SOLD – 101′ 1929 John Alden Schooner - ID: 45347


LOA 101' 0"
Beam 18' 0"
Draft 10' 6"
Displacement 83 tons

SOLD – 101′ 1929 John Alden Schooner

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Summerwind was drawn as a blue water cruising/racing yacht with a gaff topsail schooner rig. She is one of the last remaining large schooners from the heyday of the Alden design office (#412), built by the C.A Morse Company of Thomaston, ME in 1929.

Summerwind underwent a comprehensive, two-year refit in Palm Beach Florida in ‘07-’09 (detailed below).  Her hull was substantially rebuilt, and her sail handling, mechanical and domestic systems were replaced to modern specifications.

She has a large, all-electric galley, 3 heads, laundry facilities, climate control and the battery, fuel, and generator capacity to power it all.  There is accommodation for 13 in 5 over/under twin berth cabins and a large, ensuite owner’s cabin.

With her Bermudian staysail-schooner rig; carbon spars; furling headsails and hydraulic winches, Summerwind’s sailing performance is significantly upgraded and sail handling simplified.  Her twin hydraulic drives and bow thruster make her exceptionally maneuverable under power as well.

Summerwind has a rare combination of features for a schooner yacht of her vintage and pedigree.   Her interior configuration, domestic systems, and updated rig and deck gear package make her well suited to both charter work or private ownership and mean she can be run with a small crew.  She’s handsome, quick, seaworthy and comfortable, an Alden Schooner through and through and a deal at her current price.  Currently lying in Annapolis, MD.


Summerwind, originally named Queen Tyi, was built for a Wall Street banker named Arthur Crisp in 1929.  Crisp’s ownership was rumored to have been quite brief, he lost Queen Tyi to the stock market crash that very year.  She changed hands and there is little record of her during the interwar period.  Like many other oceangoing yachts Summerwind, at that point named Sea Gypsy, was conscripted into the Coastal Picket Patrol during WWII and patrolled for U-boats off the Massachusetts coast.

Summerwind likely remained under American ownership until 1964 when she was bought by a German owner and converted into a charter boat. She chartered through the 70s and 80s in Europe and underwent refits at Cantiere Navalle Argentario in 85/90 and at Jongert in Palma Mallorca in 99/02.  In 2006 Sea Gypsy was spotted in Palma by a Ft. Worth Texas businessman who brought her back to West Palm Beach for a significant two year-restoration (detailed below).

Summerwind made her post-refit debut at the Newport Bucket in 2009 and won her class.  Since then, she’s changed hands a few times: served as an ambassador vessel for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 2010-2013, as a private yacht from 2013-2015 (during which time she was fit with a new set of GMT carbon rigs and suit of North 3Di sails) and again as a sail training and ambassador vessel for the Naval Academy’s Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS).

Interior: Summerwind’s interior layout reflects her past life as a charter boat but is well suited for private, charter or mixed use.  Inside her large deck house there is a seating area aft, a second helm station to stb’d and nav. area to port.  The companionway leads down into the salon with dining area to stb’d, and a spacious well laid-out galley forward to port.  There are two cabins aft of the salon, the ensuite owner’s double berth cabin to port and an upper and lower single berth cabin to stb’d.  Forward of the salon there are two heads, 3 upper and lower single berth cabins, laundry facilities, and an additional large single berth in the forepeak.

07-09 Refit:

-All planking and framing, floors, transom, transom framing and replaced

-stem, stem knee, horn timber and deadwood repaired or replaced

-Keel inspected and bolts ex-rayed and found to be in good condition

-new deckhouse/cockpit

-new nav./electronics system

-new Lewmar deck gear/winch package and hydraulic powerpack

-new plumbing

-new wiring, panels and charging system

-new galley

-2 new Northern Lights generators

-new aircon system


-Mann diesel D2866TE 300 HP

-2 x hydraulic Schottel hydraulic drives (removed and bench serviced in 2015)

-Lewmar Bow thruster (replaced in 2015)

Spars and Deck Gear:

-Carbon Main and Fore masts and standing rigging from GMT (2014)

-Carbon “Park Ave” Main and Fore booms GMT (2009)

-3 x Anderson 46 winches (foremast halyards), 3 x Anderson 56 winches (main mast halyards), 9 x Lewmar 68 hydraulic winches (sheet winches)

-2 x Seldon hydraulic furlers


-Main, Fore, Fore-staysail, Genoa, Staysail and 2 Asymmetric spinnakers from Evolution sails in 2014

-Suit of Doyle Dacron sails from the Gaff rig stored in container


-Nobletech PC

-Raymarine plotter, 4KW radar, depth and speed transducers, compass

-Simrad AC20 Autopilot

-B&G wind instruments

-Sat phone – KVH252 Trak Phone

-Icom IC-M5404 VHF


Mechanical/Electrical systems:

-2 x Northern Lights generators – 25 KW M864W3

-Mastervolt charging system.

-Lewmar hydraulic powerpack

-Air conditioning system – Cruisair Chill water 84,000 BTU/hr

-2x water heaters

-Halon engine room fire system

-FCI Max-Q Water maker

-Servo oil change pump

-14 battery house/hydraulic battery bank with separate Engine and Generator start batteries

Domestic Systems:

-Meile electric stove and oven

-Residential style Fridge

-Grunert freezer

-Vacuflush heads


-500 gal. fuel capacity in 5 aluminum tanks new in 09

-250 gal. water

-70+140 gal. black water tanks

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