North Point Yacht Sales

1974 Alden Dolphin

  • 47 ft
  • Ketch
  • Gloucester Point, VA, US

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One of only thirteen built this classic John Alden Design has been very well cared for by her owners and well appointed for extended bluewater cruising or living aboard.  Several recent upgrades throughout including a 2009 re-power to a Yanmar Diesel and a custom cockpit hardtop with full enclosure for year round comfort weather cruising or relaxing dockside. Call to arrange a private showing today!

A note from the seller:

This classic Alden designed center cockpit, ketch has been home to the current owners for 12 years, traveling the east coast from New England to the Bahamas, spending seven years in the Eastern Caribbean. Fawkes is outfitted for single handed sailing, making it possible for a two-person crew to make long passages comfortably. Living away from dock is her specialty. With solar power, a water maker and compost head, pulling hook is unnecessary. Her latest long passage was an eleven-day run from Sint Martin to Beaufort, NC. Fawkes is meant for the sea or at anchor, enjoying crystal blue waters. Newly installed davits make it easy to secure and deploy the dinghy.

 The classic tradition of Alden's deck salon design is evident below with plenty of head room, large salon windows, giving an open feeling, plenty of ventilation and rich mahogany cabinetry brought together with a holly and teak solid cabin salon sole. Living aboard is made easy with abundant storage. A hard bimini, enclosure and lush cushions, turned the center cockpit into additional living space as well as a secure and comfortable helm.

 The clipper bow and sleek lines turn heads while the full keel and hull design make Fawkes solid and stable. With care and attention, this classic yacht will be around another 50 years!


Basic Information

Gloucester Point, VA, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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John ALden
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Dimensions & Weight

47 ft - 14.33 meter
47 ft 9 in - 14.55 meter
13 ft 9 in - 4.19 meter
Dry Weight:
Draft - max:
6 ft 1 in - 1.85 meter
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Bridge Clearance:


Cruise Speed:
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Fuel Type:
75 (Individual), 75 (combined)
Max Speed:

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
200 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
200 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
35 gallons - 1 tank(s)


Total Cabins:
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Rigging and Sails
  • Spars: (2) Aluminum deck stepped masts and spars
  • Standing Rigging: Stainless steel with swedged and sta-lock fittings throughout, replaced on a rotating schedule
  • Chain plates: (16) interior plates fabricated and replaced 2015, Bow fabricated and replaced 2017
  • Six mast mounted winches (4) Main, (2) Mizzen
  • Headsail: 100% roller furled genoa, Sunbrella solar protection replaced 2017
    • Halyard: Wire/rope splice
    • Traveler: aft of cockpit
  • Staysail: Club footed, hanked on sail, additional storm sail
    • Halyard: Line
    • Traveler: forward main mast
    • Refurbished roller furler system with new bearings, including excrutions available for new owners to install.
  • Main: External mast roller furled, boom rests in gallows aft of cockpit, Sunbrella solar protection replaced 2017
    • Halyard(s): (1) internal wire for roller furler; (1) wire in mast; (1) external line
  • Mizzen: with lazy jacks
    • Halyard: Wire/rope splice

Cockpit and Deck


  • Hard top bimini (new 2014)
  • Enclosure (new 2014, Phifertex for breathability with interior Sunbrella lining to drop for sun and rain)
  • Five cockpit salon cushions (new 2013)
  • LED rope lights (blue and white)
  • Four self-tailing winches ((1) main sheet, (2) genny sheets & (1) main furling system)
  • One block for main sail operation (topping lift, furler, outhaul)
  • Depth/knot meter
  • Engine panel (nav lights, steaming light, compass light)
  • 12 volt outlet
  • Trim bulb
  • Ship's bell
  • Storage
    • One cockpit locker (dock lines, sail ties, (2) jacklines, harnesses, tethers, etc.)


  • Salt and freshwater facets (outboard cockpit)
  • Complete solid aft pulpit (new 2017)
  • Integrated davits (new 2017, with additional stern anchor/security light and running light)
  • Stantions and stantion bases (new 2017, throughout)
  • Complete solid bow pulpit (new 2017)
  • Forward lifelines (new 2017)
  • Six step folding boarding ladder, rigged for either port or starboard install
  • Two stern, hull mounted steps (dinghy access)
  • Two aft lazarettes ((1) extra dock lines, extra storage, fishing gear, etc. (1) vented propane locker)
  • Five- and two-gallon fuel tanks (for outboard, new 2019)
  • Boat hook holder
  • Awning beam
  • Horseshoe and throwables (port and starboard, covered 2017)
  • Seven fenders (varying sizes)
  • Outboard engine mount
  • Awnings ((1) forward deck, (2) mid deck, attached to boom and cleats on hard top (1) aft awning, attached to gallows, rigged to davits and mizzen topping lift)
  • Four dorades (2) forward, (2) aft


Master (Aft) Stateroom

  • Two individual (port and starboard) births with lee boards, used on passage
  • Two center inserts make the two births a single queen birth, athwartship
  • Two Caframo fans
  • Two LED reading lamps
  • Three overhead LED lamps
  • Private head, sink and shower with Raritan head plumbed for direct overboard (Caribbean living)
  • Small settee
  • 2 bookshelves
  • Full length mirror
  • Storage
    • Double wide hanging locker
    • 6 dresser drawers
    • 4 cupboards
    • Under birth storage

Forward Stateroom

  • Two individual births with lee boards
  • Two Caframo fans
  • Two LED reading lamps
  • One overhead LED lamp
  • Port and Starboard shelves, length of birth
  • Chain locker access
  • Private head, sink and shower with Nature's Head, Composting Toilet
  • Storage
    • 4 dresser drawers
    • 4 narrow drawers
    • 3 cupboards
    • Behind drawer storage
    • Sail locker


  • 6 large windows for open living
  • Two Caframo fans
  • Nav. station with chart table
  • "L" shaped settee around a sliding table, making access to benches easier
  • Shelves port and starboard
  • Two "box" benches, (placed and secured on port) make a settee. Moved, become additional chairs for table.
  • Storage
    • Under salon floor (center and port)
    • Two layers under starboard settee
    • Drop down additional shelving behind port settees
    • Behind starboard settee
    • Nav. station cupboard
    • Hanging locker turned pantry (going forward to forward Stateroom)
    • Inside box benches
    • Wet locker (next to nav. station)

  • "L" shaped galley with pull out cutting board (creating a u-shaped galley, with added work space.
  • HilleRange Model 3121 (3) burner stove/oven
  • (2) 20# Aluminum propane tanks, stored in port aft vented locker with solenoid
  • Water: Pressure and foot pump, including switching foot pump to saltwater, if desired
  • Engel Model MT 45F-U1 AC/DC Fridge/Freezer (new gasket, thermostat 2019)
  • 22 gallon/hour Eco Marine engine driven water maker (new 2012)
  • One Hella fan (over sink)
  • Storage
    • Above sink and counter
    • Dry storage
    • Behind dry storage and stove
    • Below sink (all the way to port hull)
    • Below counter (large enough for pots, pans and 5 qt. pressure cooker)
    • Drawer below stove
    • 4 narrow drawers
    • 1 small cupboard (through-hull access)
    • Pantry closet

  • VHF : Icom IC-M 504 with HM-162B/SW remote mic
  • HF Radio: Icom IC-706 Mark II G
  • Auto Pilot: Simrad NAC-3
  • Depth Sounder/Knot Meter: Raymarine ST40
  • Compass: Danforth
  • Epirb: ACR Pro 406MHz
  • Radar: Furuno 36 mile
  • AIS: Simad Transceiver with antenna splitter (send & receive, integrated to NavNet 3D and VHF)
  • GPS/Navigation: Furuno NavNet 3D MFD8
  • Electronic Charts: Maine to Florida, Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, including Trinidad

Electrical Systems

AC: 110 volts

  • Inverter: Heart EM S 2800
  • Electrical Panels (Companionway across from wet locker and aft cabin bookshelf)

DC: 12 volts

  • House Batteries: (8) 6 volt Trojans T-105 deep cycle, 740 amp/hours (under cabin sole, new 2016)
  • Starting Battery: (1) 12 volt (engine room, new upon accepted offer)
  • Battery Monitor: Victron BM V-600
  • Electrical Panels (companionway across from wet locker and aft starboard bookshelf)
  • Charging
    • Shore
      • Victron 40 amp 2 stage
    • Engine:
      • 110 amp Balmar Alternator
      • Regulator: Balmar 3 stage smart
    • Solar
      • Panels: Kyocera (2) 85 watts, (2) 135 watts
      • Regulator: Victron MPPT 75/50


Running Gear

  • Prop Shaft: 1 1/2" stainless steel
  • Prop: Milwaukee MP 21" R 14 pitch

Engine Room (Large stand-up engine room)

  • Engine: Yanmar 4JH4-TE
  • Transmission: ZF 30 M
  • Alternator: Balmar 110 amp
  • Fuel polishing system
  • Water maker
  • Saltwater manifold
  • Starting battery
  • Storage
    • Large shelf for tools
    • Several small shelves for parts and equipment
    • Two-5-gallon diesel cans
    • Two-5-gallon potable water cans
    • Assorted Filters

Thru-hulls (5 thru-hulls, refurbish and re-bedded 2017)

  • Bow
    • Depth Sounder/Transducer
  • Galley
    • Sink
  • Engine Room
    • Two saltwater intakes in engine room, (1) for engine, (1) for aft head, water maker, galley sink and deck wash manifold
    • One cockpit drain
  • Aft
    • Head
  • Deck
    • Four hull integrated scuppers

  • Full Keel
  • Bottom Paint: Trinidad Petit, 65% Copper, hard. (Stripped and re-barrier coated 2017)
  • Freeboard stripped and painted, Interlux Perfection (2011)

Ground Tackle
  • 33kg (73#) Rocna (new 2017)
  • 225' 3/8" G4 Chain (new 2017)
  • 45 # Danforth
  • 50' chain, 300' rode combination (for spare)
  • Windlas: Maxwell VWC 3500 Electric/Manual
  • Bow Roller: (2)
  • Para-Tec Sea Anchor, size 18

  • Dinghy: 10'6" AB Aluminum bottom, (unpainted, two layer) with bow compartment and chaps (2016)
  • Outboard: Tohatsu 2 stroke 18 hp (2015) with fuel tank

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