Chancelot is for Sale – 1982 Vagabond 42

1982 vagabond 42 for sale

The time has come for us to put Chancelot, our 1982 Vagabond 42 sailboat, up for sale. We have absolutely loved living and sailing aboard her, but our family needs a little more space. With a growing toddler, two dogs and two work-from-home adults, the last year has has shown how nice it would be to spread out a little more. If we were able to go cruising, and not be tied to the dock for work obligations (and all the gear that requires) our 1982 Vagabond 42 would be the perfect boat for that.

The Vagabond 42 is an extremely solid boat, with a hand laid fiberglass hull that is at least an inch thick throughout. She is a comfortable cruiser with a large center cockpit and ample deck space. With a 5’6″ draft she is a great boat to sail to the Bahamas and beyond. We’ve outfit her to comfortably sail in the cooler climates as well with a diesel heater that runs at anchor with minimal amperage draw.

Please click through all the hyperlinks for photos of noted upgrades or more information.

1982 Vagabond 42 Specs

  • Designed by George H Stadel III and built by Bluewater Yachts in Taiwan in 1982.
  • Hull type: Fin keel 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 (3 separate tanks)
  • Diesel: 50 gallons
  • Docked at Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, NJ.
  • NJ and USCG registered

Some of the Reasons we Love the Vagabond 42 Sailboat

  • The Vagabond 42 is a very LARGE 42 foot sailboat. There is so much space with this design
  • There is so much storage aboard, in fact, that is one of the main reasons we decided to buy her initially! 5 ½ years aboard and we don’t even use all the storage lockers
  • There are 3 separate sleeping cabins – not typically found on 42 ft sized vessels
  • An open salon layout compared to many salons that have the centerline table
  • The double walk-through design offers so much convenience. It was something we didn’t know we needed, but don’t think we can ever live without!
  • Larger than queen aft cabin that is safe and secure during passages
  • The engine access is amazing. It was great when we bought her (one of the major benefits of a double walk-through layout), but we’ve added even more access so every part of the engine is easily accessible. 
    • Easy engine access encourages great engine maintenance. This engine runs amazing and is incredibly reliable. 
  • Wide catwalks with gunnels make going forward under sail safe and easy. 
  • A roomy deck is great for enjoying life at anchor – both at the bow and the aft deck
  • A comfortable cockpit with ample seating
  • Dry cockpit in heavy weather
  • Solid fiberglass hull with no coring

1982 Vagabond 42 Upgrades

Sails & Rigging

  • New rigging – Summer 2019
    • Sta-lok mechanical lower fittings (swage uppers)
    • Mix of new and new-ish turnbuckles (all chrome bronze)
    • New fork fittings
  • Profurl jib and staysail furlers – Summer 2019
  • Replaced mizzen boom (boom raised, and lengthened to maintain sail area)
    • Boom was staysail boom. New boom end fittings and mounting
  • Mizzen sail (full batten) and stack pack – Summer 2020
  • Staysail w/ sacrificial cover- August 2020
  • Sacrificial cover added to jib – Spring 2020 (Jib was new 2015)
  • Stackpack for Main (Spring 2019) (Main was new 2015)
    • Note, stackpack has our name on it, but we can remove the letters
  • Garhauer jib tracks and cars – Summer 2020
  • Masts – Summer 2019
    • Main painted & rewired 
    • New Garhaur masthead sheeves
    • New VHF antenna, anemometer, spare 16/2 for expansion
    • New led spreader lights, masthead LED tri-light, steaming light
    • Main has 2x rebuilt ST winches and new Antal line clutches
      • Note, mast is not run back to cockpit (our preference)
    • Mast steps at bottom at top of mast
    • Mizzen painted and rewired
    • Mizzen has spare VHF and 16/2 for additional AIS or expansion
    • Mizzen has led spreader lights
  • Running rigging is all relatively new as of 2018/2019
A photo of the boat just after we bought her, before all her upgrades. Photo by Elizabeth Griffin.

Deck, Cockpit, Etc.


Engine & Engine Room

  • Yanmar 4JH4-TE 75HP Turbo (about 675 hours —new 2014 install) with amazing access on all sides
  • New Balmar AT120 Alternator (2020)
  • New Balmar Serpetine belt pulley system (2020)
  • New Balmar ARS-5 Alt Regulator (2020)
  • New Propshaft (2019)
  • New Cutlass bearing (2019)
  • 2X Racor Filters with Customer fuel polishing manifold
  • New Butyl vibration and sound proofing throughout

Heating & Cooling:

  • 16,000 BTU Webasto reverse cycle – 2017
  • Planar 44D diesel forced air heater – 2018
  • Ducting has vents in the salon, pass through berth and aft cabin. This has been sufficient to heat/cool the entire boat without issue.


  • Auto-regulating fresh water circulating pump (2020)
  • 2000gph Bilge pump (2019)


  • 2x New Smartplug Shorepower (30amp)
  • New master breakers
  • 110 system completely rewired – 2019
    • Shielded wire throughout
    • All marine wire
  • New 110 outlets
  • 12v system rewired
    • All Marine wire
  • New Panel built on nav station with interior, exterior, VHF, monitor controls, etc.
  • New battery switches, selector, ACR, etc
  • New Promariner Pronautic 1260p battery charger – 2019
  • New solar mppt smart charger – 2020
  • New 4d Starter battery (also powers windlass) – Summer 2020
  • New L16 *2x 6V) batteries (430 AH) 2019
  • New LED cabin lights installed throughout



  • New Isotherm #2013 fridge and freezer units (one unit for each) – 2019
  • Custom pullout drawer for easy access – 2017
  • Aquasana 2-stage under sink drinking water filter –  New December 2019
  • Hillerange 3-burner stove
  • 2 15-lb propane tanks 2015 (stored in aft deck locker) – Note this isn’t separate
  • Propane regulator pigtail – New December 2020


  • 3 new stainless water tanks – custom made (2018)
  • New 6-gallon hot water heater – 2020
  • 50 gallon diesel tank (aluminum) 2015
    • Old tanks removed, new diesel tank centerline and secured with glassed in tabs and vertical supports. Room for new tanks on either side or storage (which was our plan)
    • Tank sits on G10 board on top of old centerline glassed in wire/tube chase with to allow winter condensation to flow under and into engine room bilge VS. pooling around tank

Aft Head

  • New holding tank – never used
  • New pex plumbing for sink and shower
  • No toilet in aft head

Fwd Head

  • Jabsco quiet flush electric head – New 2020 (+spare macerator pump)
  • New 10gal  holding tank – never used
  • All hoses replaced Summer 2020


  • Removed and glassed excess seacocks 
  • New seacocks – engine room X3 (seachchest for engine + reverse cycle
    • New secocks in FWD head (rebuilt 2, 2 new)
    • Aft head seacocks all rebuilt serviced – new seacock for raw water head
  • Rebuilt rudder shaft log from machine shop +  rebedded with exposed bolts (previously buried in glass)
  • New foam cushions fwd bunk, salon – Summer 2020
  • New foam cushion – passthrough berth – Summer 2019
  • Hull stripe/Cove stripe painted navy – Summer 2020
  • Salon has an accent wallpaper wall. This is removable wallpaper and if you don’t like it can easily be peeled off. There is a fiberglass wall underneath. This is an old light in the photo, so that is not there anymore. 
  • Cubbies and closets are lined with hypervent or dridek 

The Project List and Idiosyncrasies

The Deck

  • 75% of the deck has been re-cored and glassed with bi-axial and West Systems epoxy. The only thing not re-cored was the foredeck fwd of the doghouse (which seemed ok)
    • The plan was lay new teak decks around the entire boat this winter. There are dozens of 8/4 teak boards sitting in my woodshop. (We can discuss including these with the sale if desired)
  • RIGHT NOW: the deck is glassed over and barrier coated with UV-additive for protection. We sailed this way to and from Maine last summer. 
  • All stanchion bases were elevated on 1/2” fiberglass pads (to align with the new teak decks but also to minimize leak potential
  • All hardware installed with butyl tape
  • All teak was professionally done with 10 coats of Awl Wood summer 2020. 
    • It is the new owner’s call on whether you want new teak installed or paint/non-skid deck. Teak on the foredeck needs to be removed no matter what.

Interior Floors

  • We had to completely cut the salon floors out to remove the old fuel and water tanks. The previous owner had cut out the pass-through floors when he re-powered the motor. And winter condensation has been hard on them. All in – she needs a new sole. Both new teak and teak and holly plywood were ordered for this project. The teak is not the same old-growth Burmese stuff bought for the deck. This is sustainable teak from Honduras – lighter, less oil continent, and less dense (lighter weight). In the end – because we lived on her, we could never get around to tearing up the floors. Sooooo… she has ¾” BC plywood floors in the salon, and her original (though weathered) teak and holly elsewhere. If you want the materials I have – they’re yours with sale
  • Because we liveaboard in the winter—and have a toddler prone to falling—we have grey foam tiles throughout and LOVE them. It may have also contributed to the delay in installing new floors. Out of sight, out of mind. We have cruised with her this way for over 2 years – from the Chesapeake to Maine. The foam tiles are great insulation if you do any cold weather sailing.
  • The salon has a completely new substructure to support the floors. It was installed with the new tanks (old system had a wood grid sitting ON the tanks)
  • Long story short – you’ll likely want to redo the floors

The V Berth/Forward Berth

  • This originally had bunk beds to starboard. The lower bunk was useless and became a landing pad for junk storage, laundry, and things you’d forget about until next year. We ripped out the lower bunk and built-in new custom teak cabinets and drawers for usable storage. This is great for tools, clothing, laundry, etc. The teak isn’t varnished yet, but is otherwise it’s complete.

The Galley

  • Counters
    • The countertops in the Galley are structurally in good shape. It’s the white fiberglass stuff. 
    • The counter-tops on the fridge darned-near cause us to jumps ship. The white fiberglass was peeling up when we bought her and the PO simply painted it white. 
    • We intended to install new Corian throughout, but it’s on the 2021 list that we haven’t gotten to yet. The fridge otherwise works really well, but cosmetically, the countertops are not the prettiest. You can see some pics of them here.  

Access to engine room

  • Two new access panels to the engine room were created—one behind the companionway stairs (with fuel manifold on it) and the other in the galley next to the two originals. 
  • Without this, addressing the alternator tension, accessing seacocks, etc. was difficult but, now, is a breeze. 

Aft Head

  • We removed the old toilet when we first bought her and just never added a new one in. So now it hosts our Sailrite sewing machine with a cushion we use as a seat for our makeshift vanity. (The sewing machine is NOT included in the sale of the boat.)
  • There IS a NEW 25-gallon holding tank installed under the master berth and the seacocks are ready to go, we just never got around to installing a head there. 
  • There is a dedicated shower space in the aft head with a door forward and a curtain aft, but it is tight. 

The Walkthrough Berth

  • There is no door between salon and berth. We bought her that way and never felt the need to reinstall. There is one between the berth and the aft cabin. 
  • The berth is currently my daughter’s room and there is a full-length/height zippered lee cloth. There is a small divider to make the space slightly smaller and more comfortable for your smallest sailors if desired. This easily zips on/off. The main zipper has a latch so that it cannot be opened from the inside
  • The generator USED TO live below the berth. PO had removed it. We now use that room for the diesel heater, reverse cycle AC/heat, and House battery bank.
  • Note on generator, we use a Honda 2000 whenever solar cant keep up (which is rare) and we can include in sale as well.


  • The original table was removed when we ripped up the floors. We always thought it way too big for the space, so there is a smaller table built on a pedestal that can be included with sale. Never installed (was waiting for new floors). 
  • Bottom step (really big box) used to be a battery box. It is now open storage
  • 6-gallon water heater is under port-side settee in same compartment as refrigerator unit. Small computer box fans were installed to circulate air between the lockers (originally water heater was only 4-gallon in the engine room). 
  • All the cushions were replaced – BUT only half of the fabric in the salon was redone, lol. We completed the starboard side with custom upholstery fabric in 2019 but never finished the port side. We have the fabric (which is beautiful) should you wish to complete. Port side is grey, starboard side is a teal. 


  • We intended to change the chainplates when we redid the rigging. Unfortunately we ran out of time before our cruise to Maine. We had a rigger come and inspect via thermal camera and dye our existing and he said we’re fine. All the screws were removed and checked. 
  • That said, we did have new custom 5/8” bronze chainplates made of the main rig. The are intended to be installed outside the hull (vs. inside and through caprail) and use the existing plates as backing plates. This would prevent the need to remove all the cabinets. 1” bungs would be used in this case to cover the bolts and replaced nuts behind cabinets. 


  • Previous owner had the hull peeled, with new layers of matt added, then barrier coated. I had the barrier coat re-applied in 2016 when we first did her bottom. She last had a bottom job in 2019. She got 2 coats of hard and 2 coats of ablative

General Wear and Mid-Construction Notes

The long of the short is, 85% of the boat has been completely replaced and we’ve cruised here every season comfortably. BUT she isn’t “finished.” (are they ever, really?) There are some mid-project panels removed behind cabinets here and there (from installing new tracks and stanchions, or running new plumbing, for example). There are some small nicks and dings taken out of the companionway when we squeezed the old tanks out. The winters are hard on her but have gotten better with the diesel heater and dehumidifier. Most of the interior still looks beautiful, and the few flaws are hidden behind cabinet doors.


Our 1982 Vagabond 42 sailboat is being sold as is, where is for $75,000.

Contact Information

Please reach out for any questions or more information on our Vagabond 42 for sale.
Kelley Sinclair: or 347.453.6857
Jason Sinclair: or 718.913.7786

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