The Alerion Express 20 is a tried and true Day Sailer that has been brought back by popular demand. All the Alerion essentials are present--classic topside, modern underbody, gratifying speed and single-handed ease.
In some boat lines, the smallest model is termed an entry-level boat. We reject that notion and proof is the Alerion Express 20. As with her larger sisters, here are an elegant and classic topside, a modern underbody, gratifying speed and single handed ease - as nice for seasoned sailors as for those just getting started.
To avoid the cost and aggravation of small, fast boats becoming progressively complex club racers, Alerion Express 20 racing is limited to two sails: the main and the self-tacking boomed jib. No spinnakers, asymmetricals or funny business - just pure, unadulterated, fine sailing.
Alerion Express 20 is a "sit in" boat: you don't need to hang yourself or your crew all over the rail. Yet, sailing performance is spirited and steering is fingertip-sensitive. She's a keelboat for stability and can be left on a mooring without fear of blo-over. yet, she still is trailerable.
Although the AE20 doesn't come standard with inboard power there are several options available to provide a quick get-home if you are becalmed. Besides a traditional transom mounted bronze outboard bracket there is also a side-mounted bracket that makes removal and placement of small outboards a snap. This custom bracket can be adjusted to fit anything from an electric motor to a small combustion outboard. Simply place the motor and bracket on the side of the AE20 when you need it and remove and store it under the cuddy when the sails are deployed. This bracket places the motor within easy reach of the helmsman and provides additional control by allowing 180 degrees of articulation.
Alerion Express 20 is a one-design class. But she is also such a fine small sailing yacht that many choose her just for private sailing enjoyment.
Draft: 3 ft. 6 in.
Beam: 6 ft. 10 in.
Infusion Molded (SCRIMP) GRP with biaxial and unidirectional E-glass reinforcing fabrics
End grain balsa core
Vinylester resin gelcoat reinforcing layer
White gel coat hull color
Molded and tapered single gelcoat bootstripe ï¿½ Owner's choice of color
Name & Hailport
GRP sandwich structure with biaxial reinforcing fabrics, and end grain balsa core
White deck with molded Buff nonskid
Hull to Deck Joint
Flange type bonded with Plexus MA550 adhesive (ABS approved)
Fin with integral bulb for low center of gravity
One-piece lead casting alloyed with antimony bolted to molded keel sump with 304 grade stainless steel bolts
Stainless steel rudder shaft with composite rudder blade
Balanced spade rudder with elliptical blade profile
Low maintenance self-aligning bearings
Laminated teak tiller with extension
Stainless steel rudder head
Manual cockpit bilge pump operable from helm
Mast and chainplates bonded to meet ABYC standards
Interior bulkheads from marine grade plywood bonded to hull and deck with biaxial glass and vinylester resin
Interior finished in off white gelcoat
Inflatable flotation tanks
Hoyt Jib Boom with Light Air Extender
Mainsheet system 3:1 ratio with fiddle blocks
Reef system with hook and 2:1 purchase
Rope clutches for main and jib halyards
Rigid Boom Vang w/6:1 purchase
Stainless steel chainplates and stemhead fitting
Roller furling unit with furling line lead to cockpit
Mooring cleats, 2 aft, 1 forward with 2 bow chocks
(2) Line bags
Ensign, staff and socket
Color coded sheets and lines
Teak toerails and coaming caps
(2) Seat lockers
Gear locker at helm
Bare teak seat edge trim
Jib sheet tracks and cars port and starboard
Cooler with hold down brackets
Bilge access via plastic cockpit grate
Main and jib by North Sails