Vagabond 23 retain the virtues of the old design: offshore capable, well
balanced fast hull that is easy on her crew, seaworthiness and strength
but we were able to blend those qualities with better speed, more room,
easier building and more strength.
the Serpentaire, this boat has been designed from the start for plywood-fiberglass-epoxy
composite (stitch and glue), a material stronger and easier than plywood
on frame. The hull shape is slightly different: longer hull for better
all around speed, less rocker to help planing and a much wider chine towards
the stern. All without excess, to keep her well balanced when heeled.
Those changes not only helps performance but gives a much longer and wider
cockpit. The smoother lines make the plywood easier to bend.
We incorporated two (optional) collision bulkheads in the design and the
Vagabond 23 can also become unsinkable with the addition of expandable
foam in some strategic locations.
This design removes a major hurdle in amateur sail boat building: the
Our plans show an integral keel, built as a part of the hull and later
filled with ballast. No welding, no expensive casting, no difficult keel
to hull assembly.
It is also stronger: the VG23 can sit dry and stable on its one piece
keel without any additional support or bracing. That feature allows the
VG23 to dry out without help in tidal harbors and makes bottom cleaning
and painting on a beach possible: no more expensive haulouts!
VG23 can sleep 4 with a wide double berth forward and two almost 8' long
bunks in the main cabin.
VG23 is powered by an outboard on the transom. The outboard can be clamped
directly on the transom or on a standard outboard bracket.
wide centerboard trunk makes maintenance easy: the CB can be removed and
the trunk cleaned and painted.
For performance reason, the rudder is deeper than the keel but a very
simple design feature allows it to slide up for sailing shallow waters
method: The VG23 can be build the traditional way upside down on a jig or,
easier, stitch and glue way in a simple support frame that we call a "basket
mold". All dimensions are on the plans to build either way. A sketch of
the basket mold with dimensions is included.
Vagabond 20 web site for pictures of the building method. Except for
the inclusion of the keel in the hull, the VG23 is build exactly the same
building is as simple as any other stitch and glue boat: it will take
longer to build than a small skiff but does not require more tools or
better skills. The plans include a step description of the hull assembly.
The interior layout can be customized but since they participate in the
structure, all bulkhead locations must be respected.
Of Materials: (Excerpts
from our BOM)
BOM list materials based on our standard layout and includes a 15% waste
factor for resin and fiberglass. For plywood, we use standard sheets 4'
x 8' (122 x 244 cm). Please read the building notes and see the plans
for detailed specifications. Marine Tech or XL boat building plywood can
be substituted for marine ply in stitch and glue construction. That type
of plywood cost, on the average, less than $20.00 a sheet in 1/4" (6mm).
Meranti marine can also be used and cost usually less than $40.00 a sheet
(1/4"). Good quality exterior is acceptable if it has no voids.
The hull and deck part will cost between $2,500 and $4,000.00 depending
on the type of plywood.
Spars and sails will cost another $3,000.00 new.
offer kits for each component groups: see the main page for a list,
top left panel.
is possible to save a lot on spars and sails with second hand equipment
and the boat could be build for as little as $6,000.00.
The average construction time for a complete boat is 500 hours, less if
you keep the finish very simple.
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ:
most questions are answered there.
Detailed drawings with all dimensions required to cut the sides, bottom,
bulkheads, deck, floors and all parts from flat plywood sheets: no lofting,
no templates required.
Nesting drawings for the best plywood layout with numbered parts.
drawings showing assembly and parts numbers for small hardware.