1969 Alden Caravelle Yawl

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Yacht Overview

Make: Alden

Model: Caravelle Yawl

Year: 1969

Length: 42′

Located In: Charleston, SC

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 7981432


The listing of this 42´ Alden Caravelle yawl, CYTHERA, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as it is a rarity to find a vessel which has been kept in this “Bristol” “Over the Top” condition.

            For once, the superlatives described above, are merited. In the nearly fifty-two years since she was built, she has had only three owners, each of whom have maintained and upgraded her in an incredibly detailed and thorough way, being mindful of keeping her true to her design, a modern “Classic” in her appearance and performance.

            Built to Lloyd’s specifications of solid fiberglass with hull longitudinal stringers, and finished by one of the top European and Danish boatyards, CYTHERA has proven to be offshore capable, having made two transatlantic crossings and numerous trips to the Caribbean and Bermuda. In 1977, she raced to Bermuda in the “Cruising Race” and was first in her class. Her present owner has sailed the East Coast, Bahamas and Keys, and he reports she has always brought him home comfortably and in style.

            Her inventory includes new sails, new engine, new masts, new rigging, new State of the Art electronics, new windlass and anchor system, new Bow Thruster, new watermaker, new holding tank system and much more. If seriously interested, please call us to inspect this extraordinary yacht. CYTHERA was designed to the CCA rule, when vessels were both breathtakingly beautiful, and still capable of winning races. CYTHERA will not disappoint you.

Full Specs

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LOA: 41.58
LWL: 28
Beam: 11 ft
Maximum Draft: 5.83 ft
Displacement: 22,000 lb
Ballast: 7,100 lb


Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH45
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel



Number of heads: 1



  • Reinforced fiberglass hull by Halmatic Ltd, England; built to Lloyd’s specifications and finished by Poul Molich’s yard in Huundested, Denmark.
  • 2004 Teal green Awlgripped hull; silver cove stripe.
  • 2022 cabin top and cockpit repainted using Eggshell White Awlgrip.
  • 2011 bottom was completely stripped and a professional application of Interlux Barrier 2000/3000 added,  then finished with Micron 66 ablative Red bottom paint.
  • Fall 2015 new boot stripe and fresh bottom paint.
  • Teak decks laid over solid fiberglass in 1973 by Molich, when vessel was returned to builder; heavy teak decks are in very good condition.
  • All exterior varnished teak brightwork refinished to highest standards every year. Just completed 3 coats this January 2023.
  • Interior is all hand-rubbed varnished teak.
  • Varnished teak and holly sole throughout interior.
  • All bilges Awlgripped Merritt white.
  • Molich chrome plated bronze pedestal steering with brake and controls.
  • Yacht Specialties 28” wheel, elkhide covered.
  • Varnished teak cockpit table.
  • Rebuilt rudder, 2005.
  • Varnished teak king plank, margin planks and covering boards are all in excellent condition and add to her impressive appearance.
  • Teak decks were adhered to her solid fiberglass underlayment with 3M5200 bedding and bunged with #10 bronze machine screws.
  • 2012 new Natural-colored Dodger & bimini & full cockpit enclosurer.
  • Welded S/S integral headstay chainplate, highly polished.
  • Solid 1 ¼” teak cabin trunk, varnished with high gloss varnish.
  • Fixed rectangular ports with radiused corners and tempered glass.
  • One chrome opening portlight in head with screen.
  • Two trunk cabin hatches on teak mouldings with clear plexiglass, hinged to open either forward or aft, with Sunbrella covers and hatch awnings. Teak hatch screens for hatches.                                          
  • Two S/S dorade ventilators mounted on varnished teak boxes.
  • Bare teak tread strips installed on trunk cabin top forward of the mast for secure footing.
  • Laid and caulked teak cockpit seats and bridge deck.
  • Chromed bronze manhole hatch in cockpit sole for superb engine access; cockpit sole is moulded fiberglass.
  • Custom-built cockpit storage lockers with special line storage, special bags for blocks, etc.
  • Welded S/S bow and stern pulpits.
  • Tapered S/S stanchions; double lifelines.
  • Bronze seacocks, all painted with white Awlgrip, and the handles have been chrome plated.
  • Four cockpit scuppers, each to it’s own bronze seacock.
  • All S/S deck hardware has been custom polished to a near mirror smooth finish.
  • All lockers are impeccably clean and painted out in white Awlgrip or clear Awlgrip varnish, including the undersides of lockers. This is the perfect solution to the dilemma of keeping a yacht interior clean, mildew-free and odor free.
  • LPG tanks installed in molded deck lockers with varnished teak box and hinged teak lids.
  • The quality of the teak joinery and the skillful workmanship is exceptional. This joinery is of straight, tight grain old growth wood, free of checks and knots, and matched in grain and a golden teak color.


Fuel: 50 gallons in Monel tank with fuel gauge.

Water: 80 gallons in 2 integral fiberglass tanks under salon sole; large watertight caps for cleanout on tanks.

Holding: yes, with y-valve (approximately 10-15 gallons).



  • 2017 Yanmar 4JH45 diesel, 45 hp, FWC.
  • KM35P transmission 2.36:1 reduction gear.
  • New S/S shaft; new PSS dripless shaft seal and cutlass bearing.
  • Engine room lined with leaded foam Sounddown insulation in 2017; painted bilge areas white in 2017.
  • Cruising speed: 6 – 6.5 knots @ 1800-2000 RPM, burning approximately .7 gph.
  • 4 blade 17x13 B-hub Featherstream feathering prop.
  • New Sidepower Bow Thruster – SE-80 (twin blade).



  • 2017  4 AGM Group 31 Lifeline batteries and new Group 27 starter battery with new switch.
  • 12V ship’s service and 110V shore power.
  • 105 amp alternator.
  • 2010 Digitally controlled Cruisair central heating/air conditioning, 12,000 BTU's.
  • 2017 4 Lifeline AGM house &1 engine start battery;  new battery cables (Group 31T batteries); 2 Lifeline Group 31's to power 12V head and windlass.
  • 2017 changes all interior and exterior lighting to LED and added spreader lights to main and mizzen.
  • 2018 20 amp Xantrex battery charger and inverter.
  • New Smart-cord shore power system.
  • New Xantrex monitor system with shunt.
  • Polarity indicator.                                                         
  • New Go Power flexible solar panels (2) and 30 amp controller (200 watts total).
  • Inverter to use laptop and cell phone.                               
  • Voltmeter.                 
  • 2010 added AC panel with spare breaker; DC circuit breaker panel.
  • 2011 added receptacles and new2017 Xantrex charger & inverter (inverter runs TV/DVD, microwave and outlets).
  • 110V outlets.
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