1913 sailing yacht Vagrant refit at Huisfit

Royal Huisman’s refit facility Huisfit has issued an update on the progress of the mammoth two-year refit on 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.

The yard said 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 has stripped back and sandblasted her 105-year-old steel hull, as well as removing a large amount of ancient steel plating.

The deckhouses are due to be fixed on top of the newly laid teak deck while the new main engines, board systems and generators have been installed. The yacht’s accommodation, including brand new crew quarters, is also nearing completion.

The project has also involved input from Dykstra Naval Architects and Rondal, who is undertaking the re-rigging of her sail plan with yankee, staysail, main staysail and queen fisherman. Her masts are also set to be 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 said that it considered the refit a completely new build.

In a statement the yard 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.”

Vagrant is set to be relaunched in 2019, followed by sea trials and testing of the new sailing systems.