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08-25-2014 04:45 PM
Re: Info on Liberty 28

I consider the L28 to be one of the finest small cruisers there is. Too bad only 30 were built. The only problem I've had over 35 years with this boat is some delamination on the top of the port seat and onto the bridge deck a bit. It seems to make utterly no difference, but bugs the designer/builder to no end I've had this boat in 15-18ft seas, and have complete confidence in her. She's also speedy. Most of the stock boats do 8.4 kts across the board. Throw away the inboard and do an outboard, fair out the prop cavity, and they do... well... more.
08-18-2014 06:40 PM
Re: Info on Liberty 28


I know this thread is old but I am looking to find information on the Liberty 28 cutter. My wife and I are in the market for a strong and capable little cruiser and this model cape up.
We will be taking a look at one soon. Are there any weak areas or particular issues you can point out from your experience?

Any info is appreciated.

01-05-2014 11:48 PM
Re: Info on Liberty 28

If you dropped the bumpkin and did a split backstay, adding an Aires would be no problem. I use a Monitor on mine.
01-05-2014 09:10 AM
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Mine has the bumpkin.. no split stay.. i have been looking at the rig.. thinking .. how can i mount an Aries wind vane on the back with the bumpkin. and back stay..

I noticed the design was changed a bit on the later hulls.. some significantly in the interiors.. anyway.. I will work with what I have.. cause I love this boat!
01-04-2014 06:48 PM
Re: Info on Liberty 28

Mine is #6. #4 went across the Atlantic and back 10 times that I know of. Does your 28 have a bumpkin? The early ones did, If I recall, and later went to a split backstay instead. He also moved the mast forward in later boats for better balance about the time I bought my hull and deck, as soon afterward he told me to move the step as far forward on the mast step timber as I could get it.

Sam Boyle was the idiot who ran JSI into the ground as well as Sailnet.
01-04-2014 09:39 AM
Re: Info on Liberty 28

Thanks for the quick response. I have 4500lbs for ballast.. Hull#2. I might have to think about joining facebook in the future in order to see some photos.. either way.. it would be nice to read/hear about the retrofit.

I do not know Sam.. or which place you are referring to.. but thanks for your input.. always appreciated!
01-03-2014 11:41 AM
Re: Info on Liberty 28

Is Sam (Boyle, I think) still running the place?
01-03-2014 11:39 AM
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I haven't left yet. Right now the refit is winding down and I expect to get out of here in the next couple of months.

The French have modified the stay time fro 87 days to 18 months. Since Polynesia doesn't generally get cyclones, all I have to worry about is hurricane season in the Caribbean, and otherwise it doesn't really matter, since the remaining trip can be reset by staying French Polynesia longer. Rough duty.

The boat's interior still looks like a bomb hit it. When the tide of tools and material subsides, I'll do some pictures, which will appear on, and supposedly on facebook.

The 28's, all 30 of them, were semi custom boats. When people went to Joe (Fennel) to look at his boats, he asked them what they planned to do with the boat, and adjusted ballast accordingly. Thus, ballast in these boats ranges from 4500 to 5500lbs. You may wish to find what ballast you have. If you plan to cruise the world and have 4500, I would add the additional half ton. You get a stiffer boat.
01-03-2014 09:26 AM
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How are your travels going?. Have you made it through the canal?.. Just checking in on another Liberty 28. I was wondering if you posted photos or a blog about your adventures.. I would be interested in seeing photos of the boat.. interior and topsides.. I am getting my boat ready to cruise.. and I am always looking for fresh ideas.

Thanks.. and fair winds..
08-04-2011 07:51 PM
Toucanook Yup, I have a Monitor. I wouldn't trade it for anything either. So far. 7,000 miles with zero problems and steers a better course than I can myself. Tradition has it that cruisers name their vanes. I call mine "Armstrong"
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