Review of Alden 44

Alden 44
Alden 44 anno 1982.

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Alden 44 is a large sailboat designed by the American maritime architect John Gale Alden together with Niels C. Helleberg also from United States of America in the mid seventies. The Alden 44 is built by the American yard Alden Yachts.

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The hull is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season.


The Alden 44 is equipped with a centerboard keel. A centerboard keel is a pivoting lifting keel, allowing to sail both coastal and inland waters.

The boat can enter most marinas as the draft is just about 1.53 - 1.63 meter (5.02 - 5.32 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Stability and Safety

What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?

The capsize screening value for Alden 44 is 1.73, indicating that this boat could - if evaluated by this formula alone - be accepted to participate in ocean races.

Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed

What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?

The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 7.9 knots. The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster. The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.

Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Alden 44 is about 272 kg/cm, alternatively 1524 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 272 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 1524 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

Motion Comfort Ratio

What is Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR)?

The Motion Comfort Ratio for Alden 44 is 34.4.

Low High 62% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 62% of all similar sailboat designs. This comfort value is just above average.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Alden 44 is 3.51.

Wide Slim 66% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is slimmer than 66% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more speedy hull design.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for Alden 44 is 257 which categorizes this boat among 'light crusers & offshore racers'.

Heavy Light 42% 0 50 100
42% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier. A heavy displacement combined with smaller water plane area has lower acceleration and is more comfortable.

SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)

What is SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)?

The SA/D for Alden 44 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 17.6, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 21.3.

Low High 46% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 46% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.


Bottom Paint

When buying anti-fouling bottom paint, it's nice to know how much to buy. The surface of the wet bottom is about 43m2 (462 ft2).
Based on this, your favourite maritime shop can tell you the quantity you need.

Note: If you use a paint roller you will need more paint than if you use a paintbrush.


Dimensions of sail.

mainsail specifications headsail specifications

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If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.

Guiding dimensions of running rig
Mainsail halyard 38.9 m(127.8 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard38.9 m(127.8 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Spinnaker halyard38.9 m(127.8 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Jib sheet 13.4 m(44.0 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Genoa sheet13.4 m(44.0 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Mainsheet 33.5 m(110.1 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet29.5 m(96.9 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Cunningham4.6 m(15.1 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Kickingstrap9.2 m(30.2 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Clew-outhaul9.2 m(30.2 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)

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