The Albin Vega Sailboat

The Albin Vega is a classic cruising sailboat that was designed by Swedish designer Per Brohäll and built in Sweden by Albin Marine. The boat is known for its seaworthiness, performance and affordability, and has been sailed around the world by many adventurous sailors.

An Albin Vega 27 sailboat sailing slowly in light airsThat windvane self-steering gear tells us that the skipper of this Albin Vega 27 has got a serious voyage in mind!

Published Specification for the Albin Vega

Underwater Configuration:  Long fin keel

Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 27' 1" / 8.25m

Waterline Length: 23' 0" / 7.01m

Beam: 8' 1" / 2.46m

Draft: 3' 8" / 1.12m

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 5,070lb / 2,300kg

Designer: Per Brohall

Builder: Albin Marine AB (Sweden)

Year First Built: 1965

Owners Association: The Vega Association of Great Britain

Published Design Ratios for the Albin Vega

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.1

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 39.8

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 186

4. Comfort Ratio: 20

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

A Few FAQs...

Based on the published Design Ratios for the Albin Vega, how would you expect the boat to perform under sail?

The Albin Vega has a moderate sail area/displacement ratio of 16.1, which indicates that it is not a very powerful sailer, but can handle a wide range of wind conditions. The boat also has a low displacement/length ratio of 186.1, which means that it is relatively light and fast for its size. The boat has a high ballast/displacement ratio of 39.8, which suggests that it is stable and stiff, and can carry a good amount of sail without heeling too much. The boat has a low comfort ratio of 19.9, which implies that it is not very comfortable or spacious for long-term cruising, but rather agile and responsive. The boat has a low capsize screening value of 1.9, which indicates that it is very seaworthy and unlikely to capsize in rough seas.

Is the Albin Vega still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

The Albin Vega is no longer in production. Production ended in 1979, after about 3,450 boats were built.

What, if any, alternative versions of the Albin Vega were built and what are the differences between them?

The Albin Vega was developed into the longer Singoalla 34 in 1970, which had a longer waterline, more interior space, a different rig and a different keel shape. Some other variations of the Albin Vega include the Albin Cumulus, which had a fin keel and a spade rudder; the Albin Nimbus, which had a taller rig and more sail area; and the Albin Nova, which had a wider beam and more modern lines.

How many people can sleep on board a Albin Vega?

The Albin Vega has sleeping accommodation for four people, with a double "V"-berth in the bow cabin and two straight settees in the main cabin.

How did the sailing press review the Albin Vega?

The Albin Vega received mostly positive reviews from the sailing press, especially for its sailing performance, seaworthiness and value for money. Some of the drawbacks that were mentioned include the lack of headroom, storage space and ventilation in the cabin; the small cockpit; the noisy engine; and the outdated design.

What is the history of the builders of the Albin Vega and is the company still in business?

The builders of the Albin Vega were Larsson Trade AB (later renamed Albin Marin AB), a Swedish company that was founded in 1899 by Carl Gustav Larsson. The company started as a manufacturer of wooden boats, but later switched to fiberglass construction in the 1960s. The company produced several popular models of sailboats and motorboats, such as the Albin 25, 21 and 30; the Ballad, Cumulus and Nimbus; and the Singoalla, Nova and Stratus. The company also supplied engines for many of their boats, as well as for other boat manufacturers. The company went bankrupt in 1982 and was liquidated in 1984.

Is the mast on the Albin Vega deck stepped or keel stepped?

The mast on the Albin Vega is deck-stepped, which means that it rests on a metal plate on top of the deck, rather than extending into the hull. This makes it easier to raise and lower the mast, but also requires additional support from shrouds and stays.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Albin Vega?

The average cost of a secondhand Albin Vega depends on the condition, age, location and equipment of the boat. According to some online sources, the price range for a used Albin Vega can vary from $5,000 to $20,000 USD.

What other sailboats have been created by the designer of the Albin Vega?

The designer of the Albin Vega, Per Brohäll, created several other sailboats for Larsson Trade AB / Albin Marin AB, such as the Viggen 23, the Albin 25, 21 and 30; the Ballad 30; and the Singoalla 34. He also designed some wooden boats, such as the Snipa 21 and the Skärgårdskryssare 30.

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

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