With his new Alerion Express 38, Garry Hoyt delivers a boat for the evolving sailor's needs
In the beginning, Carl Schumacher created the Alerion 28, and it was good. Distributed by Garry Hoyt's Newport R&D since 1994, it was so good, in fact, that it defined a whole new sailing genre: the finely styled day-sailer that's neither cruiser nor racer but a sailboat to be rigged easily, enjoyed when
A self-tending jib and a big, roachy main, each controlled by electric winch, make the Alerion 38 a fun daysailer and a formidable opponent in a tacking duel.
help maintain sail shape when sailing off the wind.
We crack off to a broad reach, and the 810 square feet of sail holds us at a steady 6-plus on the speedo.
Below, the Alerion Express has two bunks forward and a table and two settees in the main cabin. Starboard of the companionway is a head with shower; to port is the galley with a sink and a two-burner propane stove and oven. The cabin is white laminate with teak trim and a varnished teak-and-holly sole.
The Alerion, powered by 40-horse Yanmar diesel, maneuvers well in close quarters.
"I hate a boat that doesn't move," Hoyt says as we head back for the dock. So it's not surprising that his new Aleri-on is as quick as it is pretty.
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