Lealea is an Albin Vega 27, hull#1860 of approximately 3500 built in Kristinehamn, Sweden by Albin Marin AB between 1969 and 1975. She was first sold new in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1974.
Chuck bought Lealea from Rick Monteverde and moved aboard on April 1st 1990. When Chuck first acquired her she was more or less original. Since then she has been re-powered with a Yanmar 2GM 20 replacing the original Volvo MD6A and combi drive, We have replaced the lifelines (Twice), standing rigging (Twice) and refinished the exterior with Awlgrip in 1997.
We did extensive work on the interior and the mast during our last re-fit in Port Townsend
. Most recently she has had a complete engine re-build, her fuel tanks have been replaced and relocated along with the wet muffler system.
The Vega, at 27 feet LOA, is small by today's standards, especially for a full-time live aboard cruiser. We attribute that to marketing. In our opinion, the Vega and other boats in her class, are ideal for cruising couples who can get past the idea that they "Need" a forty foot ketch to go cruising. "Go small. Go simple. Go now" and go places that people with bigger boats cannot reach.
Three great sailing adventure books starring the Vega 27 are: Log of the Mahina
, a circumnavigation of the pacific by a young John Neal, Out of the Blue
by Anne Miller detailing her solo voyage across the Atlantic and Berserk
, a chronicle of cruising Cape Horn and the Antarctic by David Mercy. More current, Matt Rutherford
, completed his solo, non-stop, circumnavigation of the Americas in a Vega 27' and is currently working on both a book and documentary. Learn more about the Albin Vega 27 and their cruising capabilities.