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Albin Vega, 1972, 27', St. Augustine, Florida, $6,000, SOLD 1/19/13

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Albin Vega, 1972, 27', St. Augustine, Florida

  • Interested in a fast sale. Priced to move. Ready to sail away.

    History: Shipped over from Sweden brand new to Lake Champlain / Burlington Vermont in 1972. She lived there until 2010, spending every summer on the water and three seasons a year on the hard. Her whole life was light summer use on a fresh water lake until we bought her and did a major refit in 2010. Then we took her down the coast and cruised the keys and the Bahamas. Now she is located in north Florida in St. Augustine. She is currently on the hard, and we are hoping for a quick sale, pricing her to move. She is ready to sail away. I would take her to the Bahamas in a minute, without a concern, as she is outfitted for cruising and ready to go.


  • 27 feet long, 3.8 feet draft, 8 feet beam
  • Modified full keel / cutaway forefoot with encapsulated lead ballast.
  • Jan 2013: Just completed haulout, inspection, bottom job with ablative antifouling paint.

    2010 Addressed the couple of weaknesses of this model of boat:

  • 1) Reinforced forestay chainplate
  • 2) Installed mast support beam reinforcement plate (1/4-inch stainless steel)

    2010 major refit and upgrades to make her a modern world-cruising boat:

  • Installed new head with 5-gallon holding tank and pumpout deck pipe
  • Installed bow anchor roller and through deck pipe, bruce anchor, chain, & swivel
  • LED navigation lights and interior lights
  • Deep cycle battery
  • Running rigging replaced
  • Thorough rigging inspection revealed standing rigging in excellent condition. It is original high-quality Swedish steel with no burrs or indications of weakness. Decided to keep it as the modern Chinese steel is crap. I've known too many people that replaced their original rigging and then had their new crap rigging fail on them.
  • Main halyard and topping lift led to cockpit
  • Furlex roller-furler on the jib
  • New "sacraficial strip" on the jib
  • 40 watt polycrystalline solar PV panel & charge controller
  • New galley stove: 2 burner alcohol type
  • 2010 color Garmin GPSmap551s gps chartplotter with charts of the US coast and the Bahamas
  • 2010 Raymarine tiller autopilot
  • Tiller extension
  • 2003 Honda super long shaft outboard, 8hp, 4-blade prop, electric start, alternator, stern mount. New oil filter, oil change, lower unit, lower unit seals, and lower unit oil in December 2012. Running perfectly.
  • Thorough rudder inspection reveals no delamination or water intrusion.
  • Excellent condition.

    Sails include main and 150% genoa in good condition, fabric strong with many years of sailing left. Blue sunbrella mainsail cover has new zipper. Jib has new blue sunbrella sacrificial strip.

  • Dodger windows are a bit cloudy. Frame is stainless steel. Fabric is blue sunbrella in good condition.
  • Stainless steel propane bottle stern rail cooking grill with blue sunbrella cover.
  • Marine VHF radio with masthead whip antenna. Always excellent signal, loud & clear.
  • New cockpit seats/locker lids, stainless steel hinges and latches.
  • Re-upholstered salon cushions and seat backs
  • New whale-pump style bilge pump installed in cockpit.

    She also still has the Volvo MD6A diesel inboard w/ combi prop in addition to the honda outboard motor. The inboard hasn't been run in a year, however I turn it over every month to keep it free. If you want to use the diesel inboard rather than the honda outboard, then the combi prop will need to be serviced. Specifically the prop would need to be opened up, cleaned and greased up, and the gear unit on the back of the engine would also need to be opened up, cleaned and greased up. There are no known problems with the diesel engine other than that I haven't started it in a year. I have turned it over every month to keep it freed up, so it shouldn't be hard to get her going again, but the old diesel in the tank in the keel would need to be replaced. The only known issue is that the variable pitch prop system doesn't change pitch easily and needs to be greased up. I prefered the Honda outboard because it gives you directional thrust in forward and in reverse, so I could manouver the boat amazingly well and park her any way I wanted to. It also doubles as a fine dinghy motor. Currently the honda is valued at $1,000 with the new service and lower unit installed, so if you fix the variable pitch prop, you can sell the Honda and expect $1,000 for it.

    The boat has the original gelcoat on the topsides and the deck. It has nicks and dings and scratches and has worn thin in some places, namely on the non-skid on the foredeck. It has not been painted nor has it been awlgripped.

    The grabrails on the cabin top are bare teak.

    She does not come with a trailer. She has her original cradle up in New York if you care to go get it you can have it. It is the steel cradle that she came with from the factory.


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    Albin Vega, 1972, 27', St. Augustine, Florida sailboat

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    Albin Vega, 1972, 27', St. Augustine, Florida sailboat

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