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Pearson 28
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Description: Pearson 28
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Review Date: Mon September 9, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This model of the Pearson 28 is a rugged, moderately stiff racer/cruiser that sails well and easily in most wind conditions. Fairly roomy inside and dry. The venerable Atomic 4 engine is reliable and moves the boat easily through the water. The Pearson 28 is a fun family cruiser which will provide a safe platform for week-end or week-long excursions.


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Review Date: Fri February 21, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Heavily ballasted, very stiff, high freeboard makes her a dry boat in a chop, very fast, tiller steering, very maneuverable; sails herself with the proper sail trim. A great boat in 30 knots with a double-reefed main. I love my Pearson!
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Review Date: Wed May 21, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Bill Shaw designed for family crusing/racing. Two large cockpit lockers instead of 1/4 berth. Originally tiller steered, which I replaced with Edson wheel steering, with engine controls on pedestal. Like it much better. Harken furling is a great help. A mainsheet traveler would be a good addition. The hull is solid and the decks are like a rock. Sails wonderfully and is very seaworthy.
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Review Date: Sun November 30, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a very comfortable 28 footer. Good size cockpit and cabin. Built very sturdy, somwhat of a "no frills boat" nothing fancy, just very functional. Sails faster than I would have expected and sails to wind well. For a 17 year old boat it has held up very well. Overall I am very satisfied with the boat. For what these boats are selling for it is a great boat at a good price.
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Review Date: Sun January 4, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Having added an Edson Wheel, moved the mainsheet to a coachroof traveler, routed all lines to the cockpit, and added a gennaker, my Pearson feels and sails like a larger boat--according at least to reviews from friends. Easy for me to handle single-handed (most of the time), and otherwise roomy in the cockpit for day sails.
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Review Date: Sun August 2, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Pearson 28 is well balanced, moderatly stiff, easily handled sloop with excellent sailing characteristics. I've taken her out in some pretty heavy winds and never felt out of control with this boat, she simply goes where you point her. This is my 3rd sailboat, I've owned her since 1990 and have developed considerable effection for her and her reliable Atomic 4 engine. My web site at
http://members.aol.com/CptinRn
contains considerable information on all models of 28' Pearsons and the A4 engine.

Fair Winds, CptinRn
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Review Date: Mon June 12, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I sailed my 28 for 10 years on Lake Superior before I bought a P37.
The 28 is an excellent boat that can take you anywhere.
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rafontaine
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Registered: September 2000
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Review Date: Mon January 8, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The P28 is a great all around sailing vessel which sails well for her rating. A solid performer. Winner 1985 Pearson Yachts Rendezvous, Class I, First place, and second place overall of Class I, II and III. Have cruised with her from Long Island to Mount Dessert Island Maine, with a couple of offshore trips to-from Cape Cod Canal to Maine and numerous overnight 100 mile solo races. At no time was I concerned for the safety of myself and crew. She sails well to windward and off the wind. I have competed with many larger boats with excellant results. Interior accomodations are excellant for two and very workable for four. Many upgrades make her more livable than the original configuration. In my opinion, for a boat under 30 feet, this was truly the best buy, and I don't regret all the years I've owned her and all the work I done to bring her to the condition she is today. Much stiffer and dryer than the P30.
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dfharris02
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Registered: August 2003
Review Date: Tue August 26, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned several boats before the P28, including a Catalina 30, a Hans Christian 38, and a Catalina 36. I have a young family so the P28 is just the right size and maintenance at this point.

I sail Hiatus on San Francisco Bay and I'm incredibly impressed by her ease of motion in a seaway, her ability to maintain hull speed, and her ability to stand up to the heavy SF winds. I believe that the ballast on the boat is roughly 45% of her displacement(compare that to newer boats!) The boat feels very secure and never creaks. The P28 is faster than the Catalina 30 and does not round up like my Catalina 36. I suspect shes does not have the tendancy to round up thanks to a relatively narrow beam. According to my GPS I regularly make 6+ knots over the ground.

When I purchased the boat I had the mast pulled and then the yard cut the mast bottom off due to corrosion. The yard added a fennel (sp?) block which has worked out very well.

Hiatus has an Atomic 4 which is smooth, but thirsty. Hiatus has tiller steering with considerable prop wash. I will add a tiller pilot next year.

The cabin layout is fully maximized for a 28 footer. It's the right combination of space and storage. The fold down table really opens up the salon. The galley is small and the stove, well, let's say we barbeque! The head is adequate but no shower.

Overall, Bill Shaw designed this boat beautifully. She's well made, stiff, and sails like a dream. These boats are an incredible value if you're willing to give up corian counters, double berths under the cockpit, a huge beam (a real minus in heavy air) and a diesel engine. You can't go wrong with this great boat!
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langdon
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Registered: December 2003
Posts: 3
Review Date: Sun May 28, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I'm learning to sail on this boat. It allows me some wriggle room when I make mistakes and rewards me when I get it right. I mostly sail solo and the boat is easily managed and inspires me to be a better sailor. Not too big, not too small...just right. I got lucky with my first (and likely last) boat. I'm 67. Lee
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John B
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Registered: March 2013
Posts: 13
Review Date: Tue March 19, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: very forgiving ,easy to sail
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I am a new sailor when I bought the boat. I got a few lesions from the old owner.Thank God I had this boat because most of the time I sailed be myself. It was terrifying the first time I healed over in high wind,but the boat behaved well.The atomic 4 was another story.there were constant problems at all the wrong times.After a lot of money and help from friends it runs great. My next job is to paint and upgrade the sails and hardware.Its a great boat I love it.
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