Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 27-04-2007, 00:47   #1
Senior Cruiser
 
unbusted67's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Islesboro, ME
Boat: Looking for a new boat
Posts: 2,196
Images: 24
Albin Vega

Does anyone on this sight liveaboard or know someone who has lived aboard and Albin Vega? From the few things I have read online about them they seem like good boats. I am curious about their ability to be lived aboard and also if the rep they have aquired as the-little-boat-that-could-(sail-offshore) is for real or just marketing hype. It seems like, with all consumer products, but especially sailboats, that certain stigma are attached to the name that may not actually describe the attributes of that product. Is this true for the AV or are they generally good boats?
__________________

__________________
unbusted67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-04-2007, 10:34   #2
Registered User
 
svHyLyte's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tampa Bay area, USA
Boat: Beneteau First 42
Posts: 3,434
Images: 25
It seems to me that John Neal of Mahina Tiara fame started out with a cruise to Tahiti in an Albin Vega in the mid-1970's. I ran into him at at Chandlery in SF before he set out and he mentioned where he was going. (I though he was nuts!). The next time I saw him was in a check-out line at West Marine in Long Beach, Ca in 1986 or so, together with a young woman by the name of Barbara Meritt. I asked him how his first trip was and he said "Slow and lonely!"

N'any case, you might be able to correspomd with him through his website at Mahina Expeditions conducts sailing and navigation training and expeditions in the South Pacific and offers offshore sailing seminars .

Good Luck!

svHyLyte
__________________

__________________
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
svHyLyte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-04-2007, 12:00   #3
֍֎֍֎֍֎֍֎֍֎

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 13,039
They are strong, well-respected boats with avid fans who have taken them all over the world and done everything with them. Nevertheless, 27' is a small place to live aboard!<G>

And, they are getting old. Old Volvo engines can be expensive and tempermental, the original ones had a unique starter/alternator that was one piece. If that fails, you may find yourself needing a replacement for the entire engine, apparently there's no substitute if you can't procure and rebuild another one.
__________________
hellosailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-04-2007, 12:43   #4
Armchair Bucketeer
 
David_Old_Jersey's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10,013
Images: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by unbusted67
Does anyone on this sight liveaboard or know someone who has lived aboard and Albin Vega?
Not personally, but I recall that folk with Vega's have cropped up now and again over on:-

Yachting and Boating World: Viewing list of forums
David_Old_Jersey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-04-2007, 15:06   #5
cruiser

Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 1,167
Neales book "Log of the Mahina" is a must read for anyone planning on cruising a Vega. They are a great sea boat , tough and well designed. Neale talks about having to sail with a reef in the main most of the time, in order to take the weather helm out of her. This can be easily resolved by putting the rudder where belongs, outboard , over the transom, on a strong skeg, instead of too close to midships. The rake of the transom is perfect for this, and it will enable you to drastically simplify and strengthen the self steering arrangement ,as well as go for trimtab steering ,operated by an autohelm, using the smallest one available , below decks.This will reduce your autohelm power consumption to milliamps.
The skeg, if made of metal , can be used for a keel cooler. Get rid of the Volvo.
I once saw a bumper sticker which said "Any parts found falling off my Volvo are of the finest Swedish craftsmanship."It said it all about Volvos.
Brent
__________________
Brent Swain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-04-2007, 15:32   #6
Senior Cruiser
 
unbusted67's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Islesboro, ME
Boat: Looking for a new boat
Posts: 2,196
Images: 24
Thanks Louis,
It seems like every Albin Vega on Yacht World's previous owner already had that realization about volvos. Of the 9 or so that came up only one still had a volvo in it.

As for the rudder issue doesn't that seem to kind of defeat the point of the boat. I mean if it was such a well designed boat would you need to do move the rudder? It seems like with all the work involved in skeg mounting the rudder it would just make more sense to buy a boat that balances better? I have not owned a large boat before so correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't moving the rudder like that take a lot of work and planning?
__________________
unbusted67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-04-2007, 04:19   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,580
Images: 240
A Cruising Yacht Review
Albin Vega: Modest but Tough ~ by John Vigor (in Good old Boat magazine)
Albin Vega Cruising Yacht Review
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-04-2007, 20:53   #8
Registered User
 
Terra Nova's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Marina del Rey, California
Boat: Freya 39 cutter- Terra Nova
Posts: 3,649
Quote:
Originally Posted by unbusted67

As for the rudder issue doesn't that seem to kind of defeat the point of the boat. I mean if it was such a well designed boat would you need to do move the rudder? It seems like with all the work involved in skeg mounting the rudder it would just make more sense to buy a boat that balances better? I have not owned a large boat before so correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't moving the rudder like that take a lot of work and planning?
Yo 67,

I would not become overly concerned with this boat's rudder. There is no sound reason to alter the steering system unless you enjoy these projects. And the addition of an independent self-steerer is straightforward if you decide it necessary.

I know of a young couple who quite happily lived (?) aboard one of these little boats for many many years while they built a larger boat for themselves. They found it was all they needed.

best, andy
__________________
1st rule of yachting: When a collision is unavoidable, aim for something cheap.
"whatever spare parts you bring, you'll never need"--goboatingnow
"Id rather drown than have computers take over my life."--d design
Terra Nova is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2008, 07:36   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mississippi and beyond
Boat: Albin Vega 27'
Posts: 15
I live on one. It's tight, but doable. I sail though it's my passion, so I am not bogged down with a lot of other things like excessive belongings. I have managed to equip the thing pretty well and will leave for a couple year cruise if I ever get back stateside from Afghanistan/Iraq. A caveat to all of this, when the boats were built Per Brohal, the designer, had the boat ran into rocks at full hull speed, with little more than minor fiberglass repairs needed. And mine was one of 12 boats out of 425 in my marina that survived hurricane IKE in 2008. Was in Galveston area, and she didn't get hurt at all. So you tell me if she's tough enough to go out on the water. I say HELL YES!
__________________
Kenneth Magee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2008, 09:53   #10
Registered User
 
SVDistantStar's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Charleston, SC
Boat: Pearson 36, S.V. Distant Star
Posts: 51
Send a message via AIM to SVDistantStar
Ive known a few people that lived aboard Albin Vegas. The first was a guy in his early 50's that lived aboard one with his dog. They seemed to get along great on it. His boat had some weird gas motor in it that damn near looked like a V-twin harley motor. He also had an outboard on the back.

There was a young couple living on one here in Charleston awile back. They had spent a few years rebuilding the boat to what they wanted. Nothing was left unchanged. I think they lived aboard for about 2 years and then split and sold the boat.
__________________
The boat sank.
SVDistantStar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-10-2008, 22:42   #11
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Boston, MA
Boat: Bristol 38.8
Posts: 1,625
I knew a couple that lived for 18 months in a 9' diameter yurt in Vermont. They split up as well. I'm a little suprised, since the yurt had much more space than the cabin of an Albin Vega.
__________________
Curmudgeon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-10-2008, 06:26   #12
smj
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2007
Boat: Searunner 38 catamaran
Posts: 3,654
There is one for sale in Galveston unscathed by hurricane Ike for $3,500.00 or best offer. Comes with a walker bay with sail kit. Needs cosmetic work but great deal!
__________________
smj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-10-2008, 14:21   #13
Registered User
 
mangomuffins's Avatar

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Bradenton Beach, Florida
Boat: 27' Albin Vega - mangomuffins
Posts: 277
Unbusted,

Vega... GREAT little boats. But then I may be a bit prejudiced

Here is a link for the Beta replacement engine. Apparently the "kit" is quite complete.

http://www.albinvega.co.uk/beta.html


Not cheap but looks like the way to go if you need a new one.
I have an old mariner 8hp on a transom mount but for long range cruising an inboard would be VERY desirable. And...
yes, they are getting a bit long in the tooth, there are still perfectly sound Vegas to be had.

cheers,

mm
__________________
mangomuffins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-10-2008, 14:24   #14
Registered User
 
mangomuffins's Avatar

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Bradenton Beach, Florida
Boat: 27' Albin Vega - mangomuffins
Posts: 277
oh yea, I think the price (when I checked about a year ago) for the kit was something like 6G (plus shipping of course).

mm
__________________
mangomuffins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-10-2008, 17:14   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Boston, MA
Boat: Bristol 38.8
Posts: 1,625
Yes they are sweet sailing boats and by all accounts very seaworthy, but anyone who chooses a Vega as a full-time live-aboard is either a midget or a masochist.
__________________

__________________
Curmudgeon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
Albin Vega

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Boat size and cruising question shellback Liveaboard's Forum 34 21-03-2007 13:11



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 14:16.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.