Name: Delilah
Model: Alden 47 / Ketch
Length: 47' 4" (14m)
Beam: 12' 1" (3.68m)
Year Built / Refit: 1964
Engines: 1 x Volvo Penta TMD 40A
Staterooms: 3
Flag: USA
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DELILAH is one of the handsome and able Alden LADY HELENE cruising ketches (design no. 0983) known for their roomy and comfortable interiors and cockpit areas. DELILAH has benefited from years of good care from her current owner, including consistent upgrades as listed in the "Full Specs." She can be well recommended for anyone desiring a traditional and comfortable cruising yacht with a good pedigree. Exterior Varnish stripped and varnished 2017 and Hull sanded and painted Nov 2017.


Sleeps 4 in single berths. Chain/equipment locker right forward followed by V-berth with shelves outboard, stowage below, and hanging locker aft to starboard. Opposite to port is enclosed head with sink, W.C., and stowage. Next aft, opposite the head, is a hanging locker followed by the galley, which is equipped with 3-burner propane stove with oven, refrigerator and freezer, hot-water heater (works off the engine and 110V). Opposite the galley, to port, is a settee berth with pilot berth outboard. A folding table is mounted on the forward port bulkhead. Aft, one step up, is the main saloon with large navigation station (freezer under) to starboard and sofa and drop-leaf table to port. There is a hot-and-cold pressure shower. The interior is finished in teak with a varnished cabin sole. Ventilation is provided by 3 hatches/slides and 8 opening ports (10 screens). Headroom: 7'+.


Boston barometer and clock, 6" Danforth compass, spare compass, Neco autopilot, Datamarine S200DL depth sounder, Datamarine LX360 masthead wind indicator, Datamarine A-180 speed/log, Sitex handheld radio, Northstar GPS and Loran, Pioneer AM/FM radio/CD player, some charts, flat-screen TV.


Double-planked Philippine mahogany outer planking over cedar inner planking over oak frames, structural keel, and backbone, bronze-screw fastened. Teak-over-plywood deck (redone 2001) with teak trim. Self-bailing teak cockpit, Edson steering gear (rebuilt 1995). Painted canvas-covered cabin roofs. 9,000-lb. lead ballast keel. White hull with green bottom and teak deck.

Engine and Tankage

1981 Volvo Penta TMD 40A 124-hp 6-cyl. diesel engine; engine and transmission 1998 rebuilt by Manchester Marine. 20" feathering propeller on 1 1/2" stainless steel shaft. Spare propeller. Cruising speed 8 kn., 8.5 kn. max. 
90-gal. welded aluminum fuel tank, 150-gal. tinned-copper water tank, holding tank with macerator pump.

Electrical Equipment

2V lighting and 12V starting systems with 90-amp engine-driven alternator, four 8D/12V batteries, circuit-breaker panel, shore-power hook-up, battery-charger, polarity indicator, master switch, battery-condition indicator, converter/inverter.