Location: Juneau, Alaska Recommended Cabin Cruiser Plans I'm looking at getting a mid-20 ft cabin cruiser next year, and I wanted to hear opinions about designs that people like. Is there a designer or set of plans that I should be looking at besides Tolman and Bartender? When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Like many boats of the time the Vega’s design gives a nod to the skinny lines and long keel of the Scandinavian Folkboat and in comparison with modern designs the term spacious might be misleading but unlike modern boats there was no trade off in seaworthiness for interior space. In 1964 Lars Larsson, of Larsson Trade AB (in 1971 to become Albin Marin AB), commissioned Swedish designer Per Brohall to build a 27 foot version of his previous successful design, the Viggen 23, reputedly in the hope of increasing sales of their Albin engines.
The Vega has earned her reputation as an offshore cruiser by completing numerous offshore voyages and circumnavigations, the most famous being the voyage of John Neal whose book Log of Mahina chronicled his voyage from Seattle to the South Pacific. More recently were voyages to Antartica and the Arctic made by controversial Norwegian Adventurer Jarle Andhoy and his crew in Berserk (and later Berserk II). In 2012, Matt Rutherford completed his solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the Americas via the Arctic’s Northwest Passage and South America’s Cape Horn. Built in the early days of fibreglass construction, the Vega’s hull is solidly constructed fibreglass up to one inch thick in parts, however the cabin top and deck are cored fibreglass which, while not necessarily weak, is prone to flexing and could do with reinforcement to withstand lengthy offshore work.
By all accounts the Vega under sail handles easily and is a well balanced creature with no weather helm.
While the rudder is well supported by its attachment to the keel the rudder itself has some weaknesses. More than 3000 Albin Vegas were built and there are generally a number for sale on the used boat market, the majority of which can be found in Europe and the UK. Add your stories, experiences, tidbits, updated information - whatever you think is useful to others. The Albin Vega Trans-European Challange starts at Veere (NL), and ends at the lake Balaton (HUN). There’s this guy, Matt Rutherford, who completed a circumnavigation of the Americas on his Vega in the spring of 2012. Actually, the Vega did have wood inserts in the core in areas where hardware would be attached (grab rails, turning blocks, foredeck cleat) and some mixture of polyester resin and vermiculite was used beneath the toe rails, hatch frames and maststep. Inside an AirHead or perhaps a portapottie as far forward as possible, plain benches on each side that could be latch-in-place boxes for stowage and modular easy removal. That is what I am looking to do, have drawn what I want a few times, but having a mental block on how to execute. Shoot Jeff some questions on his facebook account and I'm certain he will be happy to help out. Skip the drawings, get some big sheets of cardboard and a roll of duct tape, and mock it up 100% on the boat.
And it may seem silly, but draw on the fixtures with a magic marker, because that changes the look surprisingly.
If money is what you're asking, go to the web site and download the free study plans, they have a basic bill of materials for the hull.

Keep in mind that the cost to build something will vary GREATLY from one location to another. It seems that the boldest cabin+cockpit design I've found so far is from the Spirit Yachts series. Every other wooden boat I've looked at seems to have what is essentially a rectangular extrusion on the deck. This little fiberglass 27 footer from Scandinavia can strut her stuff as a serious offshore cruiser and has become a multi-continental favourite with an army of fans. The Albin Vega is no longer in production, but during her ten year production run over 3000 boats were built. Brohall was one of the pioneers of early fibreglass construction in Sweden and published a number of books on small wooden boat building.
His 309 day voyage earned Matt two Guinness World records and has been captured in a documentary film called Red Dot on the Ocean. She’s a bit lacking in classic cruiser curves with an almost straight sheerline from bow to stern which gives her a slightly hunchbacked appearance from certain angles. The joints are strong and waterproof  with good sized stainless steel bolts, spaced 5 inches apart, holding hull and deck together. Despite her shallow draft she is reported to point well to windward and while tender initially up to around 10 to 15 degrees of heel she carries full sail easily up to 20 knots. A search of the current boat market shows prices around 9,000 to 12,00 Euros depending on condition. Send them to us (1024x768 or better) at [email protected] or post them to our Facebook Page.
I contacted the Yahoo group for confirmation and I’ve amended the article accordingly. I have owned and sailed Vegas for nearly 20 years and must admit going in reverse under power is a challenge BUT how often does a sailboat go backwards! To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions. That will remove the guesswork and any surprises about how paper plans change when they're realized full scale in 3-D. You can take this to your local lumber supplier and get a good estimate of how much the lumber and fasteners cost in your local area. Created in 1964 by Swedish designer Per Brohall, builders Larsson Marine were looking for a bigger version of Brohall’s successful Viggen 23.
She has earned the reputation as an inexpensive all weather cruiser and an ideal starter boat. He paired up with Larsson to design several boats, including the Albin 25, 21 and 30, but the Albin Vega was probably the most popular and widely known.
Her keel is not the traditional full keel of an offshore cruiser but, modified to half the length of her waterline, it’s enough to keep her tracking well while creating less friction and giving better light air performance. She’s a fast boat downwind but offshore cruisers would do well to carry a large spinnaker or drifter for light airs.

There are eight different national Albin Vega Associations, each with their own website as well as a worldwide umbrella organisation Vega One Design Association (VODA). My grandfather had managed to escape and later he returned to the camp to save his brother as well. I installed some coachroof hardware this year and saw no evidence of wood in the layup in this part of the boat. Mast step repair is pretty straightforward and a kit is available from the Vega Association of Great Britain at a very reasonable price. With the internet we're tlaking worldwide and so it'd be impossible to given even a remotely close estimate due to global varations of economy, materials, etc. Larsson Trade AB managed to produce 3450 Vegas at their impressive shipyard in Kristinehamn, Sweden before production ceased in 1979 and the shipyard closed down. Her rudder is firmly fixed to the rear of the keel and uncommonly, the propeller exits under the counter stern above the rudder. The cockpit is considered to be the right size for offshore work and has good drainage and tall coamings for protection. With her deck-stepped mast the Albin Vega is susceptible to compression damage at the mast foot but this is often remedied by adding supports below. Prospective owners have a wealth of contacts here and there is also an owner’s group on Yahoo (link below).
The two of them paddled with a stolen punt all the way down on river Danube back to their hometown in Hungary. Although with just two days of fitting out she motor sailed over 500 miles from Annapolis MD. Many of the Vegas unsurprisingly were sold in Scandinavia but a good proportion were shipped out to the rest of Europe and places as far away as the USA, Greenland and Hawaii. She has an unusual bow pulpit configuration which allows for step through disembarking and is typical for Swedish boats which often have to be moored bow forward off rugged coastlines. The large window’s in the hull are a weak point for offshore work and the stem fitting at the bow has been deemed inadequate.
He had started his long career in 1947 as cabin boy and ended it in 2001 as captain of his own pleasure boat, where he had a heart attack while docking.
Standing headroom in the pilothouse, including the head, so you don't have to squat to pee. V berth forward, with sitting headroom, galley and settee to starboard, helm, nav station and head to port.
The world wide known scientist asked my grandfather to be his guide at the exploration of the Danube’s wild life.

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