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Thursday, December 6, 2012

s/v Wee Happy Needs Adopted!

S/v Raindrop has a new owner but s/v Wee Happy is still available and advertised on the Craig's List.  Any takers?  Don?  A great chance to get a boat that has been there done that and wanting to do more!

s/v Wee Happy and s/v Gemini Dreams at Bahia Honda

 s/v Wee Happy at Bush Key

 s/v Wee Happy taken from Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas

 s/v Wee Happy arriving the Marquesas Keys

 Sunrise Departure

s/v Wee Happy at Boot Key Harbor

Albin Vega Sail Boat - $7500 (St. Augustine FL)

Date: 2012-11-06, 1:51PM EST

This is not a project boat. She is upgradable, but is not a project. Ready to sail away.

12/6/12: Just had the boat hauled out today and put on the hard for an inspection and a bottom job. The Honda 8hp outboard has a new lower unit and oil change and water pump impeller and gaskets. It's running fabulously. The bottom looks good. Already scraped and pressure washed, and next sanding and then new hard ablative antifouling paint. Also now including color GPSmap551s Chart Plotter with Bahamas and East coast US charts and 2010 Raymarine tiller autopilot.

Due to the overwhelming interest in the boat and the extra work and money that I am putting into her before the sale, the asking price is now $7,500 or best offer. Will consider a trade for a car or minivan of similar value or a partial trade and balance in cash. Relaunch of the boat is included in the sale, and of course you can continue to keep her on the hard in the do it yourself work yard where she is now in St. Augustine FL for about $250 a month.

She is turn-key and ready to go to the Bahamas, complete with recent electronic charts, chartplotter, and autopilot now. I was going to keep those items, but now I'm including them in the sale, so she is absolutely turn-key. Just fly or drive here and take her across the gulf stream in the next weather window.

A complete suite of photos and video coming soon. Serious inquiries only please. I have too many people emailing me about this boat to be able to handle all the interest from people who want to low-ball me. She is a bluewater cruiser, extremely seaworthy, and ready to go. Excellent first boat or solo cruiser.

She has her original Volvo inboard diesel and combi prop still, but it hasn't been run in a year. I do turn it over regularly however. The motor should be fine and start without much work, but the combi and variprop need to be cleaned and greased up to free them up. I may do this in the next couple of weeks, in which case I will not include the honda outboard with the sale, and the asking price of the boat will go up again since she'd be offered with a bulletproof diesel and vaiable pitch prop! If you want to take her as she is right now and free up the combi and vari prop yourself, then you'll have a sweet $1,000 honda outboard to sell when you are done.

This is a northern boat. She was sailed over to America across the Atlantic from Sweden in 1972 and then lived on fresh water Lake Champlain 3 months a year for each year of her life. The other 9 months a year she was kept in a cradle on the hard, and it shows. We just brought her to Florida and the Bahamas, and she's been in the south for about 2 years. She is very dry and you rarely need to pump the bilge. The gelcoat is good for its age because she was a northern boat, but there are of course nicks and cracks and dings and such that could be filled and beautified. I just always focused on structural and functional improvements to the boat rather than cosmetic.

For example, in the last two years I replaced the sacrificial sunbrella strip on the roller furler, I installed a anchor roller and through deck hawse pipe. I upgraded the main anchor to a bruce, got good chain and an swivel. I addressed the weak points of the vega: the bow/forestay chainplate has been reinforced, the mast support beam reinforced with 1/4" stainless plate, and the lifelines upgraded to modern high strength dyneema line. I installed a dodger, autopilot and chartplotter and made new cockpit locker lids. Upgraded the head to a unit with a pump out and holding tank.

Delivery available to anywhere in the world on her own bottom at a cost of $300 a day plus expenses.

Now back to the old ad...


1972 Albin Vega

Good condition. Almost ready to sail away: Getting the motor fixed up this week, and then she'll be ready to go to the Bahamas or anywhere else you want to take her. She's in good sailing condition, and is a great value for the price. Priced to move. She's not a project boat, although of course she's upgradable. Will consider trade for a car or motorcycle of similar value.

Good sails (150 genoa & main)
Roller furling jib
Good dodger
Good rigging
Stern grill (propane)
Good VHF & masthead antenna
all recent LED lights in cabin
LED running lights
Roller furler, mainsail cover, dodger, and grill cover are all dutch blue sunbrella.
Recent bow anchor roller & claw anchor & through deck hawse pipe
Recent sacrificial sunbrella strip on roller furled genoa
Recent cockpit locker lids
Recent bilge pump
Recent compass
Recent running rigging
Recent galley stove (two burner alcohol)
Recent head (with 5 gal holding tank)
Recent salon upholstery
Recent deep cycle battery and 40w solar panel mounted on cabin top
2003 Honda 8hp BF8D outboard on stern bracket w/battery charger and electric start. runs great
Volvo MD6A diesel inboard w/ combi prop hasn't been run in a year. I turn it over every month or two though.

 You can't get to here without a boat!  The Ferry stops 2.5 miles too soon!

A day at Loggerhead Key s/v Wee Happy

Untouched sunset photo Boot Key Harbor
s/v Wee Happy is a couple boats behind the camera

And some shots from the blog of the s/v Wee Happy

Allens Cay Bahamas

A rainbow on the ICW

Anchored in the Saugerties, NY

Okay Kristopher I sold the dream now you sell the boat! lol

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