Chancelot: 1982 Vagabond 42

vagabond_ketch_sailingChancelot is a 1982 Vagabond 42 center cockpit ketch. She has a lot of what we were looking for in our next boat, and a lot that we didn’t know we wanted. She has nice wide catwalks that make going forward to raise the sails a breeze. She has so much deck space for people to spread out on – in fact we even managed to comfortably squeeze 11 people aboard! There is a nice aft deck and big enough cockpit seats that both Jason and I can stretch out on for a nap.

Fun day out with 11 people aboard. Photo by Elizabeth Griffin.
Fun day out with 11 people aboard. Photo by Elizabeth Griffin.

Inside, she is just as good. With a 6’3″ clearance throughout the whole boat, Jason no longer has to walk through the boat hunched over. Vagabond 42’s are a double walk-through layout meaning that there are 2 hallways to get from the aft cabin to the salon. This layout is so much more convenient than we ever imagined. On the starboard side is a cabin with an XL twin-size bed that can pull out to a full-size bed. There is a ton of storage in this cabin. On the port side is the galley which sports a TON of storage, 3 burner stove/oven, single deep sink and a front and top-loading fridge/freezer. I love having the security of counters on both sides of me if I am doing anything in the galley underway. Walking aft from the galley you walk through the aft shower and aft head into the aft cabin. One of our favorite things about the Vagabond 42 is her aft cabin. It sports a bigger than queen size bed and ample storage space. But, our absolute favorite feature is the transom windows. It is so magical to stare out them as you’re laying in bed.

Forward of the companionway stairs you have the main salon which includes a navigation table and swivel chair, a round table and settee, a starboard side couch and shit ton of storage. Seriously. The storage on this boat is one of the main reasons we bought her! Forward of the salon you have the forward head with a shower and the forward berth. The Vagabond 42 doesn’t have a traditional v-berth, but traditionally has two bunks. The bottom bunk proved to be quite useless (even a 5-year-old told us it was too small), so we converted it to more storage cubbies and drawers which has been much more useful.

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Vagabond 42 Specs:

Chancelot was designed by George H Stadel III and built by Bluewater Yachts in Taiwan in 1982.

Hull type: Fin with skeg rudder
Rig type: Staysail Ketch
LOA: 42′
LWL: 34′
Beam: 12.83′
Draft: 5.5′
Ballast: 12,000 lbs
Engine: Yanmar 75 HP
Water: 150 gallons
Diesel: 50 gallons (originally 110 gallons)