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Islander 28
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Description: Islander 28
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue January 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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NICE BOAT, PERRY DESIGN. SAILS WELL, BUT A LITTLE TENDER. GENERALLY GOOD CONSTRUCTION BUT WATCH FOR HATCH HINGES (POT METAL) WOOD FLOORS. CUSTOM HATCHES. POOR ENGINE ACCESS.
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sun March 9, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great boat, Yanmar diesel, tiller, furling jib, DS/KM,
VHF. Mainsheet traveller needs improvement...
Ideas are welcome...Pls contact me!
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Review Date: Wed January 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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she is a little tender in heavy weather but handles good has wheel steering and roller furling, i love the boat have had a couple leaks around windows but no major problems yet. has a yanmar 15 horse.
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Review Date: Mon January 25, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased last spring (98). Had been dry docked for four years. My plan was to take the summer to clean, repair and learn the boat then make interior updates and rigging upgrades as necessary. Lucky so far: spent nothing and am having a blast.
I did notice some repairs had been done to the center bulkheads probably to repair some water damage due to porthole and/or grabrail leakage.
Harken r/f, Atomic-4 (30hp), spinnaker, 20 gal fuel, 20 gal water, alcohol stove, icebox, much teak and room, room, room make this a comfortable boat to really sleep 6 adults comfortably on weekend cruises.
Boat easily sails at 6-6.5 knots in 12-15 knots of wind. I can make 7 knots with 1 reef in the main and genoa at 40% in 25 knots of wind. Have read comments that boat is tender but haven't felt this. With 3000 lbs in the 5' draft keel on 7000 lbs total displacement this boat is not tender. Sailing out of Sandusky bay on Lake Erie gives the boat and crew all kinds of possible conditions for the boat to demonstrate itself. I single-hand 50% of the time in most weather and this boat gives me the confidence for a safe and comfortable sail every time. Don't try backing this boat into your slip. It has little steerage at start-up backing speed.
One improvement should be more drainage in the cockpit. I don't intend to do a transatlantic but have noticed when washing the boat slow drainage could be a problem.
From enjoying a sail with 6 guests to having 19 people aboard for a party at the dock this has been a fantastic boat for me. Sporty exterior profile and spacious teak interior make this "my boat". I can't imagine owning anything else.
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Review Date: Wed August 25, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is an '81 Bahamas model -- with enclosed head and U shaped galley. Powered with Yanmar 2GM, full complement of sails. I've found it to be a good, stiff boat. Others mention that the boat's tender, I've never felt that way. I sail on the SF Bay. In the summer I use a hanked on 90 for working jib, very flat with battens, and a flat north Main. I reef when heading into 16 knot winds, second reef when beating into 25 knots and above. In the winter I use either a 110 working jib or 136 mylar composite, and the old main that has more draft. I try to keep the rails about 8 inches above the water line when on a beat, thus the conservative sail management outlined above.

I find it comfortable sailing three, four if everyone's a sailor and knows when to get out of the way. The interior is cozy for two, more's a crowd. I wish it had another inch of head room, I'm 6 feet and can't stand up.

I have no problem with engine access, given the size of the boat. The stuffing box is accessible. My tiller/rudder post has two grease fittings. The Yanmar purrs, but shakes a bit when cold. I think the motor mounts should be checked.

The boat was raced by a previous owner, with the rigging kept too tight. This has caused minor hull deformation, which you can barely notice. No damage to the hull (i.e. cracks in gelcoat.) The teak compression post is about 3/8" shorter than it was in 1981, probably due to the rig being strung so tight for so long.

The hull is thick and solid. The deck is very strong, with no soft spots or flexing. Check and maintain chainplates for leakage, as with all boats. I've seen no deck/hull joint leakage, but check at the bow, the prev owner placed a line of caulk under the lip from the bow to where the toe rails start. Deck is strongly attached with vertical interior through bolts -- good protection against accidental toe-rail/piling bounces.

I've seen I-28's outfitted with full blue-water cruising gear (wind gen, mast steps) and it looked silly. I can't figure out how to add a dodger that will match the boat's beautiful lines without also adding the danger of knocking my teeth out, so there's no dodger on my boat. The cockpit traveller is in the way.

Overall I've been extremely happy with this boat. I've taken it through the Golden Gate against a 25 knot breeze on an outgoing tide without fear.

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Review Date: Sat November 27, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very roomy inside, can sleep two in V-birth and on dinette double in salon. Cockpit a little on the small side with wheel steering. Just purchased boat, need to repair leaking windows, toe-rail and chainplates. Blisters on hull, repairable. Original shrouds also need repairing. Atomic 4 Gas engine in great condition. All being said, she sails very well and we're very happy with her!
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Wayne_Eastman
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Registered: March 2006
Location: On the "North Coast" • the banks of Lake Erie, OH
Posts: 6
Review Date: Wed March 22, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, interior layout, overall design and rigging
Cons: Interior headroom

I have been sailing smaller boats (Sunfish, Phantom, LS16) since the 1970's. Moved up to a Catalina 27 three years ago. The Catalina was OK, but can't compare to the construction quality and styling of the Islander 28. I am 6 foot tall and do not like the headroom, but I love the elbow room. All of the teak below decks with no exposed screw heads is really different than the interior of the Catalina. Everything about this boat says "quality". Right now it is winter here in Ohio and I am looking forward to spring sailing. If this boats sails as good as she looks, we are going to be partners for a long, long time.
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jared
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Registered: July 2000
Posts: 79
Review Date: Sun May 14, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Outstanding balance, solidly built.
Cons: Heavily built, slow in light air

This is a heavily built boat, the only real deficiency is light air performance but all heavy boats will have that problem. I would suggest that the complaints about "tender" are the result of failing to reef. Certainly the boat does not display any tenderness (not tippy) when the sails are down. And if does not heel easily or excessively, but if you examine the VPPs you will see that it should be reefed way before you expect to reef. Carry too much sail, and yes, it will heel. So will every boat.

On the other hand, the BALANCE is extraordinary. This boat can balance and sail without anyone at the helm, through a wide variety of conditions. Takes rough seas without pounding or complaining, as well as any 28 can.

The compression post design is a kludge resulting from the builders changing the boat after the designer was done with it, and needs to be checked at the lower end now. And engine access can be vastly improved by cutting an access plate through from the quarterberth. But that's all minor and all too typical of too many boats.

The deck is not solid fiberglass, the entire cabintop is fiberglass over Brunell plywood, an exceptionally dense and strong marine plywood.
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arthurs7
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Registered: November 2005
Location: brinnon wa
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sun March 4, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
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A GOOD OLD BOAT BY ROBERT PERRY.
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rags4jc
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Registered: October 2007
Review Date: Thu October 4, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Largest interior of any 28 footer, very well finished beautiful boat.
Cons: Backs up poorly, pulls to port.

We absolutely love our Islander 28, we have had many different boats and this is definitely the best finished boat we have owned, we had a Catalina 30 and have owned an Irwin 37 and they were not in the same league as this boat. The newer 28's were much nicer than the Islander 28's built in the 70's. Our boat came with the small Yanmar diesel and it really runs great and is quite fuel efficient, we also have a furling headsail, and a new dodger which we absolutely love. It is also easy on the eyes.
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Review Date: Tue November 13, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $13,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
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Great boat for San Francisco Bay & winds. What tender? It has handled 30+ and can manage well to weather without reefing to about 25. Can be a fun boat for a 4 person sail up to about 15 mph then its serious fun sailing. no problem single handling either. Thanks Bob Perry
I've had to do repair of main cabin floor but at 30yo its no surprise. The windows have leaked too messing up some of the teak veneer.

Love the boat!
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nicferrante
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Ventura, CA
Posts: 17
Review Date: Mon June 16, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Beautiful lines and easy to sail
Cons: leaky

We recently purchased an Islander 28 and thus far love her. She has a few things that are not set up properly because the previous owner did not sail her much. She was just his trophy in front of the yacht club, so she looks good! We hope to have her the way we like her by the end of the summer.

We did have a problem with the head and since have installed a new one but still can't stop the leaks.

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Nic Ferrante
S/V Briny Marlin
Islander 28
Hull#391
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tfenker

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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3
Review Date: Tue September 8, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: large interior, sails well,& looks great
Cons: reverse pulls hard to port,cockpit is small

She is old, but sound. We love to sail her.

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1976 islander 26
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johnseattle
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Registered: June 2009
Posts: 21
Review Date: Fri October 23, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: well built, solid hull (no core), fast
Cons: vee berth too short & anchor rode locker awkward

I'm in the process of trying to improve & restore my 1978 Islander 28 and it's proving to be a fairly easy and solidly built boat to work on. I've cut a hatch into the cockpit sole for better access, repacked the stuffing box afloat, added a dodger & roller furling, rebedded the chainplates, adjusted the rigging and mast rake and completed a fair number of other small jobs. Now I am about to take off the two aluminum toe rails and rebed them to deal with some very minor deck leaks. I am also thinking of altering the compression post to make it a single tube rather than the existing half tube half post arrangement. This is not strictly necessary but I see the plywood sole has compressed slightly under the post and the configuration just seems clumsy - and I notice later models had this alteration. Happy to hear from any owners doing similar jobs. A perfect sailboat for the Puget Sound.
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AlanInSeattle
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Registered: October 2009
Posts: 14
Review Date: Fri October 30, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hello,

I see a couple comments concerning the compression post.

I am close to purchasing 78 Islander 28. My surveyor found rotting plywood in the bilge at the lower end of the baffles that become structure for the floor and one which the mast compression post bears on. Have you found similar issues in your boats? My surveyor thought it wasn't super major b/c there was plenty of solid wood where it was needed, but it needs to be fixed. The owner offered to make it right and cut out the rotting wood and glass in new.

Have any insights or thoughts?

Thanks!

Alan
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