Albin Ballad (1979) for sale in Sunderland, United Kingdom

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The "Albin Ballad" currently for sale is located in Sunderland, United Kingdom. This 1979 model, named "Bali-Hai," is a 9.14-metre long cruiser/racer designed by Rolf Magnusson and built by Albin Marine. Renowned for its offshore racing capabilities and cruising comforts, this vessel has had only two owners who have successfully sailed both locally and to faraway destinations. The boat was re-engined in 2001 with a Volvo Penta MD2020 and features a copper-coated hull from 2006. It includes a comprehensive suite of sails and modern navigation equipment. The spacious interior offers full standing headroom, a well-equipped galley, and comfortable sleeping arrangements. If you're looking for a reliable, fast family yacht with an array of amenities, "Bali-Hai" is an excellent choice.

General information
Albin Ballad
Used sail boat for sale
Name of boat
Rolf Magnusson
Length overall
9.14 metres
Length waterline
6.90 metres
2.96 metres
1.55 metres
3,300 kg
Fin Keel
Sunderland, United Kingdom

About this Albin Ballad


'Bali-Hai' is a lovely example of the popular cruiser/racer built by Swedish boat builder Albin Marine to a Rolf Magnusson design. There was 1500 produced as they were extremely popular boats back in the late 70's and early 80's due to their performance as a capable offshore racer and having all the creature comforts of a long range cruiser. 'Bali-Hai' has only ever had 2 owners and both have enjoyed success at club level as well as visiting faraway shores which is testament to the boat and its capabilities. 
If you are looking for a safe, quick, racer/cruiser suitable for family yachting on a budget then look no further. The boat was re-engined in 2001 and her hull was copper-coated in 2006. Comprehensive suit of sails. 


Vessel is powered by a Volvo Penta MD2020 inboard diesel engine. This 3-cylinder workhorse was installed in 2001 to replace to original Volvo MD6B. Engine start panel mounted in cockpit with audible and visual warning lights for temperature, oil pressure and charging. Separate gauges mounted above quarter berth for battery monitor and fuel tank. Single lever engine control mounted in cockpit with forward and reverse gearing. Engine is serviced annually with most recent in April 2024.
2:31 reduction gearbox driving a stainless steel shaft and 2-bladed bronze folding propeller.
12/240V system on board with fused switch panel and key style battery isolators. 3-pin sockets on board for use when hooked up to shore mains power. 2x12V batteries providing engine start and domestic power. Batteries are new in 2024 and recharged via engine alternator.


Well equipped yacht suitable for either long range or coastal cruising. Included in the sale are:

Navigation Aids

  • Plastimo compass with back light
  • NASA Navtex
  • Space Age Electronics Depth sounder with built in anchor watch
  • Garmin 128 GPS
  • Compact SX-25 VHF
  • Simrad TP20 autopilot
  • Lowrance Globalmap 3300c colour chart plotter
  • Navigation Lights
  • Clock and barometer set

Deck Equipment

  • CQR anchor with 100M chain
  • Fenders
  • Mooring warps
  • Mooring cleats
  • Solar powered deck vents
  • Shore power cable
  • Boarding ladder
  • Avon Dinghy
  • Yamaha 4hp outboard
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Boathook
  • Tiller extension

Safety Equipment

  • Horseshoe buoy
  • Perry Buoy
  • Fire blanket
  • Manual fire extinguishers X2
  • Life jackets x6
  • Air Horn
  • Manual bilge pump

Canvas Work

  • Sail Kote
  • Cockpit dodgers with boat names
  • Sprayhood with frame


Bermudan sloop rigged yacht with keel stepped anodised aluminium mast and boom. Stainless steel standing rigging and braid on braid running rigging. Boom furling mainsail with sail cover and roller furling headsail with UV strip. Vessel rigged for spinnaker including associated rigging and pole. There is also a whisker pole.
Lewmar 2-speed genoa sheet winches, Lewmar spinnaker sheet winches and Lewmar halyard winches on mast.
Sails include:

  • Cruising mainsail
  • Genoa
  • Spinnaker
  • Storm jib
  • Racing mainsail
  • spare cruising mainsail
  • Storm mainsail


The main saloon is entered from the cockpit. Full standing headroom from the companionway until forward of the mast. Settee berths port and starboard of slightly off set saloon table with folding leaves. Forward facing chart table to port with 3/4 sized chart area,  with chart storage and navigation aids. The forward end of the quarter berth acts as a comy chart table seat.
To starboard is the galley. This L-shaped area has a top loading ice box, stainless steel sink with hand pumped fresh water and a gas fuelled oven with 2-burner hob and grill. Ample storage in the hull mounted cupboards.
Between the forward saloon bulkhead and the forepeak cabin is a heads compartment on the starboard side with Jabsco marine toilet, pull out sink and foot pumped fresh water. Opposite heads on port side is a large storage locker.
In the bow are a further 2 berths with an opening deck hatch above and storage below the bunks.


GRP constructed yacht with encapsulated fin keel with lead ballast. White gelcoat topsides with blue hull stripe. Under water areas were copper coated in 2006 and are in great condition. The boat is lifted annually for checking, reburnishing the copper and to change the anodes. This was last done in June 2024. Semi balanced rudder attached to a protective skeg. Propeller shaft supported by a P-bracket. Tiller steering. 
Large comfortable cockpit with storage lockers port and starboard and at the transom. The locker lids have been replaced with hard wearing perspex. 
Light beige decks and super structure finished in moulded non slip. Flush fordeck with mount for anchor. Spurnpike hawser for chain locker. Stainless steel stern and bow rails conjoined by stanchions and double set guard wires.
Deep cockpit with teak floor grate. Saloon table can be used in cockpit for alfresco dining.


  • Main sail area - 13.85
  • Head sail area - 21.08
  • Total sail area - 34.93

Contact Information

Vessel is located on a jetty berth at Sunderland marina. As a result all viewings are by prior appointment only. To arrange a viewing on this beautiful boat, please call David or Matt on 0191 272 9086. 

For a full, detailed specification with additional photographs and direct contact details for the listing office visit our website

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.

Unless otherwise stated on the specification sheet the following presumptions are made
Sail drive and shaft seals are more than 5 years of age
Fuel and gas hoses and regulators are over 5 years old
Standing rigging and sails are more than 10 years old

NOTE - Please ring our offices prior to visiting, as the boat may be unavailable for viewing or located at a different marina.

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1 x Volvo Penta MD2020
Fuel capacity
33 litres
Maximum speed
11 kph
Cruising speed
9 kph
Number of cabins

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.

Broker/Dealer Information

boatpoint at Royal Quays Marina

Royal Quays Marina Albert Edward Dock Coble Dean Road North Shields NE29 6DU
United Kingdom
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