Alerion Yachts has been purchased from the bankruptcy of US Watercraft by Peter Johnstone, a family member of the founder of J/Boats and former owner of Gunboat.

“It felt natural to do this,” Johnstone said in a statement. “Alerion Yachts’ timeless design and New England build quality are unmatched in the market.”

Alerion Yachts was launched in 1991 and was established as a modern daysailer yacht by Garry Hoyt. According to a story on, Hoyt loaned his own Alerion Express 28 to Johnstone to sail. The pair also worked on the Escape brand of sailboats in the 1990s before selling them to Johnson Outdoors.

Johnstone said that the 2018 production run at Alerion will be limited to eight yachts. They will be built by Randy Borges, who has established a facility in North Kingston, Rhode Island, to build the boats.

“He has produced gorgeous yachts, epitomised by the Alerion Express 41,” says Johnstone. “Randy and his core team are the reason for Alerion Yachts’ renowned quality.”

The lineup will include the Alerion Express 20, 28, 30, 33 and 41. Sales are being handled by Peter Johnstone and Kristan McClintock of the Alerion Yachts sales team.