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Tanzer 28
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Description: Tanzer 28
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue September 3, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Flush-deck, roomy, fast and bulletproof. NO significant structural degredation in 24 years.

Flush deck and 10' beam creates incredible space. True berths for 6 adults (2 in the 7' wide "V"; double berth and two singles in main cabin.)

You can crawl around the whole engine and the rest of the below-cockpit space is open for stowage and tankage. It echoes, it's so empty.

Maintained close-hauled speeds in the 7.5-7.8 knot range before we replaced the 23 year-old mainsail: Testing of new main incomplete, but it looks like we're quite a bit faster now.)

Truly a "freighter with legs"!

The ONLY weakness is the swept back rudder common to all Tanzers and that's easily replaced.

Pictures and further info at Xan-a-Deux's Main Page . Don't hesitate to ask any questions that that page doesn't answer.












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Review Date: Sat June 13, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Very spacious 28 ft boat with ane extremly large V-berth and cockpit. The flush deck gives lots of headroom as well as room to lay out on deck and easy to manuever around. The engine compartment is HUGE- easily accessed through the cabin or from the cockpit- I sawed a hole in my cockpit locker. The boat sails well in strong wind- has handled 8-10 ft, (I was the one who was going to break)This is A well built boat but becoming very hard to find.

The flaws are the tiller design- much resistance in strong wind, and the companion way leaks.
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Registered: November 2002
Review Date: Mon May 25, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Huge volume, safe in all weather, moves along in strong winds
Cons: Weather helm (scimitar rudder), awkward looks, aging volvo penta

I had a Tanzer 22 for many years until I moved up to bigger water. I always wanted the 28 - and found one a year ago on Lake Erie.

The Tanzer 28 is a lot of well built boat for not a lot of money. Tanzer built his boats to be tough - at 35 years old the only signs of wear and tear are a hairline cracks in the gelcoat. There is no flex in the decks, no cracks in cockpit lockers, no creaks under heavy weather.

The interior volume is akin to a 32-35 footer. The main salon gives 6ft headroom and a wide, open feeling because of the flush deck. The V-is equally grand. As mentioned in other reviews, the engine space is cavernous making routine maintenance a breeze.

All Tanzers have large cockpits - the 28 is no exception. The removable base of the v-berth plays double duty as an after-market table in the cockpit - cocktails and dinner for 6 adults is comfortable. One big difference between the 22 and 28 is the freeboard - on the 22 it is very low; on the 28 it is quite high.

The old volvo penta is, well, old. I had to rebuild the carburretor - other than that, the only complaint is that it just kinda chugs along in the a lumpy sort of Volvo way. She easily cruises at 6-7 knots all day. My boat walks pretty seriously to the left when backing out of the dock - and the afore mentioned rudder isn't much help in correcting the behaviour.

Under sail, the 28 has a predictable tanzer feel. The 140% furling genoa is the primary source of power - you need to rein it in in heavy winds to stave off the inevitable weather helm. That being said - she keeps up with newer boats a third her age and is fast and gentle on a run.

All this boat - and all this sailing - for prices that vary between $10,000 - $18,000. Main reason for the (relatively) low price is the looks. If you love the looks - like I do - you will love the boat.
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