Drawings for a 22˝-foot auxiliary sloop by yacht designer Carl Alberg
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ALBERG, CARL. (1900-1986). Swedish-born, American boat designer and pioneer of fiberglass yacht design. Mechanical drawings for a 22½-foot auxiliary sloop, being a progenitor of Alberg’s Seasprite, one of his most successful constructions. 1p. Oblong folio (30” x 17½”). Marblehead, August 1, 1957. A detailed pen-and-ink construction drawing that includes the plan view, a cross section of the boat’s length and width, and a partial cross section of the stern. The LWL (waterline length) is 16’ 3”, beam is 7’, and draft is 3’1”; the drawings’ scale is 1” = 1’. Alberg has identified this sheet of drawings as project #22 for the Beetle Boat Co. Inc. of East Greenwich, RI, (later renamed American Boatbuilding) one of the first companies to regularly produce fiberglass boats. After settling in the U.S. at 25, Alberg worked his way up from rigger to designer, opening his own office in 1946. In 1959 he designed the immensely successful Triton for Pearson Yachts, the first fiberglass auxiliary and still a popular yacht design. “Carl Alberg succeeded in bringing forth many of the first production fiberglass cruising sailboats from the design board to the dockside… His work from the late 1950’s through his on-going work at the time of his death in 1986 was for a whole new market, the middle income sailor who may have been new to sailing or upgrading from smaller boats, many daysailors or racers,” (“Carl Arne Alberg - Pioneer in Classic Plastic,” Good Old Boat Magazine, Wallace). Alberg’s many successful designs include the CapeDory22, the Typhoon Daysailor, the CorinthianConquest, and the Pearson Ensign and Ariel. In excellent condition and framed to museum specifications. Alberg’s original boat designs are rare as most are held institutionally.