Alestra, as found

Sprung planks, starboard side This picture, taken the day after I succumbed to ownership, shows planking on the starboard side "sprung" because the fasteners had softened too much from corrosion, and because she had been sitting so long, the keel blocks had settled, but the stands had not.


Compass and engine hatch There was an overlay of a pattern in the rope work on the compass pedestal, which did not come out in this Polaroid shot. If you look at the seams at the bottom of the compass pedestal, you can trace the outline of the engine hatch. The hatch was half the cockpit floor, but when you lifted it out of the way you had access to the entire engine and transmission.


From the cockpit, looking forward Looking forward, the line coming past the left of the hatch is the sheet for the self tending jib. The whisker pole on the right rail had its own mounts.


Ice Box and Quarterberth Inside, she was fairly plain. You can see the lift up ring for the ice box, and the quarter berth/stowage area. The blue cushion is the settee back, it lifts up, and you pull a chain from under the cushion and hook it into a ring set in an over head beam. It was cozy. In the area that would be the "V" berth on a glass Alberg 30, there was a hanging locker to starboard and dresser/shelves to port, with a counter top. There was round bowl sink forward of that and centered in the V was a head. The rest of the area was chain locker and stowage.


Sink and stove Anyone who's opened the valve a little soon while lighting an alcohol stove can recognize why a PO put the galvanized sheetmetal up on the bulkhead. The companionway steps came apart by lifting the individual treads off and pulling the kickplates up.


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