Aleria is up for sale

They say that the best day for boat owners is the day they buy their boat and the day they sell it. For me, it was the day we set sail across an ocean on her. Now I say, "Parting is such sweet sorrow, let us part 'till it be morrow."

This will be a bittersweet moment for us. Aleria has been such a big part of our lives for so many years. She's taken good care of us on our Atlantic crossings and many other voyages. But we haven't been crossing oceans and we've had to pass by many inlets with shallower waters where she just wouldn't fit. So the time has come to trade down and let Aleria pass on to someone who plans to do some distances. I shouldn't be sad, but I know I will be. I will also be happy to go boat hunting again. 

Bowman 57 Cutter Rigged Ketch
The ideal ocean cruising yacht
EU VAT cleared
Part 1 Registry Ireland, Reg Number 404492

Currently lying Bouzas, Vigo, Spain (05-2019)
Scheduled to be back in Ireland 08-2019, visiting Brittany, South coast England and South coast Ireland along the way.

Aleria (formerly Manic Moment, Kestrel, Papagayo) is a classic Holman & Pye designed ketch, built in 1976 in the United Kingdom for delivery to the US.  She is the sister ship to Roger Swanson’s Cloud Nine, which was one of the first yachts to successfully traverse the NW Passage. She was featured in Cruising World (Quite the Ketch, May 2007:, on, Bowman 57 Facebook page and on the covers of publications. She is a very comfortable cruiser for crossing oceans as well as living aboard.

Over the past year, she has received new standing rigging as well as receiving a thorough going over with many minor repairs to make her ready for her next adventure.

She has been given classics status by Jauge Classique Handicap, JCH

·           Fibreglass, Centre cockpit, Long keel, Teak decks, Skeg hung rudder
·           8 berths: four forward, two in aft cabin and two in main cabin (see below layout)
·           Length: 17.4 m (57 ft)
·           Beam: 4.5 m (14.8 ft)
·           Draught: 2.5 m (8’4”)
·           Displacement: 19,000 kg (42,000 lb)
·           Gross measured tonnage: 19
·           Net measured tonnage: 5
·           Tonnage/weight: 27
·           Fuel tanks:  758 litres (200 gal)
·           Fresh water: 1,327 litres (350 gal)
·           Holding tank, flexible:  30 litres
·         Engine: Yanmar 110 hp, new 2008, about __ hours,
·         Propulsion: 21” Feathering Easy Prop (MaxProp) new 2017
·         Shaft: 1.5” diameter, Water injected PSS shaft seal
·         Rope cutter on shaft
·         Custom fuel polishing system with electric pump
o   allows hot swap of Racor filters while engine is running
o   pump can be used to bleed engine
·         Generator: Westerbeke 8KW
·         Engine and generator situated under salon floorboards and easily accessible
Ground Tackle
·         IDEAL Anchor winch, 12V
·         40kg Rocna Anchor 
·         100 m galvanized chain 2016
·         Fortress FX54 anchor in pack
·         Spare 1 inch diameter nylon anchor rode with 10m chain in pack on deck
·         Wash down pump
Rig and sails
·         Standing wire rigging and Norseman turnbuckles all new 2018
·         Masthead, Shaeffer head sail furler, 2008
·         Yankee, 2005. New UV protection 2018
·         Hanked on staysail
·         Main sail, full battened, 2005
·         Storm Tri-sail, unused
·         Lazy jacks and sail covers 2016
·         Mizzen sail 2005
·         Mizzen staysail 2008 (asymmetrical)
·         Spinnaker boom, telescoping, carbon fibre 2008
Deck Equipment
·         Teak, original
·         Spray hood 2016
·         2 self-tailing sheet winches for yankee – Lewmar #65
·         2 self-tailing winches for staysail sheets – Lewmar #55
·         1 winch for Mainsail sheet, deck mounted
·         2 winches for running backstays
·         Mainsail traveller, 2008
·         Swim ladder
Main Mast
·         6 winches for halyards, & reefing lines
·         2 mainsail halyards - spare used as topping lift
·         1 Yankee halyard
·         1 spinnaker halyard
·         1 Staysail halyard
·         Spinnaker topping lift and downhaul
·         running back stays
·         2 flag halyards
·         Boom vang
·         3 winches on Mizzen
·         Mizzen halyard
·         Staysail halyard
·         topping lift
·         running backstays
·         Ensign halyard
·         flag halyard
·         Compass
·         Northstar M121 Chartplotter
o   C-Map mega Wide Chart chips:
§  Atlantic European Coasts
§  Mediterranean and Black Sea
§  North America: Atlantic Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
·         Raytheon Radar
·         VHF/DSC Radio ICOM 2012 – Antenna on Main mast
o   Loudhailer/foghorn
o   Remote Command Mike in Cockpit locker
·         VHF/DSC Radio Lowrance 2008 – Antenna on Mizzen mast
o   Remote Command Mike in Cockpit locker
·         Comar AIS transceiver 2016 - interfaced with chartplotter
·         SSB Radio ICOM IC-M800
·         TackTick depth instrument
·         LED Navigation lights (2018)
o   Main:
§  Mast head tri colour navigation/anchor light combo
§  Steaming/foredeck light combo
o   Mizzen:
§ Mast head anchor light
§  Deck light/anchor light combo
·         Separate deck Level navigation lights with LED bulbs (fore and aft)
·         Whitlock Pedestal wheel steering
·         Rod steering with Lewmar Mamba gear boxes
·         Autopilot Raymarine hydraulic steering (2015)
·         Monitor Wind Vane Self-steering
·         Shore power: 230 V and 110V (fully dual voltage system)
·         Battery charger/Inverter 2017
·         Batteries:
o   1 x 200 Ah AGM start battery (2016)
o   2 x 270 Ah AGM General consumers (2019)
·         110 outlets
·         220 outlet
·         DC outlets
·         USB ports
·         2 Heads, each: shower and sink with 12V sump pumps, manual toilet
·         Pressurized fresh water pump
·         Salt water foot pump
·         Refrigerator and separate freezer, compressor
·         Deep double sink with sump and automatic overboard pump
·         Stove with three burners and oven, propane gas, 2 gas cylinders (2016)
·         Air Conditioning (never used)
·         Chart table
·         Chart storage drawers (Flat File system)
·         Office with light table and swivel chair
·         Forepeak Workshop/storage area with vice
·         406 GPS Epirb with current batteries
·         4 Fire extinguishers, 2017
·         Fire blanket
·         1 automatic bilge pump
·         2 Bilge pumps, manual
·         Throwable Rescue horseshoe
·         MOB signal flag buoy
·         MOB Retrieval Lifesling
·         6 man Winslow Life Raft (out of date)
·         8 offshore life jackets
·         Cockpit table
·         Cockpit cushions
·         Outboard mount on stern rail
·         Sun awning 2015
·         Wind scoop
·         10 ft Inflatable Dinghy with 2hp Tohatsu outboard


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