Swedish beauty

Vindo 50 bluewater cruising ketch for sale.

Indigo is a 35' Vindo 50 ketch with a world-voyaging pedigree. She has proved herself to be safe and comfortable on the world's biggest oceans. Built in 1974 in Sweden, she was sailed down the Baltic, through the North Sea and the Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal and across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. She voyaged in Alaska for several years, and then was trucked across the United States to Maine. Her current owner has used her for extensive cruising in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada while researching A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast, as well as a trip down the Atlantic coast to the Bahamas and back. Vindos have been called "The Hinckleys of Sweden." They are featured in The World’s Best Sailboats, by Ferenc Mate, where a sistership to Indigo can be seen on seen on pages 212 and 213.

Price $65,000

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Boat Builder/designer
Vindo 50 ketch Vindo AB, Sweden, 1974

LOA: 35’
LWL: 27’7"
Beam: 10’2"
Displacement: 12,200 lbs
Draft: 5’3"

Rugged, solid fiberglass hull with full keel and attached rudder. Beautiful solid mahogany cabin trunks, teak decks over balsa cored fiberglass. Truly one of the most admired boats in any harbor, even in Maine!

Main cabin with v-berth, full settee which makes up into a double berth, port bench opens into a great sea-berth with lee cloths, nav table and galley. Excellent headroom, beautiful joinery, stunning laminated deck beams. Aft cabin with two generous quarter berths, sitting headroom. Maple floors throughout. New upholstery slated for 2004.

1998 Yanmar 3gm30f freshwater cooled diesel
30 hp
300 hrs with all scheduled maintenance records and logs
1" ss shaft
1998 Michigan 3-blade prop
2 25 gal ss tanks
Racor filter


Rig and sails
Deck-stepped ketch rig
Aluminum spars, anodized and painted
Internal stainless steel main and jib halyards on Barient winches
Stainless steel standing rigging
Furlex roller furling, 130% genoa, removable inner forestay with hank-on working jib, heavy-duty sheet tracks and double-sheet cars, Lewmar primary winches
Double reef points in main sail with jiffy reefing, 4-1 vang/preventer, 4-1 sheeting to cockpit
Mizzen, full sail covers, North spinnaker (red, blue and yellow), Forespar spinnaker pole, Barient spinnaker winches

Steering: Edson steering system inside custom wooden pedestal with gorgeous teak wheel
Plumbing: 60-70 gallon water tankage, hot/cold pressurized water to head and galley with exterior shower attachment and manual foot pump at galley, Groco HF manual head (2001) 30 gallon holding tank, Whale gusher discharge pump
Heating: dual zone radiator loops from engine running through all lockers keeps the boat incredibly dry.

Ground tackle
Primary: 33 lb Bruce anchor on bow roller, 40' 5/16 chain, 5/8" rode, electric windlass
Secondary: heavy Danforth, 40' 5/16" chain, 5/8" braided rode

Double-burner non-pressurized alcohol stove on gimbals (very safe and efficient), stainless steel sink, super-insulated icebox

Navigation and electronics
Full size chart table, Sestral binnacle mounted on steering pedestal, Alpeco depthsounder with speed/temperature transducer, Garmin hand-held GPS, JRC radar, Navico autopilot, three deep-cycle batteries, Guest smart switch


24" high double lifelines on stainless steel stanchions, webbing jack lines, manoverboard pole, horeshoe buoy, Givens 6-man liferaft (optional), liferaft cradle


Original gel-coat, excellent condition

No blisters, no damage. Bottom paint completely removed in 2000 and replaced with ablative antifouling. Updated annually.

New dodger (2002), two offshore Bomar hatches, swim ladder, full canvas winter cover, jack stands.

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Portland, Maine

Curtis Rindlaub
e-mail or 207-766-2337

Vindo Links
Vindonet owners group

Swedish Vindo Yacht Club

Danish Vindo Club

German Vindo forum

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