ELENA | Alden Custom Aft Cockpit | 51ft

Stamford, CT, US


ELENA | Alden Custom Aft Cockpit | 51ft


Stamford, CT, US


ELENA is an exceptional classic Alden design, ex " ALESTRA". To date ELENA has had just three owners, all very knowledgeable and dedicated to maintaining her in YACHT CONDITION.

Easily sailed shorthanded, with furling Hood Stoway headsails, electric furling mainsail, electric primary winches, first-class electronics etc. Anchoring is a breeze with her windlass and ground tackle, and with a bow thruster for maneuvering in tight quarters making docking a breeze. Whether used as a comfortable cruiser or an ocean ready racing yacht, ELENA is the current all around winner of the 2019 Block Island Race and 1st in region 2019 Marion Bermuda Race.

Beautiful varnished teak below deck joined with new interior fabrics with two private staterooms, two heads each with showers, large main salon, U-shaped galley, sit-down navigator's station, Luke soapstone fireplace, heat/AC and much more all contribute to making ELENA an outstanding offering.

Construction and equipment built under American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) survey to Class +A1 Offshore Yacht Service. This model is from the same hull series as the Alden 54.

Centerboard configuration offers a minimum draft of 5’-6” with board up and a maximum draft of 10’-4” with board down.


  • Length: 51ft
  • Builder: Alden Yachts
  • Beam: 14' 3"
  • Year: 1986
  • Displacement: 52000.00 lbs
  • Hull: Composite
  • Engine: (1) Yanmar, 100 hp
  • Speed: 9.00


  • Builder: Alden Yachts
  • Designer: John G. Alden & Assoc.
  • Keel: Centerboard


  • Length Overall: 51.00 ft
  • Length Waterline: 40.00 ft
  • Displacement: 52000.00 lb
  • Ballast Weight Measure: 16300.00 lb
  • Bridge Clearance Measure: 70' 0"
  • Cabin Head room measure: 6' 6"
  • Beam Measure: 14' 3"


  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Year Built: 2005
  • Engine Model: 4JH3-HTE Turbocharged
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Other
  • Engine Hours: 1400
  • Engine Power: 100 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (280 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (120 Gallons)


  • Number of double berths: 2
  • Number of cabins: 2
  • Number of heads: 2


Centerboard configuration offers minimum draft of 5'-6" with board up and maximum draft of 10'-4" with board down.


Teak interior with new interior fabrics, two private staterooms, two heads with showers, large main salon, U-shaped galley, sit-down navigation station, Luke soapstone fireplace, heat/AC and much more.

  • Finish - full varnished teak interior with satin varnished bulkheads and gloss accents
  • 16,000 BTU air conditioner w/reverse cycle heat – new compressor (2020)
  • Luke soapstone fireplace
  • Cabin sole - teak straight grain, epoxy laminated with contrasting hard rock maple strips. Varnished to satin finish
  • Hanging lockers - lined with aromatic cedar hull ceiling
  • Berth cushions - 6" thick polyurethane foam with zippered covers. New main cabin upholstery (2010)
  • Cabin doors cold molded laminated door frames
  • Drawers - dovetail jointed mahogany-sided drawers glide on roller guides with stop
  • Overheads - from textured vinyl laminated to closed cell foam on removable panels below insulating air space. Main cabin panels replaced (2010)
  • Hull ceiling - varnished hull ceiling battens outboard of berths
  • Screens for all opening ports and hatches
  • Espar diesel hot-air furnace thermostatically controlled – refurbished (2016)
  • Below decks headroom 6' 7"
  • Forward berth extended to 7’ 3”, and widened to 5’ 6”
  • Air conditioning – 16,000 BTU – compressor and duct work new (2020)


  • Stove - polished stainless steel throughout range with (4) top burners and ceramic broiler in thermostatically controlled oven, safety shut-off on all burners, full gimballing
  • Stove guard -1" stainless steel, attachment points for harness
  • LPG gas cylinder – (2) aluminum 20 Ib. vertical, in wells venting overboard
  • Refrigeration – custom designed 120 volt eutectic plate system with refrigerator and separate freezer system (2004) – new compressor (2020)
  • Remote thermometers continuously monitor refrigerator and freezer temperatures
  • Microwave GE (2009)


  • Raymarine Quantum Radar 2018
  • Raymarine E120 Chartplotter with a Raymarine autopilot
  • Handheld GPS
  • Raymarine depth, speed, and wind instruments, readouts at chart table and cockpit
  • Uniden fixed VHF w/wireless remote
  • Handheld VHF (2004), backup handheld VHF
  • SGC SSB/amateur radio transceiver
  • CD player w/AM-FM radio
  • Emergency Position Indicator radio beacons (EPIRB), one new, (2019)
  • Autohelm SPX30 w/P70r control and S100 wireless remote control (2012)


  • Switchboard - with Xantrex battery monitor, DC voltmeter, DC ammeter, 38 DC circuit breakers. 3 high power circuit breakers
  • Engine starting circuit - dedicated 70 Amp alternator charges heavy-duty AGM 105 AH battery (2017)
  • Ship electrical feed - dedicated 210 AH Balmar large frame alternator charges house battery bank of four heavy-duty AGM 210 AH deep cycle batteries (840 AH total) (2017)
  • DC power selection – Disconnect switches and fuses on house, engine and generator circuits. Emergency parallel switches to engine and generator circuits
  • LPG control system - illuminated control located convenient to galley and propane sensor with visual and audible alarms. Stainless steel gauge for pressure monitoring
  • Voltage alarm - individual alarms for each battery bank/alternator with visual and audible alarms
  • Surge protector - voltage surge and spike clipping device for electronic panel
  • Bulkhead mounted lights – (10) brass incorporating locking mechanism for multi axis directional control
  • Forced ventilation - blowers for engine room and battery compartment
  • Separate circuits for electronics
  • Dome lights – (22) stainless steel 7" dome lights with quartz bulbs. Locations include lazarette, forepeak and overheads throughout vessel
  • Outlets – (8) duplex AC receptacles G.F.I. protected
  • AC system – (3) wire galvanic protected ground 110V, 50 ampere system
  • AC switchboard - with ship-shore power selector, automatic transfer between inverter and generator, double pole main breaker for each power source, polarity indicator, volt meter, ammeter, and (11) branch circuit breakers
  • AC service - NEMA standard locking type chrome inlet fitting, yellow 50 foot 30 amp cordset
  • 50 amp and 30 amp electronic battery chargers
  • Navigation lights - IMCO standards, pulpit and mast mounted
  • Galvanic bonding system - to common buss for underwater metals
  • Lightning protection - to meet ABS requirements, including chainplates and metallic components
  • Overcurrent protection – of high amperage DC circuits
  • Deck and mast lights - controlled from cockpit panel
  • 3 KW generator w/Racor filter and remote controls. Includes large deep discharge AGM 105 AH battery (2017) available as backup for other electrical systems
  • 6 KW isolation/voltage change transformer
  • 3 KW inverter with remote control (1.75 KW backup inverter)
  • Battery charters new (2018)



  • Mast - welded aluminum with two spinnaker halyard cranes, stepped to keel. Hood Stoway in-mast electric furling for mainsail
  • Spreaders - two pair of tapered airfoil section
  • Cutter rig with Hood Seafurl II furling staysail and genoa, and cruising spinnaker
  • Blocks - all necessary blocks for staysail, genoas, and main sheet. (4) general purpose snatch blocks, appropriately sized
  • Boom - with fixed gooseneck, outhaul with car and integral tackle. Navtec hydraulic vang
  • Standing rigging - Navtec rod rigging, high strength turnbuckles (inspected 2004)
  • Running backstays Dyneema for use in heavy weather
  • Backstay tension - hydraulic backstay with fail-safe turnbuckle, controlled from cockpit panel
  • Halyards – (2) internal genoa halyards (one messengered), internal main and staysail halyards. (2) internal spinnaker halyards (one messengered). Ship's courtesy flag halyard to stbd spreader
  • Running rigging - double braided Dacron including main, genoa and staysail sheets, and mainsail outhaul


  • North main and UK genoa (2019)
  • UK staysail (2019)
  • Poleless spinnaker
  • Older Genoa (available if wanted)


  • Cockpit primary – (2) Barient # 36 3 sp Self Tailing Chrome electric on molded winch island
  • Cockpit secondary – (2) Barient #32 2 sp Chrome on molded winch island
  • Main sheet/staysail sheet - Barient # 27 2 sp Self-Tailing Chrome on house top convenient to cockpit, with stopper
  • Main outhaul/staysail sheet - Barient #27 2 sp Self Tailing Chrome on house top convenient to cockpit, symmetrical to main sheet winch, with stopper
  • Genoa halyards - Barient # 27 2sp Self Tailing Chrome on spar port side with rope clutch for roller furling halyard
  • StaysaiI halyard - Barient # 24 2 sp Self-Tailing Chrome with rope clutch
  • Main halyard - Barient # 27 2 sp Self Tailing Chrome on mast stbd side with rope clutch
  • Spinnaker halyard – Barient #24 2 sp Self Tailing Chrome on mast port side
  • Storm trysail rigging 
  • Whisker Pole track (2019)


  • Water tanks - aluminum with interior baffles, approximately 280 gallons total capacity
  • Potable water inlet and distribution - US FDA formulation lined hose, polybutylene piping
  • Water pressure pump (new 2019)
  • Water heater - stainless steel 15 gallon. Operates both from engine and 110 V AC
  • Sinks - galley sink stainless steel, double bowl 9-3/4” deep. China lavatory basins in owner and guest heads
  • Head faucets - European styled chrome bronze faucets in heads
  • Galley faucet – Kohler (new 2010)
  • Toilets- aft head – Wilcox Crittenden Skipper bronze base high volume marine toilet connected to 55 gal holding tank with bypass valve for use outside U. S. waters. Forward head -VacuFlush connected directly to the holding tank (both heads new, 2016)
  • Sanitation device – 55 gallon holding tank with built-in power evacuation pump and warning lamps. Deck discharge also
  • Shower sumps - connected through strainer to power diaphragm pump with overboard discharge
  • Bilge pumps – (1) Edson mounted below cabin sole, (1) Whale Gusher MK II located in cockpit, (2) electric diaphragm pumps with automatic sensors. Spare Edson pump
  • Inlet and discharge fittings - thru hull fittings with low maintenance bronze seacocks on all underwater connections
  • 600 GPD watermaker (out of service since 2002)
  • Salt and freshwater deck washdown


  • Engine – Yanmar 4JH3-HTE turbocharged 100 HP engine (2005). Engine drip pan with drain. 7.5-8 knots cruise, 8.5-9 knots max. (1,400 hours)
  • Engine panel – Mounted behind lazarette - Gauge for RPM, with visible and audible alarms for overtemperature and low oil pressure. Audible alarm for water in fuel and high cooling seawater temperature
  • Additional audible oil pressure and engine temperature alarm. Temperature and oil pressure gauges on engine enclosure
  • Propeller shaft - 1-1/2" dia. Aquamet 22
  • Shaft coupling - Scatra Aquadrive constant velocity joint coupling system (rebuilt 2005) for minimum vibration and ease of alignment
  • Engine control - Single lever shift/throttle control adjacent to wheel facilitates maneuvering.
  • Propeller – 19” three blade Max prop – feathering
  • Fuel tanks - two Certified tanks of 5052 aluminum alloy with baffle plates. Fuel selection valves readily accessible
  • Fuel filter - Racor 500
  • Engine room insulation - 3/4 " Mylar foam and lead insulation (2005)
  • Bow thruster – 9 HP Side-Power with control on pedestal. Motor overhauled (2019)


  • Hull: Alden 54/50 #002 Aft Cockpit model
  • Laminate - of Isophthalic Neopentyl glycol Gelcoat, Vinylester barrier resin and stitched unidirectional
  • External lead keel - of approximately 16,300 lbs. with stainless steel keel bolts cast in place
  • Structural bulkheads - major bulkheads of composite construction
  • Additional structural components -FRP lateral and transverse beam stringer system to distribute compressive loads and provide exceptional torsional and fore and aft rigidity
  • Centerboard- fiberglass, airfoil shape, positive buoyancy, controlled from cockpit hydraulic panel
  • Incorporates pressure relief valve and easily replaceable break-away pin in the event of grounding
  • Centerboard configuration offers a minimum draft of 5’-6” with board up and a maximum draft of 10’-4” with board down
  • Hull interior -accessible spaces coated with Thixotropic Polyester coating for ease of cleaning
  • Sole bearing timbers - from mahogany, polyester encapsulated
  • Bottom - painted with two coats of anti- fouling paint
  • Boot top – single
  • Cove stripe
  • Steering Wheel -stainless steel destroyer type, 40" diameter
  • Pedestal - Edson 6' with stainless needle bearings
  • Emergency tiller
  • Compass - Danforth Constellation compass, 6" diameter with chrome hood
  • Autohelm SPX30/P70r w/S100 wireless handheld remote (new 2012). 7000 backup


  • Toe rail aluminum with Alden designed polished S/S fabricated bow, stern and side chocks
  • Natural ventilation - dovetail jointed varnished teak dorade boxes, with chromed adjustable rotational locking cowl vents. Interior non-corrosive insect screens
  • Ports -fixed ports glazed with tinted polycarbonate. (6) Almag 35 metal opening ports, inset in cabin house sides. 7” X 14” metal opening port in each aft cabin
  • Deck hatches - all Almag 35 metal, glazed with tinted polycarbonate: 19” x 19” over forward cabin, and galley. 24” x 24” over main saloon. 12-1/2” x 17-1/2” over forward head (all 2008). (3) 7” x 13-5/8” over aft cabins and aft head. Sliding companionway hatch and drop boards
  • Foredeck hatch – 31” x 31” Almag 35 hatch (new 2008), deck opening over sail handling room
  • Cockpit seats and sole - laid teak, epoxy bonded to FRP substrate, payed seams
  • Stem fitting - mirror polished type 316L S/S weldment w/bow roller. Anchor retaining pin
  • Quarter fittings - mirror finished type 316L S/S with integral chocks
  • Main sheet traveler - Harken, with recirculating ball bearing car. 4: 1 tag line system
  • Genoa sheet tracks - 1-1/2" stainless steel bolted through reinforced laminate with backing plates,(2) genoa cars, (1) lead block per side
  • Turning blocks - 4.5" diameter stainless dual sheave foot blocks
  • Mooring cleats - forward 15" and (2) 12” cleats, (4) midships and (2) aft cleats 12"
  • (4) Cockpit safety attachment points
  • Windlass - Nilsson VWC 3000 chrome windlass with rope capstan and chain gypsy feeding integral hawse pipe
  • Mast collar - aluminum, with a lip for lashing on mast boot. Mast hook new (2019)
  • Flagpole socket - 1-1/4" size, chrome bronze
  • Dorade guards - heavy wall stainless steel, over fwd. dorados
  • Staysail tracks - 1-1/2" stainless steel with lead block and stainless cheek blocks to fairlead sheets through stoppers to winches mounted on house top convenient to cockpit. Rebedded (2015)
  • Lifelines - 27" high double lifeline system, with boarding gates port and starboard
  • Pulpits - double rail design fabricated from 1" dia. heavy wall stainless. Bow pulpit incorporates teak seat and gated European design
  • Deck joiner work and trim – Teak eyebrows and coamings varnished with smooth high gloss finish
  • Cockpit coaming lockers - port and starboard with teak framed opening
  • Deck and house top - molded in non-skid pattern
  • Firdell radar reflector
  • Navigation, masthead, foredeck, spreader, and cockpit lights
  • Guardhauer outboard motor lift


  • Winch handles – (4) Barient 10" chrome lock in
  • Anchor rodes - 250 ft. 3/4" laid nylon, 325 ft. 3/8” dia. hi-tensile chain
  • Anchors - 35 lb. hi-tensile Danforth, 45 lb. CQR, 55 lb. Delta, 100 lb. Luke storm anchor
  • Mooring lines – (6) 3/4" laid nylon, (6) 5/8” laid nylon
  • Fenders – (5) 10" x 26" ribbed pneumatic fenders with lines and covers, (2) 18”round fenders
  • Fire extinguishers – (4) dry chemical type
  • Life preservers – (4) Type-1 life preservers with reflective material
  • Horseshoes – (2) Type IV life rings with stainless steel mounting brackets
  • Colors - varnished teak 1-1/4" x 60" flagstaff and 3' x 5' ensign
  • 5-Person AB 290 aluminum rigid inflatable dinghy (2004) w/3 hp Torqueedo electric outboard motor (new 2010) with (2) batteries
  • Gas grill
  • Dodger and sunshade. Bimini new (2016)
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Winter cover
  • 8’ Aluminum passarelle (boarding ramp) with mounting bracket and harness equipment
  • Fitted bedding


Owner's personal effects are excluded from the sale.


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.



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