Preview: David Crosby’s Legendary Alden Schooner MAYAN

September 13, 2014

Avatar Dustin Urban

David Crosby aboard his 58-foot Alden Schooner MAYAN. Photo: The Wall Street Journal

Folk rock and classic wooden boats – they’re a beautiful pairing, as we’ve written about here and here.

So I suppose it’s no wonder that for forty years David Crosby has been the proud owner of the magnificent 1947 Alden schooner MAYAN. How wonderful to learn that for Crosby, MAYAN was a “deep muse” — he wrote songs like “Wooden Ships,” “The Lee Shore,” “Page 43” and “Carry Me” while on board.1

Unfortunately Crosby says that he can no longer afford the boat’s upkeep and has listed her for sale. On the other hand, it sounds like his efforts to sell her are half-hearted; “My wife would break my arms if I actually sold it,” he told the Wall Street Journal.

That being said, one yacht brokerage lists MAYAN as sold. Can anyone confirm that this is the case?

Here’s a nice video about the boat put together by his broker.

David Crosby’s Legendary Alden Schooner MAYAN

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From the Wall Street Journal Article:
“Virtually everyone in rock ‘n’ roll has been on the Mayan. But I didn’t get my boat for partying. I got it to sail. Sure, after we’d dock, we’d go to someone’s house and get completely inappropriately high on a variety of substances, many of which were dangerous and did me a great deal of harm.

But partying is not what the boat was about. The boat is higher than a party. Sailing sweeps you away, and a party seems pallid and shallow. The boat is a way deeper experience, especially on long trips. I love voyaging—the longest has been 3,000 miles to Hawaii. I’ve also spent weeks all over the Caribbean.”

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