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Alden 54 Refit

April 25, 2019

An Alden 54 arrived in our sheds over the winter with a long job list of over 100 items, including a general servicing, new forward bow thruster with a new housing, a paint job and replacing the old engine with a new one. The latter being one of the largest jobs on the list, provides us with a minor problem because it sits under the galley work surfaces, meaning the entire galley needed to be stripped out. The port water tank, sitting beneath the galley floor, therefore, merited a pressure test, and was found to be leaking. Before beginning to remove the galley, we disconnected all the plumbing, including the sink, fastenings and sealants in order to take out the Corian tops. Once the centre of the galley was removed in one piece and stowed forward, access for our engineers to remove the engine ensued. The flooring and transverse beams have subsequently been cut out in order to remove the leaking water tank and a new one is being manufactured.

With the galley out the way and the engine removed with one of our portable A-frames, the thrust support for the Aquadrive was also replaced, followed by a deep clean of the engine bilges and a flow coat to give a bright and clean finish.  The steel engine bearers will be replaced to accept the new Yanmar 4JH110 engine and KM4A2 gearbox.  The engine installation includes a new control panel and with all the existing systems checked, serviced and/or replaced as required.

Once the galley side and sink units and plumbing were reconnected the Corian tops were replaced and sealant applied to the timber fiddle rails. A quick sand down of the surfaces in the galley allows for recoat with an Epifanes PP Varnish followed by a coat of Epifanes Clear Varnish.


To bring the galley up-to-date, we are supplying and fitting a new trash compactor and a microwave along with a new gas system and an overhaul the cooker.  The air conditioning will be serviced with all bilge, plumbing and seacocks plus a new Eberspacher D5LC marine heater system.

Sails have been inspected and a full rig check confirmed the boom furling mandrel needed overhauling with new running rigging installed.

One of the last jobs before launch and re-stepping the mast is to paint the topside, deck, superstructure and the boot top lines. This will begin with setting up staging to gain access in order to rub down topsides, main superstructure and the cockpit. It will then be washed down to remove dust and left to dry before applying 2 coats of wet on wet epoxy primer. Once cured and rubbed down with a 320-grit paper it will be moved into the gloss booth where it will be masked up and degreased. It will then be washed and degreased again before a full 3 coats of wet on wet gloss is applied; finally, we will apply the two boot top lines and a gold cavetto line prior to it leaving the gloss booth.


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