About our Boat – A classic John Alden yacht

IMG_0067Nereida, which means “sea nymph” is a classic yacht built of iroko and teak. She was designed by John Alden, possibly the greatest naval architect who has ever lived. She is a ketch – that means that she has two masts, both of them forward of the wheel (A yawl, the other classic two-masted yacht shape has one mast forward of the wheel and one aft) Only a handful of these classic yachts were ever built – one for an Egyptian prince. They were renowned not only for their extreme elegance but for their steadfastness under heavy seas, and Nereida has crossed the Atlantic several times.

Inside she is furnished in classic style – panelled in mahogany with brass fittings. She has master cabin in the bow , two further bunks in the saloon and a further double cabin and crew quarters in the dog house at the stern.

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Restored by the current owners in 2012, she fully conforms to EU safety regulations, with lifejackets for adults and children, and a life raft. She has state-of the art navigational equipment and is fully licensed for tourist use. She is available for sailing holidaysshort boat trips and private charter.

 

Video: Sailing with Nereida

Classic sailing yacht

 

 

 

John Alden – The making of a legend.

Born in 1884, in America, the naval architect John Alden, is regarded by many as the greatest boat designer who ever lived.

 John Alden, naval architect

His yachts are characterised by gentle curves and streamlined underwater profiles to give an overall impression of extreme elegance.

 Alden founded The Alden design Office in 1909 and by the 1930’s, the company enjoyed world renown, and still continues to this day. 

 John Alden Rena 744Nereida was built from plans bought from the Boston City Museum. She is a fine example of an Alden design, and is featured in the Alden Company Design Data Base.

 

John Alden: Life and Work

Video: Nereida- A Retrospective

A nostalgic look at the highs - and lows - of renovating this important piece of maritime history.


The Rena yachts, designed in 1944, are regarded by many as the finest examples of John Alden's work. Nereida, built in 1984 in South Africa, is the last known yacht of this design. Owning her, therefore, is quite a responsibility, and the restoration was not always plain sailing but the result, we're sure you'll agree, is magnificent.

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