The Challenger yawls were John Alden's answer to the Concordia yawl.  The Challengers were designed not only to outsail the Concordias, but provide a more comfortable cruising platform as well.  

Alden Challenger 39
Rockport, Maine
Sailing Magazine Article on Aria    

The Challenger yawls were John Alden's answer to the Concordia yawl.  The Challengers were designed not only to outsail the Concordias, but provide a more comfortable cruising platform as well.  

The Challengers are classically beautiful boats.  When we tie up in Northeast Harbor, which is loaded with lovely boats, people still gather to admire and comment. Aria was the ninth in the Challenger series (only 54 were made).   She was built for one of the Alden architects who had her finished out in the Morse yard in Thomaston using the best materials then available (He was also a part owner of the Morse yard). The yawl rig was favored for racing in the period of her construction, but the yawl is a superior rig for cruising, too.  It allows the boat to ride into the wind while rigging or reefing. It allows a variety of sail configurations not available to the sloop and provides several easy ways of reefing.

Aria was built in 1962, but has been carefully upgraded over the years.  In 2003 she received her third engine, a 40 hp Yanmar® diesel, a new radar and dinghy in 2006, a new main and lazy jacks in 2011, a new transmission in 2012, a new VHF radio with AIS and foghorn in 2012, and a new mizzen and 110 volt inverter in 2014, a new genoa in 2020.  She sails with a complete set of charts of the Maine coast and Taft Cruising Guide.

Design Aden Challenger Yawl #949-J
Designer John Alden
Hull by Halmatic, finished by
Lyman Morse
Hull Construction Fiberglass
Year Built 1962
Rigging Stainless steel wire standing rigging
LOA 39'
LWL 27'
Beam 11'
Draft 5' up  (10' centerboard down)
Displacement 15,000 lbs.
Weight N/A
Ballast 4350 lbs. external lead
Engine Yanmar® 40 hp diesel
Sail Area
Main sail 670 sqft. -125% Genoa
on roller furler, mizzen
Water Capacity 105 US Gallons
Fuel Capacity 50 US Gallons
Holding Tank 9   US Gallons


IIn outfitting Aria we have tried to achieve a balance of comfort and simplicity.  While she has berths for six, we find she is most comfortable for a couple or a small family.  There are 5 large drawers for personal stowage as well as two hanging lockers forward.  She has over six feet of headroom in the main cabin.

She has four berths in the main cabin, each of which can accommodate an adult, and two berths in the v-berth, which can be converted into a spacious double-berth.  The main berths double as cabin settees.  The head has pressurized hot and cold water and a new electrically operated marine toilet. 

There is a propane cabin heater amidships that can warm and dry the cabin on a cold and rainy day. 

This year due to Covid-19 we expect our guests to bring their own dish towels, pillows, pillowcases, towels, sheets, and sleeping bags.  We have removed books and playing cards from the shelves, so please bring your own.


The galley is equipped with a 3-burner propane stove, sink with pressurized cold and hot water and a large and easily accessible ice-box.  There is good stowage for food and drink. There is cutlery and china for six and plenty of pots and pans for cooking.


  • Edson® wheel console with binnacle, compass, and drink-holder
  • Fold down cockpit table
  • Cockpit lockers for stowage of lines, fenders, cushions, lifejackets, etc
  • Gas grill mounted on stern pulpit
  • Cockpit cushions

12 V system.

 Inverter that provides 110 volt AC for charging of small electronics.


  • Furuno® radar
  • Sitex® GPS  & chartplotter
  • Standard Horizon® VHF Matrix radio w/AIS
  • Standard Horizon® depth sounder
  • Standard Horizon® knotmeter
Yanmar® 40 hp diesel
Hull & Deck
Fiberglass hull and deck.  Cabin is mahogany, spars are sitka spruce
New awlgrip on topsides 2020
  • Sunshade for cockpit
  • All hatches have screens
  • Swim ladder
  • 2 boathooks
  • 3 Fenders
  • 4 Dock lines
  • Flag halyards
  • Deck buckets, sponges and mop


  • 35# CQR® w/ 300’ of rode
  • 20# Delta® w/ 200’ of rode

7’ Puffin Dinghy.  Capacity 350lbs.  Oars.

What ARIA does NOT have:
  • Anchor winch
  • Self tailing winches
  • Shore power connection
  • Shower (cockpit shower only)
Sharps Point South
75 Mechanic Street
Rockland, Maine
Free Parking and Showers Available