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06-03-2014 05:50 AM
Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

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.

David Knapp
06-02-2014 06:57 PM
Cap Coala
Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

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?
Thank you very much,
04-24-2013 08:29 PM
Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

Originally Posted by NancyMackintosh View Post
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
Vagabond Owners,

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.

David Knapp
SV Serenade
03-24-2013 02:51 AM
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?
Thank you
11-24-2012 12:11 PM
Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

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

Thanks in advance,

05-01-2012 09:26 PM
Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

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.
05-01-2012 09:23 PM
Re: Westwind 42 vagabond

See recent post to westwind 42
05-01-2012 09:21 PM
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.
02-24-2012 05:46 PM
drakeParagon I recently spent 2 weeks crewing aboard a Vagabond 42 named 'Fellowship' on an offshore shakedown cruise from North Carolina to Florida.

I made an in depth video tour of this Vagabond 42's deck and interior, and also of our sailing adventure and posted them to

Vagabond 42 Fellowship: North Carolina to Florida, Nov 2011 - YouTube

I hope it's interesting and useful..

02-12-2012 10:22 AM
PorFin We've got a 1985 Vagabond 39, which although it was from a different designer it was built in the same yard (Bluewater Yacht Builders.)

While I cannot talk to the sailing attributes of the 42, I can offer a few of my discoveries about the build quality of the BYB yard. Of course, your mileage may vary.

Overall, we've been very happy with our 39. We've done the Loop in her, and it's taken us places we've enjoyed immensely.

While the rich teak interior is a major selling point, keep in mind that this was all done as a "one off." If you ever need to have interior repair work done, then restoring it back to its original look means that someone's gonna spend a fair amount of time milling teak to get it back right.

The most important thing to do is to ensure that whoever you hire to do the survey knows his/her business.

Things to check for:

1. Soft decks. If the 42 was built with teak decks, then chances are good the screw holes have allowed water to penetrate into the plywood core. The coring of our decks was probably not marine grade ply (based on what I've pulled out of some soft spots), and therefore warrant close inspection.

2. Fuel tanks. Ours were steel, covered with a layer of fiberglass. While the theory was likely that the glass would serve as a barrier coat to protect the tanks, all it actually did was to trap water between the glass and steel. They finally failed last winter, and the replacement project is ongoing -- suffice it to say that it is a pretty major job.

3. Chain plates. While ours seem to be holding up well, it's really hard to tell with certainty. They are glassed into the hull, and buried behind cabinetry. Should they ever fail, replacement is gonna be a major expense.

4. Hull lay-up. While the hull is solid glass, we had issues with many areas of the roving that were resin starved. This allowed water to accumulate and become trapped within the hull. Again, not a complicated fix but it certainly was time consuming and a PITA.

5. Wiring. The wiring used was not tinned marine grade wire. Be on the look out for overall condition, which may indicate whether or not a complete rewiring project will be needed in the near future.

6. Stainless. As mentioned earlier, the stainless used in the yard was not 316L and be on the look out for crevice corrosion.

Anyway, just a few things to consider should you move towards purchasing.

All the best,
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