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

Of sites and sailboats · Feb 08, 2007

So, at last my schedule has allowed me to start working on this site.

Many weeks ago, I started writing entries for the blog portion of this site. Those can be seen below, complete with the dates I wrote them on. To some degree, the posts document the acquisition and ownership of a new-to-me Alberg 29.

The boat I bought was in fact not my first choice for an Alberg 29. I had looked at another one that lived on Lake Simcoe. When I first looked at it the weather was not so different as it is now – the boat was covered in a tarp, buried in snow up on the hard at the back of a muddy, snowy lot.

But that boat wasn’t meant to be. The survey came back with far more wrong than I was willing to deal with on a boat. So I began my search anew, and eventually bought the second Alberg 29 I ever laid eyes on.

The first made itself known to me in Bronte Outer Harbour one day while I was chugging my beloved Contessa 26 out for a days sail. A low, sleek, long looking hull with graceful but short overhangs caught my eye. After the sail, I went and talked to the owners – two transient women who just adored her. They gave me a tour, and I seriously fell in love with the boat.

The second one was in Niagara on the Lake, and I had gone to see it on a cold September day not long after. She was seriously overpriced, but she was beautiful. Far too high a price for me though, and I looked elsewhere until I found the boat on Lake Simcoe. When that fell through, I made a lowball offer on the overpriced but lovely one, and wonder of wonders, it was accepted.

I found myself the proud owner of an Alberg 29! You can read about my adventures bringing her home in some of the earlier posts in this blog.

And now, I find myself the proud and happy owner of yet another sailboat site. I hope you find something worthwhile in these pages. I’ll try to write frequently, but I have other sites to run, and other Lakes to yet sail.



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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.



Alberg 30 site
A great resource for Alberg 30 information. Be sure to check out the mailing list.

Diana Comes Home
An Alberg 29 comes home to Ottawa from Florida

Great Lakes Alberg Association
Primarily geared toward Alberg 22 and 30 owners, but an excellent resource for Alberg 29 owners nonetheless.