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Lancer 28
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Review Date: Tue April 22, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Lancer 28 is a rugged coastal cruiser with many extras built in. Its sleek lines and shoal keel give its owners a wide range of sailing waters, from shallow bays to open ocean.

The 28 sail is equipt with tabernacle mast, outboard in separate, enclosed compartment. Its 5,500lb disp. and 8' beam allow it to be trailered if needed. It's shoal keel lends itself well there too. Cooking, cooler, freshwater and holding tanks allow long weekends with a few friends, or even snug live aboard for the determined. Its size lends iself well to single handed sailing, but big enough for a group of up to five in comfort.

The boat is well made, packed with features of more expensive sail craft. It is fast for its size and moves in even light airs. A 10hp outbord is sufficent for aux. needs.
An excellent cabin layout is an outstanding feature.

The light hull is easily moved on windy days, making docking and undocking a two person job. Narrow beam limits interior room.

The Lancer 28 has a currnt price (West Coast) ranging from 8 to 15 thousand. Its 6'plus head room, singlehanded sailablilty, and shoal draft keel make it a flexible, capable, and affordable sailyacht. I have yet to hear of any Lancer breaking out with blisters. All in all an excellent buy for the money.





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Review Date: Tue April 22, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Lancer 28 is a rugged coastal cruiser with many extras built in. Its sleek lines and shoal keel give its owners a wide range of sailing waters, from shallow bays to open ocean.

The 28 sail is equipted with tabernacle mast, outboard in seperate, enclosed compartment. Its 5,500lb disp. and 8' beam allow it to be trailered if neccary. Its shoal keel lends itself well there too. Cooking, cooler, freshwater and holding tanks allow long weekends with a few friends, or even snug live aboard for the determined. Its size lends iself well to single handed sailing, but big enough for a group of up to five in comfort.

The boat is well made, packed with features of more expensive sail craft. It is fast for its size and moves in even light airs. A 10hp outbord is sufficient for aux. needs.
An excellent cabin layout is an outstanding feature.

The light hull is easily moved on windy days, making docking and undocking a two person job. Narrow beam limits interior room.

The Lancer 28 has a current price (West Coast) ranging from 8 to 15 thousand. Its 6'plus head room, singlehanded sailablilty, and shoal draft keel make it a flexible, capable, and affordable sailyacht. I have yet to hear of any Lancer breaking out with blisters. All in all an excellent buy for the money.
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Review Date: Fri November 28, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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New owner, will give further review in the near futcher. So far very satisfied.
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Review Date: Sun December 21, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Lancer 28 is a realy interesting design. At 3 feet the draft is shoal enough to get into places few others of this length can go. The outboard engine is mounted in an opening in the transom, not on a bracket. I set mine up top steer with the tiller which makes docking, anchoring and the like much easier. Although I have 15 hp I have used 8 and done just fine.

Because the boat was designed to be trailered the mast is deck stepped on a tabernackle. While the mastis 4" X 6" aluminum and not a lightweight with the right equipment and some guts it can be raised and lowered alone. Trailereble design also affects the interior in that at 8 ft of beam it isn't the roomiest around, although there is enough space for reasonable comfort. There is actualy berth space for 7, but it's realy friendly. Headroom is provided by a footwell sunk into the keel area. 6 footers have no problem.

Quality probably falls into the mid range. Again, it was built to be as light as it could for trailering: about 5800 pounds, 2500 of which is ballast. I've had little trouble with build related problems. The port lights leaked, but disassembly and copious silicone fixed that. The floor of the engine compartment/lazarette cracked and leaked. Epoxy and plywood fixed that better than new. The problem was caused by holes drilled by first owner for fuel tank mounts.

Sailing characteristics are pretty much what you'd expect from a long, narrow, light, shoal draft boat. She tends towards tenderness but does well in light air. She's happiest between 15 and 30 degrees of heel, although we've seen well over 45 degrees with no problem when I'm too lazy to reef. We've sailed in gusting wind of 25 plus knots reefed and done just fine. For me she seems to perform best sailing a reach thruogh close hauled, while running straught downwind is not it's best point of sail.

In the three seasons I've had the boat we've enjoyed it a lot and any failures have been my fault. You could do a lot worse than a Lancer and they seem to be a really good value for the money, which is usualy fairly low.

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Review Date: Fri January 30, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned my Lancer 28 for eight years.I have done extensive work on her in that time although I'm very pleased I bought her.
Her weaknesses are leaky windows,small cockpit,small bilge,turnbuckles have backing plates instead of proper shear mounted chainplates and very large companyonway.
The Lancer 28 is a great boat In light wind and safe but tender In anything stronger than 15 knots.
The Lancer 28 has more room down below than any boat
her size.I've had four adults onboard for four days and
have taken her to catalina maybe 25 times.
Because the halyards are almost impossible to led to the cockpit you'll need an autopilot to go out alone.
I recommend this boat I'm happy with her just look out
for a soft deak on cabin top (because of such large windows).
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Review Date: Sat June 20, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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SUMMARY - One of the largest boats trailerable with 8 ft beam and about 5,000 pounds. My version has 8 opening window ports to cool the cabin! Fracional rig with moderately high freeboard. I've had the Lancer 4 years.
STRENGTHS - Excellent for week long cruising on lakes and fair weather coastal cruising. Sailed well going to Catalina and back in 15 knot wind. Seven knots top speed but not in chop. I like the small cockpit but the companionway is too big. 10 HP Honda outboard is perfect for lake sailing. Laserette cover reduces Honda noise. Lots of storage for a boat this size. Head with sink. No leaks through hatch. Teak inside still looks good.
WEAKNESSES - Our trip to Santa Cruz Island had too much chop for this boat going to windward in 20 knots, but we got there, slowly. Galley sink is small. I recommend getting an Origo stove. Deck has minor Gelcoat cracking after 17 years. Mast takes about two hours for my wife and I to raise or lower but no mechanical problems. One hull blister so far.
SATISFACTION - Its a fun boat with average construction quality but holding up well. Very satified for the price.
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Review Date: Thu September 17, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have had a 28 for over four years now and can't say enough good things about it. Trailerable, roomy and well built, it is an excellent option for a weekender/coastal cruiser. Have had it on the Great Lakes, east and west coasts of Florida, the Keys and the Sea of Cortez. Standing headroom over six feet and will fit two to three adults.

I don't think that you can find a trailerable boat of it's size that affords as much room and amenities.
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I have owned this 1979 28' Lancer since 1991. It was in great shape when purhcased. The previous owners had installed a Edson binnacle steering system. The Lancer has withstood many rough weather sailings on the east coast of New Jersey. Blistering of the bottom was repaired during the spring of 1998. The whole bottom contained different sizes of blisters. The keel was cracked due to a grounding in 1993 and was repaired. All voids in the ballast area of the keel were filled with epoxy adding an additional 400 pounds to the keel. Reinforcement of the mast step area of the cabin top will be needed this year as it is starting to dimple. This model does not have a compression post under the mast.



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I have had my Lancer 28 for 2 years and have injoyed it. I would like to know some history of the Lancer, and why I don't see very many is this good or bad?
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Review Date: Fri September 6, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Lancer 28 is a boat that suffers from too many compromises in quality construction. Bilge pump is all but impossible to access. A 15 gallon water tank whose roof is the bottom of the holly sole and is "sealed" by a beading of silicon.

Electrical planning that makes replacement of wire or access to connections impossible. You have to take everything apart to get at anything. No centralized negative buses so owners tend to be lazy and just splice things together. The shrouds have nothing holding them down except the deck. The deck/hull joint held in only by screws. These screws are held in by plywood that is afixed to the rim of the hull just under the deck. Well, screws leak water and this wood can rot out and turn to paper from the outside in (you won't notice it). At some point your your mast will be under sail and you'll be astounded how quickly unanchored shrouds can unzip the hull/deck joint. An amazing experience is in store for you as your unrestrained mast begins to lever your deck apart before your eyes. I promise you'll be dumbfounded to see screws popping out of your boat.

You could tack, but be prepared for one hell of jerk on the opposite shroud plate with all that slack and pray to Jesus that the wood on the opposite side is not as equally rotted away.

Also, since the rudder is lower than the keel pay special attention to previous owner's that hunted for places to ground and drag themselves. Be sure - certain to check for rudder, rudder, post and transom damage.

The fiberglass has no matting that I can see. A flashlight on the inside will make the entire hull transparent if the headliner & seats are out. Makes for a great Burmese shadow puppet stage.

The boat is tippy and firms up just before your guests are ready to fling themselves overboard to save themselves from capsizing. I dearly recall the death grip and frozen mask of horror on one guest's face as we were hit by a rogue puff and instantly healed hard. Given her expression I can only guess pure fear driven paralysis was the reason why she did not relieve herself on the spot.

We pulled the portlights, rebuilt the wood around them and then siliconed the heck out of them. They still leak. Cheap plastic non-gasketed construction is to blame. And there is no construction specifications. The portlights were cut by some clown hand marking a window cut and then buzz cutting the line markings. He had to have been drunk because he surely didn't/couldn't follow the line. The result is that the opening in the deck gaps around the portlight making a wonderful opportunity for leaks and weakening the structure.

The cabin trench makes moving about the cabin with more than one a poor man's ballet. You-up, me-down, you-down, me-up. No one goes into the cabin except for a beer.

The transom is another place for owners to let it go. The wood rots and they glass over it which is fine (but dumb) for year or so until the wood pulls away from that. I pulled the transom and rebuilt it. Only know after having thought out how best to build it am I comfortable that the transom can/will successfully transfer the forces of the motor properly.

I could go on. Suffice it to say, if you wanna bomb around on nice days get it. Don't pay much for it as under the plastic and cushions is a poorly designed, poorly constructed boat that is waiting to fall apart.
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Review Date: Wed July 9, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $5,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Roomy interior and ease of sail
Cons: small cockpit

Just bought this great little boat from a good friend who could no longer sail it due to an illness. So far so good, seems to be well constructed and a great deal for the price. Working on many minor improvements. Does anyone have access to the owners manual? I know it's an old boat but any advice would be great.
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