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post #11 of 27 Old 11-06-2006
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We had a Spirit 28

Our family was primarily into waterskiing on a lake and although we had a 13 foot dingy sailing was not something my parents did. When we moved and were on a small inlet with a speed restriction waterskiing became unrealistic and powerboating lost its appeal.

Our two neighbours had an Ontario 32 and Tanzer 26 and my Mom and Dad decided they liked sailing. As they had a 2 yr old Glastron they approached their powerboat dealer who let them know he could sell them a Spirit sailboat. The dealer wanted a more favourable position at the boat show and the sailboat with mast up gave him that. So the Spirit 28 was purchased and displayed in this show.

For a boat purchased by a powerboater who knew almost nothing about sailboats other than this model was sold by his dealer it was a very good first boat. It had interior room and headroom closer to a 30 footer and was very forgiving. Within a year this was replaced by a C&C36 that "slept 6" so the entire family could sleep aboard (never happened).

The memories of the Spirit 28 are that of a nice sailboat that was easy to sail, roomy and was not ugly to look at. I have no knowledge of the construction qualities but can say that from the perspective of owners transitioning from the Spirit to a C&C there were no comments about the Spirit being shabbier construction than the C&C. The only comments down the road were that in hindsight the Spiurit should have been kept longer as it was really all the boat that was needed.

As this was the first keelboat I ever sailed on and as I was 14 at the time I cannot comment on whether it was a nice boat to sail. I liked it and it was definitely forgiving as evidenced when my motorboat captain father took a "left turn" on our first outing without remembering that wind affects sailboats much more than on a powerboat. The gybe did little harm.

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Do you still have the Spirit 28, Kenya? I just bought one myself
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You really need to check dates before replying to a post.. the post you're replying to is almost two years old, and they may have sold the boat since then. I'd also recommend you read the post in my signature to help you get the most out of sailnet.

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The op appears to have the same boat, last post was mad in mid June, so he is still floating around here upon occasion. So in reality, the brought back up post may work to erikdj's advantage. I seem to recall a person digging up a 3-4 yr old thread with regards to JeffH's old Laser28, and got plenty of info from him. This could work too!

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That was my thinking blt2ski. I know it's an old post, but people don't always sell their boats in less than 2 years. I would have happily sent a private message or an email, but I don't have 10 posts. So replying to this thread, albeit an older one, was my only option.

The alternative was to start a new thread asking if anyone owned a Spirit 28. And how often have we seen folks reply back saying "did you search the forum first?"
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Erik,

You might do now 8 more posts as some say in the what music is this thread, or some other nonesensical area, then you could PM the above person. Even "IF" they had sold the boat, more than likely they will give you info on the boat they had anyway. I've called the original owners of my boat 2 yrs after buying it for a question, and they have answered it!

Disregard SD, he is a bit, no make that a lot cranky when someone brings up an old post!

Good luck on finding info.

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Erik,

I just pm'd the OP for you, hopefully if he has email notification that a pm has arrived, and email is still the correct one........he will reply in the next day or two or three!

Welcome to the craziness here!

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Erikj; sorry to be so slow in responding, but I have been on the water since Thursday. Yes I still have the Spirit 28 as well as the Manuals for the boat and both of the engine options.
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Wonderful! Have you noticed or has your boat ever been worked on for what some would call a "design flaw" in the way the mast is stepped? After starting an upgrade to add a furler and mast plate, I discovered a slight soft spot and dip on the starboard side of the mast. It appears that when the boat was designed and built, only about 40% of the mast sits directly atop the compression post. The other 60% is basically floating. There is some epoxy resin, but no real support structure. What have you found?
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