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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.
After looking around quite a bit, here is a PVC Kayak Cart I made from various different designs I found online to suit my needs. This instructible will get you out on the water to fish without pulling too much cash out of your pocket. I recently purchased a 14' aluminum Springcraft with EZ loader trailer from a local classified site for $500.00. Make your own quick and easy zip tie & ply mini boat - maximum fun for the least money!
Intro, Braving the elements?I'm entering this build for the 'brave the elements' contest as this project has enabled me to get out there and experience the elements in my local environment. In this part of the Greenland kayak instructable you will be getting the gunwales ready for building the deck of the kayak. Cut a patch from a shower curtain and use PVC pipe cement from your dad's garage to patch a leak in a PVC air mattress, inflatable boat, dry bag, etc. I'm starting this topic to both log my experiments and to petition contributions and ideas from others.
Spring was just starting to arrive in northern Minnesota, and after a long winter, I was getting anxious to get back out into my little wood shop and start another project. I have a large canoe (approx 17 feet long and 4 feet wide at the middle) and more often than not I am the only one physically able to move it (at least until the wee ones get bigger MUH HAHAhahahaha). This Instructable will describe the construction of a heavy duty milk jug raft built out of recycled materials and capable of supporting over 700 lbs. This instructible will teach you how to build a 17 foot long Greenland kayak that will weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and cost less than $300 in materials. Have you ever stood on the shore and looked out at people boating and wished you could be out there too? Alright, Finally got a little time to do some work so I made new seats and motor box for the back of the boat.
This Instructable documents how I built a small sailing boat out of a mussel float, and advice on how to build your own!
This is a small cabin boat that sleeps 1 person with lots of space and great to have for kids to play in even in the swimming pool. I tried to build the lightest and cheapest (~150€ total material bill) sail-boat I could come up with.


I've been wanting to combine my two favorite hobbies - woodworking and sailing for a long time, so I thought I'd build a boat.
I set out to make a simple rudder that did not cost the typical $250 but at the same time was a bit more effective than a plank on a stick.
Browsing Imgur one day I saw some guys that made a duct tape canoe, and decided to try my hand at the same. Sometimes I like to get on the water by myself and sometimes a canoe will suit me just fine.
Living in Cambridge near the historical Charles river and watching people kayak down it's length, I nurtured a growing desire to be able to interact with the natural structure on my own schedule.
Epilog Challenge VI: I have entered this into the Epilog challenge please vote on it if you like the build. If you are not looking for super-speed, or want a quiet way to fish, get around the lake, or extend your camping trips, an electric canoe is the way to go!
We haven’t really used this dinghy much in Vizag, the water here is just too polluted (and smells of ammonia and sulphur) to want to go sailing in harbour and the beach surf is too rough to risk putting to sea from the beaches.
A friend who runs a maker summer camp contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I would be up for doing some welding at her camp. The shallow V bottom helps her perform better, yet is shallow enough that both chines kiss the water and make her a stable ride. Being small enough that she is super simple to handle, especailly with a lateen sail, yet big enough to take a friend and all the camping gear you would need for a weekend of beach cruising. She is built from plywood, the bottom is coated with epoxy and fiberglass, and the entire hull is painted with a roller.
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! I live in a town which is surrounded on three sides by water, in the middle of a river estuary.
You will be shaping them and you will also be marking them for later installation of the deck beams.
The hardest decision was to design my own or build from a set of plans that were already available. Problem is, I had one canoe of our own, and a truck, but no canoe rack (and didn't want to drive all the way to the river with a 15 foot canoe hanging out the back). We will show step by step the entire process using materials and techniques proven over many successful rebuilds. This project took me about four days working on and off and in a rush, so there were many corners cut and compromises made.
Item's neededHot glue gunWaterproof led strip from ebay12v 6800ah lithium battery The project cost's $40 total.


It's a simple design where the boat sits inside of the loop and stays on by being pushed forward. The camp and canoeists were running into trouble keeping themselves dry while launching and retrieving the boats!
Other times the weather is not suitable for a canoe, too windy, too wavy or I just want to cruise the waterways a little more efficiently. I would use the laser to help me with some really cool projects like laser cut wood objects, led illuminated signs, engraved tile and much much more. When I found out the details, I was definitely up for it: help some kids build a human-powered paddle boat out of recycled materials! 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. I have to look at the water every time I cross a bridge or pass a lake, and I envy the people I see on the water. 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.
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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