Wooden ships comments on this Vega 38
Cheap boats are cheap for a reason, and this is no exception. We have inspected this fine yacht and found some issues with soft timber in the beam shelf and coachroof carlings, especially on the starboard side. As anyone with boat building knowledge will understand, this is not an easy job to remedy, and further investigation will be required to discover if the deck will need to be lifted in order to effect a repair, or if it can be done internally. This boat is going to need a significant amount of time or money put into her, but for the right person with the right skills she will be a very good deal.
The Vega 38 range of yachts were built in Poland and imported to UK by Tubornet Ltd of London SW20 from 1965. At the time the cost was under £7000 including a Mercedes engine which was cheaper than most comparable yachts and they found a good market here.
The Vega 38 was designed by R. Langer and K. Milkalski and these yachts were built by Szczerin Yacht Yard, Poland. This one launched in 1968.
The Vega 38 has classic lines with a full keel, cut-away fore-foot, rudder hung on a slightly raked stern post, an elongated spoon bow and a short elegant counter stern.
A coach-roof extends from forward of the mast to a raised dog-house aft. The fore hatch is on the fore end of the coach-roof.
Large self-draining cock-pit with Whitlock wheel steering. An emergency tiller can be fitted to the rudder stock head which penetrates the deck behind the cock-pit
Planked in 7/8” West African mahogany caulked and payed, all copper fastened to laminated oak frames at approx 3’ centres with one steamed oak intermediate timber.
Closer spaced laminated oak frames only in way of the mast.
Galvanised strap floors on all heavier laminated frames.
The underwater surface is Cascover sheathed to the water-line. Cascover sheathing is a woven nylon cloth glued to the bare wood surface with a resorcinol glue affording total worm protection, impact resistance and adding greatly to the strength of the hull.
6400lb iron ballast keel.
The hull is finished in white paint with the 4” deep toe rail in varnished mahogany.
Hull painted and varnished in current refit
New deck laid in 1995/96 in yacht-laid teak over a ply sub deck. Varnished cover-boards and king planks.
All new deck seams paying in current refit.
Coach-roof and dog-house in varnished mahogany coamings with teak over ply deck.
Rectangular aluminium framed windows.
Fore hatch on the fore end of the coach-roof leaving a clear fore deck.
Varnished mahogany sliding hatch and double doors over a bridge deck to the cabin entrance.
Pair of vents on Dorade boxes on the coach-roof deck. New bronze vents by Davey & Co
Masthead Bermudian sloop rig on keel-stepped varnished 1984 Douglass fir built box-section mast.
Stainless steel rigging with twin lowers, cap shrouds, twin standing back-stays to the counter, stemhead fore stay and inner fore-stay on over-centre, quick release lever.
All new stainless steel rigging in current refit.
Stainless steel internal chain plates.
1984 varnished, roller reefing boom sheets to aft of the cock-pit.
Staysail boom mounted on the Sampson post on the fore deck.
Roller furling gear on the fore stay. Roller furling gear rebuilt at a cost of £400
3 x Lewmar 30 self tail mast halyard winches and reefing winch
1 pair of Lewmar 40 self tail cock-pit sheet winches.
All 5 Lewmar self tail winches were fitted new in 1989
All new running rigging in current refit.
New varnished ash blocks from Davey & Co
Mainsail, working jib, No 1 and No 2 jibs and spinnaker all over 20 years old but very serviceable. Mainsail at least and possibly the furling jib believed to have been supplied new in 1990 by South West Sails, Falmouth but not guaranteed.
4-cyl Mercedes fresh water cooled diesel engine. Conventional shaft drive to centre-line 3-blade prop.
20 gall fuel tank under the cock-pit sole.
Engine rebuilt, refurbished cylinder head, all gaskets etc.
New 12v battery
Accommodation 5 berths
Fore cabin with V-berths + infill.
Standing head-room under the fore hatch.
Stbd off-set bulkhead door which opens to close off the stbd heads compartment.
Blake sea toilet, porcelain hand basin drains over board.
Lockers and wardrobe to stbd under the side deck.
Stbd off-set doorway in the bulkhead to the saloon cabin.
Port and stbd settee berths, drop leaf table between.
Half bulkheads aft to stbd chart table with the quarter berth behind.
Galley in the after port corner with Plastimo Neptune 2000 gimballed gas cooker, stainless steel sink drains overboard.
6’ head-room all through. The interior hull surface is varnished with varnished mahogany slats in way of the bunks. The original varnished mahogany joinery has been nicely restored.
New cushions covers fitted
New mahogany louvered cock-pit doors supplied but not yet fitted.
45 galls fresh water in 3 tinned copper tanks, two under the saloon cabin sole, one under the quarter berth with Par 12v water pressure pump to the galley sink and the heads hand basin.
Hand-held VHF radio
New bronze steaming light.
New 12v bilge pump.
Previous ownership since 1991 during which time she has cruised the Channel Islands, French coast and UK south coasts.
The deck was replaced in 1995/6
Laid up ashore for a further refit in 1998, sold by Wooden Ships in 2009 to the present owner and moved from Wales to Dorset to complete the refit.
The yacht is presented in clean and tidy condition, good paintwork, nice varnish and now needs rewiring and a few joinery jobs to complete before commissioning.
These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.