General Information

Designer: John Alden

Designed: 1921

Model: Malabar II Gaff Schooner
LWL: 32’ 0”

LOD: 41' 4"

Spar Length: 53' 0"

Beam: 11’ 6”

Draft: 6’ 0”
Headroom Below decks: Max 6’ 5” under the beams

Builder: Lance Leonard
Launch Date/ Location: June 30th, 1996 Lopez Island, Washington USA


Building Materials

Planking: VG Larch
Decking: Port Orford Cedar “Corked” with Cotton & Oakum & Pitched w/ “Jeffries Marine Glue” (real pitch imported from England)
Deck House: Honduras Mahogany
Backbone: Balau (Indonesian hardwood; excellent for the purpose)
Exterior Trim, Caps, Hatches & Dorade Boxes: Honduras Mahogany Rudder: Purple Heart (South American hardwood)
Cabin Top: 1 3/8 “ T&G Alaska Yellow Cedar with recessed Diagonal Bronze Strapping covered with Irish Felt, Canvas & Paint (traditional cabin top finish)

Bulwarks: 2 3/4” by (aprox.) 4” Yellow Cedar (Honduras Mahogany Caps)

Floor timbers: Iron Bark (Australia)
Frames: Steam Bent Eastern White Oak 2 1/4” by 2” on 1’ Centers
Bilge Stringers: Larch, 12” by 2” (Max) tapering in thickness to the ends Shelf/Clamp: Douglas Fir
Ceiling: 7/8” Alaskan Yellow Cedar
Deck Beams: Douglas Fir
Bulkheads, Cabinet Framing, T&G Paneling & Cabin Sole: Larch
Table, Drawer Fronts, Chart Table, Trim, Cabinet Doors, Etc.,: Honduras Mahogany
Galley Counter Top: Maple
Overhead: Yellow Cedar
Accents: Yellow Cedar & Purple Heart
Inside Some Cabinets are lined with Port Orford Cedar for bug control
Lead 8,500 lbs external ballast fastened with 1” silicon bronze through bolts drilled through the wood keel, floor timbers and lead. Fastened beyond Lloyds of London standards
About 1,000 lbs internal ballast fastened inside on top of the keel.



Spars: VG Douglas Fir (solid)
Blocks: Lignum Vitae & Bronze
Standing Rigging: Galvanized Steel, Parceled & Served Throughout, Leathered where appropriate (except Headstay: Stainless Steel) All hand spliced with oversized thimbles
Spreaders: Heavy Wall Bronze Pipe with custom hardware
Turnbuckles: (5/8” bronze) except bobstay, (3/4” bronze)

Sails (all sails white color except as noted)

Working Sails

all 13 oz. treated cotton canvas Made by Port Townsend Sails (C. Hasse) Main (2 reefs) Foresail (1 reef) Jib (no reef)
Other Sails
Storm Trysail (Dacron, P.T. Sails; used only once)


Ground Tackle

CQR 60 lb
Fisherman 50 lb Wilcox Crittenden
300 feet 3/8” HT chain for Main anchor
100 feet 3/8” HT chain for secondary anchor
200 feet 3/4” 3 strand rope for #2 anchor
Muir Manual 2 Speed Windlass set up for chain on one side and rope on the other.
Boat hook (wood handle with bronze tip)



Edson Worm gear
Bilge pumps
Manual Edson 1 gallon per stroke bronze diaphragm type pump permanently mounted aft near the cockpit (below decks) operated from the cockpit.
Manual large capacity Whale pump mounted on a board (portable) with a long exit hose.



Single stainless steel with fresh water hand pump (bronze) and salt water

foot pump. Sink drain has a hand operated pump to prevent water coming in when she heels. Built in Soap dispenser
Cooking Stove:
Force 10 3 burner Propane stove with oven. 3 aluminum propane tanks are located in a vented deck box just forward of the deck house. Stove has a bronze griddle.



Soapstone wood/coal burning stove is located in the galley area and keeps

Alyria warm and dry when needed. Tall stack is great at anchor and stows when sailing.


Large Mahogany chart table lifts up for stowage of important papers, etc.,.

Cabinet outboard of chart table contains: Hand held GPS (Garman) with bracket. SSB/Ham radio and tuner
Mounted VHF radio

Hand held VHF radio

2 chart bins with plenty of flat stowage for charts are under chart table. Chart table has built in electric lights.
Main Compass Large gimbaled antique compass, easy to read with points, numbers and electric light (red).
Extra Portable compass


2 180 Amp hour 6 volt AGM batteries (wired as 1 360 Amp hour 12 volt) with

dock charger (mounted) and E-Meter.
Wind Generator Aerogen (English made) for use at anchor; stows for sailing.

Trolling Generator Includes propeller and line. English model (I forgot the brand) works great at sea!
Electric lights, interior lights (throughout boat), running lights, compass light (red) and radios are all wired to the electrical system.

Main Saloon has special overhead 2 way (high and low) red and white high efficiency light (red light is great for night sailing). Electrical system also has an adapter to plug in personal CD players, etc.,.


                                                                                                  Safety Equipment

Life Jackets
4 Coast Guard approved offshore type in handy stow bag.
3 Automatic inflating harness/ life jackets with tethers.
4 Safety harnesses
Webbing (for off shore work in rough weather) for jacklines to clip harnesses to; one for each side deck, full length.
Fog Horn
Personal MOB strobes (several)
USCG approved oversized electric/kerosene running lights
3 Fire Extinguishers
Bronze Stantions with rope lifelines
Parachute Type Sea Anchor (w/ heavy duty swivel and 200’ 3/4” rope)


                                                                                                          Water Tanks
3 Heavy gauge stainless tanks with baffles totaling 100 gals fresh water. Tanks

each have separate valves and can be emptied one at a time or in any combination and are plumbed to galley sink with hand pump. They are located aft where an engine would typically be.


The head is hidden under a seat in the forward cabin (to starboard) and is simply a built in bucket (has never spilled since it’s built in and has a sealed lid). It has a

wooden toilet seat over the top of the bucket which is hidden by the mahogany bench seat when not in use. It is comfortable to use. The through hull backing blocks for a modern toilet are already installed if a change is desired. There is room for a holding tank in the cabinet outboard of the head.


Alyria was built intentionally without an engine. She is remarkably handy and we

have sailed her even in and out of slips in various marinas. That said, options for auxiliary power include:
Adding a side mount outboard (provision for this is already installed)
Employing the use of a yawl boat

Installing a permanent inboard engine



Dodger frame (stainless) sunbrella awning needs replacement

Cushions below decks are all high quality foam covered with green sunbrella. Canvas Lee Cloths under settees (makes them into spare sea berths)
Dingy chocks on cabin top for 10’ dingy; bronze cleats for lashing down. Blocks for shipping dingy.

Dock lines
Bosuns chair Dock fenders
Lots of spare parts