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Logs of Fleet Members

Fleet members share their wisdom and practical tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Alerion Express 28.

Propeller Considerations for a shaft-driven Alerion Express 28

November 16, 2015

I purchased a 1994 Alerion Express 28, Hull #31, two years ago and sail the boat on Lake Michigan out of Montrose Harbor in Chicago. One improvement I was contemplating is to switch from the 12x9, RH Martec folding prop which is currently mounted on the ¾” shaft drive Yanmar 1GM10, 9HP diesel engine and replace it with a feathering propeller.

Rigging Refit

October 7, 2015

Last fall, after 18 years of faithful service in all kinds of weather, I decided the time had come to change out the shrouds and stays on my Alerion. In addition, there was wear on the mast where riggers had climbed and where the mast had been pulled several times to determine the cause of difficult mainsail hoisting.

Another Fine Mess

May 22, 2014

I invited my friend John, who is not a sailor, along with my normal sailing partner Paul to go sailing one afternoon. We drove to Galesville, MD on the Chesapeake where I keep my Alerion Express 28. We got there around 4:00 pm and started to prepare the boat to go out. I looked to the west and saw dark clouds.

Jib Boom Extender

September 18, 2012

Marti and I have Alerion Express 28, hull number 160, built in 2001. It has the Hoyt Jib Boom but the factory-fitted Light Air Jib Boom Extender was not available at that time. This made it necessary for us to go forward with a whisker pole if we wanted to sail in anything less than steady heavy air when sailing wing and wing. Also, in light air on a reach it was hard to get the jib boom to go out on the leeward side.

AE 28 Problems and Solutions

June 5, 2012

Harry and Carol Allen sail and race Arabella in San Francisco Bay, a body of water known for its heavy air and big seas. He has collected the following problems and solutions from his own experiences as well as the collective experience of the other 24 owners sailing in the SF Bay Fleet, especially Ralf Morgan, skipper of Ditzy and manager of a local boatyard that services a number of Alerions in the fleet.

2010 Annual Alerion Factory Rendezvous

April 5, 2010

On a rainy Saturday, on March 13th, over 150 Alerion Express customers consisting of both owners and prospective owners gathered at the Pearson Composites factory in Warren, Rhode Island to learn more about the beloved Alerion Express.

Improvement Ideas for Alerions

June 20, 2009

Owner Dave Cochran found the storage in the Alerion Express 28 is inadequate and where it does exist, it is somewhat unusable. Here, he describes a creative fix.

Survey of Alerion Express 28 Hull Number 82

June 21, 2008

Owner Jim Luke (Rampant) shares a few of his maintenance and other routine boat ownership surprises and confusions, plus the findings of a recent survey.

Cruising the Alerion Express 28

October 25, 2007

The Alerion Express 28 can be an excellent cruising boat for the solo sailor that is willing to “rough it” a little bit.

The "New" Boat

October 7, 2005

Dave Cochran describes how he fell in love with his new-to-him Alerion Express 28.