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Old 05-04-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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Vashon for sale on Craigslist

Nope, I'm not selling Sherpa. I have no interest or involvement in this listing... I just thought it was interesting as it is not a common sight. I stumbled across a Vashon for sale in Alaska--somewhat rare to see one on the water let alone find one for sale. I've been told by the original builder that 50 were made and half were for commercial salmon fishing (fish hold in rear and smaller cockpit).

23' Vashon Pocket Cruiser

The photos reveal a very "busy" and well used boat to say the least! Description says it is self righting--could that be correct?
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:52 AM   #2
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It's amazing they get all that stuff (diesel engine, batteries, fuel tanks, instruments, radar, furnace, dual helms and personal stuff) into a 23 foot boat and still have room to move around inside.
They are lovely boats with perfect lines. I bet you could almost row one, if the oars were long enough
At $30K it seems a little spendy, but the boat is complete with a trailer.


Your boat looks clean painted all white- very nice boat!
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:02 PM   #3
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Thank you, Bluto. From my experience, most Vashons I've found have been well-used. I can say that I've almost put what I originally paid for my boat into restoration--fiber glass work, awlgrip, electrical, air conditioning, etc. Fortunately, my interior is not as crowded as the one for sale and I have a amazing amount of storage to include a roomy engine compartment.
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:05 PM   #4
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My goodness, she looks jaunty. How big is the engine, how many cylinders?
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:33 PM   #5
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"Jaunty" describers her very well! Engine is a 29HP Volvo MD2030 (originally a 18HP SABB or Perkins). She cruises at around 5.5 to 6.5 knots depending on currents/wind and burns around 1/2 gallon per hour. The second photo is Sherpa before her first restoration by the previous owner--you'd never think they were the same boat! She needed more work last year to wrap-up the restoration--lots of fiberglass work to repair crazing on the decks.
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10 nmpg... That must be the most efficient boat there is, with a berth and a roof. Nice work on Sherpa!

edit- I wondered how it would do with a small mast and staysail. Then I thought, nah, it would mess up the cleanliness you have going on there.

Here's a video of that Volvo MD2030 running on a skid. What a little gem..

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I love the lines of these little boats. Efficient hull and use of space. Even a 2nd helm station in the cockpit; something I have on my ToDo list.
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Nice video of the MD2030. Volvos get a bad rap but the MD2030 was actually manufactured by Perkins for Volvo (there is a Perkins label prominently displayed on my engine). Funny you mention staysail, I've actually explored the idea but opted not to because of the reason you cited--I wanted to keep the lines clean. In fact, the plans (see below) show a steady sail/dingy hoist; it doesn't look bad.

AusCan, best on your project. I would not have bought my boat if it only had an inside helm--it was a very big selling point for me.
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The dinghy boom would be kind of 'in your face' at the helm, but I do like the mast and staysail. Does the boat really need one? If not, I'd leave it be.
It looks salty with the mast, though.
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That's not a stay'sl. That's a cross/downwind power assist!
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A staysail is between masts as I recall.

That looks like a foresail to me.
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I believe the sail is hanked on to the fore and aft stays.
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Nice video of the MD2030. Volvos get a bad rap but the MD2030 was actually manufactured by Perkins for Volvo (there is a Perkins label prominently displayed on my engine). Funny you mention staysail, I've actually explored the idea but opted not to because of the reason you cited--I wanted to keep the lines clean. In fact, the plans (see below) show a steady sail/dingy hoist; it doesn't look bad.

AusCan, best on your project. I would not have bought my boat if it only had an inside helm--it was a very big selling point for me.
I'm pretty sure that Perkins sold by Volvo is actually a Shibaura mini tractor engine. Still a good machine. Lugger buys them and sticks their labels on them too.
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I'm pretty sure that Perkins sold by Volvo is actually a Shibaura mini tractor engine. Still a good machine. Lugger buys them and sticks their labels on them too.
You are most correct! A little research revealed the company is Ishikawajima Shibaura Machinery, Ltd. The Perkins Perama M30 is virtually identical to the Volvo MD2030. Outside expensive replacement parts (new raw water pump just cost me $400), my MD2030 has proven to be a reliable and easy to work on engine.

I'm wondering what Sherpa must have been like with her original 18HP SAAB:

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What's that thing w the chain drive?
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Manyboats,

That is for a hand crank. I learned from a quick Google search that SABB (not SAAB) is still in business and producing marine diesels : Leverandør og service av livbåt- og marinemotorer - Frydenbø Sabb Motor
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I learned from a quick Google search that SABB (not SAAB) is still in business and producing marine diesels : Leverandør og service av livbåt- og marinemotorer - Frydenbø Sabb Motor
To correct that slightly......Sabb still sell parts for their old single, twin, and 3 cylinder marine diesels, but they no longer build new Sabb marine engines. They do sell engines built by Iveco, Lister, and Lombardini.
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Looks like another Vashon is for sale. This was one is located in Alasaka. It is configured with the engine in the wheelhouse and fish hold aft. She'll need a lot of work if converted to pleasure.

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Looks like another Vashon is for sale. This was one is located in Alasaka. It is configured with the engine in the wheelhouse and fish hold aft. She'll need a lot of work if converted to pleasure.

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Crazy that someone would take all those pictures and then post them with the wrong orientation.
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"...ready to shrimp or live aboard." There is a bit of a dichotomy based on the pictures I saw.

Cool boat though.
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