Join Date: May 2015
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 0
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.
George H. Stadel, III