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Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

George Stadell III designed the 38 and he lives in Connecticut. His brother is a surveyor and also lives in Connecticut. My understanding is that Jim West bought into Blue Water Builders in Taiwan and had Stadell design the 38, which I own. I'm not aware of a 39 as noted by porfin. My 38 is a 1985 hull, completed in 86 and sold in 89. The deck is glass and airex cored, not plywood. The chainplates are accessible and appear to be of high grade stainless, no problems there. The teak interior looks new. The stainless ports are by Manship and are in great shape. No leaks anywhere (tempered glass fixed ports have been replaced and rebedded). Wiring is tinned marine quality. Fuel tank is stainless and is fine. Water tanks are stainless and fine. I have none of the issues PH describes.
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taiwanese boats have bad rap due to rumors and other slights made toward them. each is different and deserves that respect. my metals havelastd since 1976, with few replacements, as per protocol. nothing happens as rumor states. enjoy your vagabond. i LOVE my formosa.


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Dear Nancy,

I would love to find out more about the design and development of the 42 - I have had mine for 12 years - if you have any tech data your father can share it would be wonderful as I never received a handover or manual from the previous owner: I have done many many mods to my boat and would like to discuss with other owners the merits thereof etc

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Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

I have owned the 42 Vagabond Ketch for 3 years now.
She's a great boat. I am curious about what retro-fits you have done on your boat. I am in the process of outfitting my boat for a circumnavitation. Any thoughts on what I may want to replace or consider re-doing?
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Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

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Was just browsing through and found your comment. I can tell you a bit more about the Vagabond Westwind and am happy to look up additional information from my Dad's notes as he designed and built them out of Blue Water factory in Taiwan. Each of the boats was of a singular hull construction, hand laid. Our family boats were a 47 that we kept in Texas and a 42 in Sarasota, Florida. I sailed most often on the 47, crossed the Gulf on her in a cruising race and loved both her lines and her comfort.
The 42 was a bit more popular with her shallower keel and was a good choice to use in the Islands. I know of one that is usually kept in St Kitts and has been used there by the same family for over a decade. I made the trip to the factory in Taiwan in the early 80's with my parents. Each hull was made one at a time. My father went to inspect every boat before she was pulled from the factory to be sent to West Coast and on from there to be commissioned and delivered. Original Engines were Lehman Deisel out of Cambridge, Uk and the masts were from France. 3 ladies hand sanded and oiled all the wood on the interior, my father was very proud of the quality of the boats both inside and out.
I hope some of this is helpful and would love to know if you found a hull to your liking.
Happy sailing, Nancy West Mackintosh
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We purchased a Westwind 38 (Hull #1) and are very pleased with all aspects of this fine sailing vessel. Similar to Sailor 07's request, I am looking for more information (other owners, line drawings, boat history) related to the 38' edition. Nancy West Mackintosh, any information from your father's records is truly appreciated.

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Hi there Nancy,
It' ve a whille since you post the quote on this forum, but I was very happy to find someone with a 1st degree contact with Vagabond maker. I am just in ove with the boat and wondering if they are still been built today. The site that I found is far from conclusive and I did not got any replay from them. Can you help me on that matter?
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Please keep me posted if you hear from Nancy Mackintosh as I am still searching for the drawings of the 38 foot version and other 38 foot owners.

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Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

The Vagabond 47 was designed by William Garden, probably in the early 1960's, for Earnest Chamberlain, who founded Bluewater Yacht Builders in Taiwan to build it. Garden was a designer of quite extraordinarily diverse yachts and other vessels. From what I've seen he was a superb draftsman and creative designer. Chamberlain was an Englishman, as experienced a blue water sailor as you would ever meet.

In 1973 or 74 I designed the Vagabond 42 for Chamberlain. The hull design and rig were entirely mine but we worked together on the deck and layout. Basically I fit the layout he wanted into the boat. The construction was according to the way he built the 47 but modified according to my quite thorough structural calculations.

Chamberlain sold Bluewater to Jack Chen, who had worked for him for some time and who over the years has built the company into a world ranking yacht builder.

In the 1980's, Mr. West got the American distributorship for the 47 and 42, calling them the Westwind 47 and 42. Shortly after that he contracted with me to design the Westwind 38 and also got the distributorship for another boat of my design, not built by Bluewater, the Mayflower 48, which I modified slightly for him. West went out of business before any of the 48's were delivered and after only a few of the 38's were built. Interesting to hear that there was a number 9. That means I'm owed a few royalties.

The Vagabond 42 was my design no. 12, the Mayflower 48 was no. 16 and the Westwind 38 was somewhere around no. 40. My designs are often thought to be my father's. My father was a very prolific designer but we had quite separate careers.

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Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

Mr. Stadel, great to hear from you. Love your designs!
How about Westwind 35? Can you share any info on that design? They were built by Young Sun Yacht Corp. from what I know.

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