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Herreshoff 28 Ketch - 1965

First post - thank you in advance for advice & feedback.

We're considering a 1965 Herreshoff 28 Ketch as a family (four in total) boat.
She was built by Bay City Boatworks in Michigan
30’ LOA, 9’ beam, 4’ draft
Classic full-keeled coastal cruiser
It has a raised doghouse as well -which I understand is a modification on the original design.

The price is right on the boat, its actually lower than one would think she'd go for.

Looking for any feedback on this old "gal"?
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There is a H28 owners association here with some good articles. It is a sea kindly boat, rather slow relatively, and prone to some leeway. I know one guy who sailed around the world solo in one. The ketch will be a bit poorer to windward and in that size boat a bit unnecessary and would take up cockpit space.
Depending on the size of the 4 you might find more than a week or so aboard confining but you could have a lot of fun safely.
Cheap boats can have a lot of expense associated with them so you will need to be prepared to do some work and watch for major expenses like sails and engine, and rot.
However as a family you will have a lot of fun and good times together without breaking the bank.
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I don't know about the boat - but I will say that it has been my experience that old sail boats are GENERALLY worth LESS than what is being asked for them. If viewed in that aspect, can you tell us all what is wrong with it so those with the vast amount of knowledge on this site (not me... ) can try to help you?
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