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ALC 40, Witte Raaf now for sale!

Witte Raaf (alc40) sailing in the Caribbean

Witte Raaf is ready to be inspected on the hard in Chaguaramas, Trinidad
alc40 Witte Raaf on the hard in Chaguaramas, Trinidad. Note the typical Sparkman & Stephens hull shape

Witte Raaf (ALC 40) was designed in 1970 and built in 1990 by Le Comte in Vianen, the Netherlands, after a Sparkman & Stephens design from the late sixties.
In the sixties and seventies, Le Comte has built many yachts for the US-market and these were considered as the “Rolls Royces among yachts”.

A ketch performs best on reaching courses, but Witte Raaf is also very quick upwind because of her high main mast, her high-tech sails and low weight. Handling is easy for a short handed crew as all winches are self-tailing.

Although a classic, Le Comte constructed her using modern techniques (vacuum-moulded and reinforced with kevlar) and she is well equipped. Witte Raaf is very well maintained by her first owner Jan Willem Versol and ready to sail to any destination.

The interior is especially designed for a comfortable stay on longer trips for a crew of two persons, but she sleeps up to five. There is plenty of storage room.

Witte Raaf is located in Suriname and ready to be inspected. She will return to the Caribbean as of February 2018 (Grenadines).
For insurance purposes the yacht was valued in 2009 at
€ 118,500. Our
fixed selling price is € 35,000.
alc 40 offeredJan Willem Versol

Dimensions ALC40 offered

L.O.A. 12.80 m
L.W.L. 9.32 m
Beam 3.60 m
Draught 2.10 m
Displacement 9 tons
Ballast (lead) 3900 kgs (moulded into the hull)

Witte Raaf is registered in the Netherlands
(18224 ZR 1991) and VAT is paid.

More information:
Petra & Jan Willem Versol, and/or (directly on board)

Download PDF here
(includes detailed description and inventory)

alc40 Witte Raaf is also very quick upwind

Powering to windward

Moored in Walilabou Bay (St.Vincent)
ALC40 Witte Raaf moored in Walilabou Bay (St.Vincent)

Sailing Witte Raaf is easy for all crew members
Sailing an ALC40 is easy for all crew members

Still comfortable with >20 kts of wind on the nose
An alc40 is still comfortable with 20+ kts of wind on the nose      

At anchor (Palm Island)
Witte Raaf (alc40) at anchor (Palm Island)

Witte Raaf in the Round Bequia Race 2012 (Bequia Easter Regatta), where she was first in and first on handicap     

Hull construction using vacuum injection (1990)
Jan Willem Versol (left) and Dolf Le Comte (right) with the alc40 hull when it was vacuum injected (1990)


Sails inventory

Main 32 m2
Mizzen 13.5 m2
Furling genoa (125%) 37 m2
High aspect jib 29.5 m2 (Norlam)
#4 jib (2x) 18.9 m2
storm jib 10 m2
spinnaker 109 m2 (0.75 oz)
mizzen genoa 42.7 m2 (1.5 oz)
storm jib 10 m2


Sail handling

     Furlex 330 S furling system (2009)
9x Barient/Lewmar selftailing winches
2 spinnaker poles
Kicking rod (Kemp)
Snatch blocks (4x), snap shackles (including spinnaker
      quick release shackles*), etc. etc.


1 x 90 AMPs/12V starter battery (2016)
2x 130 AMPs/12V deep-cycle service batteries (2017)
Xantrex TrueCharge2 battery charger
      110-240V/50-60Hz (2011)

Xantrex Link20 battery monitor (2009)
Victron inverter 12V-220V
Siemens 65W solar panel + SunLogic regulator
      (including 1 spare)

Navigation equipment

Raymarine speed, depth, wind and close hauled,
      compass + repeater in the cabin

Radar Raymarine Pathfinder Z335
GPS Furuno GP-31
Prosser Weathertrend digital barometer
Nasa Navtex Pro
Sestrel Major 350100 compass


VHF Sailor RT2080 ZV
Icom 706 HF radio + SGC 230 smarttuner +
      Pactor IIe modem (Winlink/Sailmail incl. Pactor 3)


Windpilot Pacific selfsteering unit (windvane/pendulum)
Raymarine 1000 autopilot as possible add on to the

Raymarine X5 smart autopilot (2012)


Epirb ACR 406 Mhz (serviced 2010)
Liferaft Avon 6 persons (serviced 2011)
Safety lines on deck
Plastimo rescue sling
Automatic buoy light
Life buoy
3x auto inflating marine safety jacket
Bilge pumps (3x):  Whale gusher (electrical) and
      2x manual pumps


Volvo Penta 2003T (48 HP), saildrive (revised 2010)
2x Flexofold 3-blade folding propeller, and a
      2 blade fixed propeller

Fuel filter Baja 4,5”


Taylor 041 gas cooker + grill and oven
Isotherm fridge
 2x aluminum gas bottles (2010) in gaslocker


Spares and special tools
Dickinson stainless steel cabin heater (diesel, not installed)
Kenwood audio system (radio and CD-changer for 10 cd’s)
Ample mooring lines, fenders, sail covers, etc., etc.

Anchoring equipment

Delta 44lb anchor + 10mm chain 50 meters
Windlass Simpson & Lawrence, manual
Fortress 15 lbs anchor, aluminium 40 meters with chain
      and rope

Danforth 10 lbs dinghy anchor



The interior of this ALC40 has varnished mahogany trimmings and drawer/locker fronts, and Oregon pine floors. Bulkheads and ceilings off-white. Many Lewmar hatches make the interior very light and well ventilated.

Coming down the companionway :

    To port: navigational area and storage; to starboard: double bed and lockers, headroom 1.80 m.

    To port:

enerous galley; to starboard: large bathroom with shower, washbasin, sailing gear closet, Lavac vacuum toilet and 100 l. holding tank.

3.    Spacious salon.

To starboard: dining area seating 4-6 persons, mahogany table, many lockers, headroom 1.85 m.

To port: settee, pilot berth, book shelves

4.    Foc’s’le: double berth, lockers and storage

Further specifications
         Fuel tank 225 liters plus day tank 20 liters
         Fresh water tanks: 1x 100 liters, 1x 250 liters
         Gas locker in the cockpit
alc 40 offered

alc 40 offered
Witte Raaf (ALC 40) is one of the finest examples of classic GRP sailing yachts that are built to last a lifetime. Le Comte and Sparkman & Stephens are famous for this. She is a true "gentleman's yacht" as her elegance is timeless and she radiates beauty and quality.

At anchor Witte Raaf distinguishes herself from all the other yachts by her classic lines and her conspicuous rig. And as an originally Sparkman & Stephens design, when sailing she competes with any modern yacht in her size. Witte Raaf won the Bequia Round The Island Race 2012 in Cruising Class not only on handicap, but also on line honours, leaving a.o. a Bénéteau 47.2 and a Jeanneau 45.3 behind her.

Witte Raaf is
the ideal bluewater cruiser. She is the type of sailing yacht people dream of, drawing envious looks and receiving expressions of appreciation anywhere she goes.
And this ALC 40 is now for sale.