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Old 24-11-2019, 11:42   #1
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Albin Vega 27

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Long time reader, first time poster.

Iíve been dreaming of getting a sailboat for years. My goal is to learn it by day sailing on the weekends, and make an occasional trip to the Caribbean (Iím from Georgia so itís not too far). Hopefully one day cross the Panama Canal and make it to the Pacific!

Anyways, Iíve been looking for boats in a cheaper price range so I can make cruising and any costs that might appear be more bearable.

Some of the boats I was looking at was the Alberg 30, Pearson 35, Amel Kirk, Albin Vega 27. There are more but these are the ones that appealed to me the most because of what I have read about them and their price range. Amel boats appeal to me the most, but all of the ones in my price range are over in France and I donít see the justification to pay transport and taxes on a boat that cheap. So that has left me taking a serious look at the Albin Vega.

My question is, what is considered a good price range for it? I know it depends wildly. But letís say itís in a great condition, and comes with decent equipment, whatís the most you would pay? Iíve seen some that look awful selling for $1,000 and others that come with decent equipment and looks in much better shape for $16,000. Iím certainly drawn to the $16,000 one, since thatís less work and time I have to do to get to that point. But $16,000 seems really high for these boats, right? I will get an inspection of course, Iím just wondering whatís the max one should pay for these? The listing prices seem to vary so much on these which is why I wanted to come here and ask how much did you pay for yours?

I read the typical things to look out for on these boats, but is there anything else besides the window, mast support I should look for?
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Old 24-11-2019, 18:54   #2
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Re: Albin Vega 27

https://atomvoyages.com/planning/goo...oats-list.html

I wouldn't reduce your search too much. Most of the boats on that list will suit your needs if properly equipped and maintained.
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Old 25-11-2019, 09:26   #3
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Re: Albin Vega 27

If $16,000 seems like a lot for a Vega in excellent condition, then I don't think you could afford the $1,000 Vega.
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Old 25-11-2019, 09:51   #4
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Re: Albin Vega 27

The Albin is a known quantity from the design standpoint, but given their likely ages all the ones on your list are condition dependent… The Albin is more of a stretched small boat, as opposed to a little big boat (its nearly half a ton smaller than my former B24, which I should never have sold, and only me and my cat like boats that size for any real voyaging), and at least on your list I’d try to get closer to 30’ on deck and something over three tons disp. $16K is no big incentive or detriment, unless the boat has just gone through an extensive refit – as others have noted, condition is everything. Even with a pocket-cruiser it’s easy to stick a gazillion bucks in a boat with tinker-toys that have little to do with sailing, or conversely get by on a shoestring if the investment/equipment is in the right places…
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Hmmm -- double post…
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Old 25-11-2019, 09:56   #6
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Re: Albin Vega 27

I paid $2,000 for my boat, a 1974 Bristol 27, in 2011 thinking I'd sail it for a couple years and buy a larger boat.

Well I still have and now I have put maybe another $8,000 -$10,000 in it over these past 8 years

This includes upgrades (and maintenance) like VHF Radio w/GPS/AIS, new mainsail, new outboard, autopilots, outboard brackets, 3 bottom jobs, total interior repainting, topside paint, and recently I'm having a new settee cushion made. I also replaced the mainsail cover, the dodger, and the tiller since it broke in half one day on a return from a weekend cruise

Right now there is a 1985 Cape Dory 270 for sale in the slip across from me in very good condition asking price is 10K but I'm sure you could get it for less. Diesel engine, excellent interior, dodger, bimini, wheel steering (emergency tiller)
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Old 28-11-2019, 09:51   #7
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Iím certainly drawn to the $16,000 one, since thatís less work and time I have to do to get to that point. But $16,000 seems really high for these boats, right?

I'd jump on it in a heartbeat IF it was truly turn-key, or close to it. I'd want to see a new engine, new wiring, and excellent sails before even considering it.



DECENT Vegas in sailable condition, but nowhere near ready to go offshore, can be had for $5K - $10K. The trouble is finding one. Being a "cheap" boat, 90% of what you see for sale are in a very sorry state. We bought ours (1979, hull #3360) for $6500. She looked pretty good and had decent sails, but the engine and wiring were original and very questionable. We have replaced the engine, and I'm working on an all new electrical system. We're probably in it for $15K at this point. I expect to have $25K in her before she's ready for the world, although that will include a fridge, wind vane, a ton of solar, etc, etc, etc.



There were three generations of Vegas. They got better as they went along. The last ones (post-1977-ish) are highly desirable IMHO.
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Old 28-11-2019, 21:12   #8
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The Vega is an absolutely beautiful boat, saw one for sale here locally. Had the headroom been a bit more I would have been down looking at it for sure, we went with a Columbia 29 instead but I still love seeing the Vega. A guy on YouTube sails one, I think its called "Tarka".
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Old 29-11-2019, 05:47   #9
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Tarka (formerly "Tarka the Otter") just sold recently, but the videos should still be out there. "Cruising Lea Lea" is another great Vega youtube channel.


Speaking of headroom, the third generation Vegas have a little more than the other two. About 5' 9" in the saloon, 5' 11" in the galley.
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