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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu October 9, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The Laser 28 is a high performance Cruiser Racer.Designed by Bruce Farr and built using Kevlar it is light, strong and fast. It is a fractional rig and planes under spinaker. Double digit speeds are common. Strenghts are it truly can be raced and cruised. It is very comfortable to sail and can be raced by women as well as men since you don't need gorrilas to trim the sails. The boats are over ten years old now and some engines may be a problem. A great one design boat with strong fleets in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa as well as many boats accross the USA doing well in PHRF.
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Review Date: Thu September 28, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


In the early 1980's the Laser 28 were conceived as a genuine dual purpose state of the art racer/ cruiser. Bruce Farr designed the boat. Ian Bruce of Laser fame put the boats into production. The boat was unique for its day and remains so even today. Tremdous care went into the design of every detail in the boat. Full scale mock ups were constructed and tested for months. Out of this careful design process came a boat that had a great cruising interior for a couple or a family with young children while maintaining a highly optomized race boat. Some of the unique details (at least for the day) include:

-Kevlar Hulls with vinylester resin (later boats used conventional polyester and the last few boats were conventional glass).

-Hulls and decks molded in two part molds (interior and exterior parts) which were vacuumed together to obtain proper laminate to resin content.

-Minimal use of liners. The interior of the molded hulls and decks were suitable for exposed finishes without liners.

-A system of glassed in molded kevlar frames cobined with closed cell foam coring provides amazing rigidity without the need for glassed in interior elements. There is nothing so nice as unbolting the bulkeads that form the sides of the engine compartment to have complete access to tankage or the engine.

-Messenger lines were included in the boats to allow wires to be rund neatly through frame system.

-Fabric hull liners held in sail track allow inspection of the hull, These furtehr allow easy running of wires and hoses,

-Great care was taken to develop a cockpit with workable positions for the helmsman and trimmers. Seating is contoured to hold you in place when the boat is heeled. Windows in the body of the sail allows sail trimmers to see the leach of the sail from the 'high side' winches.

-All halyards, reefs and controls run aft to the cockpit whish is great for racing and great for single-handing.

-The boat is designed to have very light loads on all liness and the helm. Hardware is sized and placed to allow small people to race or cruise the boats. Gorrillas are not needed.

-The fractional rig is designed for rapid shifting of gears by either the helmsman or the mainsail trimmer. The rig is nicely proportioned so that a specially designed #3 works in a wide range of wind speeds from next to nothing up to 20 knots or so. It is a very easy rig to tack and the comparatively small chutes are great for short course racing or short handed cruising. (I fly my chute single handed quite frequently.) Items like an on boom pole launcher makes strategic roundings quick and easy.

I have owned my Laser 28 for 12 years now. Initially I raced the boat one design. Other owners have had great success racing PHRF, MORC, and IMS. Last summer racing PHRF class C in the beer can series my record was 6 first, 2 seconds and a third. They can still be raced competitively but are comparatively obsolete when compared to Mumm 30's and the like.

I have cruised my boat extensively staying out for as much as 11 days at a time. My wife and I did our honeymoon on the boat 11 years ago. Many of the boats had pressure water and showers. Forward on deck is an anchor locker. Below that on the interior is a laundry bin. Next comes a Vee berth forward. Over the Vee berths are large fabric clothing bins, three on each side . Next comes a dinette for 4 on starboard, that converts to a double berth. The table hinges open and has generous chart storage capacity. There are large storage compartments under the seats. The forward seat has molded in areas for the depth sounder and exactly on the centerline, forward of the keel is a spot for the knot meter. Across from the dinette is a settee with 25 gallon bladder type tank under it. (A lot of boats have a second 25 gal bladder aft.) Aft of the settee on port is a reasonable galley with a two burner Origo, an ice box, a dry storage bin and a pantry below, There is also a built in area for an igloo drink cooler aft of the galley. Aft of that is a large quarter berth below which is the 10 gallon fuel tank. On the centerline is a Buhk diesel driving through a Buhk sail drive, This is a very nice little engine that has been quite reliable but which is just now showing signs of needing long term maintenance items. (replaced the waterpump and welded one of the steel frames that support the engine.) On port aft is an enclosed head with 5'-7" head room, a toilet, large storage locker with 7 bins and a was basin. My boat has the shower option which we've hardly used. Aft of that is a huge compartment big enough to store an inflatable and a couple full sized bicycles (deflated and with front wheels off.) In the cockpit are two lockers. One quite shallow but big enough for a few dock lines and the other quite comodious.

Needless to say I really love my boat. I have spent a lot of time sailing her in all kinds of conditions from almost no wind to getting caught in a 65 knot winds for almost an hour. (We were the only boat able to beat our way out of the river and get sea room but I can't say that was fun.) I have spent an absurb amount of time beating into winds gusting into the low 30kt range. The boat has been great in all of it. That said these are boats that take some skill to sail and a lot of skill to sail well.

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