“I bought the Alerion Sport 33 with the expectations of having a light helm, comfortable cockpit and great performance all without sacrificing style. The AS33 exceeded my expectations on all these accounts!”
– Owner of AS33 #24
There’s something special about the feeling you get, tiller in hand, guiding an elegant yet astonishingly fast and nimble sailboat. Owners of our Alerion Express 28 know and praise this feeling.
So, it is entirely natural that our larger Alerions deliver that same feeling.
Some elements of Alerion we would never tamper with: head-turning sheer, classic overhangs, thoroughly modern underwater shape, low coachroof, an ability to singlehand, and a capability to sail easily in all kinds of wind and weather.
But with the Alerion Sport 33, we increased the performance with a lighter displacement than the Alerion Express 33 and provided the offwind horsepower of an asymmetric gennaker. When we launched our design process, we discovered that we couldn’t imagine a better hull than our much-admired and proven Alerion Express 33. Reducing its displacement boosted the Sport 33’s SA/Displacement ratio, and significantly enhanced its racing potential.
The cockpit can be as serious or relaxing as you wish. All the controls are within reach of the helm, so singlehanded sailing requires no gymnastics. Both the headsail and mainsail have additional multi-part fine-tune lines to avoid dropping the tiller for winching when out alone or in close action on the racecourse.
Those long cockpit seats let a full complement of friends or crew sit to windward or two of you to stretch out for a nap. Control lines run through deck-clearing tunnels to clutches and cleats, then disappear into cleverly designed elbow-resting boxes on either side of the companionway.
Because even an Alerion cannot perform when there is no wind, a small diesel with Sail Drive gets you home when the breeze fails. Should you opt to anchor out overnight or take a weekend cruise, a pleasant, simple cabin layout includes four berths, able sitting headroom, and all the necessities.
But, never forget that the intention was to put phenomenal performance and sailing joy into a deceptively pretty yacht. The mast is carbon fiber with Nitronic rod rigging, the hardware package geared to sailing fast in company, whether that’s in one-design action or against all comers.
The infusion-molded construction delivers strength and quality without excess weight. These boats are built to last for generations. After all, Alerions have been described as timeless in style; why should they not be built that way?
Length Overall: 33′ 0″
Length Waterline: 26′ 4″
Beam: 9′ 3″
Draft: 5′ 0″
Air Draft: 46′ 0″
Displacement: 8,000 lbs.
Ballast: 3,300 lbs.
Sail Area: 547 sq. ft.
Sail Area/Displ.: 21.9
Aux. Engine: 20 hp Volvo diesel w/Saildrive
Mast & Boom
Carbon-fiber Hall Spars mast w/carbon gooseneck
(2) Sets of aluminum spreaders
Lazy jack mainsail retrieval system
“Moondust” Awlgrip finish on bottom and mast
Hall QuikVang solid boom vang
Standing & Running Rigging
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 on deck to cockpit
Jib halyard led on deck to cockpit
Mainsheet and fine tune
Jib sheet and fine tune
Jib furling line
Mainsheet traveler lines led belowdecks to cockpit
by Herb McCormick
As Seen In Crusing World Magazine, June 2011
by Charles Mason
As Seen In Sail Magazine, January 2011
by Bob Perry
As Seen In Sailing Magazine, June 2011