SY Zeezwaluw ALC46

Boat layoutThe boat name is “Zeezwaluw” (in English, it means Sea Swallow and is an Arctic Turn)

  • Model: ALC 46 tall rig.
  • Length: 13.80 m (45’ 7”)
  • Length water line:10.15 m (33’ 3”)
  • Beam: 3.75 m (12’ 3”)
  • Draught:2.05 m (6’ 9”)
  • Weight: 15 ton
  • Engine: Perkins 4-108, 45 hp
  • Color superstructure: white
  • Rig: sloop
  • Height above water: 19,5 m (63’ 11”)

ALC stands for the builders name; Adolf “Dolf” Le Comte. The designer is; A.E. Luders., Jr.

See for more information of ALC-boat’s and designs of Le Comte yachts the Canadian special owners site’s of ALC .


In 1983, the hull (fiberglass) of “SY Zeezwaluw” was built by the shipyard Le Comte–Holland BV of Vianen, The Netherlands. She was the last of 8 ALC 46 with the building number 234. When Le Comte transferred his yard activities to the USA, this hull was shipped as a cocoon to his shipyard in New Rochelle N.Y., USA. 12 years later, in 1995 Le Comte commissioned her. She was named after an Apache chief “Running Bare”. The rigging of this boat is different from the original design of the ALC 46, which is ketch rigged.

That same year the owner, Dolf Le Comte together with his sons as crew, sailed her from the USA to Holland. For 4 years she had her homeport at the “Koninklijke Yachtclub Muiden” near the IJsselmeer and Le Comte sailed her until November 1999, the moment we bought her.SY Zeezwaluw

We renamed her “Zeezwaluw”, a true Dutch name for a magnificent Dutch yacht.

From 1999 until 2002 we sailed and (mostly) worked on her in our sparse free time. The objective was to prepare the yacht for living aboard and to make it feasible to sail her with a crew of 2. An additional challenge was to implement all modifications without changing the 1983 appearance and character of the yacht. To have a closer look at Zeezwaluw click on outside and interior and enjoy her beauty.

The trial voyage was in 2001 during our summer holiday when we joined the “North Sea Triangle”. A rally from Den Helder (NL) to Lerwick at the Shetland Islands, Haugesund at the West coast of Norway and after 1400 nm the finish in Den Helder again. After another 6 months she was ready for long voyages.

March 2002, we stopped working, sold our house in Willemstad and moved to “Zeezwaluw”. From that moment on we became live-a-boards and are cruising with “SY Zeezwaluw” and have lots of adventures.