1926 Alden Schooner
‘Wanderlure II’ is a spectacular example of a well executed restoration of a John Alden design schooner! Her sail plan is that of a staysail schooner for ease of handling and the ability to fly many combinations of sails. The new decks are of one half inch Silver Bali. The galley features a propane stove with oven, well insulated ice box, stainless steel counters and leaded glass paneled counter storage. Abundant light, ventilation, propane heat and sleeping up to four. With plentiful storage and larger water tanks, fresh bottom and topsides paint, this vessel is ready to go to sea. Fresh bottom and topsides paint. ( August 2016)
‘WANDERLURE II’ was launched in 1926 at the premier Richardson Boat Yard in City Island New York and brought out to Newport Beach California in 1927 by H.H. Larkin. Having spent her life in Southern California until 1990 where she was brought to Puget Sound, where her current owners bought and took five years to completely restore her to better then new condition. A very capable vessel in any seaway she also had an impressive racing record in California from the 1920’s thru the 1980’s. Nine vessels were built to this John Alden design, including five schooners and four ketches.
Varnished teak bulwarks, cap rails and transom were installed about 1970. Between 2000 thru 2005 she was rebuilt, reframed, refastened, recaulked with new Silver Bali decks installed and the cockpit rebuilt with new combings. The rest of the vessel was brought up to like new condition.
The interior was replaced in a traditional manner appropriate to the era with Honduras mahogany, leaded glass, stainless counters in the galley. A propane stove and a Dickinson propane bulkhead heater were installed in 2008.
Originally built with a gaff fore, she was changed to a staysail, along with a six foot taller foremast and a lengthening of the bowsprit. This was thought to have happened in the 1950’s. Bronze winches, Lofran DC chain/rode anchor windlass, varnished masts and a Perkins 4-108 diesel complete a spectacular vessel.
- Planking; Honduras mahogany 1 1/8" caulked and payed
- Fastenings; bronze #12,14 x 2 1/2" x 3" long above the water line
- Fastenings; galvanized #12, 14 x 3 1/4" below the water line
- Framing; original 2" x 2 1/2" steam bent white oak on 12" centers
- Renewed framing of white ash was epoxy saturated, bent to shape and fastened to the hull
- Main deck completely renewed over original 2" x 3" decking by addition of 1/4" plywood and 1/2" Silver Bali over plywood in epoxy, grooved and payed
- Floors; 2 1/2" oak
- Clamp; 1 5/8"
- Shelf; 1 5/8" x 3"
- Bilge clamp; 1 5/8" x 2 1/2"
- Deck and House beams; 1 3/8" x 2 1/4"
- Ballast keel; iron 10,000 lbs. 1 1/2" diameter keel bolts
- Back bone; 8" wide x depth as necessary
- Bulwarks; teak capped with teak
Main Two #10 Barient
Formast Three #10 Barient
Main Halyard Merrimar #2
Two #22 Barient
Two #21 Barient
DC power up Lofrans windlass
45 lb CQR
200' 5/16" Galvanized chain
25 lb Danforth (Two)
55' 5/16" Galvanized chain
200' 3/4" nylon rode
From the companionway enter the main cabin with the galley port accommodating the stove and oven. The galley starboard features the sink and ice chest. Moving forward the mainmast holds the folding table and to port and starboard are generous seating areas that can be used as berths. On the port forward bulkhead is the Dickinson propane cabin heater and opposite to starboard on the forward bulkhead is a leaded glass storage cabinet. Moving forward entering the forward cabin, the Electro Scan head is to port with hanging storage to starboard. The large V-berth has shelves to either side. Forward at the bow is the chain locker.
- Rigging; Stainless Steel 7/16" and 1/2" 1x19 wire
- Mainstays; 1/2" Head-stays; and all wire 7x19
- All rigging swagged to loop mast then wrapped with sewn leather covers
- Turnbuckles; 1/2" Bronze
- Runners to rail cap; 3/8" wire
- Masts are solid; mainmast is close grain fir; foremast is sitka spruce. Both approximately 6" diameter
- Both masts and booms inspected, worked over and refinished. 7/8" Stainless steel track on masts
- All ships wiring renewed by professional electrician in 2004
- All running lights renewed to meet current codes
- All interior lighting renewed or reworked
- Master three way main battery switch
- Four 6 volt batteries
- Fused switches
Sails and Canvas
- Sail covers and full boat cover
- Main Sail
- Main staysail
- Light air sails
- Three spinnakers
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. Hours listed may vary from actual hours due to recent use. Purchaser is encouraged to verify hours prior to purchase. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.