Welcome to Twentynine!

Twentynine is a site dedicated to the Alberg 29, a sailboat designed by Carl Alberg to replace and update the popular and successful Alberg 30. After becoming discouraged by the lack of information on the Internet about these boats, I decided to put up a site featuring all the information I have, in hopes that others (and I know you’re out there) will find what they’re looking for. If you have information about Alberg 29s you’d like to share, please email me at adrian@twentynine.ca.


The Alberg 29 Blog

SOLD - 1983 Alberg 29 - Say Goodnight, Gracie · Jan 12, 2010

If you’re familiar with this timeless classic, you’ll know that among her many features are bronze ports (6 opening, 4 fixed), Barlow bronze winches (6), bronze fairleads and, bronze & teak mooring cleats. She has a teak & holly sole, well oiled (not varnished) cabinetry and teak cockpit grating. This boat has been lovingly maintained and is fully equipped.

Location: Port Credit (PCYC)

Offered at $35,000 CAD

Twentynine.ca Gallery


Ivory with brown cove stripe
L.O.A. 29’3”
L.W.L. 22’3”
Beam 9’2”
Draft 4’6”

Navigation lights/steaming light/anchor light
Life ring (new ’09)
50’ Buoyant heaving line (2, new ’09)
Radar reflector (2)
Fire extinguishers (2)
Watertight flashlight (2)
MOT approved life jacket (2 new ’08)
Manual signalling device
Compressed gas horn (2)
Swim ladder
Olin flare gun

Yanmar 2GM
Jabsco head (new ’09)
Forespar whisker pole
Profurl P31 roller furling
Shipmate gimballed stove w/oven (spotless)
Whale ‘Gulper’ electric bilge pump (new ’09)
“Natty” dodger (new windows ’08)
Mustang Floater jackets (2)
Force Ten BBQ
Danforth anchor (2 w/chain & rope rode)
Safety harnesses (2)
‘On Sail’ cockpit awning w/ cockpit lee clothes
Apelco 5160 VHF
Apelco GXL 1100 GPS
Taylor Made fenders (4 w/matching lines, new ’09)
Marinco 50’ 30 amp shore power cord (new ’09)
Cockpit cushions
12v Search light
110v Fan
Brass clock
Brass barometer
Windex (new ’09)
New curtains
8’ hard dinghy
4 hp Johnson outboard motor (mint condition)
2 Marine batteries
Folding steel cradle


SOLD: 1982 Alberg 29 · Jul 30, 2009

JUBILEE, an Alberg 29 is for sale for US$21,500. (photograph)

Alberg 29, built by Nye Yachts, Canada, 1982; the IDEAL seaworthy coastal cruiser; of all the wonderful sailboats that my wife and I have owned or sailed on, Jubilee is by far the dearest and most impressive ; she’s lovely to look at, beautifully built, and sails like a dream; Mr Alberg really designed a great boat…and here’s some of the improvements over his previous creations for Cape Dory, Pearson, and others: shorter waterline and long counter add speed in light and very heavy air; offers great tracking ability and comfort in seaway. Jubilee’s modern hull has greater stiffness from firmer bilges, increased beam; bows finer, fullness further aft, deeper draft, wider keel, lower center of gravity.

Jubilee features: new 135% self furling genoa from Atlantic Sail Traders (7.4 oz Supercruis Dacron); Harken Mk III Unit 1 furling system, new topside paint (Awlgrip “Insignia White” 2-part polyester urethane, and Toreador red boot/cove stripes); custom teak cockpit sole; SS Shipmate gimbaled propane stove (needs work), new Sealand #972 portable toilet, Garmin #492 “Navigator/Chartplotter w/Internal antenna and Blue Chart g2; Yanmar 15 hp 2GM diesel, new Tricolor & windex, new West Marine VHF 600 dsc radio w/auto GPS coordinates; newer bronze thruhulls and seacocks; original custom dodger w/side curtains; six bronze opening ports & screens; wheel steering, “T” shaped cockpit; Danforth “Constellation” compass; SS double rail pulpit and stern rail with SS stanchions and double lifelines; bronze mooring cleats; forward plexiglass opening hatch; lovely teak interior w/teak & holly sole; double settees, table; cupboards for storage; new upholstery; new AGM batteries (660 CCAmps); West Marine search lite (1 million candlepower); Xantrex 10TB multistage batter charger; pre-WWII German Schatz “Royal Marine” brass 8-day clock; folding swim ladder with brackets on hull; Coast Guard registered (#698643); original Barlow bronze winches and winch handles; new cutlass bearing and repairs to shaft log; hailing port is Cape Elizabeth, Maine.


SOLD: Alberg 29, 1981 - Pendragon IV · Nov 16, 2007

Extremely well-maintained and fully equipped.
Built and commissioned by Nye Yachts, Belleville, Ontario, May 1981

Key features:
Yanmar 2 GM with Sen-Dure FWC, Doyle Stack Pack (2005), 150% Quantum Genoa on Furlex 200 (2004), Autohelm ST4000+ with remote (2005), Gennaker with snuffer and Tacker, custom dodger (2005), Raymarine ST 60 Depth (2005), Raymarine VHF, E-Z Kold refrigeration (2005), two new Surrette house batteries plus starting battery, matching hard-shell dinghy, two-burner propane with oven, new upholstery. Many other niceties.

Location: Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa

Asking $39,500, negotiable

Images available in the gallery.

Ivory with blue cove stripe and boottop
L.O.A. 29’3”
L.W.L. 22’3”
Beam 9’2”
Draft 4’6”

Doyle Stack Pack (2005) 196 sq. ft.
Furlex 200 with new Quantum Gen(2004) 326 sq. ft.
Extra Jib 160 sq. ft.
DRS with snuffer & Tacker 680 sq. ft.
Traveller installed on bridge deck
Back stay adjuster

1 Danforth. With chain & rode ,
2 Fire extinguishers
Life ring with floating line,
VHF Radio
ST 60 Raymarine depth (2005)
SR Mariner Knotmeter
Gemini Compass

Yanmar 2GM with Sen-Dure FWC
Racor water separator
Wheel steering with pedestal guard (Edson) & teak table and cover
New upholstery (2004)
E-Zkold refrigeration (2005)
Propane stove with oven (Force Ten 5 years)
New head with macerator
Sony radio with interior speakers & in cockpit
Brass barometer and Brass clock
Brass kerosene lamp (gimballed)
6 opening ports with screens
Cockpit cushions: blue with white piping
Custom stainless swim ladder
6 bronze winches
2 bronze winch handles
Force Ten BBQ
3 marine batteries
Winter cover (not new)
Steel cradle
Fibreglass rowing dinghy


For sale: 1981 Alberg 29 · Jun 11, 2007

From the ad, it doesn’t look like a particularly well-equipped example of the species, but if its in good shape, it might make an excellent starting-point for a dedicated cruiser.

From the ad:

“1981 Alberg 29 Sloop with inboard diesel power…”

“This fine classic sailboat has a lot of extra goodies to go with this.. Included are 2 anchors with 20 ft. chain and 250 ft. rode, 2 batteries, bilge pump, blower, bow pulpit and bow rollers.”

“There is a chart table, teak and holly floor, compass, dinghy, dodger, and more…”

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Unknown no more! · May 14, 2007

I was just contacted by the owner of the “Unknown Alberg 29 in Cobourg, Ontario” that we have pictures of in the gallery. He informs me that the boat’s name is Catspaw and sent along a story:

I had considered buying an A30 but then in the fall of 2001 I went to look at “CATSPAW” and that was it and I’ve never looked back.

The only problem I’ve had (which may be of interest to other A29 owners) was when we were making a night trip from PCYC back to Cobourg at 02:30hrs south of Bowmanville in the middle of a thunderstorm (Murphy again) my wife informed me that we had about four inches of water in the cabin. The electric bilge pump had not started so I got to work on the manual pump. It quickly became obvious it was not a major leak and I managed to empty the bilge. I then set about finding the leak and discovered it was in the propane tank compartment at the transom. The propane tank compartment has two vent holes to allow any leaked propane to exit but otherwise it should be watertight to approx. six inches above those vent holes. On my boat the forward section of the compartment had what appeared to be “stiff cardboard type material” epoxied in place and for whatever reason it failed at the time and place mentioned. I got a pencil, broke it in half, adjusted the diameter with electrical tape for a tight fit, continued on to Cobourg without any further problem and made a permanent fix the following day.

Other than that its been sailing heaven.

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The Alberg 29 Gallery

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Alberg 29 Specifications

Alberg 29 Line Drawing
Sail area:416 sq. ft.
Motor:15 hp diesel
PHRF Rating:222
Hull Speed:6.32 knots
Builder:Nye Yachts

What is an Alberg 29?

The full keel traditional line of Carl Alberg’s designs have long commanded the respect of the yachting world. Their shorter waterline and long counter add speed in both light and heavy air. The fair hull shape and full keel (not long keel) provide a tracking ability and comfort in a seaway which few other designs can match.

What then, is the difference between the Alberg 29 and other designs by the same architect? She is a more modern hull with increased stiffness resulting from firmer bilges, increased beam and the fact that her fullness is further aft. In addition, a deeper draft and wider keel lowering the center of ballast (lead) by several inches along with a higher ballast-displacement ratio, add to her stability.

The bows are finer than other designs and the keel more cut away, reducing wetting surface.

A higher aspect mastead-rig and larger foretriangle result in better balance, less weather helm and more efficient windward performance. Her stiffness results in an ability to carry more sail.

A beamier hull provides comfort. The galley is laid out for safety in heavy seas or while racing, and the quarter berth navigation table is new to Alberg production boats. The craftmanship and attention to quality are unsurpassed.

There is a difference in “full keel” yachts and even between similar Alberg designs. For the cruising yachtsman, there is no reason to sacrifice speed, performance and club racing for the comfort and safety of a sea-going vessel.

(From the 1980 Nye Yachts Alberg 29 brochure.)


Alberg 29 Standard Equipment

Hull and Deck

Hand-laid fiberglass mat and woven roving with laminate design in accordance with Lloyd’s Specifications. Deck, cored with balsa, is one piece with nonskid surfaces molded in. Gelcoat color of hull, boot and deck are molded to owners specifications.


Ballast is an internally installed and glassed in lead moulding. Due to keel and ballast shapes, the center of gravity of the ballast is only 15” from the bottom of the keel.


Rudder is of fiberglass encasing a stainless shaft and webbing and set into the hull with bronze heel and through-hull bushing.


Cable steering with pedestal and 28” destroyer wheel.

Spars and Rigging

Extruded aluminum mast and boom sections. Standing rigging is of 1×19 stainless with stainless turnbuckles. Halyards and topping lift are internal. Jiffy reefing and cunningham controls are included.

Deck Hardware

Stainless steel double rail pulpit and stern rail with stainless stanchions and double lifelines. Cast bronze bow, admidships and stern mooring cleats and chocks. Four bronze framed fixed portlights, six bronze frame opening ports and a forward coachroof plexiglass opening hatch providing ample ventilation. Two bronze two-speed genoa sheet winches, two bronze halyard winches and bronze handles. Jib/genoa track and fairleads.


Two cylinder fifteen horsepower diesel engine with reduction gear, water-cooled exhaust and control panel. Located with cover providing complete and easy accessibility.


Crafted in teak and oak with a teak-and-holly cabin sole. Cabinetry and joiner work is done to the highest standards. Forward cabin includes 2 “V” berths, with shelves, drawers and storage in the forepeak area. Main cabin has a settee, double-berth, single berth galley and quarter berth, and navigation area.


Stainless sink and fresh water pump, insulated ice box, gimballed stove with oven. Drawers, dish racks and cupboards. The galley is designed and fitted to make use in heavy seas and is both safe and practical.

Main Saloon

Has settee double berth to port and a single berth to starboard. Permanently mounted table has leaves to fold up while in use or down to allow clear passage when sailing. Galley area is opposite navigation quarter berth. Cabinetry above each berth incorporates both shelves and cupboards for safe storage of small items, while ample lockers are provided under berths.


Marine toilet to port and counter sink to starboard (with hanging locker) allow maximum utility in minimum space. Optional shower sump amidships allows full head room.


“T” cockpit allows unhampered movement forward by the helmsman for single or shorthanded sailing yet leaves him aft for racing. Larger self-bailing drains, coaming hand holes and seat locker storage add to safety and comfort.



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