40′ Alden Cutter Sloop – SOLD - ID: 42224


Launched 1941
LOA 39' 6"
Beam 10' 6"
Draft 6' 0"
Gross Tonnage 18,000 lbs
8,165 kg
Net Tonnage 14,000 lbs
6,350 kg

40′ Alden Cutter Sloop – SOLD


Symra was built in 1941 by the Seattle Edison Vocational School. The boat’s design is associated with two notable naval architects: John Alden and Ed Monk Sr. Symra was launched as the first sail boat designed by Monk, best known in the Pacific Northwest for his powerboats and signature ‘keyhole’ cut out bulkheads. Symra’s graceful hull stood out in Monk’s portfolio and over the years he re-scaled the design many times. Rumor has it none of the boats built to the re-scaled designs carried the speed of Symra.

In the late 1990’s a copy of the 1936 Yachting Magazine featuring Alden’s design #636 was passed along to Symra’s owner. The similarities in the design were striking – too similar to be a coincidence.  In 2016 suspicions were confirmed when a curator at the Hart Nautical Collections of the MIT Museum verified Symra as an Alden built to design #636. Symra is one of eight boats built to this design.

Symra has had three owners and been expertly maintained. Built for William S. Larsen, the boat was sold to the current owner’s father in 1952. In 1993 the current owner purchased Symra from his father and took on maintenance responsibilities. For many years the boat was raced in the Pacific Northwest, but in the last few decades Symra has been enjoyed as a family cruising boat based out of the Tacoma Yacht Club.

A 2018 survey is available upon request.

Vessel Details:

Name: Symra

Designer: John Alden

Builder: Edison Vocational School, Seattle, WA


Construction and Layout:

Planking: 1 ¼” Carvel Planked

Original planking: Port Orford Cedar. Newer Planks: Alaskan Yellow Cedar.

Fasteners: Galvanized steel boat nails. Galvanized steel wood screws for plank replacements

Frames: Steam bent White Oak 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” on 10” Centers

Floor Timbers: Port Orford Cedar 1 5/8” x 8” – every 4th one midship is 4” x 8”

Keel and Deadwood: Douglas Fir

Keel Bolts: Renewed 1981 with galvanized steel round bar. 1” diameter

Stem: Red Gum

Stem Iron: Steel flat bar 5/16” x 2”

Clamp Timber: Painted, Port Orford Cedar or Douglas Fir, 1 ¾” x 3 ½”

Shelf Timber: Painted, Port Orford Cedar or Douglas Fir, 1 5/8” x 4 ¾”

Deck Beams: Painted, Port Orford Cedar or Douglas Fir, 1 ¾” x 2 ¾” on 11” centers

Decking: Conventional teak laid deck

Cabin Top: Canvas

Cabin Sides: Painted


Exterior and Hull/Underbody:

External Ballast: Cast Iron 7,800lbs Coated with coal tar epoxy

Rudder: Keel hung cruising wood rudder. Hardware and all fitting bronze.

Propeller: 3 Blade bronze

Shaft: Monel, 1 ¼” diameter

Stern Tube Housing: Cast bronze with rubber cutlass bearing

Stuffing Box: Conventional bronze packing gland

Through-Hull Fittings: Bronze through hulls with bronze seacocks or bronze ball valves

Anodes: Prop nut zinc. Renewed during 5/2018 haul out

Bottom Last Painted: 5/2018

Topsides Last Painted: 5/2018


Deck Equipment/Arrangement:


Main: Lewmar Delta 30lb

Spare: Danforth

Anchor Roller: Stainless steel anchor roller at bow

Anchor Windlass: Bronze 12V Quick Antares model vertical windlass with wildcat and line handling capstan. Can be operated with remote from cockpit

Anchor Chain: Reportedly 200 ft of 5/16” high test galvanized chain

Mooring Fittings:

5 ½” x 5 ½” hardwood Sampson post on fore deck with port and starboard open bronze chocks

Port and starboard primary winches used for aft mooring points with port and starboard open bronze cleats

Lifelines: Single course of nylon sheathed 3/16” stainless steel cable through bronze stanchions.

Chain Plates: Stainless Steel, internal, three per side, each 3/8” thick (2 x 2” wide, 1 x 3” wide)

Standing Rigging: 1 x 19 Stainless Steel wire rope, 5/16” shrouds and backstay. Swaged end fittings and open barrel bronze turnbuckles with leather covers.

Running Rigging: Braided Dacron line, 3/8”, 7/16”, ½”, and 9/16” in diameter

Wire Halyards: 1 x 7 Stainless Steel ¼” Diameter

Blocks: Wood (Merriman), Garhauer, Schaefer

Genoa Tracks: Bronze, Garhauer cars through bolted on port and starboard cap rails

Mast Boom and Spinaker Pole: Varnished Sitka Spruce. Bronze hardware and fittings. Two sets of wood spreaders along with jumper struts.

Mast Step: Hardwood

Roller Furling Headsail: Harken roller

Primaries: 2 Vintage Bronze Lewmar winches outboard of cockpit

Secondaries: 2 Vintage Bronze Lewmar winches outboard of cockpit. Merriman 2A

Wire Halyard Winches: 2 Merriman on mast

Rope Halyard Winch: Single vintage bronze winch on mast. Marriman 2A

Sail Inventory: Dacron

Neil Pryde Main

Neil Pryde Asymetrical Gennaker

Neil Pryde Cruising Genoa

Watts Spinnaker



Magnetic Compass: Ritchie bulkhead mounted with 3 ½” card

Nav. Lights: Red, green, forward streaming, anchor and stern

Steering: Wood Tiller

VHF Radios: Uniden UM380 / Uniden Handheld

Depthsounder: Coastal Navigator analog flasher

Other: Salem nickel plated 3 ½” barometer and clock



Engine: Beta Marine 35, 4-Cylinder, naturally aspirated diesel engine rated for 35 hp at 2,800 rpm

Instrumentation: Cockpit mounted panel with tachometer, hour meter and indicator lights for oil pressure, coolant temperature, volts along with an additional analog Murphy gauge for coolant temperature

Marine Transmission: TMC 60

Engine Hours: 275.2

Engine Cooling: Raw water drawn through a bronze strainer and engine heat exchanger

Exhaust: Wet exhaust

Alarms: Audible and visual for low oil pressure and high coolant temp

Starting: Electric with key start and push button stop

Engine Controls: Vetus single lever cable



AC System: 125V, 30 amp with Marinco shore power receptacle, single Marinetics shore power main breaker and convenience outlets in habitability spaces

DC System: 12V DC

Distribution Panel: Marinetics 12 volt distribution panel with breakers for branch circuits


Start: Single Dyno 12V, Group H31

House: 4 x 6V AGM batteries (440 amp hours)

Battery Monitor: BEP Matrix

Battery Switches: 3 x Blue Sea Systems vapor tight rotary switches for battery isolation/selection/emergency

Alternator: Belt driven 12V 70 amp on propulsion engine

Lighting: 12V DC and 110V AC convenience outlets

Other: BEP VSR battery charging relay


Auxiliary Systems/Equipment:

Bilge Pumping System:

Rule 2000 with float switch in galley bilge fitted with an anti syphon fitting in a high loop

Manual Gusher diaphragm pump with  pick-up forward of shaft stuffing box

CNG System: Two CNG cylinders (1 – Main, 1 – Spare) are mounted outboard of the galley stove and are fitted with regulator and pressure gauge

Potable Water System: Single fiberglass fresh water tank with foot pumps at galley and head sinks. Fresh water capacity: 40 US Gallons

Marine Sanitation System: Type III MSD with a single manual Groco marine toilet, ‘Y’ valve and 20 US Gallon bladder holding tank. Discharge by way of portable hose

Fuel System: 2 x welded steel diesel fuel tanks located aft and vented to atmosphere. System fitted with shut-off valves. Racor model 500 FGSS spin-on primary fuel filter along with USCG approved fuel lines. Deck fittings located port and starboard in cockpit. Fuel Capacity: 44 US Gallons

Galley Equipment:

Force 10, 2 burner CNG stove

Top loading refrigerator/freezer with remote mounted Isotherm model 3700 compressor unit. Isotherm monitor/control panel mounted in galley

Single Stainless Steel sink with manual water supply pump and Whale foot overboard discharge pump

Cabin Heat: Force 10 kerosene cabin heater with bulkhead heat shield, approved exhaust and locker mounted fuel tank

Other: Full winter and summer covers; Cockpit Bimini cover; Maine sail and Genoa zippered covers; Rail mounted BBQ


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