The Alerion Express 38 remains faithful to the concept that single-handing is an important capability, yet it offers considerably more interior space and a larger cockpit than her smaller sisters.
The traditional topsides are coupled with an advanced underbody and an advanced rig. The full-roach mainsail on a carbon-fiber mast is efficient and effective; single-line reefing lets you adjust on the fly when the wind pipes up. And the self-tacking jib boom allows efficient use of the jib on all points of sail.
The gracefully contoured cockpit comfortably seats as many as eight or lets you stretch out with a book. As helmsman, you’ll reign supreme in the separate rear cockpit where electric winches and complete control are right at hand.
Down below, the full head and galley provide everything you need for a weekend cruise. The balanced use of teak, holly, and traditional paneling brings the same relaxed feel of the cockpit into the cabin.
The Alerion Express 38 fuses beauty, speed and that special desire to sail on your own terms.
Length Overall: 38′ 3″
Length Waterline: 30′ 1″
Beam: 10′ 8″
Draft: 5′ 11″
Air Draft: 56′ 3″
Displacement: 13,000 lbs.
Ballast: 6,000 lbs.
Sail Area: 810 sq. ft.
Sail Area/DispL.: 23.5
Aux. Engine: 40 hp. Volvo diesel w/Saildrive
Mast and Boom
Carbon-fiber Hall Spars mast w/carbon gooseneck
(2) Sets of aluminum spreaders
Aluminum main boom
Hoyt Jib Boom
“Moondust” Awlgrip finish on booms and mast
Hall QuikVang solid boom vang
Lazy jack mainsail system
Navtec Nitronic 50 continuous rod rigging
Stainless steel headstay tang integral with stemhead fitting chainplates
Stainless steel main chainplates through-bolted to interior structure
Main halyard led below deck to cockpit
Jib halyard led below deck to cockpit
Mainsheet led below deck to cockpit
Jib sheet led below deck to cockpit
Jib furling and mainsail outhaul lines led below deck to cockpit
Single-line reefing line led below deck to cockpit
Mainsheet traveler lines led below deck to cockpit
Cunningham and QuikVang adjustments led into cockpit
Click here for construction details and the full list of standard equipment and options: Alerion Express 38 Equipment List
Cruising World – Alerion Express 38
When the Alerion Express 28 made its debut, it created the genre of the modern, elegant daysailer, designed to be easily rigged, simple to sail, and a breeze to put away at day’s end. Well, now her big sister, the Alerion Express 38, is ready to steal a few hearts. The boat is built by Pearson Composites, in Warren, Rhode Island, and was designed by the late Carl Schumacher and the builder’s design group.[Ed. Note: this article was published prior to the purchase of Pearson/Alerion Yachts by USWatercraft in 2012.]
On an early fall day on the Chesapeake, the 38 skipped right along close hauled at 5.7 knots in 8 knots of breeze and pushed close to 6 knots cracked off on a reach. Under power with the 40-horsepower Yanmar diesel and saildrive, top speed was about 8 knots. And the boat was nimble, easily spinning circles in less than its own length.
As with the Express 28, a modern underbody is disguised by traditional lines topsides that include a low coachroof, a large cockpit, a deck free of lifelines, and bow and stern pulpits. A carbon-fiber mast is rigged with a big, high-aspect main, and a small, self-tending working jib is set on a roller furler and Hoyt Jib Boom, which keeps it working efficiently when off the wind. Both sails are 3DLs from North
Belowdecks, there’s a V-berth, settees, a table, a head, and a galley under 5-foot-8-inch headroom. It’s tight for crewmembers of above-average height, but chances are they’ll want to be on deck enjoying the day and the sail this sloop serves up.
Alerion Express 38
by Bill Springer
As Seen In SAIL Magazine. Click headline to read.