Re-listed due to an over enthusiastic time-waster. Please, genuine buyers only! Buy-it-now price reduced for a swift sale. Please read entire description before buying.Buyer responsible for yard fees/transportation on completion. Cash within three days or bank transfer within 24 hours of committing to buy.Reluctantly for sale is my 1972 Albin Vega 27, Calypso, one of the toughest and best-sailing little sloops ever built. A legendary passage maker, the Vega is featured in John Vigor’s book “20 Small Sail Boats to Take You Anywhere”, gaining a rating of sixth-out-of-twenty for offshore safety. I acquired Calypso with a view to fitting her out for long-term voyaging, but my circumstances have changed due to an illness in the family and I now need to pass her on to someone who will complete her restoration, make those long voyages and perhaps send me a postcard.If you’re confident working with fibreglass and can put a little more money into her re-fit, it really won’t take that much to get her back in the water and ready to point over the horizon. The Vega can be a boat for life, so with a little elbow grease, the world could be your oyster…NB: More pictures to follow later this week.Here’s what’s good/part of the inventory:New standing (swaged) and running rigging, never used. The original standing rigging is in good condition and could be carried as a back-upNew bespoke-cast hounds to replace the originals. These came from Steve Birch at the Vega Association. The originals are actually fine and should be kept as back-ups as they are hard to come byNew solid-teak grab rails. The originals were worn thin and the new ones are much, much stronger. Several annoying deckhead leaks were also dealt with when the rails were replacedNew companionway washboard slides, with teak facings and 3mm stainless steel plate inside and out for security and strength. The slides are sized to allow for 18mm ply washboards and ‘coatings’ ie three coats of G4 epoxy varnish and Hempel Multicoat. I have some aboard which will go with the boat. When the washboards are completed you will have a very seaworthy companionway hatchA brand new Trudesign nylon seacock for the raw water inlet, with Vetus strainer and connectors are ready to be fitted. Trudesign seacocks are extremely reliable and are essentially fit-and-forget. The raw water inlet in the only through-hull in the boat; four others were removed and the holes blanked over The cockpit-sole hatch has been reinforced with glass around its outer edge and is ready to be dogged down on its extra-wide neoprene gasketThe pushpit has been welded and re-bedded, as there was a crack in the base of one tube where it becomes part of the genoa-car adjustment systemLots of ground tackle: two heavy CQRs, a large Danforth, 30m of 8mm chain, 30m of 6mm chain, and a kelletThe Lombardini 520 diesel starts and runs very well and was professionally serviced two years ago, with no significant use since other than to run it up occasionallyThe electrical system is well-installed and features a 350W inverter to charge laptops etcThe rigid solar panel is in perfect working order and keeps the starting battery and the domestic battery fully chargedA ‘wiped’ Standard Horizon fixed VHF is ready to be installed and receive a new MMSI numberFull-length cockpit cushions in good conditionGenoa and main in good condition, with Tab roller furling systemWarps, fenders, boat hook etcNasa depth sounder Bubble bulkhead compass with red illumination A 5kg can of West System epoxy with fast hardener, various weights of woven roving, CSM and biaxial glass clothA nesting two-part dinghy built on Chuck Merril’s “Apple Pie” design, with oars (needs a little TLC)Original Vega and Lombardini handbooks and other infoOther odds and ends that will be usefulHere’s what still needs to be done:The hull needs to be sanded to remove all traces of the now-thinning International VC Tar the previous owner applied. As the laminate is bone-dry (she’s hardly been in the water for the last six years) Coppercoat would be a good option as a hull coating, but you will need a completely clean and keyed gelcoat for it to stick. Otherwise use Gelshield and your anti-foul of choice. There’s also a little fairing to do around the blanked through-hullsThere are a few dings in the topsides that need filling and fairing. After that a polish and a new cove stripe is all that needs doingThe deck and cockpit needs a paint and new anti-slip areasNew 18mm washboards (much stronger than the originals) and cockpit hatches need to be made (I have new stainless steel hinges ready for the job, three per hatch. Belt and braces…).Coachroof and afterdeck vents need to be fitted or the holes blanked over. Personally I would blank the apertures over and rely on the forward hatch and fans for ventilationThe deck-level nav lights need replacingThere’s some glass work to do in the forepeak as the original flanges that held the bulkheads in position have let go (the boat is nearly 50 years-of-age after all…). The hull laminate is already ground back (in order to remove all traces of bilge paint/adhesives) and will need to be given a final keying with 36 or 40 grit, de-greased thoroughly with acetone and then built back up to its original level. The bulkheads can then be tabbed and bonded to the new surface. Done right it will result in a hull/bulkhead joint that is a vast improvement over the original method, giving a stiffer, stronger boatA structure for transferring the force of the mast down to the keel needs to be installed. Deckhead compression is one of the Vega’s few faults and will need to be addressed before going offshore. There’s loads of info on the net and it’s really not difficult to do. One of the best ways is to ‘sandwich’ the top of the main bulkhead with thick ply either side, bolt through, and then install two uprights that lead down to a strong wooden plinth bonded into the bilgeThe water tank needs re-installingThe mast heel is suffering from light corrosion and I’d recommend cutting off 3cm and making a Tufnol spacer to make up for the lost mast height. Our local rigger can advise. Sounds drastic but its actually not that big a jobThe forward hatch need to be re-attachedThe forepeak would benefit from new ‘bed boards’, but the existing will do for another few years. Actually, with the forepeak bare of all furniture, now would be a good time to build a bespoke interior, make cushions and possibly line it with horizontal wood strips over foam insulation as I planned to doThe portlight rubbers are fine (no leaks), but I’d still make storm covers if going offshoreI’d buy new batteries before heading offshore, although the current set are still fineYou will need to make or have some lifelines made (the Sta-Lok terminals could be used)Calypso is on hard standing in Emsworth, Hampshire and viewing is strongly recommended. Telephone is preferred over email (I’m using my partner’s account), my number is 07510978685, and I can be on hand at fairly short notice to show you every detail of the boat.Please note, all winning bids are final and binding. Cash or bank transfer on collection.
On 28-Oct-21 at 18:30:57 BST, seller added the following information:
Two bilge pumps ready to be fitted. Original Vega table and legs. Spare tiller. More photos tmr.
On 29-Oct-21 at 13:43:51 BST, seller added the following information:
Teak duck boards/cockpit grating.
Current Price: £2000.00
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