MALABAR II was designed by and for John G. Alden. She was built by Charles A. Morse & Son in Thomaston, Maine, and launched in 1922. MALABAR ll is the second in the series of ten schooners John Alden designed for himself. She underwent a rebuild in 1955 in Camden, Maine, after which she sailed to Spain and back.
MALABAR II has been in the custody of Jim and Ginny Lobdell of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, for the last 42 years during which they have raced and cruised her between Virginia and Nova Scotia with a family cruise to Bermuda. MALABAR II remains true to her original configuration. She was used in the movie "Message in a Bottle" in 1999, which was where she earned her recent rebuild in 2000. That rebuild was done in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, by Andy Lyon and Jim Lobdell in Jim's back yard.
MALABAR II has participated in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in 2001, 2004, and 2008. In those years she has placed 1st in class C and in 2008 she had the best corrected time at Thimble Shoal against all classes. She continues to race and participate in schooner and traditional boat events from Virginia to Nova Scotia.
See previous listing here.