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1985 Alsberg Brothers Express 37

Alameda, California

$60,000

The concept for the Express 37 was developed in 1984 by Carl Schumacher and boat builder Terry Alsberg of Alsberg Brothers Boatworks in Santa Cruz. When Schumacher penned the Express 37, his objective was to design a boat that would excel on long ocean races, that was easy and safe to sail short-handed, and would have at least 6' of standing headroom. The first boats built by Alsberg Brother Boatworks finished 1, 2 and 3 in the 1985 TransPac. To this day the Express 37 fleet are one-design racing stalwarts and with their own class in the Rolex Big Boat series, now is the perfect time to join this venerable fleet.

Elan has been very well tended with significant upgrades and maintenance projects, and she is fully outfitted for offshore racing.  See description list for details.

Basic Boat Info

Make: Alsberg Brothers
Model: Express 37
Year: 1985
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Express / Alsberg
Designer: Carl Schumacher
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: ABQ37007H485
Has Hull ID: Yes

Dimensions

Length: 37 ft
Length Overall: 37 ft
Waterline Length: 30'10 ft
Beam: 11'6 ft
Max Draft: 7'3 ft
Cabins Count: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 3YM30
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 29hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 2 BladeBronze, Folding
  • Engine Location: Center
  • Year: 2007

Tanks

Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Stainless Steel

Other

Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Racers, Racers and Cruisers

Contact

Patrick Nolan
Sail California

Office

Sail California
1070 Marina Village Parkway
Alameda, CA, US, 94501
Tel:510-523-8500
Disclaimer
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Hull and Deck

The Express 37 has a hand-laid and vacuum-bagged fiberglass hull with balsa core built to ABS and Lloyds standards. The Alsberg Brothers were amongst the first builder of production boat to incorporate vacuum-bagging and vinylester/epoxy resins into their construction techniques, allowing for a more efficient wet-out of the laminate and improved strength/weight.


Designed primarily for ocean racing and cruising, both the deck and cockpit are laid out for most efficient access, maximum control and safety. The designer noted that Alsberg built the boats "as well as any production boat anywhere in the world".

  • Fin Keel with 4,500 lbs of lead ballast
  • Spade rudder
  • Blister-free bottom - diver maintained
  • Stainless steel stanchions and pulpits
  • Three mooring cleats
  • Large cockpit with open area for helmsman
  • Optional wheel steering is easily removed and returned to tiller configuration
  • Coamings on either side of cockpit keep the crew dry
  • Large cabinhouse with extra-large windows

Elan's deck was completely rebuilt in 2017, repairing/replacing all wet core, core-drilled and sealed all thru-holes and fasteners, plus new paint and non-skid. Her topsides were also repainted in 2017 in Awlgrip, and all windows, hatches and portholes were replaced. Additionally, the bulkhead below the cockpit was replaced in 2017 for strength fortification.

Accomodations

The Express 37 is configured for optimal crew comfort while offshore and comfortable cruising accommodations for a couple or small family.

The starboard of the companionway is the galley, with a Force 10 2-burner CNG stove (2012) and oven, storage for utensils and flatware and a preparation area. The sink is centerline, above the engine compartment and aft of the companionway, allowing the chef room to cook while in port and a secure place to whip up a meal while at sea.

To port of the companionway is the nav station, complete with chart table and molded marine plywood seat. There is ample room for chart storage and electronics, and the station is designed for optimal use while navigating while underway.

Aft of the Nav Station and Galley are two large quarterberths that connect underneath the cockpit, making an ideal sea berth. Each quarterberth also has an optional  pipeberth with mounts.

The main salon is bright and airy, with settees to port and starboard and a fold down table centerline. The interior was repainted in 2017.

Forward of the main bulk head is the head to starboard, with storage cubbies for personal gear and toiletries and a vanity.

The large V-berth is forward, with hanging locker to port. All berths include cushions.

Dehumidifier included.

Spars and Steering
  • Replacement Ballenger class mast - 2011
  • Mast step replacement  - 2015
  • Custom carbon spinnaker pole - Hansen Rigging - 2016
  • Aluminum spinnaker pole 
  • New rudder bearings- Jeffa - 2017
  • Offshore aluminum tiller
  • Spinlock tiller extension
  • Water Rat rudder upgrade
  • Replacement propeller strut  - 2022
Standing & Running Rigging
  • Ballenger mast standing rigging (2011)
  • Navtec Hydraulic Cylinder for Backstay (2014)
  • Chicken Stay
  • Tides Marine Mainsail Track (2020)
  • Tuff Luff headsail foil (not installed)
  • All new halyards, jib sheets, and spin sheets - 2016
  • Mainsail traveler replacement - 2017
Electronics & Instrumentation

B&G H5000 Instrument package (2016) - includes:

  •  -2 x H5000 graphical displays
  •   -2 x 20/20 HV displays
  •   -Vulcan 7" chartplotter
  •   -Precision 9 axis compass
  •   -MHU
  •   -GPS with external mount

 

  • B&G Autopilot (2016) - remote controller
  • Standard Horizon VHF (2016) with DSC
  • Yacht Devices wireless (set up for simple Expedition connection/other routing & perf)
  • Solar charge controller  - Dual MPPT (2016) (requires hookup to solar panel)
  • SunPower Solar panel + mounting hardware (2016)
  • ICOM SSB transceiver & tuner (SSB has mounts but not installed)
  • Battery Monitor
Sails
  • Quantum Tri-radial carbon sport offshore class Mainsail (2023)
  • Pineapple #3 Jib - carbon hank-on (2019)
  • Pineapple#1 Jib - carbon hank-on  (2019)
  • Quantum Airex class spinnaker, S2 (2023)
  • Pineapple class spinnaker, A2 (2016)
  • Pineapple Shy Kite (2010)
  • Pineapple Spinnaker, S2  (~2014)
  • #4 Jib
  • Storm Jib 
  • Storm Trisail 
  • Staysail 
  • Pennant with Sail Numbers (SER requirement)
Safety Equipment & Tackle
  • Fortress anchor with 200' of rode - 2012
  • Radar reflector
  • Offshore strobe light
  • Secondary nave lights
  • 2 x manual bilge pumps
  • Jacklines
  • MOB pole
  • Horseshoe ring
  • OYRA compliant
Disclaimer
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information
Bill Colombo | bill@sailcal.com | 510-523-8500 (o) | 510-773-8015 (m)