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Seller's Description

Alerion Express 28, Shoal Draft LARK, 2007, Hull # 365! Superior design (Carl Schumacher) & speed, advanced engineering, refined styling, stunning & classic beauty and stable/easy to sailLARK has it all! She has four very special features: 1. Shoal Draft (38), great for rivers, lakes and coastal waters; 2. Harken 35ST electric chrome cabin-top halyard winch–no more huffing & puffing to hoist the mainsail!; 3. Yanmar 2-cyl, 14 hp diesel/sail drive & Gori folding prop, power to get through the tide, current & headwind; and 4. New (May 24) topside paint, professionally sprayed Flag Blue Awlcraft , and bottom paint, with Pettit Trinidad XSR in bright red. She is easy and forgiving to sail, fast (3-time club champion!) and receives complements on her good looks everywhere she sails-the prettiest girl at the dance! PHRF 186, USCG Documented, clear title!

Equipment: The current owner has invested in many other upgrades, including those mentioned above. LARK has a full complement of North sails (stored & serviced annually by North), including 2018 North 3Di full batten main, jib (on Hoyt Jib Boom) & 155% genoa. Plus, a North asymmetric spinnaker (never used), flown from factory bowsprit w/Profurl Spinex top-down furler & continuous line furling. Additionally, LARK includes a B&G Vulcan touchscreen GPS navigation chart plotter, B&G Trident 2 instrument, wired B&G transducers for wind, speed, depth and temperature plus an external B&G GPS/compass antenna, all connected via a NMEA 2000 Backbone. Currently stored on land in Galesville, MD, Lark is ready to sail (or ransported) away to a new how and delighted new owners! HULL & DECKS: Beautiful New (May 2024) & professionally spray-painted Flag Blue Awlcraft paint, white boot stripe and gold accents on topsides, with grey & white decks, fiberglass hull & decks using the durable Composites Resin Infusion SCRIMP system by TPI, Warren, RI. New red antifouling bottom paint (May 2024) in best-in-class Pettit Trinidad XSR. Teak trim, four oval portlights, forward hatch w/vent & swim ladder. ACCOMMODATIONS and GALLY: Sleeps 3w/full cockpit & cabin cushions in very good condition; Teak & Holy cabin sole; Custom ladder into cabin; Cooler; Forward V-birth cabin includes privacy curtain & portable marine toilet w/6-gal removable holding tank; ELECTRONICS & NAVIGATION: B&G Vulcan GPS Chart plotter on RAM mount; B&G Triton2 sailing instrument; B&G wired wind, depth, speed and water temperature transducers; B&G GPS/Compass antenna; NEMA 2000 backbone connecting chart plotter, instruments & transducers; Standard Horizon HX870 VHF/FM radio w/DSC; PFDs, safety equipment, anchor & rode; mooring lines. ELECTRICAL: Batteries (2) 12 v AGM w/Blue Sea Sys Dual Circuit Battery switch & Automatic Charging Relay (ACR); Victron Smart Shunt Battery Monitor (bmv-712) w/Blue Tooth; installed ProMariner smart battery charger; ProMariner galvanic isolator; Bass 12v circuit breaker panel; lightening grounding system to keel; LED running lights, cabin lights. RIGGING: Hoyt Jib Boom with single line sheeting; 4 Chrome winches: 1 Harken 35 2-spd Electric Self-Tailing (ST) main halyard winch w/digital system switch; 2 Lewmar 30 ST 2-spd genoa winches; 1 Andersen 28 ST 2-spd cabin-top jib/spinnaker halyard winch; Genoa track and fairleads; Harken jib/headsail roller furler system; Harken mainsail sheeting system w/Barney Post; Harken traveler with cam cleat controls; 6 Spinlock Power Clutches; Hall mast, boom and rigid vang; Lazy Jacks; Stackpack style mainsail handling & cover system (dark blue), mainsail cover (dark blue). Full cockpit cushions–good condition. SAILS 2018 North 3Di Full Batten Mainsail; 2018 North 3Di furling 90% furling jib for self-tacking Hoyt Boom; 2018 North 3Di furling 155% genoa; 2018 North asymetric gennaker (never used); factory bowsprit, Profurl Spinnix top down furler w/continuous line furling system. ENGINE & MECHANICAL: Yanmar 2YM15 (14 hp/2 cyl) w/new (May 2024) belts, filters, oil, service); Yanmar Sail Drive SD20 w/Gori 2-blade folding prop/new anodes & gear oil service (May 2024); Bilge pumps: electric (Rule w/electronic switch) & manual (Whale Gusher). Balanced inboard rudder with varnished tiller steering. DISCLAIMER: Seller offers details in good faith but does not guarantee or warrant information.



Carl Schumacher
TPI Composites
Alerion Yachts
Holby Marine
# Built


Length Overall
28 2 / 8.6 m
Waterline Length
22 10 / 7 m
8 2 / 2.5 m
3 9 / 1.2 m
4,400 lb / 1,996 kg
2,000 lb / 907 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
352′² / 32.7 m²
Total Sail Area
353′² / 32.8 m²
Sail Area
206′² / 19.2 m²
33 0 / 10.1 m
12 6 / 3.8 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
146′² / 13.6 m²
29 11 / 9.1 m
9 8 / 3 m
Forestay Length
31 6 / 9.6 m

Auxilary Power

Volvo Penta
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
7 gal / 26 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
6 gal / 23 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
8.1 kn
Classic: 6.4 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

8.07 knots
Classic formula: 6.4 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
>20: high performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
100-200: light

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
<20: lightweight racing boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


The first boats (7) were built by Holby Marine. After 1991 the boats were built by TPI. Later boats have an updated keel w/bulb.

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