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I have owned and sailed extensively in a Nordship 28 for 21 years. It was my first boat and, so far, only boat. My wife and I have cruised with over 8000 miles together, including living aboard her for 2 years while exploring the Mediterranean. I am currently fitting the boat out in Germany to get ready for her second visit to the Stockholm Archipelago
What I like about the boat is that is it light, and can sail when other boats are still motoring (useful in the western Mediterranean) but, as another contributor mentioned, is fine and safe in rough weather. It is not a boat for large people and having 4 adults on board for extended periods is problematic.
What sold the boat to me initially was the centre cockpit design at a price I could afford at the time. I do not find forepeaks comfortable for sleeping and hate having to make up my bed in the saloon each night. The rear cabin is very comfortable with two single full length berths (which can be made into a double with an insert cushion). The aft cabin is the perfect place for off watch crew as you can easily look out and see what is going on and, if necessary, be on deck in a second.
Despite the aft cabin, there is plenty of locker space and certainly enough space for long term cruising. The full cover canopy also allows for a very comfortable living space in wet weather.
The build quality is excellent with all the fittings seemingly one size up from what you would expect on a boat this size - it is built like a Volvo! In all my sailing nothing has ever broken and I have never been let down. The motor is small but will push you along at 6 knots in calm conditions.
The saloon is small but cosy. It seems to keep an even, cool temperature, even in hot weather.
All in all, a great boat for 2 not too large people!
I am currently fitting the boat out in Germany to get ready for her second visit to the Stockholm Archipelago