Sunset Cruises on Arcturus!

An hour and a half sunset cruise on board 5 star luxury schooner Arcturus.
Join in and help to sail this beautiful boat or just sit back, relax and watch downtown Auckland slowly passing by.

How to find Arcturus

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History and Specifications of Arcturus

Built in Maine in 1930, she is one of only nine boats from the John Alden 390 series.

General George Patton and his wife sailed the yacht to Hawaii where he was stationed. At a later date he sailed her back to the west coast when war seemed imminent.

Consorting with the rich and famous can take its toll, however, and after an active life cruising the Pacific, it was time for Arcturus to have an overhaul and refit in New Zealand.

After fifteen thousand hours and three years of meticulous restoration, the result is stunning. Attention to detail and authenticity throughout is a trademark of the project. The deck plans, sail plans and interior, all in mahogany, remain faithful to Alden's original design. A true connoisseur's yacht, Arcturus combines modern technology with the romance and elegance of an intimate club.

Her accommodation includes two cabins, the aft serving as a guest suite. The galley with its fine woodwork is also faithful to the original design but incorporates all the benefits of modern appliances. Her expansive teak decks are the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the stable cruising for which she is renowned.

Described as obedient and well mannered, Arcturus cruises at 8 knots under full sail. She is swift, yet comfortable and smooth which appeals to both the experienced sailor and the novice. Truly pleasurable sailing. Arcturus is available for charter and we will be happy to design a cruise or program which best fits your needs.

"Lovely - Timeless - Charming"

We offer an excellent seamanship/sail training program for those interested in 'learning the ropes'. We also cater to corporations who are looking for an informal setting for meetings or team building.

And for those who are just looking for a break from the stress of day-to-day life, Arcturus offers a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Please join us for an experience you will always treasure, and one you will never forget.

LOA  67'      
LOD  53'      
Beam  14'3"   
Draft  7'6"   
Sail Area  1600 sq ft

John Alden
Maine, USA 1930


Harvey F. Gamage
South Bristol, Maine
Wooden Construction
Oregon Masts and spars
Ford diesel engine
86 hp 4 litre direct injection
110v ac electrics

two settee berths
dining table
lead light cabinets

master cabin aft
double berth, single berth

large double V-berth

4-burner grill gas stove
hot and cold pressure water

To arrange your trip of a lifetime on Arcturus, a classic Alden schooner based in the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand,  call Bruce:  +64 274 779 023 or email:

To arrange your trip of a lifetime on Arcturus, a classic Alden schooner based in the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand,  call Bruce:  +64 274 779 023 or email:

Sail plan of the classic Alden Schooner Arcturus








Schooner rig
1 mainsail 2 main staysail 3 fore staysail 4 jib
5 fisherman

Stainless steel rigging, bronze rigging screws,
traditional wooden blocks.

Below deck plan of the classic Alden Schooner Arcturus