Carl Alberg (1900 – 31 August 1986) was a Swedish born yacht designer best known for his influence in early fiberglass boats.

His formal training came from two years of sailboat design courses at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. In 1925 he moved to Lynn, Massachusetts in the United States where he began working as a rigger then later as a spar maker. It was there that he met John Alden who hired him as a designer.

“I enjoyed working with Alden very much. He was a wonderful guy, pleasant, calm, never getting excited, and I learned quite a bit from working with him. His designs were conservative. He concentrated on seaworthiness, comfort and boats that would sail on their bottoms, and that’s pretty much what I’ve tried to do with my boats.” – Carl Alberg

During World War Two, his tenure at Alden was interrupted to work for the Navy at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. Upon his return, he designed the U.S. One-Design and by 1946, he left Alden to start his own design firm.

His fame as a designer however can be attributed to his work with two Pearson cousins, Clint and Everett. Alberg asked about building one of his designs in fiberglass, which resulted in the 28 foot [[Pearson Triton 28 | Pearson Triton] and the birth of Pearson Yachts. Alberg went on to design many models for the Pearson cousins, including the Bristol 28 which was the first model for Bristol Yachts (also started by the Pearson duo).

Perhaps his most famous design, and also one of his earliest, is the Alberg 30 which was built by Whitby Boatworks in Canada as a one design club racer. This boat went on to make a record breaking production run of over 750 boats spanning 22 years and is now known as a popular bluewater capable cruiser.

Alberg also had a fruitful partnership was with Cape Dory Yachts who produced 10 different models of his design.

Links & References

» Carl Alberg biography at Alberg30.org
» Carl Alberg’s Wikipedia entry
» Carl Alberg – His wholesome designs sailed us into the age of fiberglass by Brian Hill, Sailing : The beauty of sail (magazine), Feb 1984.

Designs by Carl Alberg

Malabar Jr. (1939), 1935
Coastwise Cruiser, 1938
US One-Design, 1946
Hinckley 21, 1946
Sea Sprite 23 (Daysailor), 1955
Sea Sprite 23 (Weekender), 1955
Pearson Triton 28, 1958
Alberg Odyssey 30, 1959
Pearson Electra, 1960
Alberg 35, 1961
Pearson Ariel 26, 1962
Alberg 30, 1962
Pearson Ensign, 1962
Douglas 22, 1963
North American 22, 1963
Pearson Commander 26, 1965
South Coast 21, 1965
South Coast 23, 1965
Bristol 27, 1966
Bristol 19 (Sailstar Corinthian 19), 1966
Corinthian 19 (Sailstar), 1966
Hawk 16 (Pearson), 1966
Typhoon 18 (Weekender), 1967
Alberg 37, 1967
South Coast 22, 1968
Alberg 22, 1970
Alberg 23, 1970
Kittiwake 23, 1972
Cape Dory 28, 1975
Cape Dory 30, 1976
Alberg 29, 1976
Cape Dory 30 Ketch, 1976
Typhoon 18 (Daysailer), 1977
Cape Dory 27, 1977
Cape Dory 36, 1978
Eclipse 6.7 (Southcoast), 1978
Northbridge Eclipse (Southcoast), 1978
Cape Dory 33, 1980
Cape Dory 22, 1981
Cape Dory 25D, 1981
Cape Dory 45, 1982
Cape Dory 31, 1983
Cape Dory 40, 1984
Typhoon Sr (Cape Dory), 1984
Alberg 34, 1984
Cape Dory 26, 1984
Cape Dory 330, 1985
Cape Dory 32, 1986
Robinhood 36, 1992
Robinhood 40, 1996