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12-14-2003 09:52 PM
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

I say get a J27 or J29 or J30, they are all decent light wind bpats ans have decent accomadations, and all of the used Js can be bought for under 30,000 dollars. A really nice one can be had for a little more denaro.
12-12-2003 09:05 AM
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

Thorsten may have all the answers. I, however believe the Hunter 28 will serve Wall''s purposes.

Wall and I may be in a similar situation. I am away from my boat for long periods of times. The H28 doesn''t need much attention and performs well in light air. The open transom is stylish and the interior is nice. This is my 2nd sailboat, which serves my purposes for enjoyment, learning and making mistakes. I''d rather make my mistakes on my $25k boat before I reach the only goal I have before my 25th on sailboat #3, "Possible Reality". Yup, boat #3 named but not yet found.

Matt Wolf
s/v Wu Wei
1989 Hunter 28
Sailing the Canadian and US waters of Lake Erie and Huron.
12-12-2003 08:50 AM
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

The surveyor of the 1991 Hunter 28 is an experienced surveyor of powerboats, not sailboats. I don''t challenge his report, however I read his report many months before I purchased my Hunter 28.

I''ve been down to the Hunter factory in the middle of nowhere, FL. My career is in the OEM and Tier 1 Automotive industry, I''ve seen good and bad production lines. The people at Hunter know what they are doing.
12-11-2003 05:23 PM
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

you really think having a boat like mine I would look at a hunter ?

Kidding aside, some people like Hunters and thats fine with me, we all are sailors and that excuses a lot.

A 33 cherubini designed maybe, but although a reasonable boat by all means, not my cup of tea either.

Reasle value ? My parents had a early 80 28 footer, also not all that bad, beats the newer ones by hands and leaps, but the resale value wasnt all that great either.
sorry had to say it.


darn my wife likes the 26 capri .... do they built them in wood also ?

12-11-2003 06:45 AM
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

FWIW, here''s a review of a 1991 Hunter 28 by an experienced surveyor:

Run, don''t walk.
12-11-2003 05:48 AM
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

Have a look at the Hunter 28. There are two similar models, the 28 and the 28.5. I own a 1989 Hunter 28. It''s sweet looking, has wheel steering, awesome room (I am 6''1) and hold''s it resale value.

Email me if you want to see pics of my boat, Wu Wei.

Matt Wolf
S/V Wu Wei - H28
12-08-2003 05:07 PM
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

You might add a Ranger 26 to your list. This Gary Mull design from the early 70s is a good performer with basic "camping" facilities below. The boat is easily handled by one person and you could probably find one for well below 10k. It would definitely perform better than a folkboat, but probably not as perky as the Ultimate or Express boats. Headroom is limited, but the facilities are not too bad for a weekend experience. A good boat for a good price, if you can find one in decent condition.
While it is not considered trailerable, I think what you are looking for is something that can be placed on a trailer by a travellift then hauled to someones backyard, or other reasonable storage area; not a boat that is necessarily launched from a ramp. I don''t think you are really looking for a boat that can be launched from a ramp.

Other reasonable options might include Cal 25 or Bill Tripp designed Columbia 26.
Good luck.
12-03-2003 02:28 AM
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

If you want to race you would be much better off buying a Capri 25 than the 26. That said, a Capri 25 has about the same headroom as a Express 27 and was no where near as well constructed. The Capri is an easier boat to race under PHRF and offers better light air performance. If you want headroom and a real head then you should try to find a Laser 28.

12-02-2003 06:04 PM
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

well you are right I hate to sell her....

BUT the wife wants to fully stand up and the boat is only feet, so she has to bend her head down while walking from front to rear. If the hatch is open than you can stand up , but the head is a little too far away for cooking....
Also she wants a real head, versus a porta potty ( well I am the one who is running and emptying it, but she thinks that a "real" head is better. I dissagree, as I am the one who has to fix it. Porta Pottyes never )

It seems that we spend a lot of time on the boat, and we both enjoy it. For the limited experience we are doing very well racing the boat as well. The phrf rating is somewaht a present ( as the boat is not listed anywhere, lol ) so we time over faster boats quite easily, however I have to admit that I wouldnt mind sailing with the fast boys up front.
The trailer is first class, built for german autobahns
I really like to have a trailer boat, as I can switch marinas in a heartbeat and can go with lower prices. Besides over the winter the boat is housed in my heated warehouse...

Just scuffed the vc 17 today, for a new fast paintjob for the next season.

I am looking for a Capri 26, Finn keel, inboard, and trailer ... is there one for sale in your area, might want to trade.
With one tear in my eye, but you need to keep the ladies happy..

Thanks Thorsten
12-02-2003 11:43 AM
e-27 sailor
recommend small (22-28'''') performance sailboat

Wall, the Express 27 can be single-handed easily with a #4 jib, or a #3 in 10-15K, and the rig is easily de-powered with backstay, vang & cunningham. I routinely sail mine in & out of the slip. Down below, you have knee-walking room (about 4 1/2'' head clearence) with a 6 1/2'' forepeak, porta-poti, bulkhead, nav station to strb, cabinet/sink to port, two 4''slat benches on each side, followed by two pipe births under the cockpit, with outboard motor stored between the pipe births under the footwell. A 36 qt cooler is used for the cabin step. The cockpit will seat 5 comfortably. I think you''ll find that the Alerion Express 28 is vary similar, but with a inboard engine, and better set-up for single-handed day sailing.
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