S/V Vidorra

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Vidorra is a 2003 Lagoon 380. She was built in France and sailed across the Atlantic to the Caribbean where she served 5 years in the Sunsail charter fleet. Vidorra sat on the hard in Saint Augustine Florida for 2 years prior to us buying her in October 2014. After 3 weeks working around the clock to get her ready for the trip home, she was marginally ready at best. I sailed her back to Virginia in November of 2014 with help from my friend John, my step dad, and my dad. It was a tough slog up the east coast with too many break downs to count and unfavorable winds and weather the entire time. See a video John made of the First leg to Wilmington.

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How can such a small vessel have so many parts that cost so freaking much? It leaves me shaking my head. Nonetheless, with perseverance and a willingness to burn blindly through savings, we prevailed and shall call this one a draw. Why a draw? Well, my “To Do” list is about as long today as it was the day I bought the boat. But Vidorra functions much better, looks better, is seaworthy, comfortable, and by most measures ready to go for our adventure. Maybe the issue is just my obsessive need to call the boat 100% done. I’ve since learned there is no such thing.

Huge THANK YOU to my mom, dad, and brother for all the help getting her ship shape. We’d still be in Virginia without your help.

Stats:

  • Model: 2003 Lagoon 380
  • Length: 38’
  • Beam: 22’
  • Draft: 3’ 9”
  • Sail Area: 850ft2
  • Cabins: 4
  • Heads: 2
  • Galley: Galley up style
  • Engines: 2 New Yanmar 3ym30AE diesels
  • Batteries: 750Amp House, 160amp Port Start, 160amp Starboard Start
  • Ground Tackle:
    • 2x 200’ of chain with 200’ of Rode.
    • Anchor 1: 45lb Mantus Supreme
    • Anchor 2: 55lb Delta
    • Anchor 3: 55lb Fortress
  • Sails: Main, Spare Main, 130% Genoa, Asymetrical Spinnaker
  •  Navigation:
    • Raymarine MFD, Radar, Autopilot, tridata, wind instruments
    • Laptop with Open CPN
    • Hand Held GPS

2015 Refit:

  • Sailing Rigging:
    • New Standing Rigging
    • New Running Rigging
    • Repaired and Cleaned Sails
  • Engines/Saildrives:
    • New Yanmar 3ym30AE diesels and control panels
    • Cleaned and painted engine rooms
    • Replaced filters, hoses and seacocks
    • Saildrive lower unit seals replaced
    • Saildrive main seal replaced (port)
  • Mechanical
    • Installed Air Conditioning. Dometic 16k btu with smart start.
  • Electrical & Charging
    • Replaced distribution panels with custom Blue Sea panels
    • Installed 150Amp Balmar Alternator on Port Engine, OEM 125 Amp Alternator on Starboard Engine
    • Installed Balmar external regulators and centerfielder (can charge from both alternators simultaneously)
    • Installed 480W solar panels with Carmanah charger and meter
    • Installed Blue Sea shore charger 40amp
    • Replaced nearly all wiring in the boat
    • Installed AC Receptacles throughout the vessel
    • Installed USB charging ports in Salon, Helm, and aft cabins
    • Replaced all fans
    • Replaced all interior and exterior lighting with LED (except running lights)
  • Navigation:
    • New Raymarine e7D MFD. Integrated with Autopilot, Radar, and VHF for AIS
    • New Raymarine Digital 18’ Radar integrated
  • Communications:
    • Standard Horizon VHF with AIS
    • Iridium Go! Satellite Hotspot and PredictWind Weather
    • Handheld waterproof VHF
  • Exterior:
    • New Bimini and Dodger
    • New Teak cockpit table
    • New Teak cockpit step
    • Refinished teak galley bar and helm trim
    • Painted Salon Window Trim (2part epoxy)
    • Hull and Saildrives painted
  • Interior:
    • New Salon Upholstery
    • New Bedding in all cabins
    • New curtains throughout
    • Replaced headliners in aft cabins
  • Galley:
    • New toaster over
    • New Microwave
    • New gas cooktop
    • Dometic Refrig compressor replaced in 2014
  • Plumbing:
    • New Propane lines and regulator
    • Propane Gas detectors and alarm
    • New fixtures in baths
    • Replaced both head toilet pumps
  • Safety equipment:
    • Epirb
    • Lifeline netting around boat
    • Offshore lifejackets
    • Harness
    • Tethers
    • Bosuns chair and climbing harness
  • Tender:
    • Upgraded from 8hp Yamaha to 15hp 2 stroke
  • Misc
    • Serviced all operating items that weren’t replaced
    • Honda eu2000 Generator
    • New Inflatable Fenders
    • Spares (Alternator, belts, filters, etc)

Coming soon.

  • Breakdown of costs
  • Before and after pictures
  • Refit video