The 23′ Seasprite Weekender was Alberg’s very popular design for coastal cruising with overnight accommodations. Although imagined for sheltered inshore waters, this boat is a very stable and stiff sailor that can easily handle a strong blow without reefing. Although spartan below, she still offers commodious V-berths forward, opposing cabin settees, and plentiful storage aft. This boat was built in 1964 by the C.E.Ryder Company in Bristol, RI and has been owned by the same family for the past 35 years. ‘September’ has been completely rebuilt over the past several years to better than original condition and quality. All britework (the foredeck hatchway and hatch, the companionway rails and sliding hatch, the comings, the grab rails, and the compass surround have been replaced with teak. The crude motor well just behind the cockpit and tiller has been removed and the aft hull and transom deck faired out. In its place, a lazarette deck hatchway and hatch have been added to provide additional storage. Although this boat easily sails on and off docks and moorings, a transom outboard motor mount could be added if needed to give the boat auxiliary power. Removal of the motor well returned ‘September’ to her very beautiful, and uninterrupted classic lines. The heavily laid up solid fiberglass hull and deck were stripped down to the gel coat and imperfections repaired before being repainted. Many coats of both paint and varnish were applied to achieve Bristol status throughout. All the original bronze hardware and fittings were removed, cleaned, and rebedded. The original bronze Merriman winches were likewise removed and rebuilt with new springs and cauls. The cockpit seats were reinforced and faired flat before covering with marine cork planks. The cockpit sole is a removable quarter sawn oak and teak plank floor. This boat is self-bailing. The new bulkhead mount compass is a Ritchie Venture. The aluminum mast of this fractional rig sloop rests on a shoe on the foredeck. The standing rigging is stainless steel. The sails include the main, a 100% working jib, and a 150% genoa. All are in good, serviceable condition. Below decks both the starboard sink cabinet and the port cold cabinet are newly designed and built on the original footprint. Sides are cherry, fronts are painted V-matched T&G pine, drawers and doors are oak and teak, tops are Corian. The V-berths forward and opposing main cabin settees have removable custom fitted cushions in serviceable condition. ‘September’ rests on a custom-made cradle with integrated adjustable Brownell jack stands, making her easy to haul on a flatbed trailer behind a pickup truck. This boat must be seen to be appreciated. No expense or time was spared to bring ‘September’ to her current excellent condition. She will turn heads in any harbor. More pictures are available on request.
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