VQ 32

  • Boat REF#  ·  266163
  • Length  ·  9.66m
  • Year  ·  2008
  • Construction  ·  Composite
  • Underwater profile  ·  Fin and Bulb
  • Sleeping berths  ·  2
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 16hp, Lombardini (2014)
  • Lying  ·  Isle of Wight - Viewing by Appointment Only
Boatshed IOW
Boatshed IOW
Corinne Gillard

Extra Details

Designer Dick Koopmans
Builder Jachtbouw Vels Medemblik NL
Lying Isle of Wight - Viewing by Appointment Only
Fuel capacity 95.0 ltr (20.9 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 40.0 ltr (8.8 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 78.0 ltr (17.2 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 15/12/2016


Engine 1 x diesel 16hp
Engine make and model Lombardini (2014)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Saildrive
Prop(s) Folding
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Engine spares

210 Amp lighweight Lithium batteries (new 2019 $7000 dollar upgrade) - with custom made high output alternator (will maintain charge at 100amp throughout charge). Even with all electronics in use you only have to charge once, sometimes twice in a 24hr period. Personally installed by Bruce Schwab (ex Vendee skipper) owner of Ocean Planet Energy.

Watt and Sea hydrogenerator (you do not even need to run the engine at all) - having mulitple charging options is a great safety feature.
Inverter to power laptop.
Comprehensive spares, service items and took kit.


Length 9.66m
LWL 9.15m
Beam 3.04m
Draft Max 2.40m
Displacement 4,500kg (9,922.5lbs)
Storage Ashore


Cutter rigged Selden Carbon Fibre spars (2008) with Rod standing rigging (unknown year)


Reefing mainsail UK Sails - Slab (unknown year) 3 Reefs
Headsail One Sails - Hank On (2019)
Other sails Spinnakers (unknown year)
Staysail (unknown year)
Storm tri-sail (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear

Sails - She comes with every sail you will need for several years, all sails new in the last few years many with very little use. The main has had the most use, it is still in perfect shape. Some of the taffata could benefit from patching, the structure is still in great condition.
Main, J2 (x2), J3 by UK in carbon/aramid black.
J1.5 by One Sails in their top of the line Forte cost $6,000 (new in 2019 and used once for around 30 mins).
Spinnakers all in as new conditon and should last for years - A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 and Code 0. Plenty of options and decisons whether light or strong, inshore or offshore selections. Only 3 allowed under IRC - each is in absolutely perfect condition.
Spinnakers are all set up with new Harken top down furlers (Upgraded to Harken KF2 in 2019) - (code 0 is on a conventional Karver furler).
Staysail on a Karver furler - used in very heavy airs upwind or as a complement to a spinnaker on a reach
Storm jib and Tri-Sail.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, shore power Hydrogenerator


Construction Composite
Underwater profile Fin and Bulb
Finish Gelcoat finish

She is CoreCell and E Glass making for an extremely strong, light and delamination free hull. Great features of a CoreCell boat is how dry and free from condensation making for a warm and dry boat all year round. She was built to the very highest standards, her laminate build is such you will never have to worry about damp, soft hulls, delamination or many of the problems with production hulls. Her rudder is carbon and the keel carbon with a lead torpedo bulb


Total # of berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)

Galley is basic but functional as is heads. Lots of accommodation is given over to sails and safety equipment as has been required by her use. She could easily become a 4 berth boat if preferred


Manual water system

Galley is basic but functional as is heads. Lots of accommodation is given over to sails and safety equipment as has been required by her use. She could easily become a 4 berth boat if preferred

Deck Gear

Instrument Covers

1 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
2 anchors

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Chart plotter
Navigation lights
WiFi Booster
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder
Radar Reflector

Complete NKE instrument package - legendary auto-pilot with 'true wind mode' for fast, safe downwind sailing.
B&G 3G Radar and radar detector (X&S band) on carbon mast (installed 2019).
Lowrance HDS7 (touchscreen) with charts for all Europe, Atlantic (all islands) and North America - all charts updgraded 2019.
RedPort Satellite / Email communications optimiser.
Simrad TP32 auto pilot (back up to NKE) new 2019. Back up has never been needed but thought wise to have.
ICOM VHF with external Command Mic.
Weems & Plath digital barometer (new 2019).
Satellite phone aerial and cradles installed

Safety Equipment

Life buoys
Safety harnesses
Swim ladder
Emergency steering

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 electric)

Ocean Safety ISO lightweight 4 person liferaft - serviced 2019 (certified until 2022)
ACR Epirb, extensive flare, grab bag and emergency equipment (all with long valid dates)
SeaBrake drogue with 300 ft of line and bridle (this can be used in a storm or as emergency steering)
Ocean safety Inflatable danbouy
Ocean safety rescue sling
Fire extinguishers
Comprehensive offshore first aid kit

Broker's Comments

This VQ 32 is a truly beautifully built solo or short handed race boat. Drawn by renowned solo yacht racer and designer Dick Koopmans, hand built in the Netherlands by Vels in 2009 she has been maintained to the highest degree .

A joy to helm on all points of sail - she is fast in light and heavy winds. Her strongest points are
upwind (in all airs), downwind in the light she will sail around much larger boats and in heavy airs she has planed up to 18 kts.

Completed full IRC measurement in June 2019 (just before sailing over to the UK from Newport RI) enabling an Endorsed certificate. She was measured to get accurate data to enable an IRC rating review - she has been rated by IRC between 1.024 and 1.047 . She is very competitive under PHRF, ORR, and is rated a little high under IRC for a 32 boat. As a reference in light and heavy airs she is quicker upwind than a J105/9 -downwind in the light quite a bit quicker, and deep downwind in strong airs she is over a knot faster. Her results record includes -
Winner of the 2013 OSTAR Racing Division. Winner solo and double handed Trans Superior Yacht Race. Winner 2018 International Yacht Race USA to Canada. Winner 2018 Bayfield Race Week, 2018 Solo & Double handed championship and 2018 Fall Regatta. 2019 - 2nd in class 1 Newport / Bermuda solo yacht race.

We have lots more information to give you, including access to her 2016 survey report so please get in touch and ask questions. Her owner is selling due to a move inland and change of direction however requests for a full handover and knowledge transfer will be welcomed

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This VQ 32 has been personally photographed and viewed by Corinne Gillard of Boatshed IOW. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

Since new in 2008

Why are you selling her?

Finished planned racing circuits and moved inland

Where have you sailed her?

US and UK including transatlantic between

The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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