8 Belles | Alden 47' 1973

Marathon, FL

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Yacht Name: 8 Belles
Builder: Alden
Model: Dolphin 47
Year: 1973
Location: Marathon, FL
Asking Price: $200,000
Designer: J.G. Alden
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Preliminary Listing with more pictures & Video coming.

This is the classic, Mahogany Interior, J.G. Alden design, mid cockpit ketch. Built at Hodgden Brothers, East Boothbay, Maine, this vessel has all the comforts of home with a full galley, and a roomy  salon. A very comfortable L-shaped settee, with a large dining table. The settee converts to a double berth with storage behind. Guests can get out of the weather and still enjoy the view from three large fixed windows on each side which affords excellent visibility. A homey ambience is complete in this interior with satin finished varnished Mahogany and a main cabin sole of varnished teak and holly. Ample storage, sturdy construction, and the amenities of home will inspire the new owner of this vessel to raise the sails, and feel the wind on your face as this ketch rides the waves toward any destination. She has been well-loved, expertly sailed and reluctantly relinquished.


Length: 47'
Beam: 12' 8"
Draft: 5' 8"
Water Tank Capacity: 100 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 125 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 25 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Perkins
Engine Model: 4-236
Power: 85 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel


Good working foredeck that is wide and has high caprails for foot support. Good access to twin anchors, duel windlass and chain + rode storage locker. Dock Line fairleads are large and strong with large cleats inboard. Both Genoa and Club Staysail roller furling units are oversized and in good condition.


Mast Area Forward

Winches on the mast for spare halyards - Dorades with large Stainless wind scoops - Staysail club traveler with car adjuster - lage forward deck hatch with sun cover. 


Center Cockpit

The center cockpit is deep and well protected with all controls lead aft, through stoppers to an electric winch. There is both a dodger and full Bimini - Comfortable seating and great visibility in all directions. The Steering Pedestal Pod contains the Autopilot, Bow Thruster, and anchor controls - the primary winches on both aft cockpit sides are two speed electric.There are floor mounted foot controls for the electric winch.


Aft Deck & Davits

Two large aft lazarette hatches give great storage and are easy to get to. The Stainless Davits lower and raise the dinghy and can easily be lead to the electric winches. Both Masts are Pro-furl boom systems that make reefing easy and very custom setable for the current conditions.


Main Salon

You enter the Salon from the center cockpit and it is large with many big windows all around. The L-shaped dining area is from centerline to Starboard side and very well set up for both sailing and dining. The Port settee makes a great sea berth, as does the Starboard seating area. Galley is to Port with great sinks, counter space and a gimballed stainless gas stove & oven. Aft starboard is the Nav area and electric panel with a freezer forward.


Forward V-Berth & Head

Forward of the Salon is a large V-beth cabin with lots of storage and access to the forward Head and shower. The berth insert allows it to be single berths or a large double. There is plenty of light and ventilation from ports and a large deck hatch with sun shade.


Aft Cabin & Passthrough

Aft starboard end of the Salon is the pass through to the aft cabin. Starboard side is all storage for wet gear, or tools or spare parts. Port side is access to, the large engine room that extends to the other beam and has the Main engine, generator and many of the systems and pumps to run the boats equipment. It is very well lighted and has room to work on systems.

The aft cabin is large and well appointed. Lots of drawer and hanging locker areas and a large, comfortailb head with shower. The berth is full beam with two separate mattresses.The deck hatch and port lights provide good light and ventilation.