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kennya 10-25-2006 06:07 PM

The Spirit 28
I have just purchased a Spirit 28 sold under the Glastron Name but manufactured by North American. What can you tell me on this vessel? Your unbiased opinions are appreciated. I am told there were less than 300 of thies built from 1979 to 1983 or 4. Thanks Ken.

TAK 10-27-2006 11:34 AM

I owned a Spirit 23 for about ten years.. my first boat and I loved it and miss it at times, and smile everytime i see a sister boat of hers. I dont know much about the 28 except the lines are similar.

That said, Glastron makes a lower quality powerboat so you can expect the same type quality. I had a major blister problem on my 1980. I am sure the 28 will be fine for a lake or bay but may be in need of upgrading.

kennya 10-31-2006 11:03 AM

For the next year or so I will be content to sail the Grand lake, have plans to move the boat to Robert S. Kerr lake which is on the Kerr/McMillan water way. This is only 15 miles from the house. Now that I will be close , I can finish the refit , plans are to take The Arkansas to the Mississippi down to the Gulf cruse down the west cost fort fl around the keys then do a little Island hopping. The PO had removed the toilet and replaced with a port-a-potty, I started to install a new one , then realized I could use this to my advantage, by replacing the old holding tank installing some vents I now have an additional 12 gal of fuel 30 gallons in all, The owners manual called for an additional 24 gallon water tank under the V birth, total water supply now 49 gallons, I have also installed solar panels for both the starting and house batteries. Storage space is somewhat limited, but crew size is only two. Am I fooling myself that 28 foot is adequate for costal and island hopping or will the bigger is better dragon raze its ugly head?

sailingdog 10-31-2006 11:08 AM

A properly fitted out 28' boat should be fine for coastal and island hopping, and may be a better choice than a larger boat. If you're interested in learning more about cruising in small boat, I'd go see Sailfar. Boats that size have circumnavigated, and have been used by many for long-term cruising.

Larger boats cost more to own, moor, dock, haul, paint, and maintain. They're also often harder to handle, and often have deeper drafts, which can limit the waters that you will be able to visit.

kennya 10-31-2006 11:27 AM

This Spirit 28 is a shoal draft 3ft 6 in empty weight 6900 lbs 2900 in ballast

sailingdog 10-31-2006 11:30 AM

i don't know what the spirit 28 looks like, but from what you're saying it has over 40% of the displacement of the boat as ballast. :D

kennya 10-31-2006 12:09 PM

Check the link in my original post.

TAK 10-31-2006 12:42 PM

Two potential areas of weakness that should be addressed before going off shore is the rigging and rudder.. Specifically the chainplates for rot and weakness in the rudder system. Beefing up both is proly required.

kennya 10-31-2006 01:36 PM

Checking the chain plates will be straight forward, not sure what to do for the rudder system.

sailingdog 10-31-2006 04:11 PM

If you're planning on doing any serious cruising in the boat... I'd recommend you get John Vigor's The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat and read it... and use the recommendations it has.

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