In the past 10 years there's been a resurgence of interest in yachts that harken back to those days of sweet New England summers and coastal cruises on classic Down East designs with flag-blue hulls, white topsides and practical features. Happily, most of the new yachts today are constructed by builders who also honor the values of those earlier times, even while adapting them to the latest in construction materials and techniques, and those up-to-date amenities that every cruiser, no matter how Down East, secretly wants. Read on for our look at some of the many models coming out of New England.
ALDEN YACHTS 49 EXPRESS
Alden Yachts, of Bristol, R.I., is well known as a custom builder that provides discriminating owners with a wide range of options in accommodation plans, a choice of cabinetry and hardwoods and a selection of equipment and systems to make your yacht fit your needs perfectly. The 49 Express is available in Hardtop Saloon or Flybridge configurations, with galley up or down, and one or two staterooms. The all-epoxy, Kevlar/E-glass vacuum-bagged hull and deck is light and strong, producing speeds above 30 knots. Thorough sound attenuation is an Alden Yachts hallmark.
SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 48'10; Beam: 14'6; Power: (2) 660 hp Cummins QSM-11 diesel inboards; Base Price: $1,375,000. Alden Yachts, www.aldenyachts.com
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