John Alden 66

1975 stunning John Alden Malabar 13 66ft classic yacht now available exclusively with DBY Boat Sales.

Desiderata is a classic 66-foot ketch designed by John Alden and personally owned by him in the beginning of her life. A sister ship to Malabar XIII, she is simply eye catching and stunning in every regard. Ketch rigged for ease of sail handling and strong performance.

She was built with romance and racing in mind, so she performs exceptionally well under sail. Her history is extensive and shows she is a performance classic cruiser when required.

The yacht is currently owned by a professional couple that have cruised, 2 handed, sailing her from Mauritius to South Africa and over to Brazil, then to the Caribbean and over to the Med, back across tha Atlantic and finally to Australia over 13 years.

A major refit was done in 2013 and the engine was removed and fully rebuilt in 2015. New 2024 engine batteries installed.

Her entire detailed history including plans, drawings, and World events that she has entered are all available. Powered by a super reliable Perkins diesel inboard, she has been upgraded with electronics along the way and presents in absolute turn-key presentation.

A detailed inventory is available as is a 2021 survey which would be suitable for insurance purposes.


Price: $290,000.00 Reduced! AUD
Price Base: $290,000.00 Reduced!
Brand: John Alden
Model: Malabar 13 - 0756
Length: 66.00 Feet
Year: 1975
Category: Classic
Hull Type: Fibreglass
Hull Style: Single
Power Type: Sail
Type Of Sales: Dealer
Engine Make: Detroit Perkins
Engine Type: 4.236 85hp
Condition: Used
State: New South Wales
Surveyed: 07.21
Stock Number: PWAN663398
Designer : John Alden
Builder : Lanes Boatyard, Oregon
Water (Potable) Capacity (l) : 900
Hull Construction Material : Fibreglass
Hull Type : Mono
Deck Construction Material : Timber with Fibreglass overlay
Country Origin : USA
Length (feet) : 66 feet
Length (m) : 20 m
Length Waterline (m) : 12.42 m
Beam/Width (feet) : 14'1 feet
Beam/Width (m) : 4.39 m
Draft (m) : 2.30 m
Draft (feet) : 7'6 feet
Keel/Ballast : Encapsulated full keel
Displacement : 30t
Engine Notes : Detroit Perkins 85hp diesel, rebuilt 2015, velvet drive gearbox
Number Of Engines : 1 primary plus gen set
Engine Standard : Perkins Diesel shaft drive with stuffing box gland packing.
Stroke : 4
Engine Hours : 1780
Horse Power (hp) : 85
Drive Type : Shaft
Generator : Wisperpower Picalo 4KW
Number of Batteries : 5 house + 2 start - New 2024 engine batteries installed.
Fuel Type : Diesel
Number of Fuel Tanks : 1 fibreglass tank
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) : 700
Propeller : 3 blade fixed bronze
Steering System : Edson Worm steering
Accommodation Notes : 2 cabin, saloon, galley, 2 enclosed heads.
Number of Berths : 7
Number of Showers : 2
Shower Type : hot and cold pressurised
Number of Toilets : 2
Toilet Type : Lavac Vacuflush x 2 manual
Holding Tank (L) : Yes
Galley Notes : Dickinson Mediteranean gas stove and oven
Stove : Dickinson 3 burner gas stove plus oven
Refrigeration : 1 top loading
Number of Freezers : 0
Number of Sinks : 2 stainless steel
Entertainment and Appliances Notes : 12v Jensen 32" TV, BOSE surround sound, Jenson 12v DVD/CD/radio
Anchor / Winch : Ideal electric anchor winch
Bilge Pump : 2 x auto plus 1 x manual gusher.
Deck Gear : Carbon spinnaker pole, fenders, docklines, boat hook,
Mast/Rigging : 2014 standing rigging, Aluminium masts and booms, ketch rigged. Rig inspected 08.2021
Sail Inventory : Main 2015, Genoa 2014, Staysail, Mizzen, storm jib, Mizzen staysail, small spinnaker, large spinnaker
Electrics : 2020 Generator, Victron Lithium battery bank with management system, Victron 3k invertor charger, colour controller, Victron smart solar controller 100/30, 1 x Victron solar controller 75/15, 2 x 365 w solar panels + 1 x 80 w solar panel
Electronics Navigation : 2020 Raymarine Axiom 12 with remote keyboard, Raymarine multi instrument, depth, thru hull speed transducer, B & G v60 VHF with integrated AIS send and recieve, B & G H60 wireless handset
Dinghy : No
Covers : Full sail covers
Safety Gear : 6 man liferaft, 10 auto inflate offshore jackets, inflatable daanbouy, 2 x horseshoe life rings with LED strobes
Ground Tackle : Vulcan 45kg on 300ft of 1/2 inch chain, spare Bruce anchor, CQR kedge
Watermaker / De-Sal : 140 L/hr
GPS : Several
Has Navigation Lights : Yes
Radio : HF and VHF radios
Number of Life Jackets : 6
Remarks : Outsatnding head turning classic yacht, hard to find one like this. Comprehensive spare parts for primary engine, generator and all sailing hardware.
Vessel Name : DESIDERATA
Anti-foul : Coppercoat antifouling 2020 with regular dive-scrub every 3 months since