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Vagabond 42 opinions

I am looking for anyone with experience with Vagabond 42''s. sailing performance,handeling etc.
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Opinion of Vagabond 42

I am replying to your request for an opinion of the Vagabond 42.
I have owned a 1979 Vagabond 42 for over two years now and I first must admit that I bought it on impulse. I fell in love with the lines and that was that. I have sailed it at every oportunity in both light and high winds. I have found it performs much better in winds from 20 to 25 kts and is easy to manage in winds up to 35kts. My boat is the Ketch Cutter rig and I have removed the inner stay in order to make the boat easier to tack. There has been a trade off on down wind performance but since most of my sailing is done close to shore and I spend more time tacking than I do on long reaches, it's worth it. In light winds of below 8 kts, it's slow down wind and would benefit from a spinaker. Off shore in seas and chop I was told to expect it to hobby horse and to expect the fore deck to be a rough place to be but maybe I just haven't been out in rough enough seas ( 4 to 6ft) because I have always found it stable and solid.

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Don...welcome. That post was from the year 2000...check dates before you waste your time!
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Re: Vagabond 42 opinions

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Don...welcome. That post was from the year 2000...check dates before you waste your time!
I know that your post was even long ago, but I see that quite often, telling posters to basically not post a reply to older posts.

I respectfully have to disagree strongly, especially when people have asked for help and questions on certain boats, even if it was originally asked a decade ago, wouldn't this thread, for example, be just as pertinent today as it was years ago, given that the same boats exists with the same questions being asked over and over?

Every bit of additional info, no matter how off schedule is a wealth of further info that we all search for.

I find that the more replies and participation, the more wealth of information is gathered and makes this website even more valuable, rather then shutting helpful people down all the time for offering even more valuable info.

I wish, as likely most wish that this thread and others like it would continue to be shared and talked about, rather then making posters hesitate in that additional participation for fear of being constantly reminded, That post was from the year 2000...check dates before you waste your time!

Maybe I don't get it, but I dont see where anyone's time could possibly be wasted in sharing info on issues that are "timeless"
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Re: Vagabond 42 opinions

Yep. I agree. I think posting years later updates the importance/relevance status of topics. That's probably what happened when I saw this topic listed, even at the bottom, with the 4 or 5 others on the list. It was "there" and recent post probably helped it get on the list.

Vagabond 42's. I have recently decided to go with a Vag 42. That's how I came about this topic. For over a month or so I had thought a Formosa 41 was for me but I switched to the Vagabond 42. I will be a live-aboard again so the layout of the Vag 42 is going to better suit me than the Formosa style 41's. I really wanted a rear cockpit though.

Thanks for your post Don Hallmon. Your comments about the sailing performance were exactly what I wanted to know about. I hope others will comment on the 42. Fine boat.
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Re: Vagabond 42 opinions

i helped bring a Vagabond 42 from Spain to Antigua in 1990. we ran out of fresh water because the fill was on the port side & the fill hoses for the two tanks were connected close to the port tank. when we were heeling to port the water from the starboard tank flowed into the port tank. we were drawing water from the port tank & didn't realize that the stbd tank was almost empty. we had extra water in jerry jugs so we made it to Antigua ok. the boat handled 20 ft. seas ok.
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Re: Vagabond 42 opinions

Yeah, I read this same post that you had somewhere else.

My thought when reading about that was that I wouldn't discount the "boat" for the plumbing problem. Just the plumber.
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Re: Vagabond 42 opinions

More evidence of the wisdom of having isolating valves on tanks when going offshore
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Re: Vagabond 42 opinions

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More evidence of the wisdom of having isolating valves on tanks when going offshore
Very true. And a lot can be said about checking EVERYTHING out on one of these older boats, especially before beginning a journey away from calm waters close by and especially given the wealth of warnings and info about what to expect and look out for with these boats from the 70's and 80's.

Same thing with anything "old". I wouldn't travel over a great distance in a car from the 70's or 80's without going over it pretty good,,, but certainly a boat. Your taking your life in your hands to a whole other level then.

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