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Alfred E. Luders
1909-1999
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Alfred E.(Bill)Luders spent most of career working at Luders Marine Constuction, originally founded by his father. During WWII, the company built more than 100 vessels for the Military including minesweepers, patrol craft and submarine chasers.
During the 1930's, Luders had great success as designer and skipper in the six meter class.
In 1958, the yard built the America's Cup boat Weatherly to the design of Philip Rhodes. Weatherly was not a successful campaigner in that series, but after a redesign by Mr. Luders, she successfully defended the cup in 1964.
Among the many famous yachts Mr. Luders designed was the sloop American Eagle, built originally for the America's Cup competition but most successful as an ocean racer under the helm of media mogul, Ted Turner.
Mr. Luders designed , and his shipyard built, many others yachts for owners such as King Olaf V of Norway, actor Yul Brenner, Nelson Rockefeller and the Pulitzer family.
The Luders yard closed in 1968. The last racing yachts designed and built by him were a number of 5.5 meter sloops, a class used in Olympic and international competition.
Some of his better known yachts, built in series, are shown here.
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BY THIS DESIGNER:
NAME/TYPE        LOA First Built
English / Metric
LUDERS 16 26.33' / 8.03m 1933
LUDERS 24 38.00' / 11.58m 1935
LUDERS 44 44.00' / 13.41m 1939
VIKING 31 (LUDERS) 31.36' / 9.56m 1947
LUDERS 27 (1955) 40.00' / 12.19m 1955
SEA SPRITE 27/28 27.92' / 8.51m 1960
LUDERS 27 (1960) 27.92' / 8.51m 1960
ANNAPOLIS 44 44.08' / 13.44m 1963
LUDERS 33 (ALLIED) 33.00' / 10.06m 1966
LUDERS 36 (CHEOY LEE) 35.50' / 10.82m 1966
LUDERS 21 21.25' / 6.48m 1967
FASTNET 45 (LE COMPTE ) 45.58' / 13.89m 1968
CLIPPER 36 (CHEOY LEE) 35.63' / 10.86m 1969
CRUISAIRE 30 CLIPPER (CHEOY LEE) 30.00' / 9.14m 1969
LUDERS 30 (CHEOY LEE) 29.83' / 9.09m 1969
CRUISEMASTER 37 36.83' / 11.23m 1969
CLIPPER 33 (CHEOY LEE) 32.92' / 10.03m 1970
OFFSHORE 28 (LUDERS) 27.97' / 8.53m 1972
CLIPPER 42 (CHEOY LEE) 42.42' / 12.93m 1972
MIDSHIPMAN 40 (CHEOY LEE) 39.83' / 12.14m 1972
OFFSHORE 47 (CHEOY LEE) 46.75' / 14.25m 1973
ALC 46 (LE COMTE) 45.83' / 13.97m 1973
MIDSHIPMAN 36 (CHEOY LEE) 35.75' / 10.90m 1973
CLIPPER 48 SCHOONER (CHEOY LEE) 47.92' / 14.61m 1979
CLIPPER 48 KETCH (CHEOY LEE) 47.92' / 14.61m 1979
SEA SPRITE 34 33.84' / 10.31m 1980
SEA SPRITE 30 30.17' / 9.20m 1982



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