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Dave Alden's Dolphin, Yankee #169 FOR SALE, Grosse Pointe, Michigan Reported sold in June, 2008 - Updated July 5, 2018  

July 5, 2018. Bill Gordean checked in as the owner of #169. Click here to go there.


We picked up the information on Sept 9, 2008 that this boat sold in June to someone who lives in the Chesapeake Bay area. The new owner was told about the websit and hopefully will contact us. Webmaster Note: Dave advised that to his knowledge the boat did not have a name but had a silhoulette of a Dolphin on the transom. A previous owner, Steve Baksis, simply referred to his boat as "the Dolphin" and apparantly this carried on...


The following was posted on the Forum on April 15, 2008

Hi All!

Personal circumstances force me to sell my Dolphin - Hull #169.  It is located near Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  I have listed it on Craigslist, Detroit:


You can look there for details and pics.

Asking $3200 w/o Motor.

email me directly at dalden@comcast.net if interested.

Yankee Dolphin 24ft Sailboat 1971 Classic Sparkman & Stephens Design - $3250 (Grosse Pointe, MI)

This is a 1971 Yankee Dolphin (Hull #169) designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by Yankee Yachts. It is very sturdily built and is considered one of the best ocean capable "pocket cruisers" ever designed. It has a full keel with a retractable centerboard giving it a very shallow draft of 2'10" which makes it ideal for Lake St. Clair and the Great Lakes. It comes with a compliment of 4 newer sails, all still crisp and in very good condition (Main, 150 Genoa, Storm Jib, Gennaker)

Structurally, it is in excellent condition but depending on your tastes will benefit from some cosmetic work to the deck and cabin. The hinged aluminum deck plate that the mast sits on was broken during hauling last fall and will have to be either replaced or repaired before re-stepping the mast. (It was a clean break and can probably be welded). A good scrubbing and some varnish on the brightwork will also help.

I bought this boat early last season with the intention of sailing it while I worked on the cosmetics but my circumstances have changed and I need to sell it so all serious offers will be considered.

It has a nice outboard well accessible from the cockpit and can be pushed along at hull speed with a small outboard (4-10 hp, depending on the physical size of the motor. A motor IS NOT included in the asking price but I have an almost brand new (3 hours) 6 hp 4 stroke Nissan Marine long shaft outboard available separately for about $1200.00 if you are interested. We can make a deal if you want both.

I have many items not shown in the photos including a blue canvas "Cockpit Dodger" (canopy with windows), full cockpit seat cushions, etc.

If you like the sturdier build and stability of the older sailboats and don't mind a little work to clean it up, then this boat would be a great buy.

The boat is currently on land at a local marina so it can be fully inspected. Reply by email and I will send you my phone no., or give me yours and we can talk about it.
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  • Location: Grosse Pointe, MI


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