John Alden Bain, Miller & Son Ketch for sale in Spain for €450,000 (£397,333)

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Price
€450,000 (£397,333)
Model
Ketch
Year
1939
LOA
17 m
Engine Make
Yanmar 4JH2
Beam
3.8 m
Fuel
diesel
Draft Max
2.7 m
Country
Spain
Boat Type
Sail
RB Ref
RB122689


About this John Alden Bain, Miller & Son Ketch

While DELFINO has for many years been described as an Alden, it has to be acknowledged that no build number has been tracked down to identify her thus absolutely. That she was built by an Italian yard on the eve of WW II may reasonably explain the lack of it. In assessing the likelihood however it has to be said that this yacht exhibits so many of the characteristics of John Alden’s designs, well known for their beauty as well as their ability offshore that we are inclined to describe her as an Alden with this caveat. Fact is there is a shortage of well restored yachts of this size that can be cruised extensively as well as exhibited and raced - and DELFINO fits the bill. The current ownership are lucky enough to own a fleet of classic vessels so with their knowledge and passion DELFINO has been optimised for Med cruising, with generator, air conditioning as well as new Hood sails. Thus wonderfully set up she is ready.



Brokers Comments


While DELFINO has for many years been described as an Alden, it has to be acknowledged that no build number has been tracked down to identify her thus absolutely. That she was built by an Italian yard on the eve of WW II may reasonably explain the lack of it. In assessing the likelihood however it has to be said that this yacht exhibits so many of the characteristics of John Alden’s designs, well known for their beauty as well as their ability offshore that we are inclined to describe her as an Alden with this caveat. Fact is there is a shortage of well restored yachts of this size that can be cruised extensively as well as exhibited and raced - and DELFINO fits the bill. The current ownership are lucky enough to own a fleet of classic vessels so with their knowledge and passion DELFINO has been optimised for Med cruising, with generator, air conditioning as well as new Hood sails. Thus wonderfully set up she is ready.

History


DELFINO was originally commissioned by Cesare Pagnini, the last Governor of Trieste. After WWII she served as a gentleman’s yacht to the British Major General Sir Terence Airey, Commander and Military Governor of the Anglo American Zone. Then she was given to the Yachting Club “Circolo Adriaco” of Trieste where she served as the Club’s sail boat in the 1950s and 60s. She was then somewhat neglected for the next 3 decades until the de Vargas family rescued and restored her before she passed to the current owner.

The full restoration of DELFINO took place over some years up to 2006 by the Cantiere Alto Adriatico The current owner has further refined her usability and improved her specification sympathetically to her origins.  

Construction


- Carvel larch planking on oak frames
- New teak deck
- Original mahogany doghouse and cabin superstructure with skylights
- New brass rimmed portholes and new hatches

Accommodation and Domestic Equipment


Accommodation is for five; two in the saloon, two in a forward guest cabin, and a quarter berth. The interior is in mahogany joinery with teak sole and the cabin is stylish and functional; well lit by skylights and ports throughout providing comfort and a most welcoming ambience. Enter by sliding hatch way and companionway steps down over the engine casing.
- Nav station to starboard with crew quarter berth abaft
- Galley with Smev 4 burner gas hob and oven and sink, stowage for crockery etc and consumables
- Fridge
- Air conditioned saloon
- 2 x Settee berths
- Drop leaf table for six to dine
- Shipmate wood burning cabin heater and oven 2011
- Hanging cupboard stbd fwd
- Head with electric WC and shower to port
- 2 x Berths in owner’s cabin fwd
- Stowage under

Rig Spars and Sails


Marconi Ketch with 2.5 m long bowsprit
- Masts and spars all of pitch pine
- All rigging renewed during restoration in 2006 with upgrades in 2013
 
- Mk IV foresail furling system
- Halyard and reefing winches
- 2 x Harken 40 main mast
- 1x Harken 32 main Mast
- 2 x Harken 32 main boom
- 1 x Harken 40 Mizzen mast 
 Sails
- Yankee 1 Zaoli 2006
- Yankee 2  Zaoli 2006
- Yankee 3 Hood 51.6 sq m 2013
- Staysail Zaoli 2006
- Staysail Hood 2013
- Main sail Zaoli 2006 46.4 sq m
- Main sail Hood 2013 46.4 sq m
- Mizzen sail 23.1 sq m
- Genaker 1 c 60 sq m Zaoli 2006
- Genaker 2 c 30 sq m Zaoli 2006

Deck Equipment and Ground Tackle


Sheet winches
- 2 x Harken 40 brass winches foresail
- 2 x Harken 53 ST
- 1 x Harken 40 Main sheet
- 1 x Harken 40 Stay sail 
General
- 2 x Cockpit tables
- Swimming ladder
- Cockpit shower
- Lofrans 1,500 W electric windlass 2006
- Patent 50 Kg anchor 50 m x 12 mm chain 2011
- 2 x Tenders

Mechanical Electrical and Tankage


- Yanmar 4JH2 - HTE 84 HP Diesel engine 2006); 1,388 hours
- Folding 3 bladed propeller new 2006
- 7.5 Knots cruising Speed
- 8.5 Knots maximum Speed
- 8 LPH fuel consumption
- Paguro 5000 generatorhours
- 220 V Shore power i
- Electrical circuit: 220V and 12 V
- 2 x Set of 4 x Freedom Truck 102 A batteries 2011
- Mastervolt 12 V 50 A charger
- Mastervolt 12 V to 220 V 1 K A Inverter
- Dometic MCS 10 K750-HV-RMT-417A 220 V / 50 A air conditioning 2011
- Jabsco Dual Max VSD water system
- Shenker 30 LPH water maker
- Orvea Monza manual and electric WCs
- 2 x 120 Litre fresh water tanks
- 2 x 250 Litre fuel tanks
- 1 x 20 Litre grey water tank
- 1 x 60 Litre black water tank

Navigation Communication and Electronics


- Magnetic steering compass in bronze binnacle 1939
- Raymarine autopilot 2006
- Garmin echo sounder 2012
- Raymarine log 2006
- Raymarine wind instruments 2006
- Garmin radar 2012
- Garmin Tactic plotter GPS 2012
- Raymarine VHF
- Thuraya intercom
- Mediterranean charts
- Sony radio and stereo CD player

Safety


- Viking liferaft for 8 people new 2010
- 2 x ANAF AB 2 fire extinguishers
- 2 x ANAF 1 ABC fire extinguishers 
- Manual bilge pump 2011
- 3 x Electric bilge pumps 2012
- GME 406 mhz EPIRB 

Restoration / Refit


- A full restoration carried out in 2006
- Refits have been carried out in the years 2010 and 2011

Other Equipment

DELFINO, HTI

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