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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

A successful first week · May 09, 2007

It’s amazing what a week of living on the boat can do to improve one’s mood.

Granted, it was cold. Damned cold indeed! But I have a cute little electric heater that, when we were plugged into shore power, worked well enough to render the cabin downright cozy. Suffice it to say that trips to the shore-side bathrooms were not anticipated with enthusiasm. Showering was, as Sarah put it, an “exercise in survival”.

We did something new on the boat this year – we really, truly cooked. The boat has an excellent two-burner propane stove with a small but serviceable oven, and this was more than enough for us to cook and bake. We made a couple loaves of bread, had crepes twice, and had eggs both poached and fried. Baked beans came off that stove too, but the veggie burgers came off the small Force 10 propane barbecue that hangs off the rail.

The boat was certainly roomy enough for two, with ample storage space. Some rearranging as we went along, coupled with a general purge of things the previous owner had left on the boat rendered even more space available. A small soft-sided cooler worked very well as an icebox, and will continue to do so until I have a satisfactory solution to the barely-insulated factory icebox.

We got out and sailed three times too. The first time it was cold, and we only had about ten minutes of wind. But we got out there. It was the first time Sarah and I had sailed the boat together, and after a moment of excitement at launch, everything went well. Docking went more smoothly than I could have hoped.

The second time we sailed in gentle breezes for maybe an hour or so. The launch had been better than the first, but we still hadn’t perfected it. I had a couple ideas this time though, ways to improve the maneuver. Docking would have been flawless had the captain remembered the counter-intuitive installation of the forward-reverse lever. No dock was harmed in the return of the boat, but it was a close thing.

The third time, last night, we went for an evening sail after work. It was gorgeous! After what can only be described as a textbook launch, we had 10-15 knot winds, and had a good heel going for a while. Absolutely beautiful sailing conditions. We sailed for about an hour and a half before the sun started setting, and then headed back in for a passable docking experience.

I feel recharged. Reinvigorated. Sarah’s headed back home for a few weeks, which is a bit of a downer, but the glow of a successful first sailing week of the new season can’t be hidden from my slightly sunburnt face.



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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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Great Lakes Alberg Association
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