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Alden Challenger 38 C/B yawl



Alden Challenger 38 for sale

We sold this yacht to the present owner in 2013, and the 2013 survey revealed rot in the timber structure under the cockpit sole. The hull and deck are GRP but the cockpit structure and coachroof are timber. The present owner had extensive work done on the yacht - a list of which is here. He has however been unable to keep up the maintenance of the brightwork, and she now needs quite a lot of external cosmetic work. including the coachroof being stripped and revarnished and the deck repainted.

This work is scheduled to start on 6th April, when she will be moved into a covered workshop, and be completed by early May. The sails have been valeted, and the rigging is being checked by a local rigger.




38' 6"


11' 0"


4' 3" to 7' 0"

Keel type

Long keel/centreboard


Yanmar diesel



The Alden Challenger 38 was designed by John G. Alden shortly before he retired in 1956. It is one of the last designs John Alden designed personally just before he retired in 1956. A few were built in timber before the hulls and decks were moulded in GRP by Halmatic, and fitted out by quite a number of yachtbuilders in the USA and Europe. About 50 in total of the GRP-hulled boats were built. Being an American design she is beamier and hence more spacious than many British yachts of similar age, and has a centreboard as well as a full long keel.

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The first GRP boat to be built in Europe was in 1952, an Uffa Fox design moulded by Halmatic, the GRP material being glass matt fibres with Crystic polyester resin - the director of Halmatic Patrick de Lazlo named this new material 'Deborine' after his wife Deborah. By 1960 Halmatic was one of the major builders of GRP yachts and to this day although now taken over by Vosper Thornycroft still build high quality GRP hulls, though the 'Deborine' material name did not last long.

Born in 1884, John G. Alden founded his yacht design office in 1909 after serving an apprenticehip with Starling Burgess. The design office closed whilst he served in the army during the First World War, but his name was made when his 'Malabar' design won the 600 mile Newport-Bermuda race in 1923, 1926, and 1932, all with Alden at the helm. In 1932, all four top finishers were Alden designs. John Alden himself retired in 1956, by which time his design office had a workforce of 90. The John G. Alden collection of designs is now in MIT's Hart Nautical Collection.

The builder of this yacht for sale was LeComte-Holland, N.V., a company set up in 1954, with premises in Jutphaas in Holland and New Rochelle in New York, USA. They built a number of Alden designs under license, originally in wood, but later switching to composite and then all-fibreglass construction, with very high quality timber interiors. LeCompte closed down building yachts in 1994.



Engine details

Yanmar 3JH3E 40 hp diesel, run 578 hours since installed in 2002. Serviced annually in present ownership, and will be serviced again before sale

Fuel tank capacity

40 gallons


Darglow feathering prop - new 2007


2 x 185 AH domestic batteries and 90AH engine start battery - all new 2016

Battery charging /electrics

80 amp engine alternator with Adverc smart regulator

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Bermudan yawl rig, alloy spars with S/S standing rigging, mostly 17 years old but rigger checked 2016 and main backstay replaced.


Lucas Sails - good condition, roller reefing


Lucas Sails roller genoa - good condition

Genoa furling

Profurl - new 2007


Older than other sails


Crusader cruising chute with snuffer - very good condition

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar

Secondary /halliard winches

2 x Lewmar in cockpit and 4 x Lewmar on masts

Bower anchor

35 lb CQR with 160 ft 3/8" chain

Kedge anchors

25 lb Danforth with 10 ft chain and 90 ft warp

Anchor windlass

Lofrans Tigres 1,500w electric windlass


Wheel with emergency tiller


Raymarine ST6001 with SIG linear drive - new 2007

Steering compass

Plastimo Offshore 135

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 6 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood, dodgers, cockpit table

Navigation Equipment and instruments

Radar/GPS /plotter

Pathfinder scanner with 2 x Raymarine RL70C 7" colour LCD screen - dual displays at helm and chart table with English Channel chart cartridge


Brookes & Gatehouse H1000 - displays on Garmin GMI-20 colour multi-display in cockpit

Depth sounder

Brookes & Gatehouse H1000 - displays on Garmin GMI-20 colour multi-display in cockpit

Windspeed/ direction

Brookes & Gatehouse H1000 - displays on Garmin GMI-20 colour multi-display in cockpit

VHF radio

Icom IC-M411 with DSC

Radio receiver

Sony radio/CD

Safety/emergency equipment




2 x lifebuoys and danbuoy

MOB equipment

KIM MOB recovery sling

Radar reflector

Visiball on mainmast

Bilge pumps

Electric and manual pumps


Portable gas detector


Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon

Cabin heating

Solid fuel stove


6 berths, all over 6' 6" long

Water tank capacity

40 gallons


Eno 3-burner and oven


Coolbox under chart table





Avon inflatable


Suzuki DF2.5 4-stroke - new 2018

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