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1983 Vagabond 52 STAYSAIL SCHOONER

Portsmouth, Rhode Island


 "JACK TAR" a beautiful Vagabond 52 Staysail Schooner that represents an exceptional value on the liveaboard/world cruiser market. 

 Live aboard in comfort and traditional style. Voyage with exceptional range, stability and ease of motion. Or cruise coastally with plenty of room for guests and entertaining. Or all 3. Jack Tar’s previous owner sailed her to Europe and the Med, then back across to cruise the Carib. As current owner, we bought her after losing our Formosa 51 ketch to Hurricane Irma to continue our 32 yr liveaboard life in a vessel with important DNA connections to our previous boat. She’s heavy (30 tons), steady and sea-kindly when others are bobbing and lurching like corks in a tub. She’s a schooner – one of the highest rated performing designs in seagoing history - versatile, commodious, weatherly, and less inclined to tack radically at anchor than non-schooners. She’s traditional – in design and appearance – but with a number of feature updates like a split-level deck and a modified center cockpit placement leaving an afterdeck for yoga, and with a cockpit enclosure providing dry sailing even in a squall. We have replaced a number of necessities with new for confidence. The pictures say a lot, but they don’t express your own physical relationship to the spaces and configurations… the “feel” of her, on deck and below. A live onboard review will do that, and you will find she is in sailaway condition – everything required to reach your home port or beyond, under motor and/or sail, is in fine working order (see “What We Would Do” section for more detail). We are offering her for sale AGAINST OUR WISHES. WORSE… WE NEED TO SELL HER SOON. Our only satisfaction in doing so will rest in sensing that her next owner knows and understands what “Live the Dream” means.                                                                   

Basic Boat Info

Price: $140,000
Make: Vagabond
Year: 1983
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 52 ft
Length Overall: 52 ft
Waterline Length: 41 ft
Beam: 13'11 ft


Heads Count: 2
Boat Class: Schooner


George Friedlander
Text or Call Listing Broker 774-488-6768
BLM Yacht Sales Ltd.


BLM Yacht Sales / Fall River
52 Ferry St
Fall River, Massachusetts, US, 02721

**BLM Yacht Sales accepts trades and buy's select Boats**
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

  • 1 pc hand laid-up fiberglass hull with airex core for additional strength and insulation.
  •  Molded flange to receive the deck.
  •  Molded-in plank lines.
  •  Molded-in boot top.
  •  Internal cast-iron ballast.
  •  Fixed keel molded-in hull.
  • Bonded-in longitudinal stringers and tank bulkheads under cabin sole.
  •  Full length through-bolted teak rub rail capped with bronze striker.                   
  • Color: clipper white hull, brown awlgrip main and foremast both with white tops.


  •   1 pc hand laid-up fiberglass with airex core for additional strength and insulation below teak decks. Owner has sealed entire main deck and its teak with top of the line rubberized coating with built-in non-skid for total leakproofing. 
  • • Deck over deckhouse remains exposed teak in very good condition and without any observable leaks. Zero soft spots in decking anywhere.
  • • Molded-in bossings for all ports and hatches.
  • • Molded-in bossings for stainless steel plate that incorporates the two forward windlasses.
  • • Molded-in bossings for stanchion bases.
  • • Molded-in bossings for handrail on cabin top.
  • • Molded-in dorades.
  • • Molded-in mast collar bossings.
  • • 2 vented foredeck lockers. 
  • 1 aftdeck vented propane lazarette with 3 ten lb LPG bottles (2 new 2018) with room for 3 more.
  • • Goiot companionway hatch, master stateroom and forward-most hatches all lockable from inside and outside.
  • • Large centerline removable salon hatch with fore or aft opening option (no attaching/reattaching necessary).
  • • 2 pc level teak grating for entire cockpit floor.
  • • Teak cockpit combing around winches. • Teak cap-rail.
  • • Teak hand-rail on cabin top port and starboard.
  • • Teak cabin top.

 • Traditional bronze and copper Edson pedestal with engine controls and wooden wheel.Welded stainless steel double bow and stern pulpits.

• SS safety pulpit at base of foremast with teak belaying pin rails for line.

• 3 anchor rollers at bow pulpit. Thru-bolted SS fixture on stem at waterline with heavy duty line and SS rode attachment hardware for use at anchor.

• Laminated bowsprit.

• Teak bow pulpit grating.

• 2 hawse cleats forward.

• 2 hawse cleats midships.

• 3 bronze 12” cleats and chocks on aft deck.

• Stainless steel double life lines.

• 1 1/4″ stanchions.

• Double port and starboard lifeline gates.

• Twin Maxwell 2200 windlasses, vertical with chain and rope gypsies, each with foot switches, feeding dedicated chain storage in locker below.

• 3 anchors: 45 kg Delta on 300 ft chain, 75 lb CQR on 200 ft chain (both on deck), plus 40 lb collapsible Fortress anchor stored below.

• Beefy SS Samson post on centerline at bow.

• 22 bronze opening ports.

• 7 Goiot hatches for outstanding ventilation in salon, 3 staterooms and guest head. (With lockdown hardware spares).

• Five stainless steel cowl vents.

• Manual bilge pump.

• Foresail traveler.

• Staysail traveler.

• Main sheet traveler.

• Genoa tracks port and starboard with 2 adjustable cars each.

• Large SS davits on transom.

• Garhauer SS outboard lifting boom on starboard transom.

• SS folding boarding ladder on starboard transom.

• SS/teak custom fixed midship boarding/swim ladder to starboard with fixed SS swivel mechanism providing ease of deployment and secure onboard stowage (no attachment or detachment necessary).

Spars and Rigging

Staysail schooner rig by Hood Yacht Systems.

• Hood mainmast Stoway HS 1061 electric in-mast furling from cockpit with manual override at gooseneck.

• Genoa, staysail, foresail all roller furled safely and easily from enclosed cockpit (all Profurl).

• Hood main boom with fixed gooseneck.

• Hood foremast 1060.

• Stainless steel crow’s nest on foremast accessible from teak and rope ratlines on foremast lower shrouds.

• Hood staysail boom.

• Hood foresail boom.

• Standing rigging: stainless 3/8 cable with Norseman fittings (all new 2009).

• Internal rope halyards with dedicated rope clutches on both masts and in cockpit.

• 5 heavy-duty Dacron cruising sails - genoa, staysail, foresail, fisherman (halyard rigged) and main - sails totaling approximately 1,800 square feet PLUS asymmetrical spinnaker with mast-mounted pole.


Two Lewmar 55 self-tailing three-speed Genoa sheet winches.

• Two Lewmar 48 self-tailing two-speed Fisherman sheet winches.

• One Lewmar 40 self-tailing two-speed main sheet winch.

• One Lewmar 40 self-tailing two-speed main halyard winch with rope clutch.

• One Lewmar 40 self-tailing two-speed foresail halyard winch with rope clutch (also used for fisherman aft halyard).

• One Lewmar 40 self-tailing two-speed staysail halyard winch with rope clutch (also used for fisherman head halyard).

• One Lewmar 40 self-tailing two-speed genoa halyard winch with rope clutch.

• One Lewmar 46 self-tailing two-speed winch for outhauls, sheets, and furling lines with 7 rope clutches.

Electronics and Navigation

  Cape Horn wind vane.

• Hydrive hydraulic steering (emergency tiller and rudder post assembly for backup, PLUS rudder equipped port and starboard with hardware for line attachments for emergency manual steering).

• Raymarine autopilot at helm.

• Garmin chartplotter at helm.

• Furuno radar (new 2018) at helm.

• ICOM IC-M710 SSB with Pactor-3 modem using insulated back stay antenna.

• 3 VHFs (one mounted in navigation station plus 2 hand-held units).

• Mast-top wind indicator, Raymarine apparent wind anemometer at helm.

• Raymarine depth sounder at helm.

• Stereo system with salon and cockpit speakers.


Aft cabin master stateroom with queen-size berth and 2 bronze transom windows. Latched wall panel for aft access to engine and generator. Large cedar-lined hanging locker. Drawers and cabinets for storage. Plus large, deep area under berth for storage.

• Aft head with tub and shower. Removable latched shower panel for starboard (maintenance side) access to engine and generator.

• Going forward - navigation station to port with unique chart table engineered for large paper chart use, undertable storage and swing-out seat. Main electrical panel inboard faces chart table and swings out for easy access to wiring.

• Starboard of centerline is the walk in WORKROOM with bench and vise, storage, ice box, and latched total access to both engines from forward end. Lower cabinet to starboard also houses a Wallas D40 diesel heater highly touted for its safe flameless technology, wired, ducted and plumbed for use (needs new fuel pump).

• Custom-built galley to port with pantry, large top-loaded refrigerator, gimbaled 3- burner stove and oven, integrated stainless steel counter top with 3 large, deep sinks. Forward of sinks is large custom-built butcher-block countertop/table.

• Large salon with 9 ft settee and table starboard, built-in armchair to port, ample storage in various lockers and drawer units plus sizable storage beneath and behind all seating. Forward salon bulkhead with unique, optionally removable teak panels opens into forward guest staterooms port and starboard (again with optionally removable teak panels running fore and aft separating the 2 staterooms for privacy).

• Port stateroom with upper and lower bunks plus a large cedar lined locker. • Starboard stateroom with double bunk plus large built-in storage unit beneath and 3 sliding doors and small lockers beneath offering access to watermaker. Large cedar lined locker matches portside stateroom locker.

• Going forward - guest head and sink with separate doors from port and starboard staterooms. • Guest head forward bulkhead with wide double door access to deep sail/line/gear locker and very large chain locker to avoid fouling of various anchor chain assemblies. • Interior is teak throughout.

• Teak and holly floor panels for easy access to bilge, battery banks and tankage. Floor panels in master stateroom lift for convenient open access to shaft log and dripless packing gland.

• Fiberglass headliners throughout, easily removed/reinstalled without loss should need arise.


ACCOMMODATIONS: Jack Tar is a beautiful Vagabond 52 Staysail Schooner that represents an exceptional value on the liveaboard/world cruiser market. She has been superbly maintained by her current owner including major refurbishing in 1998 and 2008* and is now available for her next adventure. Designed in by W.I.B. "Bill" Crealock and the Farrington team, she boasts the traditional fine solid teak joinery found throughout in the Vagabond yachts, combined with the extra attention to function and ease of handling by a couple or the short handed sailor. "Marguerite" offers comfortable living and dining spaces along with the opportunity to sleep two in a queen aft stateroom with ensuite head and tub/shower. There is additional sleeping for up to 5 people in the forward cabin with its own head. The large saloon has plenty of room and a great galley to serve all.  Welcome Aboard.


Yanmar Marine Turbo Diesel engine, 145 hp rated, fresh-water cooled, 2 sets of gauges, start and stop switches in cockpit and navigation station. Current reading 4496 engine hours. 2019 professional oil test concludes “normal wear”. Approximately 1.75 gal/hr at 1600 rpm.

• 1 3/4″ stainless steel shaft and bronze propeller, dripless packing gland.

• ZF Hurth transmission.

• Vetus bow thruster with auto shut-off.

• 7.7 KW Westerbeke marine generator. Current reading 3828 engine hours. 2019 professional oil test concludes “normal wear”.

• Twin Maxwell 2200 anchor windlasses.

• Seafrost 8 cubic foot DC refrigerator in the galley.

• Two additional ice boxes (7 cubic foot in engine room and 2 cubic foot in salon).

• Hillerange 3-burner LPG gimbaled stove with oven, LPG control by Marinetics.

• Cruisair reverse air AC ducted for salon and master stateroom (needs a charge).

• Six-inch Ritchie compass. • Heavy duty 2 pc SS emergency tiller stored below.

• 2 permanent adjustable 2-speed DC fans – over master stateroom berth and on nav station bulkhead.


Plumbing Water
  • 4 SS water tanks, totaling approximately 350 gallons built into the hull.
  • • High quality Seagull fresh water filtration system with dedicated faucet in galley (new 2018).
  • • 6 gal fresh water heater under berth in master stateroom.
  • • Salt-water deck washdown.
  • • Fresh water deck washdown. Both systems with dedicated hoses.
  • • Aft tub shower with separate sump and pump (grey water goes overboard).
  • • Bilge has forward and aft sumps each with separate bilge pumps.
  • • 2 Groco manual marine heads hard to break, easy to fix (one rebuilt 2019). Forward head pumps directly overboard with lockable thru-hull for legality inside 3-mile line. Aft head with lockable Y valve for direct overboard pumping or to 40 gal holding tank with deck pump-out and macerator assisted overboard pumping offshore.
  • • 20 gallon/hour reverse-osmosis water maker from Quality Water Works. Includes operation and maintenance manual.
Plumbing Fuel

: • 3 mild steel tanks totaling approximately 400 gallons built into the hull (2 for storage plus one day tank with gauge in cockpit).

• Individual fuel gauges for each of the storage tanks at nav station electrical panel (need replacing).

• Fuel transfer and polishing system with valves to isolate targeted tank.

• DC fuel lift pump for quick, effortless fuel line bleeding (new 2018).


110 Volt AC is provided through shore connector, generator, or Xantrex 3012 inverter/charger (new 2018).

• 12 Volt house bank DC is provided through 3 Lifeline 8D gel mat batteries totaling over 2,700 amp hours (new 2019).

• 12 Volt starter bank lead acid battery (new 2019). Both house and starter banks charge simultaneously from any charge source automatically.

• Xantrex Freedom 30 inverter/charger backup system.

• High-output alternator with Balmar smart regulator.

• 200 watt solar power provided by two 100 watt solar panels wired to deckhouse deck (in use, but not mounted), 2 dedicated Victron charge controllers at base of foremast belowdecks with Victron Smart Battery Sense monitor and digital panel control for both (control manually at panel, or with Ipad or smart phone app anywhere on board). All the data, programmable flexibility and history of solar activity needed for optimum performance.

• Main electrical panel with fused switches in navigation station.AC outlets throughout belowdecks including USB charge connectability in master stateroom, salon and starboard guest stateroom (new 2018).

• 12 Volt DC cabin lights in ceiling and lockers (most are LED).

• Deck flood lights on both masts.

• LED navigation lights on bow and stern pulpits, tri-color mast/anchor light.

Accessories and Niceties

 6-person VIKING life raft mounted on deckhouse foredeck (certification expired this yr).

• ACR Global Fix ePIRB. • 12 ft Paratech sea anchor in self-deploy bag (250-foot line stored in foredeck mounted locker topside).

• Life sling and man-over-board pole.

• 10-foot fiberglass rowing dinghy.

4-person inflatable (never been used)

• Reliable 8 hp Yamaha 2 stroke outboard with 3 gal tank.

• Sunbrella dodger and bimini enclosure (needs attention) on stainless steel frames.

• 8 inflatable fenders.

• Several sets of docklines and assorted size multi-purpose lines.

• Ample tools and spares (understatement) • Complete, meticulous maintenance log from 2009 to present.

• Manuals for all -- engine, generator, electronics, heads, watermaker00 and various other devices that might challenge one’s mastery.

• 7 gals hi-copper hard finish bottom paint (2+ coats) ready to use.

• Numerous books on weather, medical care, boat handling, cruising grounds (including the Med and the Carib), rigging, knots, voyaging and general sailing information. • For theft deterrence the rowing dinghy and outboard are deliberately scruffy looking (but both perform reliably and safely, and can be cosmetically improved with ease).

• Starboard cockpit settee convertible to double berth for night watch use, hot night sleeping comfort, additional guest use, or watchfulness for possible nighttime trouble brewing. 5-second snap-in-place installation or removal.

• Swing-up teak dropleaf table at cockpit pedestal (refinished 2019).

• 2019/2020 winter dry storage and spring launch already paid.

What we would do.....

 We have done a lot for her during our too brief ownership, but forced to let her go, there are a few things left undone. Our plan included hose replacements on engine and generator, mainsail replacement due to bagging, rewiring and/or replacing some gauges, comprehensive review of bonding system (for confidence over doubts about why our zincs last so long compared to our previous vessel), enclosure refurbishment, updating nav electronics as needed (GPS is too old for comfort, others working fine so far. And new instruments can involve the need for pedestal mount reconfiguration – something I really wanted to do myself to accommodate the new radar).


**BLM Yacht Sales accepts trades and buy's select Boats**
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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