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Yankee 28
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Description: Yankee 28
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Review Date: Sun June 28, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Recently purchased this boat and I have limited info. The year may not even be exact but I do have a copy of the original brochure. The boat is the only yankee design not a Sparkman and Stephens. Although very similar lines, it's a Finch design. I definately would be interested in talking to any other Yankee 28 owners. There were not many built and info is had to find.
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Review Date: Sat October 7, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: ?
Cons: ?

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Guess what I just bought a Yankee 28 myself. She's anchored in Santa Barbara and I bought her on ebay. I'll get on board her tomarro. I also own a Cal 24.
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Registered: July 2005
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Review Date: Thu July 23, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: well built?
Cons: not many in existence

Here's a negative: it's very hard to find info on this boat! I don't own one, but here is the summary of the little that i can find.

Lead fin keel, skeg hung rudder, 1/2-ton IOR design, 30-HP gas Atomic 4 engine, keel-stepped mast. a schematic is here.

Bob Finch designed a number of racer-cruiser boats from 1969 to 1980, in the 23-30 foot range, you can see them here.

He shared design credit for the Catalina 27, he also designed the Islander 30, which was a very successful product. Also the Yankee 28 and 24, and the North American 23 trailer sailor and the Midship 25. All these boats were in production in Southern California in the mid 70's. His most spectacular design, IMO, was the Robinson 51', a very high-end semi-production cold-molded canoe sterned cutter. I believe only one was built and remained for sale for many years. Bob Perry reviewed the design in his first Sailing Design Collection, 1977."

Built by Yankee, which, according to Sailboatdata.com:
"Sailboat builder located in Santa Ana, California USA founded by John Schumaker. The line included yachts from 24 to 40 feet and were known for a high standard of construction so that today, they are eagerly sought on the used sailboat market."

Here is some original marketing on Yankee construction methods.

books.google.com offers some tantalizaing half-sentence snippets from the contemporary press, which appears to have been just as obsequious to potential advertisers as they are today:

--Exceptionally well equipped inside and out, the Yankee 28 bears the mark of Yankee Yachts' superb construction techniques. (Yachting, 1973)
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A potent half-ton competitor for the level racing enthusiast, the Robert Finch designed Yankee 28 with keel-stepped mast, high aspect sail plan... (Yacht Racing, 1973)
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Crisp, thoroughly modern lines, inboard power, ... Inside and out, the superbly equipped Yankee 28 bears the mark of Yankee... (One-design & Offshore Yachtsman‎, 1974)

Atomic 4 Testimonial page, possibly the only place in the world full of positive press for the atomic 4: "You can add the Yankee 28 to your list of happy customers. Every boast was met and we are very happy with all aspects of the prop. We have increased rpm, speed, charging, oil pressure and decreased engine temperature." Greg Bowlin, Arlington, WA

from a for sale ad in 2002:
"Yankee built a sturdy, fast cruiser and was forced out of business because they refused to cut back on the resin to compete in the price battle for yachts of the time. Surveyed three years ago with excellent results. No blisters and solid construction. She was hauled last spring (2002) and new bottom paint applied. Again the bottom was in perfect condition. The prop was replaced at that time as the folding prop was worn. has been a joy to sail and would remain my boat of choice."

PHRF ratings come in around 195. that puts it in with similar cruiser-racers of its time, in what is now the 'slow but not completely porcine' end of ratings.

Notable sails:
The Southern Sailing Club of Lake Lanier Sailing Club Lormand Cup Singlehander Regatta is named in honor of Ed Lormand, who sailed his Yankee 28 single-handed from Fernandina Beach, Florida to England in 1977.

That's all i can find, and it ain't much. Can't find any details on construction, how it handles, or maintenance issues. Presumably in 1974 it didn't have balsa cored deck, and was built pretty thick.

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