- A NEW MODEL, A NEW LINE.
There is 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 seems entirely natural that we
would develop the next Alerion to deliver that same
feeling but do so in a larger boat. Here she is: Alerion
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.
The heart and soul of this new Alerion
Sport 33 are pure Alerion. But we have tweaked the performance
with a lighter displacement than the Alerion Express
33 and provided the offwind horsepower of an asymmetric
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
The cockpit can be as serious or relaxing
as you wish. Lines are led specifically to put all the
controls 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 race course.
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 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 prefer
instead to anchor out overnight (or take a weekend cruise),
a pleasant, simple cabin layout includes four berths,
more than 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 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 SCRIMP construction
delivers strength and quality without excess weight.
These boats are built to last for generations, not be
disposed of when some rule changes or fad arrives. After
all, Alerions have been described as timeless in style;
why should they not be built that way?
"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
Owner of AS33 #24