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28' Alerion Express 28


DITZY is one of the finest Alerion Express 28 yachts on the water. Her long term owners are yacht industry professionals who have heavily upgraded and maintained her to the highest standards. She is a must-see yacht that is turn-key and ready to enjoy immediately. She is conveniently lying in Pt. Richmond on San Francisco Bay.

Sailboats are by nature graceful, and many claim to please your eye. But the Alerion Express 28 has consistently been recognized as one of the prettiest boats on the water. That she also has a thoroughly modern underwater shape simply adds to her lustre.

A maximized cockpit and cabin makes the Alerion Express 28 the perfect cruising yacht for you and your spouse ? for weekend adventures or just a spur of the moment evening or after-work sail.

By preserving the traditional look topside ? where it shows, and giving the hull a modern design below the waterline, the Alerion Express 28 offers the best of both worlds: great style and great performance along with the pride and admiration they bring.

A very manageable sailplan with a self-tacking jib boom is easily single-handed. And even the most die-hard racers speak of how beautifully balanced and delightful it is to sail the Alerion Express 28.

  • 2018 - Dyform Standing Rigging
  • 2016 - Pineapple Carbon Main - lightly used
  • 2018 - Seahawk Biocop TF Bottom Paint (Sprayed)
  • 2018 - Yanmar 1GM10 Full Engine Service
  • Make: Alerion
  • Model: Express 28
  • Year: 2004
  • Length: 28ft
  • Name: DITZY
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Located In: Richmond, CA
  • Category: Sail
  • Class: Daysailers
  • Designer: Carl Schumacher
  • Builder: Tillotson-Pearson - Rhode Island
  • LOA: 28.25 feet
  • LWL: 22.83 feet
  • Beam: 8.17 feet
  • Max Draft: 4.5 feet
  • Ballast: 2200 pounds
  • Displacement: 5700 pounds
  • Total Engines: 1
  • Engine 1
  • EngineMake: Yanmar Diesel
  • EngineModel: 1GM10
  • EngineYear: 2004
  • EngineFuel: diesel
  • PropellerType: Folding
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 6 gallon
  • Fuel Tank Count: 1
  • Water Tank Capacity: 6 gallon
  • Water Tank Count: 1
  • Heads: 1

Additional Descriptions

Custom Upgrades and Details
  • Hull Number: 272
  • Engine: Yanmar 1GM10
  • Drive Train: Martec Folding Prop & Shaft
  • Bottom Paint: Seahawk Biocop TF, Sprayed Last painted 05/01/2018
  • Professionally Rigged and Maintained since 2006
  • Upgraded Lewmar 28 2-Speed Winches for both Cabin Top and Spinnaker
  • Custom Winch bases for secondary winches
  • Upgraded Harken MKIV Furler
  • Pineapple Carbon Main 2016, Lightly Used
  • Pineapple Carbon Jibs 2007 & 2013 Pineapple Dacron jib 2006 

  • Pineapple Dacron Radial Cut Main 2007 

  • Symmetrical Spinnaker 2007 not used for racing
  • Full spinnaker gear including boom sleeve for pole
  • Full TackTick wireless instrument package - Compass, Wind, Speed & Depth

  • Dyform Standing Rigging 2018
  • Hi-Tec Halyards and control lines throughout
  • Backstay lead to barney post
  • Traveler Controls lead to barney post
  • Additional purchase added to main outhaul and backstay
  • Custom Jib Boom gas spring
  • Jib Boom Traveler and controls
  • Jib Luff Sock
  • Mainsail Cover
  • Hatch and handrail covers
  • Full boat cover
  • Lifting Slings
  • Fortress Anchor & Anchor rode
  • Dock Lines
  • Portable Head (never used)


Bob Perry Design Review: Alerion Express 28

Yesterday's romance, today's performance - By Bob Perry

It is easy to get caught up in megayacht fever. Rare and exotic materials punctuated with gold fixtures and objects of art for ambience work skillfully together to remove any feeling at all that you are on a boat. Wait a minute! I thought we wanted to feel like we were on a boat. I wonder what goes through the head of a megayacht owner as he or she sits on the upper fantail and watches Russell Upsomerup zoom around the bay, singlehanded in his Alerion Express 28. "Gosh, I wish I had one."

There's a lot to say for the feeling of power and megalomania that comes with steering a huge yacht in a breeze, but the best way to appreciate the joys of sailing is to reduce it to its basic elements. If you are a beginner, an El Toro dinghy can do quite nicely. I have to drape myself across the little 8-footer with my feet usually dangling in the lee wash.

Take it up a notch and you can tackle a Laser dinghy. You will get some wet lessons on how to gybe in a breeze and your tummy muscles will spring back to life. When the Laser begins to bore you I suggest a windsurfer. Now you are physically part of the hardware of sailing. The slightest change in body attitude will result in performance changes that you will feel from head to toe.

These simple approaches to enjoying life under sail will reacquaint you with the basics that probably were responsible for your initial attraction to sailing, i.e., working with the elements, self-sufficiency and that strange feeling that comes with mastering over wind and wave. Small boats are a good way to get back to basics.

The Carl Schumacher-designed Alerion-Express is a great example. The general aesthetic model for this design is straight out of Nat Herreshoff's 1916 design Alerion.

The gentle sweep of the sheer is balanced by moderate overhangs and freeboard that is low by today's standards. Beam is narrow, and the hull shape looks to be moderate in all aspects. The D/L ratio is 168. Below the waterline the design shows a modern fin keel and a semi-balanced spade rudder. To me this is the most exciting mix of design features. Take an attractive, dated topsides look and blend it with performance characteristics below the waterline. The result is a boat that has the romance of yesterday and the performance of today.

You could cruise the Alerion-Express. The accommodations are quite Spartan, but there is a head tucked under the V-berth. The first step into the cabin is the top of the icebox. A Yanmar diesel is available as an option.

The rig is a fractional rig with self-tacking jib. The mainsheet leads forward from the Harken traveler to a barney post in the middle of the cockpit. The SA/D ratio is 20.97. I think that this sail area coupled with a healthy ballast-to-displacement ratio will result in a stiff and fast ride.

The Alerion-Express is currently being built by Tillotson-Pearson in Rhode Island. All gear is first rate and the overall look is one of a sophisticated and refined small yacht.

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