1981 Vagabond 17, Canyon Lake, Texas, asking $3,950, sold 6/17/05

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1981 Vagabond 17

  • We are the original owners of Daphnia, which was special ordered for us in 1981 in orange and white. She has always been stored in a residential garage, and is essentially free of mold, mildew, and musty odors. The teak and deck still look very much the way they did back in ’81. The boat, motor and the trailer have never been in salt water. There is some minor gel coat cracking in some areas, and a few "as manufactured" voids in the fiberglass finish. There is one dime-sized surface chip where a rock landed on the deck (after passing through one of my garage windows). However, there has never been any structural damage of any kind. Many of the defects described above could easily be filled and painted to match if desired, but they really don't detract all that much. The original sails are in very good condition with no significant rips or tears; and they've never been put away wet. In summary, this boat has received the kind of care that makes it look, and smell, better than many that are much newer.

    The Vagabond 17 is easy to sail, very responsive, and fast for a mono-hull boat its size.

    As advertised in the original manufacturer's brochure, standard features include hand laid fiberglass construction, 345 lb. swing keel, teak handrails, stainless bow pulpit, Harken blocks, kick-up rudder, positive foam floatation, anodized aluminum spars, a double and two single berths, space for porta-potti in the cabin, bunk cushions, and dacron sheets and sails. There’s a compartment for a battery to power the running lights and an interior light. I added a socket to plug in an anchor light or a 12-volt fan for ventilation, but the battery is "dead" and needs replacement.

    Specifications are as follows:

  • LOA – 17'-0"
  • LWL – 15'-0"
  • Beam – 7'- 3"
  • Draft K/U – 1'-8"
  • Draft K/D – 4'-2"
  • Displ. - 950 lb.

    Sail Area

  • Main (Vector) - 82 Sq. Ft.
  • Jib (Vector) - 65 Sq. Ft.
  • Genoa (Odyssey) - 87 Sq. Ft.
  • Spinnaker (not included) - 210 Sq. Ft.

    Some of the enhancements include the three sails in bright colors (red, orange and yellow), whisker pole, Lewmar winches, mounted aluminum stern ladder, boat hook, anchor and line, fenders, and an assortment of life jackets in various sizes.

    The dependable auxiliary power is a 1974 model 4 H.P. Evinrude that I purchased new and initially used on a fishing boat. Retained paperwork includes the receipt, Owner's Manual, and registration card. The motor comes with a 3-gallon tank which stows neatly in an out-of-the-way compartment in the cockpit.

    Daphnia rides on a tilting, galvanized 1981 Dilly trailer with 1 7/8" ball hitch, spare tire and wheel, dolly, bearing buddies, and a keel guide for easy loading. Wheel bearings were replaced in 2004. The lights will probably need some attention, as they have not been hooked up in several years. Tires are all original, still have lots of tread, still look soft and good for their age, and hold the recommended pressure for months without airing. The spare has never been on the ground.

    Daphnia is ready to sail, today!

    This is to notify you that my Vagabond 17 has been sold, and can be so indicated on the ad. You have been a terrific help in making the sale possible. Also, I certainly appreciate the scam warnings you provide in your web site, as I never expected to receive as many suspicious responses as I did. I lost count after around 6 or 8. But that number was closely matched with legitimate inquiries from individuals truly interested in the boat and the fine sport of sailing.
    With sincere appreciation,
    Canyon Lake, Texas

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