Yacht Fathom - Setting off from England in May 2016 on a single-handed voyage somewhere a bit warmer

Vancouver 28 Overview


The Vancouver 28 is a small but strong ocean cruising yacht. I purchased ‘Fathom’ in June 2013 on the East Coast of the U.K. A comprehensive refit was undertaken during 2014, 2015 and 2016 in preparation for solo and short handed ocean sailing.

The Vancouver 28’s design incorporates a heavy displacement hull form, with a long encapsulated keel and cutaway forefoot which is biased towards stability, ease of handling, load carrying ability and comfortable accommodation.  A small deep cockpit provides security in a heavy sea. Being cutter rigged sail area is split between mainsail, staysail and yankee/genoa which are easily handled.

Down below there is a wet locker, full size chart table, good ventilation from three funnel vents, excellent stowage and over 6’1″ headroom in the main cabin. Fathom has the three berth layout with a bunk either side of the main cabin, quarterberth and heads forward.

Name Fathom
Type Vancouver 28
Builder Northshore Yachts Ltd, Itchenor, UK
Build Date 1991
Hull Number 34
LOA 8.54m
Beam 2.64m
Draft 1.3m
Displacement (lightship) 4,064kg
Rig Bermudian Masthead Cutter
Cabins Two
Berths Three with two additional pipe cots


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