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September 28, 2011

Vagabond 42 Review: Elegant Traditional Vessel

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Vagabond 42 PDF Specifications (Click to Download)

We have a beautiful Vagabond 42 for sale, so I am posting back my brokerage research. And in the case of Vagabonds, information online is pretty slim, so I feel good that I am positively contributing back to the Internet knowledge base. Jack N. Chen founded the shipyard Bluewater Yacht Builders in Taiwan and produced Vagabond sailing yachts during the 1970’s and 1980’s. The earliest sold Vagabond listed in the brokerage records is a 1974 Vagabond 47. The next earliest is a 1976 Vagabond 39 that we, Jordan Yachts, sold in ’06 I can proudly say. The subject of this review, the George Stadel designed 42-footer, was produced from 1978 until at least 1991. Hull #1 was delivered in late 1978 and was a cutter rigged version. She and her sisters, the 47, 39, and 52, share the classic charms of pirate ship inspired detailing from their clipper, trailboarded bows to square windowed sterns. An exuberant use of teak makes these stout under sail (the 42 is rated at 32,000 pounds displacement) and elegant down below. Let’s take a look at what is known about these yachts. Continue reading “Vagabond 42 Review: Elegant Traditional Vessel” »

September 21, 2011

South Florida Cruising: Stuart, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Keys, Tampa Bay

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Tags: , , , , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Saint Petersburg

After spending the last week on a sale in Saint Petersburg, I have been thinking about what the primary crusing spots are in South Florida and the differences between them. I know Fort Lauderdale best, home base of my office. Other locations on my list include Stuart, Miami, the Keys, and Tampa Bay. There is a surprising variation in culture, geography, and service sophistication that leads to a distinct class of yachts dominating each area. Clockwise from the Atlantic to the Gulf side are the following spots. Continue reading “South Florida Cruising: Stuart, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Keys, Tampa Bay” »

September 14, 2011

10 Best Aft Cockpit Double Enders For Under $200,000

Filed under: Lists — Tags: , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

This list originally posted on July 24, 2010 had numerous errors that thankfully kind readers have pointed out. Here is an updated version.

Is the Espirit 37 one of the best 10?

I contributed to a Cruisers Forum thread the other day. The fellow asked for a list of heavy displacement sailboat under 40 that are not double enders. That made me think: What are the double enders? The below list consists of ten double ended, aft cockpit sailboats. In the 1970’s, a canoe stern was standard on serious cruising sailboats popularized by the Westsail 32. In compiling my list, I tried to avoid many of the character type, teak laden, full keeled double enders. A canoe stern was mostly paired with a full keel until the design just completely went out of style. Even Valiant Yachts has gone out of business in 2011, so I cannot name a canoe stern maker in current production.

A double ender does still stir that dream of cruising to far off places. For a single sailor or couple, some of these yachts are excellent options. Others offer terrible performance but offshore security. A few are too unrealistically built for the lower latitudes because of high maintenance teak exteriors. Some have aft cabins while others have only a single cabin forward. A good portion are Robert Perry designs, the master of canoe sterns. I have kept to a price range of $100,000 to $200,000 with lengths between 36 and 41 feet. Please comment below with any suggested additions or subtractions. I have listed the sailboats in alphabetical order of brand name. Continue reading “10 Best Aft Cockpit Double Enders For Under $200,000” »

September 7, 2011

11 Best Cruising Catamarans

Filed under: Lists — Tags: , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Name this Catamaran.

Three weeks ago I posted a list of reasons why catamarans might be better than monohulls. As a follow up to that post, I did a analysis of what models are available in the 40 to 50 foot range for 5 to 10 year old brokerage catamarans. The biggest limitation, albeit a shrinking one, to the widespread adoption of catamarans has been price. The post year 2000 models I cover below mostly retail in the $300,000 to $500,000 on the brokerage market which is surprisingly competitive to monohulls of the same vintage. Comparing based on equal square footage models instead of overall length, catamarans are many times less expensive than their equivalent monohull counterparts. Here are the results of the official Jordan catamaran survey: Continue reading “11 Best Cruising Catamarans” »

August 31, 2011

Quarterly Report (Summer 2011)

Filed under: Brokerage Report — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Hurricane Irene's Track on 8-27

Summer is traditionally the slow time of year for yacht sales in Florida with hurricane season starting mid-June and running until mid-November. Due to marine insurance, yachts head north to avoid the higher risk of summering in South Florida. A good example is the affect of current Hurricane Irene which, after high brokerage activity early last week, distracted everyone as they watched her scoot the coastline. Still life goes on, and brokerages keep busy. Summer 2011 Jordan sales included a Jeanneau 40 DS and Leopard 46 while new listings included a Guy Coach 55 and Tartan 3700. Kevin and I were on delivery of a Catalina 32 to Cartagena, Colombia while Tom delivered the sold Jeanneau 40 to Kemah, Texas. Continue reading “Quarterly Report (Summer 2011)” »

August 24, 2011

10 Best Center Cockpit Two Stateroom Sailboats For Under $200,000

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Tags: — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Originally published on July 20, 2010, this list of best sailboats has been my most popular post. I think that is because it confirms what the majority of cruisers are looking for. I am republishing it with minor updates. Thanks for all the great feedback I have received, and please continue to check into my far flung yachting world for a new post every Wednesday.

Name This Center Cockpit Bluewater Passagemaker.

I always thought a SailNet article about the most common cruising sailboat was dead-on. I especially liked how the article mentioned Rob Jordan, my father, and maybe that is why it rings so true. The article argues that the most popular sailboat is 45-feet in length, a center cockpit, and cutter rigged. That makes me wonder: what are the choices in this range? The below list consists ten of the best center cockpit, around 45-foot sailboats for the average cruising couple. I did not limit the list to only cutters. Such a couple usually has a budget of between $100,000 to $200,000 and can comfortably handle a boat in the 40 to 50 foot range. They have some sailing experience including chartering, lake racing, and maybe owning a smaller sailboat in the 30 to 40 foot range. The couple is retiring and moving on to experience the cruising lifestyle full-time.

This center cockpit about 45-foot length combination provides the optimal size and accommodations for a couple cruising. This combination is usually paired with a cutter rig, fin keel, and skeg hung rudder. I have purposely not included designs which have old fashioned, full keel underbodies like a Westsail 42 because of the performance trade-offs. I have avoided sailboats that I consider aesthetically unappealing. Please comment below with any suggested additions or retractions. I have listed the sailboats in alphabetical order of brand name. Continue reading “10 Best Center Cockpit Two Stateroom Sailboats For Under $200,000” »

August 17, 2011

10 Reasons Why Multihulls Are Better Than Monohulls

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Tags: , , , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

America's Cup knows that cats are the future.

Multihulls are better than monohulls in many ways including the 10 below. And from the feedback I have been getting lately it seems like they, particularly catamarans, are superior for the average cruising couple. A common inquiry goes along the lines of, “What we really want is a catamaran, but we just cannot afford one so are looking at monohulls.” That kind of inquiry stings for a guy who grew up and has logged most his meager miles on monohulls. But the logic behind the catamaran choice is undeniable, and I am on the fence about joining the dark side. Here are the top 10 reasons in order of importance to choose a catamaran for cruising: Continue reading “10 Reasons Why Multihulls Are Better Than Monohulls” »

August 2, 2011

Report on Dania Jai-Alai Marina

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:36 pm

Dania Jai Alai's Future Marina?

I attended the Dania Beach City Hall meeting about the expansion plans for the Dania Jai-Alai. The Jai-Alai property continues to the Dania Cut-off canal though only the the land south of Northeast Second Street is developed. The undeveloped land has long been planned as a marina like the rest of down canal properties including Derektors, Playboy, Harbortown, and the home of our office, Royal Palm. But as any local knows Dania is a slow to change city, the oldest in Broward County and one of the least developed. New plans come, wither, and disappear. So it is with little faith but great hope I listened to the new Jai-Alai’s ownership group present their plans last night at city hall. Continue reading “Report on Dania Jai-Alai Marina” »

July 15, 2011

Miami River Bridges

Filed under: Navigating — Richard Jordan @ 3:39 pm

Miami River Bridges
Outbound from Hurricane Cove (max 75′ clearance)
Call Bridges on Channel 09
Monitor Channel 16
All Bridges Open on Demand

  1. Northwest 17th Avenue
  2. Dolphin Expressway (Fixed)
  3. Northwest 12th Avenue (Merrill Stewart Boat Yard)
  4. Northwest 5th Street
  5. West Flagler Street
  6. Southwest 1st Avenue
  7. I-95 (Fixed)
  8. Southwest 2nd Avenue
  9. FEC Railroad (Fixed)
  10. South Miami Avenue
  11. Metro rail (Fixed)
  12. Southeast Second Avenue (Brickell)

June 3, 2011

The Wooden Schooner: Untold Stories on the New River, Fort Lauderdale

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Tags: , , , , , — Richard Jordan @ 8:04 pm

Please feel free to look back on my first untold story on the New River about Bolero’s years in Fort Lauderdale in the 1980’s.

Wood Schooner

I received a call one day a year or so ago from a fellow in Oregon looking for a wood schooner. He had seen one of our ads in Wooden Boat Magazine. We do not get many calls these days for wood schooners. I had an immediate candidate for him – the 55′ wooden schooner many of you pass daily between the Wiggles and Little Florida along the South Fork of the New River. At that time she had a brokerage sign on her from a now defunct firm. Her asking price was $49,900. I could tell even on the unlikely chance that I could pull off the sale that there was little money in it for a professional yacht broker like me, but the whole situation had an air of intrigue that I could not resist. Every boat has a story, and what a hell of a story has the Wooden Schooner of the New River. Please read on the hear what at happened to my Oregon prospect and the results of my investigation. Continue reading “The Wooden Schooner: Untold Stories on the New River, Fort Lauderdale” »

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"Dear Jordan Yachts - I write with great appreciation for all that Tom Harney has done for us. My wife and I have just purchased our first cruising boat and we plan to sail for a couple of years in the Caribbean with our three small children. Tom has been so much more than a broker and his experience, dedication and commitment to Jen and I have gone way beyond our expectations. In many ways, he is like an “adopted” father who is looking out for me his “adopted” son as we moved into uncharted waters. There have been countless examples of his "above and beyond" execution from our first phone call to ultimately closing on the boat. For example, the official closing of the paperwork could have been the closure of the transaction but to Tom, he was much more interested in seeing that we properly outfitted the boat and provided many recommendations from his 30+ years in the marine industry of who to use and what equipment is needed. In addition, he personally got involved in managing the outfit of the boat well beyond the official closing. Words can't express our appreciation and I would welcome any inquires from potential clients as to the positive experience with Tom Harney - On behalf of my family, a sincere thank you ---" - Marc Konesco s/v adagio