Hi Faster, I see you have posted a couple of times on the Sun 27/28 838
Are all three the same boat? or is there a 27 and 28?
I believe they are all the same, or only minorly "tweaked", hull/deck, they were marketed and listed under these various numbers.
I know the Sunstar is the newer one with updated window layout .. the one I am looking at is older layout so I am assuming pre Spencer Yachts.
Info I have indicates that the so called Sunstar 28 was introduced in 1977 - but it's not clear if that's the original intro date of the Sun 838 or this version. I think all versions were produced by Spencer. If you have the older windows, it's likely officially a "Sun 838" i.e. 8.38 meters in length. Most likely all they did, if anything, was to extend the transom a few inches to get to 28 feet
Is there any specific info you know where I might find? brochures, specs? what was common std outfitting?
From the Canadian Sailboat Sourcebook (1983):
Water 20 gal
Std equip includes 2 brnr stove, oiled teak woodwork, 50lb Ice chest, SS sink.
Power was buyer's choice and could be outboard, inboard gas or diesel.
This was a softcover book probably difficult to find nowadays.
This being designed as an offshore bluewater boat can I assume this would not be ideal on a lake like Ontario? We generally have 10-15knot winds.. or its a storm.
I would NOT characterize this boat as an offshore bluewater boat.... certainly a very typical, average coastal cruiser and as such should be fine for your intended use, as long as she surveys well and has been well looked after.
Best of luck, hope some of this is useful to you.