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42′ John Alden Cutter

A one-off design commission by John Alden, the “Iris” was built at the Stone Boat Yard in Alameda Ca. in 1934. The owner, who had his own lumber mill in Oregon, supplied all the beautiful clear Port Orford Cedar for her construction. She was built as a gift to his daughter Iris.

She is beautiful, excellently maintained, and an absolute joy to sail and be aboard. Stout, sea kindly, and fast, she has cruised the West Coast, from California to Alaska, and throughout the San Juan Islands and Inside Passage. Blessed with meticulous throughout her life, she recently underwent an extensive refit in the spring of 2016. Currently part of the San Juan Classic Day Sailing fleet and is available with charter business or alone.



  • Designed by John G. Alden
  • Built at the Stone Boat Yard in Alameda, Ca.
  • LOL 42′, LOD 34′
  • Beam 9″
  • Draft 6′
  • Displacement 19,5000lbs
  • Ballast 5,500lbs
  • 30 gallons fresh water
  • Port Orford Cedar hull and decks, oak frames, spruce masts and spars.
  • Auxiliary engine, Yanmar 28 hp
  • Berths for 4, galley with diesel stove, nav station with GPS, radar, VHF.
  • Traditionally rigged- sets 3 sails
  • Blessed with meticulous care and maintenance throughout her life
Price $60,000
Name Iris
Type Sail
Length 42 ft
Hull Material Wood
Designer John Alden
Classification Cutter

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