About the ship

VEGA has found a new owner in November 2018th Even with a new team VEGA will keep hers home waters in the Mediterranean and is available for charter tours. It is a classic ocean-crossing yacht, built in the 30s in the shipyard Chantier de Pecheur, Sable d’Olonne, in France. She sailed till the 60s under the name “Caroline Cherie”. The previous owner had bought her in Turkey, in 2014. Unfortunately, the ship had been neglected at the time and it already took a lot of money and time into the restoration of the ship. This work we are continuing now to sail safely with the VEGA in the future across the oceans.

The body of VEGA is still largely made of oak. Dilapidated planks in recent years have been replaced by iroko wood. The deck is made of plywood and is completely covered with teak. Superstructures and interiors consist largely of plywood, but there are still areas of old mahogany. VEGA has a Marconi rig (high rigging), which gives very sporty sailing performance to this elegant sailor. Other major restoration work on the rig were then carried out in Spain in 2016/2017. In 2017, both masts were then retreaded and installed a modern furling genoa.

Technical specifications

  • LOA: 22,20 m
  • Width: 4,45 m
  • Draft: 2,80 m
  • Weight: 29t
  • Rigging: Yawl
  • Engine: Cummins Diesel, 6-cylinder, 180 hp
  • Hull: Oak / Iroko
  • Deck: Teak

Sleeping and living on the VEGA

  • 3 cabins with private sink
  • 2 cabins amidships with 2 bunks
  • Forward cabin with double bed and separate single berth
  • Salon with large circular seating area and 2 further bunks
  • 2 toilets and a shower (plus one additional outdoor shower)
  • Galley with 3-burner gas stove and refrigerator
  • Deckhouse with chart table and navigation
  • Teak deck with ample space for sunbathing and large table for up to 10 people

Technical equipment

  • Echosounder
  • Anemometer
  • 2 chartplotter
  • Radar
  • AIS (active / passive)
  • Generator
  • Solar panels
  • More than 1,000l water tanks
  • Dinghy with 15 hp outboard
  • Life raft and life-saving appliances

Renovation 2019

The extensive repair of the hull was completed in February 2019 during a long-term shipyard stay. In addition, there are many alterations and renovations at the VEGA underway that will make life on board more comfortable. These include the expansion of places to sleep, new toilet in forebody area and the galley. Modernization and repair of existing technical equipment, as well as the general renovation of the interior are also on the agenda. Our goal is to make the VEGA more comfortable and modernize the facilities without a change of hers rustic charm.

The crew

Skipper Lars-Helge Hanst is the owner of VEGA since November 2018. Despite his Hamburg origin, he discovered the joy of sailing while he was studying in Constance. Since then he has gained about 20 years and over 10,000 NM of sailing experience in European waters, so he has more than only necessary qualifications to sail this vessel.

The skipper is supported by at least one other crew member. In a boat of this size without autopilot and bow thruster, additional helpers are of course welcome – especially by active sailing and the port maneuvers.

Skipper & Eigner