Built in Cowes in 1872 in Mr. Corke's Yard and based on the shallow draft catboat design popular on the East coast of the United States, Vigia was briefly raced in the Solent and then spent the next 100 years being sailed by the same family on the East Coast of England. Finally retired, Vigia was brought back to the Museum in 2006 requiring very extensive work. Restoration proved impossible so it was decided to build a replica retaining the few original parts that could be used.
We recently completed a test launch. The launch brought the build near to completion which only now requires final finishing with a launch in early summer.