Alano is a one-off Bermudan cutter designed by Robert Warriington Smyth and built by Falmouth Boat Construction Ltd. in 1959 for an American who wanted a purpose built British yacht. She features in Eric Hiscock's book, Cruising Under Sail. Alano undertook a 6 month refit in Cornawall in 2008 and was bought by her current owner in 2017.
history and construction
Alano is a 35'6" 12 ton classic cutter designed by Rodney Warrington Smyth with an enviable provenance. Built for Fred Georgeson, the American owner of a Californian vineyard in 1959 by Falmouth Boat Construction Company, she was a big favourite of EricHiscock. In Hiscockâ€™s book, â€˜Cruising Under Sailâ€™ (a classic book itself) she has many pages dedicated to her and her image is even embossed on the front cover.He was, â€˜much impressed by the high quality of the materials and the workmanship..â€™ that went into her. Her steering gear, for example was made by Edson, the steering gear found on many royal yachts. She is recorded in the Falmouth Maritime Museumâ€™s list of classic yachts.Her current and previous owners have tried to keep her looking as she has always done, as will be obvious when comparing Hiscockâ€™s photographs with more contemporary shots. Her original ownersâ€™ voyages around the Mediterranean and West Indies are mentioned by those voyagers they met, such as Miles Smeeton in â€˜Sunrise To Windwardâ€™ and Kay Popein â€˜Cabo Trafalgar in the Moonlightâ€™.In 2008 Alano had a complete refit with new rigging; a Beta 38HP engine was installed and her fuel and water tanks were also replaced. Since 2008 all of her keel bolts have been removed and replaced, regardless of their condition. The ownerâ€™s philosophy has been to maintain her to a high standard with an emphasis on strength and integrity. She has comfortable traditional accommodation for four with over six foot long berths.
Hull, Deck & Keel
- Hull constructed in pitch pine, painted white.
- Deck constructed in oak/ hardwood faced ply, painted cream.
- Superstructure constructed in Mahogany and hardwood faced ply, painted blue and cream.
- Full traditional keel with iron ballast.
- Transom hung rudder.
- Wheel steering.
- Double bow roller.
- Electric anchor windlass.
- Anchor with chain.
- 1 x forward and two aft Samson posts.
- Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit and stanchions with double guard wires.
- Boarding ladder.
- Mooring warps.
Interior & Accommodation
Alano offers four genuinely comfortable berths, utilising the main cabin's saloon seating, plus two quarter berths, the latter being abaft the chart table and galley.
- The interior is built using Afrimosia (African Teak), ply and cedar with a mahogany finish.
- The upholstery is green, fitted in 2007.
- 1.9m headroom throughout.
- 2 hatches and 4 x air vents.
The forecabin is dedicated to sail and equipment stowage, and is accessed through the heads compartment and located ahead of the main saloon.
The heads compartment itself extends across the boat. To starboard, are two hanging lockers and ladder access to the fore hatch.
- Blakes Victory manual marine flushing toilet.
- Royal Doulton wash hand basin.
The relatively long main saloon features parallel seating/berths either side of a central table. there is a feature cast and enamelled stove to port along with a bonded store that was built into the structure of the vessel for the original owners.
- Gimballed oil lamps.
- 12v lights have been tastefully modified and fitted with LED lamps.
A large chart table faces outboard to starboard aft of the settee berth. the modern ships electrical distribution panel is here with gauges for tanks.
The galley is to port with stainless steel work surfaces.
- Quality stainless steel cooker with oven, grill and two gas burner hob.
- Ratley stainless steel sink with pressurised H&C water system.
AFT OF THE SALOON
The two aft quarter berths are nicely separated from the main saloon and can be separated from the saloon by a curtain giving privacy for two couples. The foredeck hatch and ladder to the forward heads allows deck access without disturbing those in the saloon.
The quarter berths extend forward of the cockpit so are not crammed under cockpit seats. They have high sides to sleep securely at sea.
All this in an tasteful atmosphere of varnished hardwood trims and mellow coachroof sides, classic fifties chromed fittings and un-cramped space. A homely space to relax and appreciate the simple things in life.
- Standard Horizon chart plotter.
- Standard Horizon hand held VHF.
- Magnetic compass.
Machinery & Propulsion
A Beta Marine four-cylinder, naturally aspirated diesel rated at approx. 38hp and fitted with a TMC60 reduction gearbox was fitted new in 2008 to replace the original Perkins engine of similar rating. The opportunity was taken to replace the engine beds using manganese bronze bolts at same time.A three-bladed, fixed propeller is driven by conventional stainless steel propeller shaft that turns within a conventional packing gland stern seal. The shaft turns on the vessel's centre line with the propeller turning within an aperture between stern post and rudder.
- Fresh water cooled via heat exchanger.
- Last serviced February 2019.
Rig & Sails
The sail plan features a self-tacking boom for the staysail and twin forestays.
- Bermudan Cutter with Silver Spruce spars.
- Stainless steel standing rigging. Age unknown.
- Mainsail by Richardson Sails, Dacron.
- Genoa, Dacron.
- No.1 Jib.
- Staysail by Richardson Sails.
- Storm Jib.
- Trisail by Richardson Sails.
12 V DC systems are served by two batteries. Charging is by means of the engine-driven alternator only, with modern isolation and selection switches fitted.
A 24-way circuit breaker distribution panel with an ammeter and voltmeter and is mounted alongside the chart table along with an LCD battery management monitor.
- 2 x 12v batteries - 2018.
- 12v LED lighting.
Plumbing & Tankage
- Pressurised H&C water system via heat exchanger only.
- 2 x 70L fresh water tanks.
- 2 x fuel tanks. Capacity unknown but ample.
Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new ownerâ€™s specific needs.
- Four person liferaft - Service due March 2021.
- Electric bilge pump.
- Manual bilge pump.
- Gas detector.
- 2 x 1L dry powder fire extinguishers.
- Horseshore lifebuoy with light.
- Hand held horn.
- Navigation lights.
- Avon inflatable dinghy.
- Suzuki 2.5hp outboard engine. Lasty serviced July 2019.
Unfortunately a 360 tour is not available for this listing.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner's specific needs.
Whilst we make best effort to obtain documentation from Vendors it is advisable to check what is available before travelling to view or making an offer.
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