This Alden 44 has led a charmed life under just three loving owners.
For virtually all that time she has been seasonally cruised in Maine
but has made several cruises to the Bahamas, and an extended cruise to
Chesapeake Bay where she was stored for the winter, and entered three
Marion Bermuda races, once winning her class.
A quick review of substantive maintenance and upgrades since
2000-2017 follows: 1. Entire interior given 2 coats of varnish, all
new interior cushions & upholstery, Espar diesel cabin heat system
rebuilt, new Seafrost refrigeration, new batteries, new Main &
Jib, new Harken electric winch for mainsheet & halyard, new
Dutchman flaking system, new bimini, new solar panel system, new Maxi
prop, new stereo, new Garmin radar and plotters, new autopilot, new
Iridium Sat. Phone, backstay adjuster rebuilt, new Inverter, new main
halyard and jib sheets, exterior brightwork stripped and refinished,
and much more.
The Alden 44 has been routinely extolled by various commentators, an
article in Cruising World in 1997 defined her as being one of the best
sea boats available having "a particularly pleasant motion under
way and being a very good sailor for any genre that will sail to her
rating". From Jack Horner, an N. A. who has written for Spin
Sheet, Boat U.S. etc. defines the Alden 44 as "One of the most
beautiful yachts ever built" and "Although the Alden 44 is a
centerboard model it is quite weatherly even with the board raised,
and her excellent sailing qualities are well documented by numerous
bluewater passages and many circumnavigations."