SOLD – 2015 27′ French and Webb Alerion Daysailer
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Bella Luna is a 27’ wood composite modified Herreshoff Alerion daysailer designed by Chuck Paine and built in 2015 by Belfast, ME boatbuilders French and Webb. Her commission for came from a repeat French and Webb customer who wanted the look of Nat Herreshoff’s famed Alerion design – the signature coach roof and cockpit coaming, hollow entry, and graceful sheer – but with the convenience, stability and ease of handling and of a modern luxury daysailer.
Paine did an excellent job redesigning the underbody and rig plan to meet Bella Luna’s design brief while still retaining the stunning above-the-waterline shape of the original Alerion. The switch from a centerboard to a full keel yielded increased initial stability and a more spacious cockpit. The Alerion’s powerful but somewhat unwieldly gaff rig was replaced with a more manageable, efficient Bermudian carbon fiber one. As a result, Bella Luna tracks better, points higher and sails flatter than her forbearer and all with a lot less fuss.
She has a large, well laid out cockpit with comfortable contoured seats, cleverly integrated sheet bags and ample storage outboard under the side decks. The matte, more-paint-than-varnish finishing scheme; continuous cockpit coaming; and dynel-over-ply deck give her a distinctly modern, uncluttered aesthetic that compliments her classic shape beautifully.
The cuddy cabin has port and stb’d settees and v-berth forward with a head on the centerline beneath, beautifully finished off with white paneling and mahogany trim. The inboard electric propulsion system she’s equipped with is ideal for a luxury daysailer like Bella Luna. It’s clean, silent, operates seamlessly and can be topped up indefinitely by solar panel or shore power without trips to the fuel dock.
Bella Luna checks all the boxes for a modern classic daysailer, timeless Herreshoff style; the added stability, ease of handling and upwind performance of a modern, carbon fiber bermudian rig and full keel; the convenience of inboard electric propulsion and a comfortable, tastefully appointed cuddy cabin to boot. She’s in excellent condition and currently in storage in Rockport, ME.
-LOA – 27’
-LWL – 21’8”
-Beam – 7’7”
-Draft – 4’6”
-Wood Composite construction: Cedar, Fir and Mahogany laminates laid up in epoxy and sheathed in fiberglass
-Fiberglass over marine plywood deck, laminated deck beams
-Marine plywood structural bulkheads
-Lead ballast, bronze keel bolts
-Sipo Mahogany cockpit coaming, toe rails, hatch, doors, tiller and interior trim
-Forte Carbon mast and boom
-Stainless standing rigging
-Herreshoff pattern bronze deck hardware from J.M. Reineck
-Roller furling jib
-Pope Sails main sail (with lazy jack system and Sunbrella sail cover)
-Mastervolt Drivemaster 2.5 kw 24v Electric Drive
-2 x Mastervolt AGM SL 200 Ah batteries
-Mastervolt Chargemaster 30 Amp battery charger
-Mastervolt DC-DC converter
-2 x Ganze solar panels (with Sunbrella storage bag)
-Stainless shaft & 2 blade fixed bronze prop
-PYI Dripless Shaft seal
-12V electrical system: panel, interior lights and 12v charging outlets
-2 x SPX Johnson 24 volt bilge pumps
– raised panel white and mahogany trim interior,
-green v-berth cushions and green and white sunbrella interior settee and exterior cushions
-Groco HF series marine head with 8 gal holding tank
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