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Alestra on her mooring


Photo of Alestra, a wooden 30 foot sloop designed by Carl Alberg

Alestra, nee Venture IV, an Alberg designed 30 ft sloop that was built by Graves Yacht Yard in Marblehead, MA in 1960.

A copy of the brochure for Venture IV, as she was first named. Note that the diagram actually shows a slightly different design, the A B Cruiser, with a flush deck.


This Old Boat book cover This Old Boat by Don Casey

Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical, plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced. This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too. I still refer to it.

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