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Albin Vega
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Description: Albin Vega
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Review Date: Wed January 22, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Note that Practical Sailor has an excellent and impartial
review of this boat in the book Practical Boat Buying.

Design: 27' masthead sloop, full keel with cutaway forefoot.
Inboard motor, some were gas, some were diesel, used
variable-pitch 'combi' prop. 5000 lb displacement.

Strengths: Easy to sail, well-balanced, solidly-built,
good-looking boat. Moderately fast for a full-keel, 25
year old boat.

Weaknesses: Slow in light air. Tender (heels readily) but
holds herself well once she's heeled about 15-20 degrees.
Combi prop and old gas motor expensive to get parts and maintain. I replaced my inboard gas motor with a Yamaha 9.9 outboard -- great little motor. Deck-stepped mast has insufficient support -- no compression post -- but hasn't been a problem for me.

For everything short of extended offshore sailing, this is a great little boat. I would like to add a spinnaker for light airs. Wish the chain locker were bigger. Portholes leak a little (not bad for 25 years). Yup, I do love this boat.
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Review Date: Fri February 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Vega is a 6000-lb, full-keel-with-cutaway 27
foot sloop with a reputation as a capable cruiser.
There is a active owner's association and several
members have completed major crossings and even a
circumnavigation or two.

Strengths are its light weight for a full keel boat, generally better than average contruction quality,
copious storage space, and low-volume cockpit with a
high coaming, all for a BUC in the $10K range.

The biggest weakness of the boat is that most were
powered with a cranky engine and powertrain combination
of an Albin O-22 gas or Volvo MD-6 diesel engine and
the dreaded "Combi" reversing prop drive. The engines
are transmissions are starting to wear out and parts and
knowledgeable labor are nearly impossible to locate, at
least in the US.

Also, Vegas are somewhat prone to rudder problems. Prospective buyers should inspect the rudder for delamination problems carefully.

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Review Date: Tue October 28, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sail #2948. I chose the Vega for its reputation as a sturdy cruiser capable of extended voyages. It's 3'10" cutaway forefoot keel is an attractive feature for getting in and out of shallow areas around S.F. Bay. For a 27-footer, there's plenty of storage space, and the foredeck has ample room to work around.

My Vega needs some work on the mechanical and electrical systems before I can take her out. There's an active owner's association that I've found real helpful in guiding me along. Even though she needs some work, the overall design of the boat has a lot of potential, and I can't wait to get my Vega underway.

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Review Date: Tue August 18, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Had mine for over seven years now - no complaints! She is a small 27 footer by today' standards, but the clever arrangments below works well. I have heard that mast step compression can be a problem if you "crank"the rig; I keep mine loose. Apparently no rudder problems on mine, but I keep an eye on it. Combi drive is a great system once you learn to fix it yourself. Great support from Vega Newsletter (sidnock@aol.com).
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Review Date: Tue April 13, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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great rough weather boat. reasonably fast, well built. mast (deckstepped ) is a weak point. out board( 8 hp ) powers to 5 knots Not good if rough. very satisfied with design, smooth sailing tracks well, unlike fin keel designs. E mail if have any questions
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Review Date: Sun April 2, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Ive had "Windhover" for 5 yrs.The hull has never had a blister.Sail alot in 15-25knots an she handles well.I added a piece of 1" oak to the deck beam for strenghtening,But there was no compression when I bought the boat. Now have Volvo 2002 18hp/standard gear. Cruise at 6knts. Though outdated I love the roller reefing main. Wife an I are moving aboard for 2-5 yr cruise an will add water an fuel tanks under main salon berths.I thought long an hard about selling this boat to buy one 32-35 to liveaboard an cruise. Because fo the construction an way the Vega handles herself we have decided to keep her for the cruise.Many have crossed oceans with this little boat. Read a book by Tom Neal."the Voyage of the Mahina" He did the circle route of the Pacific Basin in his. 3/4 of the way with no engine. Yes Id buy this boat again. Glad to talk to anyone bout my boat...
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Review Date: Mon August 14, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Easy sailing boat. Slow in light air.
Well built, spartan interior.
easy maint. and repairing.
Gas inboard terrible. (I mounted an outboard)
inexpensive to own. Great boat for Ches. bay cruising/daysailing.
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Review Date: Mon October 2, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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After our third year with "Solstice" we have killed the starter, and no one seems too eager to fix it. Hand-cranking the engine (the old volvo) worked well, but is just a bit more excitement than we like. So what with the need to replace the cutless bearing, and thereby dismantle the combi, and the cost/impossibility of repairing the starter we think a new engine and drive train is the better solution.
We love the boat. It has proven to be solid, stable, comfortable, and other than the engine, confidence inspiring.
It's even fairly fast in enough wind.
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Review Date: Fri October 13, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have had my Vega for more than 6 years now and have gone through the whole boat. Very well built, sweet sailing boat. Handles San Francisco Bay and coast very well. Have been in rough weather, boat does fine. Reduce sail in time. The cursed variable pitch prop is really an excellent design and quite sturdy. I am currently repowereing with a 13hp VolvoMD7A. Keeping the Combi set up.British Vega Association has rebuilt Combi,s fore sale.Their prices are high.
Newsletter editor Sidney Rosen has recently passed away and the American Vega Owners asscn is in flux. Was an excellent source of info.
There is nothing in size and for the money, that can come close to this boat.
very fast on a reach.I welcome questions as well as advice.
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Review Date: Tue January 8, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Acquired about 5 years ago and sailed generally north shore of MA. Moved to Stuart, FL and did major overhaul of engine..MD6A and total electrical including shore power. Before the investment had surveyed and determine the hull was in excellent condition..dry as a bone...for dodger and other canvas contacted AlbaMarin in Sweden. Excellent product and pricing. Any questions e-mail me at bv0820@yahoo.com. PS any Vega's in Fl please contact
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Registered: September 2003
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Review Date: Fri March 18, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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She is a sturdy and worthy boat that builds confidence even in heavy weather. Great craftsmanship, a true bluewater capable classic.
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Review Date: Sun August 13, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Dependable Blue water boat
Cons: None if properly surveyed prior to purchase

Great boat
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Registered: July 2007
Review Date: Tue July 31, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: good comments on this boat - pro and cons
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I am comparing / evaluating the VANCOUVER 27, AMIGO (scandinavia), and the Albin VEGA
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