Vagrant Herreshoff Schooner Yacht Huisfit

VAGRANT (1913) gets rejuvenating cure at Huisfit

The 39m Schooner-rigged yacht VAGRANT from 1913 will be completely rebuilt by Huisfit - the refit division of Royal Huisman.

Vagrant was designed over 100 years ago by the American naval architect Nathanael G. Herreshoff aka Captain Nat. Herreshoff designed also some America’s Cup defenders.

Royal Huisman will strip her completely off and will reanimate her graceful lines with a new crew quarter. Technical installation like the engine, generator, heating, air condition and so on will be smartly installed.

Vagrant Herreshoff Schooner Yacht Huisfit
Vagrant Herreshoff Schooner Yacht Huisfit

Dykstra Naval Architects will redesign her schooner-rig with yankee, staysail, main staysail and queen fisherman. Rondal will build new aluminum masts including a furling system for the fisherman sail and mainsail.

Relaunch is scheduled for 2019.

Main Specifications

Length over all:39.00 m
Length Hull:33.00 m
Length Waterline:25.00 m
Beam:7.00 m
Draft:4.00 m
Original Launch Year:1913
Naval Architecture:Nathanael Greene Herreshoff

Sail Plan (Post Refit)

Vagrant Herreshoff Schooner Yacht Huisfit

During the Superyacht Press Tour 2018, I’ve visited the facilities of Royal Huisman in Vollenhove. In one hall was the hull of VAGRANT. The yacht was totally stripped – the whole interior, piping, wiring, deck equipment etc. will be renewed – a very impressive restauration project.

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In 1910 Morton Plant commissioned Elena to be designed by American naval architect Nathanael Herreshoff, the “Wizard of Bristol”, who was famed for designing sailing yachts for America’s elite. Plant gave a wonderful design brief: build me a schooner that can win!

Herreshoff gave her a slightly deeper keel than preceding designs of that time, lowering her center of ballast, which improved her windward ability. Fresh out of the shed, the yacht won most of her early races against the cream of the American schooner fleet. Seventeen years later came her crowning glory – victory in the 1928 Trans-Atlantic Race.

Main Specifications

Length over all:55.00 m
Length water line:29.60 m
Beam:8.14 m
Draft:5.20 m
Type:A class racing schooner
Designer:Nathanael G. Herreshoff
Naval Architect:ACUBENS Naval Architects
Builder:Marin Yachts
Displacement:215 t
Hull Speed:13.6 knots
Range (under engines):3.000 nm @ 10 knots
Sail Area (upwind):1.180 m
Sail Area (downwind):1.800 m
Guests:10 in 5 cabins
Crew:8 in 5 cabins
Year:2009