Vagabundo, a classic Motor Sailor with a ketch sail plan, was designed by Walton Hubbard Jr. Co. and Frederick C Brewer for Louis Cass. She was built by South Coast Boat Building Co. in Newport Beach, California. Louis Cass, an active boater, with his family took Vagabundo on many fishing trips to Catalina and Ensenada. During WWII, Vagabundo saw duty as a Coast Guard surveillance vessel and still wears her 7 chevrons proudly as authorized by the Secretary of the Navy. In 1968 Harold and Helen Ayres acquired Vagabundo from the Cass estate and immediately embarked on a complete renovation and modernization program. The latest in galley and electronic equipment were installed and she was restored to classic yacht condition. As a result during the 1969 opening day yacht inspection at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Vagabundo won first place for power boats more than 40 feet. Don Culver assumed stewardship in 1976 and brought Vagabundo up the coast to Seattle. In 1994, the current owners undertook a multi-year program of restoration and modernization, again restoring her to classic yacht condition. Now Vagabundo awaits her next caretakers.
Starting forward with the chain locker, which is easily accessed through a large access door. Next you will find a spacious V-berth with two bunks, additional storage shelves and hanging rods.
Moving aft, one step up and thru a door, you enter the master stateroom with ensuite head and shower. The stateroom has a full-size bed, bedside table, headboard, large under bed storage drawers and a wardrobe closet with drawers, as well as a second hanging locker. These accommodations are custom built to maximize comfort and space utilization. Ventilation and light are provided by two portholes forward and two portholes port and starboard.
You enter the master head thru a sliding door. The master head has a stand-up shower with a Grohe rainshower head and fixtures, Vacuflush head, Runtal towel warmers, medicine cabinet and a vintage sink. Heat is provided by cast iron radiators and in-floor heat.
Moving aft and starboard and up six steps you enter the wheelhouse. Along the way, you will pass the Miele washer and dryer behind sliding doors to starboard and to port is the access to the engine room. Adjacent to the engine room door is a hanging closet, with shelves.
The wheelhouse has 360-degree view and port and starboard Dutch doors to the side decks. The helm is on the centerline with a large chart table. On the port side is custom L-shaped leather settee and on the starboard a matching leather bench. For ventilation open the top or full Dutch doors or the two tilting windows aft or the hatch. Heat is provided by cast iron radiators, in-floor heat or the Godin fireplace.
Down three steps aft you will find the custom luxury galley on the port side with the Viking Range, Beverage Air Refrigerator, Trash Compactor, Fisher and Paykel Dishdrawer and 12 drawers for customized storage options. (see expanded description).
Immediately on the starboard side is the guest head with a sliding door, inside is a Vacuflush head, mirror and shelf, vintage sink and a large porthole. Just behind the head is a cabinet with storage drawers and the Ice maker.
Aft of the galley, the salon contains a custom leather settee, which converts to a double berth on port, and a table and chairs to starboard. For light and ventilation there are eight windows, two of which are hopper windows on either side of the aft salon cabin door, and a large overhead hatch in the galley, Heat is provided by cast iron radiators and in-floor heat.
Viking SS Range (propane)
Custom Range hood SS
Beverage Air SS 11CF refrigerator 120VAC
Uline Ice maker 120VAC
Fisher and Paykel Single Drawer dishwasher 120VAC with custom mahogany face
GE Monogram SS Trash Compactor SS 120VAC
Custom SS countertops and sink with Grohe Ladylux Café SS faucet
Custom cabinetry with 21 high-capacity drawers for storage and 3 custom upper sliding glass doors with 8 shelves
Electronics and Navigation
Seatron 32 NM Radar
Kelvin White-Constellation compass
ST40 Raymarine Depth-Knot meter
Garmin glow GPS receiver
ICOM IC-M56 VHF
Standard Horizon HX260S Handheld VHF
Paper chart Olympia to Possession Sound and Puget Sound to Vancouver
House: 12-12V Odyssey PC21505 AGM (July 2019) charged by Inverter Freedom 3000W with Heart Interface
Windlass Batteries: (32V system) 4-8V Interstate GC8 (April 2020) charged by 32V 40A Lewco and maintained by 4-8V 1.24A Battery Tender Junior
Cranking: 1-12V Group 27 (June 2022) charged by the Mase battery charger alternator and maintained by a ProMariner 5A charger
Oil: 25-gallon black iron tank with deck fill
Fuel: 1000 gallons carried in (4) 300-gallon black iron tanks with deck fill;(1) 10-gallon black iron day tank
Water: 200 gallons carried in (2) 100 stainless steel tanks
Blackwater: 40 gallons carried in Type III tank with deck clean out fitting
Propane: 5 gallons carried in (2) 2.5 steel tanks
Located below the wheelhouse, this is the heart of Vagabundo. Access is from the forward companionway through a Dutch door and down a step. A well-lit space with the Atlas at its center surrounded by a grated walkway for full engine access. Located outboard of the walkways are the fuel management system, fuel polishing system, fire suppression system, generator, boiler, air compressor, domestic hot water heater, inverter, AGM batteries and control panels for the AC and DC systems. As a bonus, full headroom is present at the work bench. The engine room is mechanically ventilated.
Atlas Imperial Model 6EH253 diesel engine (hours unknown)
Generator: Mase IS.7.6 with a Yanmar 3TNE74C-EMG (612 hours)
Transmission: Snow-Nabstedt Model: 3766-3 Ratio: 2:1
(3) Parker fuel filters / shifting forward/reverse is through a Wabco air clutch
The decks are teak over fir. The aft deck provides extensive comfortable seating, as well as storage lockers for equipment, and a chest refrigerator. The forward deck holds the windlass, ground tackle, dorade box and hatch into the forepeak. On the aft cabin top is a locker storing propane bottles. On the forward cabin top, a large storage locker backs against the front of the wheelhouse. Safe movement on deck is afforded on either port or starboard behind a combination of bulwarks, nickel plated bronze stanchions and stainless-steel cable.
Currently, the main and mizzen Sitka spruce masts and standing rigging are without sails.
Hull Material: Planking 8/4 Honduran Mahogany on bent oak frame
House Material: Mahogany
Lee Bennett 32V horizontal windlass with dual chain gypsies and wrapping drums
500 ft of 1/2 inch galvanized chain
Danforth 75# anchor
Spare Danforth and spare 150 ft 3-strand ¾” nylon rode
2-Type 1 PFD
2-Lifebuoy Type IV located midship P-S
3-2.5lb Dry chemical
1-50lb CO2 (fixed system in engine room)
1-Weems and Plath Day-Night Distress signal
1-Leslie Tyfon locomotive air horn
1-Super Blast marine air horn
1-8” Brass bell on forward deck
1-Auxiliary Rule 2000 12V bilge pump with Hi-Water alarm
2-Rule 2000 12V Rule three-wire electronic sensing bilge pumps
1-Jabsco 44GPM pump 1.5 HP 120VAC
1-Wood boarding ladder
2-SS boat poles
A combination of cast iron radiators (throughout) and in-floor (pex) heating in the main and aft cabin keep you warm in the coldest of winters. The hydronic system is heated by a G115-21 Buderus Boiler with a Riello 40F3 Burner. Wood stove in the main wheelhouse.
2-Dometic Vacuflush toilets
Type III Sanitation tank with deck fitting
Miele Washer and Dryer
Potable water by Dankoff Flowlight 12VDC low speed pump
Features / Recent Work
July 2022 – Painted exterior and interior of vessel EZPoxy
June 2022 – Installed new (one) group 27 Dyno; Mase starting battery
June 2022 – Painted below water with Trinidad bottom paint
June 2022 – Painted hull and boot stripe with EZPoxy
June 2022 – Replace plate zincs and the zinc to the rudder shoe
June 2022 – Painted Propspeed on the 5 bladed prop
February 2022 – Installed new air compressor lines and valves
February 2022 – Installed vintage air regulator for the air horn
January 2022 – Installed new Torrid Water Heater, PEX Fresh water lines and valves
2021-2022 – Renovated and modernized the Master Stateroom, Master Head and V-Berth
August 2021 – Installed new 40 gallon holding tank and sanitation lines
July 2021 – Installed new (2) Rule 2000 Automatic Bilge Pumps
April 2021 – Rebuilt the Miele Washer machine
January 2021 – Installed new fuel lines and fuel tank valves
January 2021 – Rebuilt Vacuflush pumps and installed a new vacuum canister
December 2020 – Installed new shower sump pump
December 2020 – Installed new fuel polishing system
November 2020 – Inspected fuel tanks
November 2022 – Cleaned and lined forward fuel tanks by West Coast Tank
October 2020 – Built and installed custom galley hatch
July 2020 – Installed new wash down pump and hoses
April 2020 – Installed (4) 8v GC8 Interstate batteries; 32v system
August 2019 – Built and installed new teak top on forward dorade box
August 2019 – Built and installed new hatch in wheelhouse
July 2019 – Installed new (12) 12v battery bank AGM and balanced system
July 2019 – Installed new lube oil Lines for dry sump
1-50Amp 220V shore power cord 50ft
2-30Amp 120V shore power cords 50ft
1 power pigtail 50AMP/220V to 30AMP/120V
2-50ft Lock lines
Assorted dock lines and fenders
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