|In 1912, Nathanial G. Herreshoff designed a centerboard
26 foot boat for his own use. This boat is built today by several builders
including Rumery's Boat Yard. Between 1977 and 1983 Sanford Boat built 21, then Matt Rives built 4 about 1993, and from 2012 Brad and Mike Pease have been building copies of the original.
Captain Nat revised the design to include a full
keel, more beam at the deck and more buoyancy forward. He blew this
design up by a third to become the Newport 29.
In 2002, Sidney deWolf and Halsey Herreshoff took the Newport 29
design and created an 11/12ths of a 3/4 version of the Newport 29 that
they called the Alerion 26. The newer boat is built by at
least two builders. These boats are not quite the same. The Proper boats,
actually built by US Watercraft, have a smaller rudder than the Rieff built boats. The
Proper built boats have an exposed shaft while the Rieff built boats
have the propeller in an aperture.
|Original Alerion 26||24.6||8.50||31.20||17.90||2.42/5.17||7.58||6000||21.75|
Original Alerion 26
New Alerion 26 by Proper Yachts
New Alerion 26 by Brion Rieff Boatbuilder