ARROWHEAD is a rare Alden “Explorer” Class (design 699E), there apparently having been only 5 ever built, and Arrowhead is apparently the lone survivor. The design itself predates World War II, but it appears to have been lost in the turmoil of war time building and was not revitalized following the war.
However, “Arrowhead” was commissioned to be built in 1946 at the Palmer Johnson Yard in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
It is interesting that it is one of very few John Alden designs to feature a raised deck, a feature most normally associated with Crocker designs.
The boat is shoal draft with bronze centerboard, a moderately tall rig and heavy displacement at 22,000 lbs. for her overall length of 37′ 6″. However, these features make her a hardy boat for coastal cruising. The hull features a spoon shaped stem with elliptical semi-full forefoot leading aft to a lone straight shoal draft keel with centerboard trunk to a raking sternpost with attached shoal rudder. It incorporates a short counter with a full wineglass shaped transom and full round bilge section.
The deck design is particularly interesting; starting in the bow there is a low recessed well deck with locker and windless, coming aft is a step up to an open flat raised deck, aft is a step down to a spacious cockpit with conventional steering box aft. There is a wide bridge deck affording convenient access to below decks and the interior which affords comfortable accommodations for a crew of 4. She is white oak framed with white cedar planking and is bronze fastened.
The boat underwent a major structural and interior restoration over a period of 6 years from 2002 to 2008.