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Thread: 1955 Alden Yawl (Malabar XV)

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    I admit it ... I'm boatstruck. After a year and a half of watching, waiting, dealing with hard to reach boat brokers and reasuring my hesitant wife, I am now a wooden boat owner. I learned so much from this forum and after reading all the suggested books and with hands on guidence from Lee Erheart (shipwright) I found myself enjoying the recaulking of some seams and renuing the paint on the bottom and topsides recently. My wife is now in love with the boat and we will tackle the varnish work this spring. I was hoping that some one here might know some history of Malabar and how she got to be on the West Coast. She has had two other names, Nora and Aspara, as far as I've been able to find out. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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    Congradulations, on having a wonderful wife! PS the boat looks mighty nice too!

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    Looking at the Alden record since the late 20s I don't see those names. MALABAR was the name John Alden used for his personal boats, MALABAR I through XIII. We will need to know more about your boat to tell you more, but CONGRATULATIONS!! Have fun!!!

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    Thank you, according to the Alden firm she is Malabar XV, #901-A, John Alden's last Malabar. The book of his yacht designs mentions her as well. I am intrested in who owned her over the years, I've only got records that go back to 1968.

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    Thad, Sorry I just noticed you are in Marblehead ... that's where Malabar was built, by James Graves.

    [ 10-26-2005, 09:41 PM: Message edited by: Neo ]

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    I see! Thank you. I see Jim Graves (grandson) once in a while, if I remember I will ask him what he knows.

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    Default Re: 1955 Alden Yawl (Malabar XV)

    [QUOTE=Neo;578902]I admit it ... I'm boatstruck. After a year and a half of watching, waiting, dealing with hard to reach boat brokers and reasuring my hesitant wife, I am now a wooden boat owner. I learned so much from this forum and after reading all the suggested books and with hands on guidence from Lee Erheart (shipwright) I found myself enjoying the recaulking of some seams and renuing the paint on the bottom and topsides recently. My wife is now in love with the boat and we will tackle the varnish work this spring. I was hoping that some one here might know some history of Malabar and how she got to be on the West Coast. She has had two other names, Nora and Aspara, as far as I've been able to find out. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    My wife and I owned "Malabar XV: between about 1970 and 1980. Purchased it in Seattle and lived aboard during most of that time at a marina on Lake Union. During that time she was extensively gone over - new decks, new diesel stove, spars redone, refitted sails and a new staysail, new self-steering, head & shower, new electronics, ground tackle, etc. We also replaced an ancient Atomic 4 gas engine with a new diesel. And we spent a year cruising in Canada around Vancouver Island in about 1978-79. She was absolutely a great boat and a delight to sail. We bought her from some kind of sports recreation membership firm in Seattle that had owned it for a couple of years and was loaning it out to its members. It had seen some hard use - needed a lot of care. It was my understanding that it had been trucked across country. At the time it had the name Malabar XV but we were told its original name had been NORA and that the previous owners had given it the Malabar XV name to connect it more closely to Alden. We sold the boat in about 1980 and it ended up in the hands of someone who took it to Alaska to use, believe it or not, in commercial fishing. A couple of years later, we actually caught a quick glimpse of it passing when we were, ourselves, tied up in our subsequent boat at a marina in Ketchikan. It was festooned with a bunch of commercial fishing pots and gear which, seemed to us, very tragic. It was just a brief look at a distance through the glasses as it passed out on the channel and that was the very last time we ever saw it. I am thoroughly delighted to learn the boat has come into the hands of someone who appreciates and will care for it. Happy to answer any questions you might have and wish you the very best. She is a lovely boat that, in our brief experience with her on the ocean, behaved wonderfully at sea.

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    Default Re: 1955 Alden Yawl (Malabar XV)

    [QUOTE=Dontheboater;5241940]
    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    I admit it ... I'm boatstruck. After a year and a half of watching, waiting, dealing with hard to reach boat brokers and reasuring my hesitant wife, I am now a wooden boat owner. I learned so much from this forum and after reading all the suggested books and with hands on guidence from Lee Erheart (shipwright) I found myself enjoying the recaulking of some seams and renuing the paint on the bottom and topsides recently. My wife is now in love with the boat and we will tackle the varnish work this spring. I was hoping that some one here might know some history of Malabar and how she got to be on the West Coast. She has had two other names, Nora and Aspara, as far as I've been able to find out. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    My wife and I owned "Malabar XV: between about 1970 and 1980. Purchased it in Seattle and lived aboard during most of that time at a marina on Lake Union. During that time she was extensively gone over - new decks, new diesel stove, spars redone, refitted sails and a new staysail, new self-steering, head & shower, new electronics, ground tackle, etc. We also replaced an ancient Atomic 4 gas engine with a new diesel. And we spent a year cruising in Canada around Vancouver Island in about 1978-79. She was absolutely a great boat and a delight to sail. We bought her from some kind of sports recreation membership firm in Seattle that had owned it for a couple of years and was loaning it out to its members. It had seen some hard use - needed a lot of care. It was my understanding that it had been trucked across country. At the time it had the name Malabar XV but we were told its original name had been NORA and that the previous owners had given it the Malabar XV name to connect it more closely to Alden. We sold the boat in about 1980 and it ended up in the hands of someone who took it to Alaska to use, believe it or not, in commercial fishing. A couple of years later, we actually caught a quick glimpse of it passing when we were, ourselves, tied up in our subsequent boat at a marina in Ketchikan. It was festooned with a bunch of commercial fishing pots and gear which, seemed to us, very tragic. It was just a brief look at a distance through the glasses as it passed out on the channel and that was the very last time we ever saw it. I am thoroughly delighted to learn the boat has come into the hands of someone who appreciates and will care for it. Happy to answer any questions you might have and wish you the very best. She is a lovely boat that, in our brief experience with her on the ocean, behaved wonderfully at sea.
    Welcome to the Forum! Neo hasn't posted here in many years, so don't know if he still follows along. You might want to send him a private message and hope he gets it.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: 1955 Alden Yawl (Malabar XV)

    That's a pretty cool update.

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