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Vagabond is a well-designed, custom picnic boat and sport cruiser, with beautiful sea-handling performance.  Designed by (and built for) Rod Johnstone (J Boats), she features 6’ 4” headroom, an innovative, spacious cabin, and a large enclosed head.   Her Hamilton jet drive provides great handling and maneuverability, and makes her ideal for Maine lobster buoys or Cape Cod or Long Island Sound shallows.  

Layout and Design

Hull and Deck


  • Constructed of cold-molded marine plywood
  • Green awlgrip (2012) topsides, white bootstripe, red anti-fouling
  • Teak swim platform, with stainless folding swim ladder
  • Varnished teak toe rail with stainless half-round
  • Padeyes with chafe strips to hang fenders
  • Bow, stern and springline stainless cleats
  • Aluminum bow and stern chocks
  • Molded quarter guard rub rail with stainless half-round




  • Varnished teak windshield
  • Varnished ash ceiling (2012), with white/red overhead light
  • 2 fixed side windows, 2 fixed forward windows (wiper on helm side) and center opening window
  • Varnished teak companionway hatch and door
  • 2 person passenger seat with footrest
  • Moveable helm seat
  • Sunbrella side panels and rear panels with windows provides fully enclosed pilothouse




  • Coaming finished in varnished teak
  • Cockpit courtesy lights under coaming
  • Graco hot/cold handheld shower
  • Bomar aluminum access hatches midships (2) and stern (1)
  • Engine box with cushions


Accommodations Below


  • 6’4” headroom below
  • _’_” settees also serve as berths
  •  _” x _” dining table
  • Ample storage below and behind settees
  • Origio 3000 2 burner alcohol stove
  • Galley with pressure hot/cold water
  • Hanging locker
  • Large fully-enclosed head, with holding tank




  • Raymarine C95 Chartplotter/GPS/Radar (2012)
  • Icom IC-M424 VHR radio (2012)




  • Simpson Lawrence electric anchor windlass, with switches on foredeck and at helm
  • 2 bilge pumps with float switches (1 from 2012)
  • Manual emergency bilge pump with handle in cockpit
  • Blue Seas DC/AC electric panel with breakers
  • 2 Group 24 12V batteries
  • Atlantic Marine 6 gallon hot water heater


Additional Equipment


  • Triad dual axle trailer with 2012 tires and 2012 brakes
  • 25 lb Delta plow anchor with chain and nylon rode
LOA: 30'4
Beam: 8'6
Draft: 1'6
Displacement: 7,800
HIN: HQZ00167H000
Fuel Capacity: 110
Water Capacity: 40
Type: Cruising
Designed By: Rod Johnstone
Builder: Bob Eger/Tom Keating/Rod Johnstone
Year: 2000
Construction: Cold molded
Hull Material: Wood
Location: Thomaston, Maine
Boat Engine: Yanmar 4LHA-STE
Horsepower: 230
Jet: Hamilton 421
Cruising Speed: 21
Top Speed: 25

For more information contact:

Scott F. Layton
(207) 701-1235

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