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Newport 28 II
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Description: Newport 28 II
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Review Date: Thu February 4, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My boat has a 14 hp Universal diesel, wheel, Hood (140%) roller furling, and shoal keel. The engine easily pushes it along at 5.5 knots, using about 1 pint per hour. The Newport is a little tender, but once the rails are down, it stiffens up with the ability to carry a non-reefed main and 100% headsail in 20-25 knots and stay on her feet. The sailplan results in a well balanced boat that tracks very well with little attention by the helmsperson. Engine access is great. Overall quality seems to be a notch or two above similar Catalina and Hunters, with a big edge in interior asthetics and quality. Please feel free to email me with any questions.etc.

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Rafaelb
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Registered: September 2000
Posts: 2
Review Date: Thu November 9, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My boat 'Malaquena' is an '81, with a 28 sail and beam but a 28II keel and rudder. Many things seem to be an amalgam of the two models. Even the sales brochure that the original purchaser saved and turned over to me has conflicting versions. Many options were ordered by her original owner including the double safety lines, wheel steering, teak floor, swim step, etc.

She has a 11 hp Universal that seems to be just enough juice to keep everything moving at 5+ knots. This is my first boat and though I thought she was a little tender at first, it didn't take me long to realize that she would stay under my feet.

I don't like some of the plumbing [diverter valves, through hulls, etc.] locations, and find I have to be a contortionist to get at some stuff, but the hatch over the engine compartment makes oil changes and other maintainence fairly easy.

The wheel makes it tough to get at sheets when singlehanding, and I plan to move the halyard winches off the mast and back to the cockpit where I can better reach them.

I appreciated the fact that previous owners have upgraded some hardware like 8" for 6" cleats, larger blocks and sheets, etc.

Inside she seems roomier than a 30' Pearson of the same vintage, and she performs pretty well in light wind.
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Review Date: Fri February 9, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have just recently bought my first sailboat, a 1981 Newport 28 which seems to have been built during the transition to the MKII. Below the waterline, it is a MKII, with the newer keel design, new rudder and broader beam.

But above she is a throwback to the original 28 with three lites per side.

As I said this is my first boat, and I think I have my hands full. Powered by a Universal Diesel 5411 rated at 11 horsepower, she is slightly underpowered. She tops out at about 5.5 knots, but the little twin just sips the diesel and I love the _lack_ of gasoline odor.

As someone else mentioned, she is light and beamy so at first she feels fairly tender, but after the third of fourth time out I realized that once the toerails near the water, she stiffens up and just sits there. I have great confidence in her now.

She points well and tacks like a charm, and sails in anything strong enough to flutter the flag.

I also like the private potty which a 30' Pearson I was looking at didn't have [its head had no door isolating it from the forward bearth].

Belowdecks she feels roomier than many 30s I looked at and my 6' high head clears the headliner with room to spare.

Some of the things I think I would like to change are relocating the halyards from the mast and beefing up the thru hulls which are plastic. But, they do work and that doesn't look like a do-it-yourself project.

I added a pump to the [small] bilge and directed the outlet out the transom. I also modified the alternator to increase its output so as to compensate for a battery isolator. It allows me to bypass the 1-2-both switch AND it eliminates the need for adding diode protection to the alternator.

The boat also has a wheel, teak sole and the upgraded safety lines [two instead of one].
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tackesailors
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Registered: August 2001
Posts: 5
Review Date: Sat February 16, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great family cruiser or club racer. See my review at http://www.tackesailors.com
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BarryL

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Registered: August 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 1631
Review Date: Wed September 1, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hello,

I have had my boat for over a month now and I have sailed it about 10 times. The N28 is a very nice sailing boat. It is fast and dry. It is not the stiffest boat in the world, and it will heel 20 degrees when the wind picks up, however, it will rarely heel more than that and it is easy to trim to stand her back up.

My boat seems exceptionally well balanced. Trim the sails and the boat will stay on course for a long time without touching the wheel.

The interior is well layed out and comfortable. It is only 28' but the folding table makes the main salon spacious. As a result the head is small and the V berth is not large either. It's great for day sailing and weekending. A family can easily spend a few nights on board, but I don't know about a week of longer.

Good things:
Sailing performance
Interior design
cockpit layout (T Shape) means the helmsman can easily move around begind the wheel and can also easily reach the jib sheets.
Engine - I have the Universal M-18 and it is a great motor
Engine access - remove the steps and open a hatch and you can get at anything! Much better than on a Catalina 30.

Bad things:
The icebox is very hard to reach. It is against the outer hull and far down.
The thru-hull fittings for the galley sink are almost impossible to access. You need to empty out the cockpit lazarette, climb down into it, remove an access panel and open the valves. As a result, I leave the valves closed and put a large bowl in the sink. I empty the bowl into the head sink which has much easier acess.

I'm still learning this boat and I see a bright future with it. They are also relatively cheap to buy.

Barry


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Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
lenoble@optonline.net
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stpabr
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Registered: December 2008
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Posts: 50
Review Date: Fri August 13, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Roomy, diesel engine, nice hull (C&C) design
Cons: Cockpit scuppers

Aquired this 28II after sitting on the hard for 10 years. Cockpit overflowed and filled cabin with 18 inches of water. Cleaned up nicely after removing everything out of the cabin, including cushions, hatchs, drawers, doors and table. Pressurer washed the whole inside. Planning on re-building bulkheads and some teak ply trim. Diesel engine had some water in the bottom of the oil pan.
Any one still active with the N28s?

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Stephen
1982 Newport 28II
S/V Sea Hawg

"It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better."
-Sir Francis Drake
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