Reviews and info from (2) former Aleutian 51 owners
Son of a Sailor
Information from previous Aleutian 51 Owners
Hmmm, I’m not trying to become an expert on this elusive boat, but the possibility exists that I’ve been able to put together most- if not all of the searchable information on the internet about the Aleutian 51 motorsailer in one place….
Luckily for me, I was able to find two former owners of Aleutian 51’s with very, very positive things to say about the boats, both having sailed them extensively.
The first is Jackie Perry and her husband, who are currently living back in Australia after living on a riverboat in France,,,,but with family sailed an Aleutian 51 from San Francisco across the Pacific to Australia, on their second long transatlantic voyage. If you’re interested in voyaging, make sure to check out their site: jackieperry.com.
So very cool is that this well published author and traveler took the time to email back to little old me,,,,,very extensive information about their trip on Pyewacket II, their 1980 Aleutian 51 which was built in Canada. With interesting books wrapped about adventures that not all women take,,,I’d highly recommend you check her site out and perhaps think about grabbing one of her books from Amazon,,,I just did,,,,as a gift for someone of course!
Secondly, someone came up on the blog with comments about the Aleutian 51 they used to own and sail, with LOTS of good information. I’m going to let them tell you their own story, in their own words, with minor changes by me for the sake of reading from a blog:
“I am quite familiar with this boat (meaning the Aleutian 51 Integrity, which we’ve been on board several times). I owned the sister ship, “Amnesia” and my wife and I were good friends with the previous owners of Integrity. They did a 10+ year lazy circumnavigation starting around 2000.
In the mid 1990’s we sailed from Seattle to Mexico and spent two years in Mexico. The Aleutian is a very seaworthy boat. We sold the boat in San Diego sometime in the late 1990’s. I know she remained in SD for several years mostly on a mooring. I lost track of her and then just about Christmas two years ago I saw it listed in Ventura as a marina repossession. Someone had abandoned her and the marina gained possession for back slip rent. It was listed for $35,000 at that time. Such a shame.
Eventually someone bought her and they were either going to rehab her or sell her. I don’t know what happened to her.
As for the deck hardware…. it never was a problem and I assume it was never a problem for Integrity. They sailed from SD to Mexico to Hawaii to Alaska and then to the South Pacific. They hauled the boat in New Zealand and spent 18 months there. They had quite a bit of work done there. Then they goofed around for several more years and went to Phuket Thailand. They again hauled and (I believe) redid the teak decks and rebuilt the Ford Lehman.
I am sure they would have redone the deck rigging if it had ever caused a problem.
I believe there were 11 Aleutians built. They were very expensive when they came out. Amnesia had every bell and whistle including a full blown 24 volt Navy gyrocompass. She had in mast roller furling for both the main and mizzen and an old sat nav system way before GPS systems. She cost around $500K in 1978.
There is another Aleutian named Mermaid and one named Pywacket(sp?). Over the years I have seen one for sale in Spain and one in New Zealand.
The boat is heavy and very stable. When we hauled in Cabo, loaded for cruising, she weighed 62,000 lbs. That is about 18,000 lbs of lead in the keel, 435 gals of fuel and 250 of water plus all the gear. However her shape and the amount of sail she carries makes up for the weight. It is not a racing boat. It is a strong safe cruising boat that 2 people can handle.
When Integrity was headed south from Alaska back to Washington state they anchored off a Canadian island at a place called Pender Harbor. In the morning an old guy came out to the anchorage in a row boat. He make a couple of circles of Integrity and then asked the owners how they liked the boat. They said they really liked the boat. He said, “Great, because I designed the damn thing!”. It was Stan Huningford. He also did the Maple Leaf and several other boats.
Hope that gives you some insight. Great boat.
At one time, I can’t remember from who or when, I heard that the fiberglass forms for the Aleutian 51 hulls are still at the Chung Hua (sp?) boat yard in Taiwan. From what I understand the reason they only made 11 of these boats is because they were just too expensive.”
Then, while doing what research I could on the internet, I found the old ads for Pyewacket II for sale in Australia and for the gentlemen’s boat as a dock repro (for $45,000). There’s also one other blog about a cruising couple on an Aleutian, but I wasn’t able to find a way to get hold of them via email,,,,but I think they’re out there, somewhere. So, if you come across anymore of these 11 boats that were too expensive to keep building in the late 70’s and early 80’s,,,,send me the info, I’d be interested in seeing it.