Video: 1913 sailing yacht Vagrant approaches launch after Huisfit refit

2019-04-02

Royal Huisman's refit facility Huisfit posted a video showing the complete reconstruction of the classic sailing yacht Vagrant.

Launched in 1913 by Herreshoff of Rhode Island, the 33 metre Vagrant is one of the oldest classic sailing yacht still on the water. She checked in to into the Dutch yard’s Vollenhove facility in July 2017 for a two year refit and is expected to hit the water again imminently.

The yard previously revealed that the owner intended to preserve Vagrant's appearance while re-engineering her with "the most advanced quality materials and board system for sensible, effortless and safe operation."

More than a year into the two year project, the yard revealed it had stripped back and sandblasted her 105-year-old steel hull, as well as removing a large amount of ancient steel plating.

The deckhouses have been fixed on top of the newly laid teak deck while the new main engines, board systems and generators have all been installed. The yacht's accommodation, including brand new crew quarters, has also been completed.

Vagrant is due for completion

The project has also involved input from Dykstra Naval Architects and Rondal, who undertook the re-rigging of her sail plan with yankee, staysail, main staysail and queen fisherman. Her masts were also replaced with modern in-mast furling aluminium replicas, also by Rondal.

Much of the existing classic luxury interior meanwhile has been repaired and restored by the shipyard's joinery team. Due to the scope of the project, the yard previously said that it considered the refit a completely new build.

Vagrant's new masts have been built by Rondal

In a statement the yard previously said: "Thanks to her owner’s vision and respect for her legacy, Vagrant will not become a piece of forgotten history but instead, will remain a living legend - sailing and enjoyed by many for decades to come."

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 81 metre flagship yacht Project RH400, which is due for completion in 2020.

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