1975 Vagabond 47' (14.33 m) 47
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
Refit Year: 2016 Perfect Love
Complete Refit! Everything was replaced/rebuilt between 2009 and 2017, only the actual fiberglass hull and deck are original (1975).
- Cruisers / Center Cockpit
- Fiberglass Hull
- HIN/IMO: BYY471490175
|Schaffer Boom Furlers|
|Three AC Units|
|Notable Upgrades: Perfect Love underwent a full refit between 2009 and 2017. She is in excellent condition!|
|Tenders: ZAR 11' 5" aluminum hull RIB with a 15 HP Suzuki outboard|
Complete Refit! Everything was replaced/rebuilt between 2009 and 2017, only the actual fiberglass hull and deck are original.
The Vagabond 47 was designed by William Garden as a long keel offshore cruiser and was built of heavy hand laid fiberglass as fashionable in the 70's. Perfect Love was built by Blue Water Yacht Builders Limited of Taiwan in 1975.
The current owners purchased the vessel as a derelict in 2008 and transported her to Cincinnati, Ohio where she was stored on the hard. She was completely stripped and rebuilt, the only original components being the fiberglass hull and deck shell. The hull and deck underwent fiberglass repairs where needed and were reinforced at high-stress locations such as chain plates and thru/hull locations.
The entire hull and deck topsides were taken down to bare glass. After a new, heavy layer of gel coat was applied, she was primed and painted with a 2 part epoxy paint system (Interlux Perfection). After being peeled, the hull below the waterline was re-coated with 5 layers of epoxy resin, five coats of barrier paint and three coats of ablative bottom paint. A new rudder was built.
The new ash and teak interior was professionally built, far exceeding, both in appearance and quality, the original as-new interior. New bulkheads, chain plates, engine mounts and mast compression posts were manufactured and installed. All deck and hull attachments are re-enforced with heavy, stainless steel backing plates.
The engine, shafting, prop and generator are all new and have been professionally installed. The fuel tanks are new and built of heavy aluminum, the new potable water tanks are built of food-grade stainless steel. The new AC and DC electrical systems and the fuel and water plumbing systems were professionally installed.
There is no wood on the exterior of the yacht, all wood-like material is synthetic, UV-resistant PVC-based product requiring little-to-no maintenance.
She has aluminum masts, Schaefer roller-furling booms, stainless steel standing rigging and running rigging. The sails (main, mizzen, staysail, genoa and code zero) were manufactured by Mack Sails of Stuart, Florida.
A full complement of Raymarine electronics, including hydraulic auto-pilot, have been installed. Mast-mounted cellular and WI-FI antennas provide internet connectivity to the onboard wireless Local Area Network.
s/v Perfect Love was featured in the March/April 2018 edition of Good Old Boat Magazine (page 30).
All equipment and systems are fully documented including complete wiring diagrams (every wire is labeled) and plumbing diagrams (fuel and water).
Official Number: 573694
LOA: 46' 7'' (14.20 Meters)
Type: Sail- Used
Refit Year: 2016
Beam: 13' 5''
Draft Max: 5' 10''
Single Berths: 2
Double Berths: 2
Fuel Type: Diesel
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Air Conditioning: Yes
Bridge Clearance: 63' 5''
Bow Thruster: Yes
Fuel Tank: 290 Gallons (1097.77 Liters)
Fresh Water: 250 Gallons (946.35 Liters)
Ballast Weight: 12000 lbs
Designer: William Garden
Builder: Blue Water Yacht Builders Limited
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- Engine Make: Beta Marine
- Engine Model: B-105
- Engine Type: Inboard
- Drive Type: Direct
- Power HP: 105.00
- Fuel Type: Diesel
- Hours: 980.00
- Hours Date: 07-16-2022
- Generator Make: Kuboto single cylinder diesel
- Generator Model: Size: 3.5Kw-220E
- Generator KW: 3.50
- Generator Hours: 70.00
- Generator Date Hours Recorded: 07/16/2022
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The interior of Perfect Love is beautiful. It features high quality, hand crafted joinery built of ash and teak. There are two cabins, two heads, a spacious salon, L-shaped galley and a proper navigation station.
The forward cabin has a double v-berth, with a large overhead hatch, cabinets outboard, two hanging lockers, a sink, vanity and toilet that is hidden in a cabinet. There is a built in dresser to starboard and storage in the head area.
Aft of the forward cabin is the spacious main salon. There is a U-shaped settee to port with a rotating coffee/dining table, and a settee to starboard with a movable bench. A flat screen TV is mounted on the port bulkhead. There are cabinets above each settee and storage below the settees. Eight opening stainless steel ports and a large overhead had provide plenty of natural light.
The navigation station is aft of the salon on the port side of the companionway stairs. There is a bench seat and opening nav desk. The electrical distribution panels are mounted outboard.
The primary head is aft of the navigation station. It is smartly designed with a dedicated shower area, toilet compartment and sink with vanity.
The galley is on the aft of the salon on the starboard side. There is a top loading freezer, top loading refrigerator, stainless steel sink, 4-burner stove with oven, a full height pantry with pullout shelfs, and plenty of counter and storage space.
- Alpes 4-burner stove and oven
- Refrigeration: Technautics CoolBlue
- Freezer: Technautics CoolBlue
Aft of the galley is the master cabin. It features a large berth, dramatic transom windows, generous storage.
- Headroom: 6’3” in main salon
- Other Berths: 2 single (main salon port and starboard couches)
- Heads: 2, porcelain, electric, fresh water flush
- Cabin Sole Material: ash framing with .75” marine plywood inserts with teak-like vinyl surfaces
- Lighting: LED (12v) lighting throughout
- The engine, generator and water maker are all easily accessible.
- Synthetic decking by PlasDeck out of Akron, Ohio (2016)
- Aluminum bowsprit, windlass base and anchor rollers (2016)
- Winches (2016)
- Cleats (2016)
- Dorade cowlings (2016)
- Dodger: hard, fiberglass, mounted on heavy stainless steel tubing frame
- Bimini: heavy Sunbrella, black, covering entire cockpit, Isinglass clear window material enclosing entire cockpit (2017)
- Cushions: cushions for entire cockpit seating area, grey, waterproof
- Black Sunbrella sail covers for main and mizzen (boom roller furling)
- Stainless steel bow pulpit and stern push pit (2017)
- Stainless steel davits (2017)
- Lifelines (2017)
- Windlass: Lofrens Falcon (foot pedal controls mounted in deck next to bowsprit)
- Durades: 5, stainless steel, red inside
- Stainless steel dinghy davits
- Wheel: wood, original, refinished
- Coast Guard Gear: standard safety equipment
- Dingy: ZAR 11' 5" aluminum hull RIB
- 15 HP Suzuki outboard for dinghy
- Permanent stainless steel stern ladder, removable port and starboard rope ladders
Sails and Rigging
- Cutter rigged, ketch
- Genoa tracks and cars (2016)
- Aluminum Main Mast (2016)
- Aluminum Mizzen Mast (2016)
- LED deck lights installed on main and mizzen spreaders (2016)
- Main sail
- Mizzen sail
- Furling Staysail
- Furling 110% Genoa
- Code-O (red)
- Schaffer boom furling system on the Mizzen and Main
- Knot: Raymarine I-70
- Wind: Raymarine I-70
- Depth: Raymarine I-70
- Repeaters: I-70
- Chart Plotter: Raymarine Es98 (9 inch)
- GPS: Raymarine
- Radar: Raymarine HD color
- VHF: Raymarine Ray60
- Auto Pilot: Raymarine P70, EV1, ACU, Koblet model 7201 drive unit
- Compass: Ritchie Globemaster, binnacle (Edson) mount
- Raymarine AIS650 transceiver and AIS350 receiver
- Cockpit Speakers: Bose wi-fi (portable)
- Interior Speakers: Bose wi-fi (portable)
- TV (s): Large LG flat-screen in main salon, small LG flat-scree at navigation station
- Beta Marine 105 HP diesel engine, (B-105 HE) with 980 hours. Serial #: K24316
- Oil Change System: manual
- Fuel Water Separators: Dual Racor
- Packing Gland Type: dripless
- Generator: Kuboto single cylinder diesel Size: 3.5Kw-220E Hours: 70
- The refrigerator and freezer (2016)
- Engine: Beta Marine B90 (2016)
- The refrigerator and freezer (2016)
- Hydraulic steering (2016)
- Bow Thruster
- 15 HP Outboard (2017)
- Bow Thruster: Vetus Falkon (joy stick control mounted on binnacle in cockpit)
- Air Conditioning: (3) Dometic 16,000 BTU Reverse Cycle Heat Pumps
- Water maker (2016)
- Saniflow Sanimarin model 35 up-flush toilet (forward head - 2016)
- Saniflow Sanimarin model 31c (aft head - 2016)
- Water Heater: 10 gallon
- Bilge Pump: 3 Electric: 2 Manual: 1
- Sea Water Pump: deck wash pump forward near bowsprit
- Galley: fresh water pump
- AC and DC distribution panels
- (6) 6 volt AGM batteries yielding 1200 amp hours (2019)
- Inverter: Xantrex Size: 4000 watts
- Battery Charger: Xantrex TruCharge 2,
- 60 amp Balmar digital duo-chargers
- Generator: Kuboto single cylinder diesel 3.5Kw-220E with 70 hours
- Perfect Love's LOA including the davits and bow sprit is approximately 61'
- Deck Layout: midship cockpit, low profile with high coamings
- Hull Type: full keel, moderately cutaway fore-foot, well protected rudder and prop
- Hull Material: one piece heavy molded polyester fiberglass, .5” thick at deck, .75” thick at waterline, 1.125” thick at keel
- Hull Color (paint or gel): platinum, Interlux Perfection paint
- Bottom Paint: black, Sea Hawk ablative (new as of May, 2022)
- Resins (polyester, vinylester, epoxy): polyester
- Deck Material: one piece, fully molded F.R.P. with 8” bulwarks forward of poop deck. PlasDeck synthetic teak surfaces, Wilkes solid PVC synthetic rub rails and cap rails
- Steering: Kobelt hydraulic steering
- Rudder Type: full-keel, unbalanced, attached to the aft edge of the keel,
Perfect Love History
The Vagabond 47 ketch is a world renowned, classic, blue-water cruiser designed by the famous Canadian naval architect William Garden.
Her form captures the spirit of a time when sailing ships represented the height of technology and her function embodies the strength, safety and comfort of a serious ocean-going yacht.
Hull number 148 was laid up in the Tiawanese yard of Blue Water Yachts, LLC in 1975 for an Austrian gentleman. She was christened Incorrigible and claimed Lucerne, Austria as her home port. The owner sailed Incorrigible across the Atlantic three times.
She was eventually bought by a Georgia businessman who renamed her Mechaya and sailed her for a few years in the Caribbean Islands. She sat on the hard at English Harbor in Antigua for five years after his death until his son began to sail her again. The son abused her terribly and left her to rot at dockside while he smoked weed and burned through his father's hard-earned fortune. She was basically abandoned at Tierra Verde Marina in St. Petersburg, Florida, where I discovered her.
After negotiating for almost three months with the widow of the owner we finally reached an agreement. On August 8, 2008, I met her son at Tierra Verde, wrote him a small check and took ownership of Mechaya.
I brought her back to Cincinnati where I began a massive restoration project. She has been taken down to a bare fiberglass hull and deck and totally rebuilt, inside and out.
She has been re-christened Perfect Love and was launched in 2016.
To view the blog that details the restoration, visit: https://perfectlovev47.wixsite.com/perfectlove/about-the-boat
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