Alfred E. Luders

1909 - 1999


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.

Sailboats Designed By Alfred E. Luders

Model LOA First Built
ALC 46 (LE COMTE) 45.83 ft / 13.97 m 1973
ANNAPOLIS 44 44.08 ft / 13.44 m 1963
CLIPPER 33 (CHEOY LEE) 32.92 ft / 10.03 m 1970
CLIPPER 36 (CHEOY LEE) 35.63 ft / 10.86 m 1969
CLIPPER 42 (CHEOY LEE) 42.42 ft / 12.93 m 1972
CLIPPER 48 KETCH (CHEOY LEE) 47.92 ft / 14.61 m 1979
CLIPPER 48 SCHOONER (CHEOY LEE) 47.92 ft / 14.61 m 1979
CRUISAIRE 30 CLIPPER (CHEOY LEE) 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1969
CRUISEMASTER 37 36.83 ft / 11.23 m 1969
FASTNET 45 (LE COMPTE ) 45.58 ft / 13.89 m 1968
LUDERS 16 26.33 ft / 8.03 m 1933
LUDERS 21 21.25 ft / 6.48 m 1967
LUDERS 24 38.00 ft / 11.58 m 1935
LUDERS 27 (1955) 40.00 ft / 12.19 m 1955
LUDERS 27 (1960) 27.92 ft / 8.51 m 1960
LUDERS 30 (CHEOY LEE) 29.83 ft / 9.09 m 1969
LUDERS 33 (ALLIED) 33.00 ft / 10.06 m 1966
LUDERS 36 (CHEOY LEE) 35.50 ft / 10.82 m 1966
LUDERS 44 44.00 ft / 13.41 m 1939
MIDSHIPMAN 36 (CHEOY LEE) 35.75 ft / 10.90 m 1973
MIDSHIPMAN 40 (CHEOY LEE) 39.83 ft / 12.14 m 1972
OFFSHORE 28 (LUDERS) 27.97 ft / 8.53 m 1972
OFFSHORE 47 (CHEOY LEE) 46.75 ft / 14.25 m 1973
SEA SPRITE 27/28 27.92 ft / 8.51 m 1960
SEA SPRITE 30 30.17 ft / 9.20 m 1982


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