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Alerion 41 in Bristol harbor, Bristol RI.
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I continue to increase my appreciation of the boat with each sail.  Since receiving my 41,  I’ve had the chance to sail with about 25 different people….. When I asked them what they enjoyed most, the common answer went something like this – “I loved the look of the boat when I first saw it, then I loved the way it sailed, then I loved just sitting in the salon and enjoying the look and feel of the finish work. At the end of the day, I can’t decide what I enjoyed the most but I do know that I’d like to be invited back.”” – Owner of hull # 1.

For those who want their Alerion experience to extend beyond a weekend, the Alerion Express 41 accommodates up to six people for extended cruising. The design brief for the stunning new Alerion 41 has been clearly defined from the outset.

  • Maintain strong family resemblance and performance heritage .
  • Maintain the philosophy of single-handed ease and Alerion Sailing with low force level of operation for which the brand is renowned.
  • Provide the owner with endless sailing enjoyment and stress free ownership.

The profile shows the natural development from the 33 with an elegant sheer, low coachroof, and elliptical port lights (opening in this model). The bow and stern profiles use the same geometry and family of curves that are derived from the very DNA of Alerion Express.

The cockpit is the heart and soul of the 41, maintaining the format of her smaller sisters with comfortable settees port and starboard and command center aft. The 41 has room for a pedestal table and winch islands that accommodate powerful reversible self-tailing electric winches. The Alerion 41 sets a new low in the force level required to sail a boat of this size.

Aft, the helmsperson can feel every nuance of the pulse of this thoroughbred through the pedestal mounted steering wheel. Control of all the sailing functions are close at hand; push button reversible winch controls, traveler adjustments, auto pilot or auxiliary, mainsheet and furler. The 41 takes Alerion Sailing to the next logical exciting plateau.

The uncluttered deck layout afforded by under deck control line leads has allowed the design team to add such innovative features as a below decks stowing anchor chute and anchor windlass which allows an uninterrupted sweep of the sheer while underway. The water access system (see gallery) enables the transom to be converted to a marvelous boarding area either from swimming or from a dinghy. The convertibility aspect of the water access feature, allows the clean lines of the hull to be unspoiled while underway or at anchor.

Below decks the Alerion 41’s interior is second to none. The hand-finished bulkheads and doors are masterpieces of modern yacht construction with more than an acknowledging nod to the days of Vanderbilt and Sopwith. The 41 interior can be bespoke; finished in the owner’s choice of American Cherry, exotic Teak or a combination of wood furniture and white bulkheads.

The main cabin features 6’6″ standing headroom and wonderfully comfortable settees forward with both able to convert into comfortable single berths. The spacious lockers outboard of the settees are accessed via beautifully crafted, solid wood, panel doors.

In these days of electronic navigation a formal chart table has been replaced by a drop down desk large enough for a lap top computer. Outboard of the desk is the back-lit main electrical panel mounted in a locker face. There is plenty of space forward of the panel to add the additional electronics that are desired. The navigation desk easily drops down to make a full length settee or berth.

The galley provides all the necessities for onboard meal preparation. Hot and cold pressure water, double stainless steel sink, 2 vacuum panel insulated refrigerated ice boxes and LPG cooktop and separate microwave with an option for a gimballed stove. As with everything in life this arrangement may not suit all owners and their crews. Alerion is always prepared to work with individual clients to customize the 41 to suit their needs.

Aft is the entry door to a second sleeping cabin that provides privacy for a second couple not always found on other yachts of this class. This light airy cabin can be a haven for those wanting to grab a quick nap while the fun continues either on deck or below. A hanging locker provides ample storage while overhead and cockpit hatches provide plenty of fresh sea breeze.

The head compartment features a sizable shower area and electric head. Light and ventilation are provided by an overhead Lewmar hatch and a stainless steel port in the house side. Light and ventilation in general is provided by opening ports and skylights plus the companionway.

Completing the interior ensemble is the spacious forward cabin, accessed via a paneled door in the main bulkhead. With plenty of storage in a hanging locker and bureau an extended stay on the Alerion 41 is easy. The forward cabin has plenty of ventilation and equal amount of privacy. The oversize v-berth with filler piece makes for a comfortable place to sleep or nap.

By now you will understand why the Alerion 41 is an exceptional yacht, and an exceptional experience.  But don’t take our word for it, see what Sail Magazine has to say here.


Length Overall:    40’6″
Ballast:   4,865 lbs
Waterline length:   32’6″
Sail Area:   940 Sq. ft
Beam:   11’4″
Displacement:  16,000 lbs
Draft :   6’6″
Shoal draft:   5’6″
SA/Displ:   23.7
Auxiliary :  40 hp saildrive
Mast Height:  56’0″

Alerion Express 41 Equipment List




41Blue Water Sailing Reviews the Alerion 41

“Fast-forward a decade and the Alerion brand has grown to include models ranging from 20 feet to their newly minted 41. Now under the venerable umbrella of US Watercraft, the newest incarnation of Alerion Yachts still offers the same impeccable quality and timeless look, mixed with just the right amount of performance to attract a wide audience of cruisers.” Read On:

Alerion 41 winner logo copyAlerion 41 Wins Judge’s Special Recognition

The stunning Alerion 41 is in a league of her own.  The judges of Cruising World’s Boat of the Year contest don the spectacular Alerion 41 with her own special recognition.  Read on to learn about her classic layout, excellent workmanship, and ease of handling. 2014 BOTY


SAIL’s Best Boats 2014: Alerion 41

Alerion Yachts has long believed that sailing should be done “on your own terms,” aboard boats that are quick to rig and simple to singlehand.  Read Full Article Here

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CRUISING WORLD MAGAZINE reviews the Alerion 41 .

“Designed and built for easy handling and comfortable coastal cruising, the new
Alerion 41 also satisfes your need for speed.”    Read the full article here.


sailmag_t SAIL MAGAZINE reviews the Alerion 41 .

“Alerion Yachts has long believed that sailing should be done “on your own terms,” aboard boats that are quick to rig and simple to singlehand. The company has now extended this philosophy into the 40-foot range with the Alerion 41. Recently, we stepped on board hull No. 1 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, to experience it for ourselves….”  Read the entire article here.

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Alerion 41 Featured in the September issue of SAIL MAGAZINE.

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