We are in your area and have a Vancouver
We are probably in the last summer before we sell, so if you wanted to chat give a shout. We're looking at one last hurrah this August as far as Malcolm, teenagers refusing long sails
now, etc. Or if you just would like to see one, we are Victoria area and out Desolation / Broughtons August. Probably a bit over your price range, but not hugely, but then we have a brand new Yan Mar, with offshore
, gooseneck anti-siphon custom, etc) preparation features, as well, and that's why. Ours is cold molded mahogany, aft cockpit
, no teak
decks, and it was custom built for offshore
in Richmond BC in the 1990s (so large s/s water
In general, about the Vancouver
42s though, here's what I'd say, good and bad.
We don't have (and don't think we should have a bow thruster), and she is a beast. Coming into a dock
with any kind of wind
is a real adventure because below a certain speed you lose control pretty quickly. Not a great coastal cruising boat
if you need to be in and out of tight docks often. They are really built for bluewater
and not local summer conditions inside Vancouver Island.
Other downsides, they don't have anything like the room you're describing inside for an offshore set up. We have a main cabin
up front with a double and a single
bunk on top. You could probably retrofit to make a roomy double, but she's no Cutwater up there. The head is small (we don't use a shower
for offshore, because, well, we don't, but it was equipped for one, but you'd have to be skinny and it's tight). Just functional, nothing else. There's a good double pull out berth opposite the galley
, that we actually tend to use as the main, and there's another single
berth in the salon
. You could add a second pretty easily. But the original aft cabin
you really are going to lose off shore. Ours was taken out and filled with massive battery storage
. S/s water tanks
are port and starboard, and those boats have nice, roomy engine
rooms. Basically, if you're looking at 2 couples, it's a double in the galley
and a double in the main bow, shared tiny head, and room maybe for another adult on the salon
berth, with any kind of privacy. She's not bad single handing under way. All the lines are easy and she's on furlers. You need two people to dock
The cold molded is amazing. It is one skookum boat
. We got caught during COVID when the weather
reports were pretty unreliable wind
(ouch) at 20-25 knots coming up the Malaspina to Desolation, and, while it was uncomfortable, we were never worried that she couldn't handle that and more. If I had to choose a boat for heavy weather
, I would choose a Vancouver 42 no question.
The downside is they aren't super at light wind sailing. For an offshore boat, good, but not light sailing as in coastal BC cruising. Our last was a 28' Viking Ontario
, and that would sail in a whisper of breeze. The Vancouver needs a few knots realistically.
They are also tough boats for a fixed solar
set up. Because they are canoe stern, there's not a lot of space on her tail (which is also where radar
is set up). We looked into a bimini
set up, but offshore in heavy weather the windsheer we think would act as a parasail. For the same reason we took off the bimini
that came with her and just dress appropriately. You could do bat wings. We looked into that but decided to go with a Bluetti instead, so the wind and engine
feed the main sets of batteries
, and the Bluetti has about 4 days of capacity on a single solar
charge to run all our electronics
, which is what we really care about. We went CMAP with a GPS
linked to our AIS
B, plus back up Hummingbird, older radar
, etc. CMAP off AIS
works well for us.
The other upside downside of the Vancouver 42s is that they have a really high freeboard. Great offshore and in heavy weather--as long as you don't fall off. We've done MOB
drills in calm weather in Pendrell Sound, and the reality is that even in flat seas getting back in is tough. We invested in one of those Australian MOB
ladders where you could also parbuckle someone up using the halyard
, but honestly it's useless. We clip in religiously, because you go over in offshore weather, that's it. I don't think you're getting anyone back on board realistically.
We have a fair amount of commercial fishing gear
on board, and we're big fans of those (we inherited them). Things like a diesel Dickinson stove
and a Delta commercial windlass
. As a result, we've been able to be out in off season very comfortably, and on long sails
in chilly conditions the Dickinson
is great. Keeps the bones warm.
Dunno. Sounds to me I guess a bit like you're looking for something though a bit more luxury than an offshore equipped Vancouver 42, which tends to be a pretty practical and very heavy weather focused boat. She's not beautiful coming into marina. And she's a ship. We get the wall eye for sure sometimes from the folks with white leather seats. But the old salts give us the thumbs up, so we'll take it.
Fair winds out there friend, and give a shout if you'd like to see a Vancouver 42, even just to rule
out that you're looking for something else.