48ft. VAGABOND CLASS BLUE-WATER CRUISING YACHT – built 1970 – Lying: Brittany


A 1970 VAGABOND CLASS BERMUDIAN SLOOP designed by Ryszard Langer and built by Szczecinska Stocznia Yachtowa, Poland

Boat Details

Overall Length: 48ft.
Waterline: 40ft.
Beam: 12ft. 6ins
Draught: 7ft 8ins
Displacement: 14 Tons
Engine: 55hp Volvo Diesel (2007)
Berths: Six Berths in Two Cabins
Sail: Masthead Sloop Rig
Designer: Ryzard Langer
Builder: Szczecinska Stocznia Yachtowa of Gdansk
Year Built: 1970
Location: France


VAGABOND’ELLE was built in 1970 and purchased by her current French owner for polar exploration in 1995 and is one of a succession of Vagabond yachts made famous through books, films, exhibitions and television programmes by their voyaging owners undertaking scientific research.

Built by Szczecinska Stocznia Yachtowa of Gdansk to a design by Ryszard Langer, Vagabond’elle has completed 1,000’s of nautical miles during the last fifteen years, the owners are now looking to down-size although the vessel was totally re-fitted in 1997 and up-graded in 2010 and 2011.

Ryszard Langer is a well respected naval architect, designer of over 200 sailing yachts and three tall ships.

Vagabond’elle is of cold moulded mahogany construction with composite frames, teak laid deck on marine ply sub-deck. Varnished mahogany superstructure.

Keel stepped aluminium mast with stainless steel standing rigging and lancelin running rigging (2009) Five Narwahl, Ocean and X-Voiles sails. Profurl main, jib and genoa reefing and Karver storm jib reefing. Total sail area 130 Sq. metres.

55hp Volvo D2-55 fitted new in 2007. Three-blade propeller. Two 220 litre and one 70 lire fuel tanks. Four Vetus batteries (2009) Fischer Panda 3.5 kva Generator (2005) 310 hours, serviced 20011. 230-volt shore power.

Accommodation for six in two cabins.
Main Saloon with two settee berths and two roote berths. Table for eight.
Twin Berth Master Cabin with armchair, bookcase, dressing table and wide working table.
Galley: Gimballed three-burner propane stove with oven and grill (2010) 12/240 volt fridge, 40-litre deep-freeze, 12 volt sixty litre an hour water maker, 220-volt bread maker, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, two 13kg gas cylinders on deck. Two 360 litre stainless steel freshwater tanks. Square stainless steel sink, pantry and crockery lockers and sets of drawers. Fire extinguisher.

Wheelhouse/ Cockpit. Built over the existing cockpit, the wheelshelter could be removed if required. Folding dinette/settee. Wheel steering, repeater instruments, heating, opening deck hatches port and starboard.
Heads Compartment. Lavac marine wc, shower h&c.


Navman 7200 VHF (2007)
Raytheon 300 GPS (2005)
Navman 660, C Map Reader
Raytheon $KW Radar (2007)
NKE Auto Pilot
Plastimo Compass
NKE Sounder
SSB Transceiver
Yaesu 430S + SSB Kenwood 100 All Bands Receiver
Many paper charts of Northern Regions
Goiot Windlass
Fortress 21 kg and Spade 18.5 kg anchors, 60 & 30 m chain.
Bathing ladder
100 metres rope on deck drum
Four life jackets
Plastimo 6 person life raft (last serviced 2009)
Plastimo 3.2 m tender, aluminium floor, paddles and bag, Suzuki 5hp OB Motor
EPIRB beacon
Eight fenders, warps
Two bilge pumps


A particularly special, world-famous exploration yacht and proven long-distance cruiser, ideal for extended passage making or living aboard. High specification throughout with protected helm and generous accommodation with quality mahogany joinery. Previously on sale through Classic Yacht Brokerage in 2012. Serious offers considered.

Guide: EUR 79,000

Lying: France