Alerion 28 for sale

Annapolis, MD, United States

$68,500 USD

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General information
Alerion 28
Used sail boat for sale
$68,500 USD
Carl Schumacher
Length overall
Length waterline
2.85 tons (U.S.)
Fin Keel
Annapolis, MD, United States

About this Alerion 28


"Cogito" is just the boat you have been waiting to find. She has been lift kept with very little use and consequently minimum wear and tear and her black hull with a quick inspection show no sign of nicks or blemishes. The Severn River can be seen from the dock so the engine is barely needed to run before you are sailing on the river. If you are looking for a simple easy to sail day-sailor for short handed or solo sailing, the Alerion 28 is a perfect boat and "Cogito" is definitely in better condition than most at her age. It should definitely be on your list to come and see. 

Brief Description

The Alerion 28 is not only a very pretty boat on the water. "Cogito" with her black hull also is the ideal boat for that spur of the moment short handed sail and handles fabulously. The updated Schumaker design picks up and sails gracefully out of the creek on the light air days while other boats need a solid breeze to get up and go. With more wind, the Alerion 28 is very well balanced and with the large rudder and fin keel she can turn on a dime. Full length battens and lazy jacks keep the main together while the roller furling jib with the self tacking Hoyt jib boom with "Extender" make it very simple to go for a short or single handed sail on the spur of the moment. 

Forward Vee berth, port side berth, and marine head offer the opportunity to go for a longer cruise, over-night or for a week-end. Rarely needed with the Alerion 28 is the reliable Volvo engine with sail drive if the wind drops out completely and you need to motor back to port.

BUT, the Alerion 28 is not about what it has down below. It's all about having a great sailing boat with a balanced helm and open cockpit which comfortably sits 4+/-. All lines lead aft to the cockpit. The boat is so well balanced that by locking the tiller in place with a bungy cord, she tracks straight and allows you to take care of other issues.

Sailing. Pure and Simple.

That's what Alerion sailing is all about. The Alerion 28 Express is all about you on the water enjoying the opportunities that life offers you when the wind is right you want to go for that perfect sail. Designed originally by Nathanael Herreshoff to be his own personal sailing retreat to escape for a couple of hours. The hull design was modified in 1990 by Carl Schumaker and a more efficient rig and sail plan were added to what was once recognized as the "Prettiest girl at the Dance".

"Cogito" is truly worth coming to see if you are looking for a boat that is ready to go and will not disappoint you.The engine has been properly maintained and runs great even though it's only used to get in and away from the dock.

As I said, If you are looking for a well maintained Alerion 28, this is the right boat for you.

Alerion 28 Review by Marine Surveyor Tarn Kelsey

The surveyor’s life is often perceived as one of constant joy rides on other people’s boats. While it is true that many inspections do include an obligatory sea trial, the main focus of the sea trial is to test the engine and electronics and get a decent look at the sails and rigging. Depending on the boat, 60 minutes on the water is usually sufficient, brevity being the operative term. Normally I am grateful when the broker gently turns the conversation to returning to the dock, especially when it’s 28 degrees with snow flurries. Nuances of the boat performance and sail trim are left for later.

The Alerion 28 Express is one of the exceptions to the brevity rule, and one of the few boats I don’t mind spending another 20 to 30 minutes on the water pretending to be working. The boats are genuinely fun to sail, can make decent speed without trying too hard, and point well. The Alerion 28 is a unique blend of a larger boat feel blended with small boat excitement and responsiveness. The cockpit is relatively dry considering the low profile of the hull. The success of the A28 inspired several additions to the Alerion line including the Express 20, Express 30, Express 33, Express 38, and Express 41.

The Alerion 28 Express is a direct descendent of Nathanial Herreshoff’s 1912 26-foot Alerion III and is a combination of the original Herreshoff lines blended with a modern underbody. The Alerion 28 Express was designed primarily as a daysailer/racer with an easy-to-handle sail plan and a cockpit designed for more than two and a half people. Interior amenities are very basic. Overnighting in my opinion would be akin to sleeping in the back of a van.

As of this writing the Alerion 28 Express is still in production, having over the years been built by four different manufacturers at different times. The Alerion 28 Express was introduced in 1989 with production starting in 1990; Holby Marine built the first seven hulls. In 1992 TPI (Tillotson Pearson of J-Boat fame) obtained the molds and built A28s until closing its doors in 2011.

US Watercraft took over production until 2018. Alerion Yachts was formed and continued production in 2018. As of the start of 2018, over 470 hulls of the A28 have been produced. The basic Carl Schumacher design hybrid has not been altered much, but there have been some significant changes in production techniques and materials.

In 1994 Garry Hoyt introduced the optional Hoyt jib boom for the headsail which significantly simplified sail handling. Also in 1994, an upgrade to a bulb keel was made, and infusion molding of the cored hulls and decks was introduced. The current 2019/2020 sales literature indicates foam core in both the hull and deck. Earlier decks hulls were balsa cored. I could not determine the exact year that the transition from end grain balsa to foam core occurred. During its stewardship US Water Craft introduced a re-designed interior and introduced a grid structure to optimize strength and dovetail better with an improved resin infusion building process.

The engine package has changed over the years; earlier boats were shaft driven with a two-cylinder Yanmar diesel. The engine and transmission were later changed to a Yanmar sail drive. Current models are delivered with a Volvo engine and sail drive. Current specs on new boats indicate stainless rod rigging; all the older boats in my records were 1X 19 stainless wire.

Due to its long production run, prices for a used Alerion 28 Express are all over the map. In December 2019 asking prices ranged from $22,500 to $115,000. Most asking prices seem to be between roughly $40,000 and $80,000.

After surveying many of these boats, I have some consistent observations/findings to share;

Older boats with a balsa core could have typical balsa-core problems such as moisture intrusion and degradation of the core.

Older boats were susceptible to wet plywood bulkheads where the chain plates were attached.

Access to engines with the sail drive package was tight. If I recall, a section of the cockpit was removable to provide access to some upper engine components and sail drive.

With virtually no bilge area the teak and holly laminate cabin soles would be exposed to moisture from underneath resulting in deterioration of the cabin sole and/or water stains.


LOA: 28’3”

LWL: 22’10”

Beam: 8’2”

Draft: 4’6 or 3’9”

Displacement: 5700 lb.

Designer: Carl Schumacher

Builders: Holby Marine, Tillotson Pearson, US Watercraft, Alerion Yachts

About the Author: Captain Tarn Kelsey is the owner and operator of Kelsey Marine Survey based out of Annapolis. 

Hoyt Jib Boom

Hoyt™Jib BoomSystem Easy, automatic tacking and jibing.  As your boat tacks or bears off to sail downwind, and the sheets are eased, the Hoyt Jib Boom ™ maintains precise control of the jib, especially the leech. This results in remarkable performance improvement and ease of handling.

Proven on thousands of sailboats and numerous trans-oceanic passages.

  • Leech twist is perfectly trimmed downwind
  • The jib is self tacking upwind
  • Self vanging downwind
  • Up and downwind jib control is simple and easy - perfect for single-handing
  • Sailing is easy, efficient and comfortable
  • White Powder Coated (base only)
  • Perfect trim of your 100% self-tacking jib - sailing Wing and Wing is actually easy!

“The Hoyt Jib Boom™ is one of the best cruising innovations I have seen or used”. Ken Read, Vice President, North Sails

“Hundreds of Island Packets with these Hoyt Boom™ staysail rigs have now logged countless miles cruising worldwide in all varieties of conditions. I’d be hard pressed to improve on any aspect of this setup and would heartily recommend it to all cruising sailors”. Bob Johnson, President/Island Packet Yachts

Sail easier, smoother and faster with your Hoyt Jib Boom.

The typical base placement (center of the pedestal base) is 10% aft of the headstay. This is not a critical location, but rather a “Rule of Thumb”. Various obstacles can obstruct the pedestal base position. All knuckles are bent to 57 degrees. All pedestals are set at 23 degrees. All angles are calculated on a perfectly flat and level deck. Wedges will be required on many installations to make up for deck camber. A universal black molded urethane wedge which can be cut to fit is available from Forespar®.

  • Features
  • Installation/Maintenance
  • Tech Tips
  • Diagrams
  • Spare Parts

• Leach twist perfectly trimmed downwind

• Self tacking upwind • Self vanging downwind

• Up and downwind jib control based on a simple & effective principle

• Sail more easily and more efficiently!

• White Powder Coated (base only)

• Perfect trim of your 100% self-tacking jib Wing and Wing downwind "

Equipment and Accomodations

  • V berth forward
  • sink
  • teak and holly sole
  • portable cooler with step
  • compass
  • 12volt battery
  • Fortress Anchor with rode and chain
  • Docklines
  • Flares
  • cockpit cushions
  • horn
  • fenders
  • manual and electric bilge pump
  • Keel stepped Aluminum mast and boom
  • Hoyt jib boom
  • All stainless rigging
  • Harken roller furling
  • Main sail with full battens and Lazy Jacks
  • Self tending jib
  • Self tailing primaries
  • Boom vang
  • Backstay adjuster
  • swim ladder

Sail Ratios:

I: 43.40 ft / 13.23 m J: 14.00 ft / 4.27 m P: 44.40 ft / 13.53 m E: 15.70 ft / 4.79 m S.A. Fore: 303.80 ft2 / 28.22 m2 S.A. Main: 348.54 ft2 / 32.38 m2 S.A. Total (100% Fore + Main Triangles) 652.34 ft2 / 60.60 m2 S.A./Disp. (calc.): 19.55 Est. Forestay Len.: 45.60 ft / 13.90 m

Default Disclaimer

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Depthsounder, Plotter, Compass, GPS, VHF, Radio, CD player, Cockpit speakers

Inside Equipment

Manual bilge pump, Battery charger

Outside Equipment

Swimming ladder, Mainsail cover, Lazyjacks

Other Equipment

Cogito, Displacement, Wind speed and direction, Fully battened mainsail, Furling genoa, Tiller

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Fuel capacity
7 gallons (U.S.)
Cruising speed
7 mph
Number of cabins
Number of berths
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Broker/Dealer Information

North Point Yacht Sales

Owner Ken Comerford
7330 Edgewood Road
United States
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