Seafarer vagabond

 I have a mate who is considering buying a vagabond.Something that does concern him is the stories about Seafarers sticking their nose under the water.

Is there any truth in this or is it just a story? I would like to hear opinions about them from people who have owned them or been in one.

Please skip the opinions if you have not actually been in one.


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 mate to tell you the truth

Thu, 2014-07-24 19:54

 mate to tell you the truth seafarers are 1 of better hulls in oz,if the hull was dunked thru the wave it was the drivers fault.lindsay fry who sold out to haines signuture a few years doesnt sell to anyone.knowing that they will continue with the pedigree of the hull.

If i had the money and a particle of boat come up for sale Id be in with a shot to buy it.

peter,ex queenslander.

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They do

Thu, 2014-07-24 20:07

 As awesome a Seafarers are, the Vagabonds and even voyagers do drop the nose into waves, but only normally at trolling speeds.

I had the 5.9 Victory and the nose did on occasions take a little over the front but only with a largish swell at low speeds. That would not stop me getting another however.

I still think this is the hulls only flaw. Everything else is brilliant. Awesome riding hull.


I did then the best that I knew how. When I knew better, I did better.

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 Mate had one and had the

Thu, 2014-07-24 20:10

 Mate had one and had the issue mentioned above he rang seafarer and they are designed for twin 2 strokes or a big four stroke, he had a 2 stroke 175 on the back and had to put some lead ingots down the back on some rubber matting under the rear transom well and it was fine, once he went to a 200hp four stroke he took the ingots out and again was good - cheers

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operator error

Fri, 2014-07-25 19:21

 i had one for a few years , mine started out with twin  115 2 strokes which gave it lots of power and was weighty on the trailer , yes i put the nose through a few waves all due to going to fast in the conditions,   later swapped the twins out for a single 200 hp 2 stroke DI  which actually allowed the bow to lift when trimming motor , found the 6.2 vagabong a great solid rig  and handled most waters very well ,   you must watch / look at the trailer is built for it as the trailer i had was only just strong enough and boat squirmed around when towing on the open road ,

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 Thanks for the opinions.

Fri, 2014-08-01 18:22

 Thanks for the opinions. Very helpful.


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Hi guys created a login just

Thu, 2014-10-16 05:24

Hi guys created a login just to chime in on this (old) thread, I've had a Victory 6.0 for 18 months now, and yes it can "dip the nose in" but only at trolling speeds when the wind chop is really up ~ 20+ knots before the bow comes up, above 8 knots, never. 

Its nearly identical to the Vagabond sans the twin outboard engine well and extra .2m


I'd be surprised if most low profile Fibreglass Half/Cuddy cabs werent capable of this. . .


Buy it!  

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I own one

Thu, 2014-10-16 07:11

I've had a Vagabond for the last few years.

Awsome boat and great riding hull in almost all conditions.

I've dropped the nose twice in all the time I've had it.

Both times we were pulling craypots, missed the float and had to turn around head into sea and dropped the nose.

Took water over the nose up to the clears. No big deal.

The two times this happen the swell was up & seabreeze was in.

Never had an issue cruising.

I've got a 200 Yammi 2 stroke on the back.

If your mate hasn't bought one already I would definatley recommend him too.


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 He ended up with a 632

Thu, 2014-10-16 17:09

 He ended up with a 632 Haines Signature.He was a bit wary about the white thing bolted on the back of the Seafarer.