Peter, I am not sure from your response if you have actual experience with the Vagabond 47. I own one and my experience is greatly at variance with your opinion.
out of New England
. We have found our Vagabond a solid, seaworthy
boat. My dock
neighbor is a licensed, commercial captain
and has sailed all over the world; done Cape Horn several times. In his opinion of our 1983 Vagabond is an excellent blue water
boat. We averaged 5-6 knots in a recent 3 week coastal cruise
in moderate wind
. It is a comfortable boat and I have every confidence in her. In 30+ knot
winds you'll not even get water
in the cockpit
. We like at least 10 knot
winds and are comfortable in 25-30. With our cruising spninaker, we do well in 4-6 knot winds on a run. So, with that range, we can sail when others are huddled in port.
The full keel
and 20 tons means that it doesn't turn on a dime either under sail or power. We have an 85 hp Ford Lehman
. You learn to use the inertial and prop walk to control the boat around the docks.
rig and full keel
make it harder to sail to weather
, but it hasn't been that much of problem. Being ketch
rigged, sail handling is easy. Usually, it is just my wife and I. It is very easy to balance.
We have teak
decks and love them. No deck leaks
, good footing. Again, they are not for everyone. This is the first teak decked boat I've owned and have found that once we got the deck
in good shape and learned how to take care of them they are not difficult. They do probably require more maintenance
than other decks, but not as much as I thought.
Everything in boating
is a compromise. When looking at older boats, a lot depends on the specific boat, it's history
and quality. I am sure there were some poor quality Vagabonds built, just as there are poorly built Moodys, etc. We have lived aboard for over 3 years and would make the same decision to purchase
her if we were to do it again.
Sorry for the long response. But, I thought your posting
grossly misrepresented the Vagabond; at least, based on my experience and that of other owners I know.