, new rings, clean all water passages. New 55 amp alternator. New electric fuel pump, with oil pressure safety switch. New electronic ignition. Rebuild carburetor. New coil. New water pump impeller…2019 New plugs and wires. INSTRUMENTS Raymarine A-78-wi-fi 7 chartplotter w/ sonar transducer..2018 Raymarine wind speed/direction meter. Windex Plastimo compass Faria engine gauges ….2018 Rig / Sails

New Seldon mast and boom …2011 New main, north sails, 2 sets reef points ..2011 New standing rigging .2011 120% jib , UK sails Harkin roller furler Lazy jacks….2020 Spinnaker New sheets and halyards…2020 Spinlock clutches …2020 Main sail cover.

INTERIOR Dimmable LED lighting in main cabin …2018 New upholstery..2018 Custom coil spring mattress.2019 Custom sapele interior …2018 Room darkening curtains….2019 Gimbaled brass oil lamp. Book shelves New laminate counter tops.2018 New water lines .2018 5- 120v outlets ….2018

EQUIPTMENT Navico tp300cx auto pilot #28 ST Anderson Scandinavia 2 speed winches. 2 #6 Harkin halyard winches. 2 winch handles. 3 blade spare prop Manual windless, for chain and rope 27 lb. Plow anchor/with rode. New jabsco manual head/hoses/vents…..2018 New Whynter refrigerator/freezer …2018 New diesel forced air heater ..2018 Deck washdown pump 2 fire extinguishers New circuit breakers..2018 Solara VHF Blue tooth am,fm stereo Perko batt. Selector.2018 Skyworth,LED 22 tv, with built in DVD…2018 External polk speakers…..2018 3 brass lamps converted to LED 2 12v usb charging outlets…2018 4 cigarette style 12v outlets….2018 2 life jackets. Magma s.s. grill with cover. 25 shore power cord Sea cook swinging stove Pro sport 8 battery charger…2018 2 fvp group 27 lead acid batteries…..2018 Cockpit cushions Waterproof cockpit speakers….2019 Bosuns chair Hand held wind speed/direction indicator Radar reflectors 2 2 10” fenders Various dock lines LED lighting in head and closet new bilge pump on separate circuit electric water pump to galley all paperwork/manuals i have saved


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Carl Alberg
Whitby Boat Works Ltd.
Alberg 30 Site
# Built


Length Overall
30 3 / 9.2 m
Waterline Length
29 11 / 9.1 m
8 0 / 2.4 m
4 0 / 1.2 m
9,000 lb / 4,082 kg
3,300 lb / 1,497 kg (Iron)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
410′² / 38.1 m²
Total Sail Area
410′² / 38.1 m²
Sail Area
221′² / 20.5 m²
31 0 / 9.5 m
14 2 / 4.3 m
Mast Height
Sail Area
189′² / 17.6 m²
35 11 / 11 m
10 5 / 3.2 m
Forestay Length
37 6 / 11.4 m

Auxilary Power

Atomic 4
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
15 gal / 57 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
30 gal / 114 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
6.24 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
under powered
less stiff, less powerful
Comfort Ratio
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

“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.

Boat Configuration

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.

Under Sail

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.

Buyers Notes

Advice can be sought from the active community of owner associations. Particular areas for inspection are listed below:

  • Check the support under the deck-stepped mast for signs of delamination. Pre-1970 models were of laminated wood, check for signs of cracking.
  • Its been reported the forward lower shroud chainplates are not well supported and should be inspected closely for signs of movement or stress.
  • Check the deck for delamination as well as signs of rot in the coring (creaking sounds).
  • On older boats, the heel fitting on the rudder may be worn.
  • The rudders on the earliest boats were reported not to be strong enough with the internal reinforcing parting from the fiberglass.

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.

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