Ample space in cockpit for six. All halyards and sheets are handled from cockpit. Roller furled jib and full mainsail provide about 474 sq. ft of sail. Yanmar 2GM20F 16 hp diesel in excellent operating condition.
Cabin includes ample V-berth, marine head, hanging wet locker and two settees. Galley includes sink, icebox, two burner stove and ample storage compartments. Eight opening ports with screens provide ample ventilation.
Sailed VASA round-trip from Annapolis to Westerly, RI in 2011 and circumnavigated the Delmarva peninsula in 2012
Dixon was great to work with, quick to respond to our messages and met us at the boat to show us the ropes. VASA is an older boat that shows it age but aside from struggling to get back on board with the rope swim ladder we had no problems. The engine fired up right away every time and was very thrifty on fuel. Sailing was easy but could benefit from a larger foresail given the light winds on the bay.
Even though this is a old boat but everything is working. Owner was on a phone call away every time I needed and helpful. Due to the very light wind, we only get up to 2knot sailing speed. We used the inboard engine and got 6knot speed on the way back.
Great boat, great owner!
Dixon was great to work with he made sure the boat was ready. VASA was a nice boat to sail. Everything was written out for easy understanding. Had a wonderful time even through the heavy storms. Small leaks but nothing that could not be handled.
Dixon was very accommodating when we were looking for a last-minute rental. We spoke on the phone and he approved the rental on a Friday afternoon (for departure the following morning), despite being out of town. We had a great time on taking my in-laws out for a daysail around the central Chesapeake. Dixon's boat, VASA, is built for cruising with an inboard diesel engine, standard head, bunks for 4 or 5 people, stove, etc. But at 28 feet, it's about as small as cruisers get, and it uses tiller steering which you don't usually see on cruising boats. So you want to be comfortable with a tiller to rent with Dixon. For our daysail with 4 adults, the size of the cabin was not a problem, but it would probably feel a bit crunched trying to actually sleep 4 adults for several days. VASA is an older boat which shows her age a bit. She is perfectly seaworthy and sails well, but does not have all the modern amenities that you may be used to (eg, the winches are not self-tailing, there's no stereo, barbecue, GPS/chartplotter, knotmeter). There is a depth meter, which is essential for Chesapeake sailing. And the price is very reasonable. In sum, if you're enthusiastic about an old-school sailing adventure at an affordable price, VASA may be a good choice for you.
We had a great day of sailing on Dixon's 28' Cape Dory. The boat does show her age, but is solid and fully functional. Engine fires right up and runs well. We sailed out of the bay/creek and several miles up the bay before dropping the hook and having lunch. We would have gone for a swim, but there is no swim ladder on the boat that I could find. No big deal, we had brought plenty of ice and drinks to stay cool. Had an exciting sail back home as a front moved in and gave us some gusts of 20-25 knots and rain.
Dixon was easy to communicate with and helpful with suggestions on where to go.
Would rent his boat again. Based on what I've seen of other boats on this site. This boat is priced correctly for what you get.
VASA is a sturdy vessel with spacious and well balanced areas to enjoy. It plows through chop and barely rocks in the wakes of power boats. The full keel is noticeable and welcome while napping on the bow.
Dixon is a communicative and responsive owner. His New England accent assures you he's been around boats a long time and knows his stuff. It certainly translates to VASA and I would not hesitate to charter her again.
My girlfriend and I rented the s/v VASA for an overnight trip from Grasonville to St. Michael's. The wind was good and the boat sailed nicely, but to ensure we were anchored before sunset we ducked into Tilghman Creek which turned out to be an excellent anchorage. On our way back the winds were very light so we had to do some motoring, which was fine because the engine fired easily anytime we needed it. VASA's age does show in certain areas, but that didn't bother us, she was a joy to sail. Dixon was great! He answered all of our questions and was very pleasant to talk with. Overall it was a fantastic trip!