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. 

 

 Our Boat

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 found her.

       Vagabond 47 Specifications:

  • Length:                        46ft 7in / 14.20m

  • Beam:                          13ft 5in / 4.10m

  • Draft:                           5ft 6in / 1.68m

  • LWL:                             36ft 0in / 11.0m

  • Displacement:            40,000lbs / 18,180kg

  • Ballast:                         12,000lbs / 5,450kg

  • Water Capacity:          250gal / 1,136lts

  • Fuel Capacity:             290gal / 1,318lts 

Interior mid-construction

Interior mid-construction

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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 is now our home.

To view the blog that details the restoration click on the link ...........