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Viking 28 Optomistic
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Description: Viking 28 Optomistic
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Author
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Registered: September 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 14390
Review Date: Sun March 19, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
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Viking 28

We owned one of these boats for 10 years on the west coast, where they are a relative rarity. Club racing on Howe Sound with typical wind speeds in the 20K range and flat water was a lot of fun with a goodly share of hardware claimed.
This boat is easily handled by two, ready for whatever mother nature deems to toss her way. Seakindly, no bad manners, good cockpit and a very pretty boat to look at, especially if there is no outboard hanging off the transom. The traditional C&C sheerline and trunk profile has stood the test of time, the 28's lack of standing headroom, while a limitation below, contributes greatly to the pleasing form she presents to the eye. The low profile rig and the high aspect headsails keep the power ratio good between main and headsail and keeps the spinnaker manageable under most conditions. (unlike the skinny-main 70's IOR rigs)
Ours was in all likelihood one of those sold in kit form and lacked the improvements noted in later models, however the cockpit was free of obstruction and the layout was simple and straightforward. We made modifications including adding a head instead of the portapotty, and expanded the galley at the expense of the full length port settee berth. This created a perfect berth for our then-newborn son. He grew up sailing on this boat and still has a soft spot for it 23 years later.
We did a lot of extended coastal cruising with at least three on board, we always had confidence in the boat regardless of the weather. She handled large seas better than the pinched-ended boats of the 70's and consistently raced with the ever competitive T-bird, with which she rates even on the west coast.
Would consider this an excellent starter for someone on a budget, wants a good, well-mannered learning platform and who likes to row slowly away from their boat as they admire her lines.

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Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
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stillclewless

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Registered: September 2006
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sun December 24, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good looking, sails well, high ballast ratio
Cons: small down below, with limited headroom

This is my second yacht and I'm really enjoying her. She sails well and is well balanced. Narrow beam and high ballast ratio make her initially tender but ultimately stiff and seaworthy. Great yacht - big enough at 28' to be a real yacht but small enough so that the maintenance and upkeep don't outpace the sailing and enjoyment. I'm not looking for anything else!

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stillclewless

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Registered: September 2006
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sun December 24, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good looking, sails well, high ballast ratio
Cons: small down below, with limited headroom

This is my second yacht and I'm really enjoying her. She sails well and is well balanced. Narrow beam and high ballast ratio make her initially tender but ultimately stiff and seaworthy. Great yacht - big enough at 28' to be a real yacht but small enough so that the maintenance and upkeep don't outpace the sailing and enjoyment. I'm not looking for anything else!

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