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28 footer recommendations (Pearson 28-2 equivalents?)
Hi -my first post since a long time and several operating systems ago.
I'm looking for a replacement for my good old classic Columbia 28. With a growing family that requires more space (and leaves less time for the wife to help sail), I've found that I need some improvements. Given the same overall length (28 feet or thereabouts), I'd like to see:
EDIT: forgot to mention, this will be an inland/coastal cruiser. Not a racer (although some performance would be nice). Also, I'd prefer to stay away from the mass-produced Walmart brands such as Catalina, Hunter, etc.
- semi-displacement cruiser
- fin keel
- spade rudder (skeg-mounted would be nice, but severely limits the options)
- lots of interior room given the overall length of 28'.
- a couple of settees in the main salon - or at least a settee and a dinette.
- shower, enclosed head
- at least somewhat of a nav station
- big v-berth for little kids. aft cabin for adults (or vice-versa). other berths (settees) as needed
- tall (6'3" or so) headroom under main cabin trunk
- mid-boom sheeting/traveller
- factory roller furling headsail (or very common upgrade)
- real bow anchor locker (not the old porthole to chain locker located forward of the v-berth)
- swim ladder that is easily deployable for small children. most likely meaning reverse transom (even though it doesn't look nautical)
- decently sized cockpit with bridge deck
- pedestal wheel steering
- double lifelines
- factory diesel (or replacement).
- prop located directly ahead of the rudder. (In my C-28, the prop emerges from the deadwood above the rudder. It's well protected, but forget about any kind of low-speed maneuvering)
Now, the boat that's caught my eye and meets my requirements so far has been the Pearson 28-2 (1985-1989 models). Only problem: I'm on the West coast, and every P-28 I've seen for sale recently has been on the East or Gulf coasts. And they're all for sale by brokers at around $25-$30k, when the 'book' value is closer to $20k or less.
So, I really like the Pearson 28-2, but I'm open to alternatives. I guess the main reason it has caught my eye, other than equipment/rigging/etc, has been the open layout which seems very favorable sailing short-handed with small children.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions, comments, etc.
Last edited by stinkydog; 09-02-2007 at 03:14 AM.