Alden Classic Bermudan Cutter

Sailing cruiser from the year 1937 - 17,22m length - in New York (United States)

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77.035 €
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Some yachts hold such storied history in their timbers that they should be national monuments; there is no doubt that ZAIDA III should. Here is a rare opportunity to acquire and restore a thoroughly authentic living embodiment of American maritime history: in design (by John G Alden, Boston); in build (by one of the best, Henry B. Nevins, New York, for his City Island neighbour in business (sailmaker extraordinaire George E Ratsey, New York via Gosport, England); and in defending freedom at war (ZAIDA III’s war story below is epic). And, of course, she’s a very pretty and practical yacht with undoubted performance. ZAIDA III has reached the project stage in life although still in sailing condition; one could easily become besotted.

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Features of Alden Classic Bermudan Cutter:

Basic data

  • Type: Sailing cruiser

  • Year : 1937

  • Length: 17.22 m

  • Location: New York (United States)

  • Name: ZAIDA III

  • Flag: -

  • Shipyard: Alden

  • Material: Wood

Dimensions

  • Beam: 4.22 m

  • Draft: 2.3 m

  • Ballast: -

  • Displacement: 30000 Kg

Capacity

  • Maximum number of passengers: -

  • Cabins: -

  • Berths: -

  • Heads: -

  • Water capacity: -

Motor

  • Number of engines: 1

  • Power: 66 HP

  • Fuel capacity: -

  • Motor type : Others

  • Fuel type : Diesel

  • Make of the motor: Yanmar Turbo

  • Engine usage (hours): -

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Brokers Comments

Some yachts hold such storied history in their timbers that they should be national monuments; there is no doubt that ZAIDA III should. Here is a rare opseaportunity to acquire and restore a thoroughly authentic living embodiment of American maritime history: in design (by John G Alden, Boston); in build (by one of the best, Henry B. Nevins, New York, for his City Island neighbour in business (sailmaker extraordinaire George E Ratsey, New York via Gosseaport, England); and in defending freedom at war (ZAIDA III’s war story below is epic). And, of course, she’s a very pretty and practical yacht with undoubted performance. ZAIDA III has reached the project stage in life although still in sailing quality; one could easily become besotted.

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History

Impeccable provenance in design, build and ownership would always have guaranteed ZAIDA III a features place in American yachting history, but it was her Second World War activities while on anti-submarine patrol on the US east coast that really made her a legend in her own lifetime.
ZAIDA III was John G Alden’s second design for Gosseaport, England-born, City Island, New York-based George E Ratsey of Ratsey & Lapthorn sailmakers. Her predecessor, ZAIDA II, was a 52ft stock schooner design commissioned in 1930 as a family cruiser/ racer-come-test-bed (presumably), and Newseaport, Rhode Island floating office – necessitated by the heads of time the City Island sailmaker was spending there to assistance the loft’s growing J-Class America’s Cup workload. ZAIDA III seems to have had broadly similar function whilst drawing out the ends on a similar underbody, and rigged as a cutter. For both vessels there was a simple layout of two roomy and beautifully appointed compartments apartd by a heavy curtain, so that two apart business meetings could take place at the same time. George Ratsey’s son, Colin, is quoted in Dr William Collier’s history of the famous sailmaking dynasty recounting ZAIDA II’s first day in such assistance:
“One unit was sent forward and the curtain was pulled, and the other unit went aft. The result was... some stupendous orders had been placed, all in secrecy, so the vessel almost paid for itself that day.”
But it wasn’t all about work; at play Ratsey had a reputation for getting the best out of his yachts. The cutter sail plan ZAIDA III first sailed under, seen in the graph here drawn by long time Alden associate William McNary, shows the quadrilateral jib pioneered and made famous on the J-Class vessels of the 1930s, but not common at all on cruisers. In her first season, ZAIDA III's racing competitors included the nodesk Sparkman & Stephens-designed yawl EDLU. ZAIDA III was later re-rigged, spending much of her life as a yawl.
After the USA entered the Second World War, the Nazi U-Boat threat to Allied supply and troop ships on the eastern seaboard multiplied. When the US government enlisted yachts over 50ft/15m as civilian-crewed Coast Guard Reserve observation and patrol vessels, George Ratsey quickly made ZAIDA III available; the number CGR 3070 was applied to her black topsides and she was re-rigged as a yawl. It was as CGR 3070 that ZAIDA III became more widely famous while on patrol in December 1942. Blasted for three weeks by hurricanes and blizzards, and posted missing, she became the object of one of the greatest searches in maritime history before being finally located off the coast of North Carolina, about 1000 miles south of her original station, Nantucket Shoals. She was finally rescued and towed into Ocracoke, Hatteras on Christmas Eve 1942. George Ratsey died at home aged 67 on Christmas Day.
Post-war, ZAIDA III had her cutter rig restored. In present ownership since 1978, she remains in assistance as a much loved family

 
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Alden Classic Bermudan Cutter

Wood boat, built by Alden, at a sale price of 77.035€. If you are interested in this sailing cruiser, contact the advertiser Sandeman Yacht Company now.

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