Re: San Juan 28 - Sailing Qualities?
hmmmmmm......have not heard of the 28 being a shortened 30! it was supposed to be a Clark design according to what I could dig up about it 5-6 yrs ago before buying my boat. Looked at them closely. Most have a mid 190's phrf rating, and do pretty well overall. I too have a mid 190 rating with my Jeanneau that is pretty similar in size etc. Altho with less pinched ends than a 28.
Generally speaking, SJ's have a pretty good build rep, sailing rep etc. Some like the 26 are a bit sluggish. Not sure how that happened, but it did.
Kirby did design the SJ30. Clark held off building it, so Kirby liked the design so well, he had Gudgeon's build him one. Clark then went and built a fiberglass one.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!