"DRESS BLUE" - truly a one-of-a-kind Alerion 28 Express
A vessel like no other, her caring owner has gone to amazing lengths to not only maintain this beautiful boat like new, but has also invested over $60,000 to bring her above and beyond any other Alerion on the market today as far as upgrading equipment, sails, rigging, and custom improvements for top performance and ease of handling.
Known as the Rolls-Royce of day-sailors, the Alerion 28 Express already enjoys a reputation for being one of the modern classics, a timeless, elegant, and extremely capable sailing machine with a nod to the past in her beautiful sheer, long overhangs and classic lines - while utilizing all the current technology in terms of materials and design to make sure she's every bit as performance-oriented as she is beautiful.
And with performance in mind, "DRESS BLUE" has been upgraded extensively. She's outfitted with $15,000 hand-sewn carbon fiber Ullman sails, and upon purchase her owner took the bottom down, had her re-faired and coated with smooth bottom paint that is scrubbed with a soft sponge twice monthly. Spectra running rigging, a double-purchase custom backstay, and a custom-made block assembly at the base of the mast which allows for easy single-handing round out a long list of improvements made to an already amazing vessel.
From an aesthetic standpoint - "DRESS BLUE" shines like a diamond, with the same care that goes into her performance being applied to her cosmetics. The brightwork glistens under layers of two-part clear Awlgrip, the Majestic Blue hull is kept waxed on a consistent basis, the booms and spars are like sculpture, having been sandblasted down and smoothed to a mirrored surface of polished aluminum, and a weekly wash keeps her standing tall.
Kept under full cover throughout the summer, and due to her caring owner's attention to detail and perfection, she shows much newer than her 2008 model year, and with her numerous upgrades she will raise a challenge to any NEW Alerion 28 and then some, yet at a fraction of the cost.
For the Alerion buyer who is looking for the unique vessel that stands head and shoulders above the rest, "DRESS BLUE" offers a rare opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind, relentlessly loved vessel that will turn heads anywhere she goes.
"DRESS BLUE" was also featured in the September 2016 issue of Good Old Boat -
Please contact Rob Welling for a copy of the article.
The new trend to elegant day sailers was pioneered by the notable beauty of this Carl Schumacher design, which sailors instinctively pause to admire. Quality produced by Pearson Composites, utilizing the SCRIMP system of resin infusion by vacuum, the AE 28 also delivers outstanding performance under sail, and is specifically designed to be easily single handed. With a fin keel and spade rudder providing exceptional maneuverability and stability, the Hoyt Jib Boom bringing off wind speed, and a 14-hp Yanmar Diesel Sail Drive adding reliable power, this beautifully balanced boat sets the standard for the ideal day sailer.
One of the first things one will notice upon laying eyes on "DRESS BLUE" are her two booms and spar. In late 2016, they were sandblasted down from the original powder coated white to bare aluminum. They were then polished and treated until they took on a mirror finish rivaling that of stainless steel. The look is extremely sleek, stylish and very impressive and unique.
Once away from the dock, her hand-sewn Carbon Fiber Ullman sails are yet another distinctive ingredient to "DRESS BLUE"'s arsenal. The sails alone cost over $15,000.
• Tiller-pilot auto-steering system
• Polished aluminum mast
• Polished aluminum main boom
• Polished aluminum self-tacking jib boom
• Harken mainsheet cam base and block mounted on a polished aluminum barney post
• Ullman Carbon Fiber main
• Ullman Carbon Fiber 90% roller furling jib
• Ullman Sail bag and lazy jack system
• Custom sail track with bearing cars on main
• Spectra line used for majority of running rigging
• Custom welded block grouping at base of mast to run all lines aft
• Custom setup for additional purchase on backstay
• Customized topping lift setup
• Customized reefing line for mainsail
• Main halyard is doubled for ease of raising sail
• Harken 4:1 traveler system mounted on aft deck - Continuous line
• (2) Lewmar self-tailing winches on cabintop
• 1x19 Stainless standing rigging with open barrel turnbuckles
• Internal halyards
• Dual wind indicators on masthead
• Dual spreaders
• Continuous rigged jib sheet through cam-cleats for easy single handed tacking
• Harken track, car, and blocks for self-tacking jib
• Majestic Blue Awlgrip hull sides
• White bottom paint (October 2016)
• 2-Part Awlgrip clear-coated teak throughout
• Cockpit cushions
• Canvas covers for grab rails
• Self-draining cockpit
• Teak toe-rails with flush inlay stainless chocks
• 8? Mooring cleats: 2 forward, 2 aft, 2 midship
• (4) Fixed elliptical Bomar portlights
• Teak and Lexan companionway hatch slider with Lexan drop-in washboard
• Custom stainless steel stemhead with welded jib tack and fair lead ring
• Manually operated bilge pump in cockpit
• Cockpit cover
• Full boat mooring cover
• Custom jack-stands for storage and/or trailering
The interior of "DRESS BLUE" shows practically new, down to the single-burner alcohol stove with the factory plastic still on it.
Accommodations include a V-berth that sleeps two comfortably, moving aft along the port side is a settee that doubles as a quarter berth, while the starboard side offers a sink with storage below, another small bench seat as well as the aforementioned alcohol stove and countertop.
The chart plotter sits on a swingarm to allow it to be stowed and/or viewed inside the cabin, or through the companionway and into the cockpit.
• Molded bulkheads with trim
• Tongue and groove headboard overhead
• Varnished teak and holly sole
• 3" Urethane cushions w/blue sunbrella fabric
• Sealand portable head (never used)
• 38qt. icebox/companionway step with teak and holly lid
• Single burner alcohol stove (never used)
• Raymarine C-80 Chartplotter
• Raymarine 1000 Tillerpilot
• Raymarine Depth Sounder
• Raymarine ST60 Depth/Speed/Wind
• Icom IC-M422 VHF with DSC
• Icom handheld VHF
• Clarion M-502 Stereo with Bluetooth and Cockpit control station
• USB port
• 12V plug
• 12V DC System designed to ABYC standard
• 12V House Battery (NEW 04/2017)
• 12V Start Battery (NEW 04/2017)
• DC electrical panel with 8 circuit breakers
• (2) Swivel reading lights
• (2) Overhead dome lights
• Navigation lights
Upon purchase the owner had the underside of the hull taken down, re-faired and finished off with white bottom paint. Beneath the classic good looks and sheer, lies a fin keel, spade rudder and sail drive with folding prop that offer competitive performance for those looking to push the rig to her full potential.
• Majestic Blue awlgrip topsides with beige inlay nonskid deck
• Infusion-molded GRP with biaxial and unidirectional E-glass reinforcing fabrics
• Vinyl ester resin gelcoat reinforcing layer
• Longitudinal integrated stringers
• Eglass and foam core structural bulkheads bonded to hull and deck
• Fin keep with bulb
• Spade rudder
• Sail drive with 2-blade folding prop