I can't get this damn boat
out of my head
1973 Albin Vega Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
I'm set on a Vega and in one way or another am planning to be off for 6-? months in less than 6 months from now to cruise
(not wicked huge on plans). Problem is: there isn't much chance that I'd be able to go see it prior to purchase
. I can't glean much from the pictures but it looks as though the current
owner has mostly used it as a liveaboard
(TWO pictures of a TV!? C'mon!)
It seems like a decent deal. about $14500 CAD or $18500 with an inspection
, haulout and annual storage on the hard
. Probably a bit more to get someone to move it to the travel lift
I'd say a similar boat
would cost about the same off the West Coast
but that's not quite true. The exterior paint
on this boat is precisely what I want so that would save me a hassle and ensure I like looking at my new home right from the start.
Obviously this thing'd need some new sails
right quick and solar
panels/wind gen or something of the sort...well, not NEED but those'd be a good idea. The sails
for sure and probably a windvane self steering
system pretty quick. Still not sure how many through-hulls Vegas have but I'd replace the below waterline ones before taking off for sure.
I dunno, I'm apprehensive, what do you think? I know it's foolish to buy sight-unseen but damn, it's foolish to have time off and no boat too and the Vegas I've seen out West (and East for that matter) in the Americas have not impressed me all that much.
Oh yeah and no word on the year or condition of standing rigging
other than the meaningless "it's in good condition" as if a seller would say otherwise. So that'd have to get taken care of also. Anyone even know where to get new Vega "chainplates"? I hear of people replacing the wire and fittings but rarely are the chainplates mentioned. Considering how easily it could be done compared to most boats I figure why not do it? Doesn't make sense to me to attach new wire to old plates.
Also, the 240 Volt electrical system
is a concern, but maybe it shouldn't be? I mean if you are cruising chances are excellent wherever you are will have different standards, right? I don't plan to spend much time in marinas