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post #8 of Old 08-12-2012
Tundra Down
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Re: Islander 28

Our I-28 is a 1977. We like this boat. Well built with quality materials. Sailing for 40+ years and this is one of the nicer, easiest and best balanced boats I have enjoyed. Engine access is poor because it is a "small boat". We have made some modifications and might like a bit more room now that we are able to spend more time sailing. It is a two person boat for cruising. The A-4 got replaced with a fw cooled Moyer rebuilt when we purchased the boat. It is a good power plant!! Simple and reliable. Hank on head sails are O.K. on this boat as they are not huge. Adding an anchor roller is high on my list of to dos. Only 7 thru hulls and two of them could be eliminated if I didn't want the original depth and speed instruments as back ups. I did add a garboard plug because the cockpit drains can freeze. There is not much height difference between the drain opening in the cockpit and the discharge openings. The drain hoses cross over and it is busy where they are routed so it is possible to have a low spot that doesn't empty completely allowing an ice plug to form in winter.

Lots of tuning options for a cruiser. Tundra Down was converted to a wheel by po and I may go back to the tiller. The wheel takes up too much of the cockpit and I prefer a tiller.

I didn't pay much for the boat <2K with Avon and enjoy working on boats. I might look for a different boat now, perhaps an I-36. The market is soft and some of the stuff we "need" to be comfortable for a week on the Maine coast is still missing. Propane heat and dodger, are either going to be added or we will move up a little. The port lites could stand an upgrade, too if we want to spend more time offshore. We did install a Garmin network with chart plotter, radar, in hull depth sounder and XM radio / weather. We also replaced the head with a Lavac.

I am considering adding a tabernacle mast step, so we can raise and lower the mast ourselves. An advantage of a 28' boat.

Bob Perry designed a great boat. It has been perfect to introduce my wife to sailing/gunkholing along the Maine coast.

One has recently been single handed east to west around Cape Horn! It does like a blow. I want an 85% head sail just for comfort and simplicity.

Good luck!

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