i owned one for five years, kept it in the florida keys
. nice sailing boat
and and roomy and easy to work
on. i eventually sold
it for personal reasons; it had 5ft10in headroom
and i am 5ft11in. after five years that one inch drove me nuts. for long term always get a boat
you can stand up in somewhere.
they are not 'heavily' built but they are easy to work
on. i had few problems with it other than the gas albin inboard which i eventually pulled out and replaced with an 8hp mercury outboard
. worked out great. also freed up a huge space under the cockpit
which i cleaned out and set up for storage
. this would be a good place to put a large auxiliary water
tank which is much needed in the tropics.
only had two problems other than the engine
. one was a hairline crack developing around the hull
where the rudder
shaft went through. i fixed that easily by putting a strong fiberglass
patch around it. the other was a 'chainplate' that broke while we were sailing. their are no real chainplates on the boat. instead there are large u bolts. this actually turned out to be easier to fix - just replaced the u bolt - and easier to inspect since they are all plainly visible. and cheap
and easy to replace.
i have read of another problem with mast compression
. the mast
stepped and there is no comprssion post to support it,. it rests on a cross beam that is the bulkead between main cabin
and v berth. nip this in the bud my strengthing that bulkhead.
i personally liked the boat - i like simple and the vega is simple. for the boat you are looking at i would at least replace the motor
with an 8hp yamaha - bolt it on good, yamahas get stolen often. i also think i would go look at the boat before buying
my personal guess as to value is $5000.