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wchevron 03-06-2008 01:38 PM

Sun Yacht
anyone ever heard of sun yachts. someone nearby is selling a '78 27' sun yacht. roller furling, 12 hp yanmar diesel, tiller steering. looked at it very quickly and appears to be in decent shape. my neighbor is looking for a boat this size. just wondering if i should recommend it or not.

sailingdog 03-06-2008 01:53 PM


Are you sure it isn't a Jeanneau... They've used sun in a bunch of their product names... the Sun Fast and Sun Odyssey series for example.

Faster 03-06-2008 01:56 PM

Sun Yachts were built by Spencer in BC, they produced the 838 (27'), a 31 footer and after a short time began to market themselves as "SUNSTAR", which are the same hulls with slightly different window treatment.

They seem to be reasonable coastal cruisers, plenty of them around here. They have a good amount of space, fairly high freeboard but good headroom. Build quality would be average-to-good, Spencer has been building a lot of semi custom bigger boats for years, (many of which have done extensive ocean passages) so they know how to do it.

The 27 is probably on par or better quality wise with a Catalina 27 but is a much bigger boat.

The Sunstar 31 is a nice looking boat, actually suspiciously similar to the S2 31 footer. I think that there were many more 27s (8.38s) sold than the 31s. IIRC the 31s were underpowered as standard.

Here's a link to a Sunstar 28 (later version of the 27) Does it look similar?

Sailboats: 28' Sunstar 28 - Listing #: 2483

As always, get a good survey and check it out. I believe they both used encapsulated ballast rather than bolt on keels, underwater profile is moderate fin and spade.

sailingdog 03-06-2008 02:06 PM

Thanks faster. :)

wchevron 03-06-2008 02:13 PM

thanks, it does look similiar but i really need a closer look. the boat is at a business and the owner wasn't around but one of the employees told me it was a sun yacht so i'm not positive it's not a jenneau but the employee said the owner told him the boat was built in washington state which is close to B.C. so i think it might be a sun. thanks for the help, i'm going to let my neighbor know about it. it's been on the hard for a couple of years but the asking price is $5000 but negotiable.

Faster 03-06-2008 02:32 PM

If in good condition at a negotiable $5K that could be a real deal... If the boat came from the PNW I'm pretty confidant that we're talking about the same boat.

Google "SUN 838" or "Sunstar 28" and you should get a few more pics to compare.

den98028 05-28-2009 07:36 PM

sun yacht 27
I have a sun yacht 27. We believe this one was made n 78. Mine has a manual jib with an 8 hp Yanmar diesel.

I'm only a novice sailor but we like it a lot. I agree with others that its well built and probably suitable for coastal sailing. We have had to do very little maintenance so far. We keep it in Puget Sound.

Like you, I'm thrashing around for specifications. I was told the boatyard was in Bellingham Wa. and it folded years ago. We were also told their was some link to Reinell which was another local boatyard, but again; not sure. Take a close look and get a pro to do a survey.


Biker1bob 06-03-2009 04:21 PM

I have been looking over one for a while now here in ONtairo Canada. I know it is a SUN 28 and I did manage to get some specs etc from Spencer Yachts..

So if anyone would like me to make a PDF for you.. let me know.

Also Faster made a good post in this thread to me last year

Yes I would agree $5000 is very fair.. boats this size and build go for $10+ out here.. but because it is little known and hard to get info.. you get a deal.


Biker1bob 07-08-2009 01:32 PM

Well no one has posted here again. Den98028.. would you be willing to share some pics of your boat? chainplates? engine compartment, galley, head, your electrical area?

I am close to taking the one I am looking at.. it is a fixer upper.. but with a good hull (not cored I understand) a deck that might have 1 soft area, and a good rig with 6 sails, I think this is worth getting into.

I have a fair amount of info on this boat now for those that are looking.

Wchevron.. what ended up with the one you were looking at??

I have seen some excellent examples of these boats.

Mine looks like it has been fresh water, and it came from the Ohio area before getting out east (LAke Ontario) to me..

Anyone want to discuss this boat more?


mitiempo 07-08-2009 08:49 PM

1 Attachment(s)
The Sunstar was built by Spencer for Specialty Yachts (of North Vancouver)
in molds bought from somebody in Washington state. Attachment from Spencer owners group

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