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Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

I have seen its keel described as a long keel 4 and half feet draught so that seems reasonable for 28 foot boat with 7 and half foot beam. But she does have a lot of overhangs, over7 feet on 28 boat. too much for me, she also has small sail area to disp so may not be that prone to being easily laid on its side. The 27 foot sister has waterline under 19 feet thats even worse.
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Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

K.McRoberts, I have one of the few US based Taipan 28's. Mine was built in '69. I am the 3rd owner and I am wrapping up a complete rebuild (gut) which is being rather poorly documented by me at əkwâr`ēəs

She had teak decks that were in really bad shape. They all came off and I re-cored the entire deck. Now it is just fiberglass and paint, not as warm but should be dry and easier to maintain. All new bulkheads, I did keep the galley enclosure but all other mechanical, plumbing and electrical I am replacing. My interior had the two settee births not the table/birth which yours probably does being later.

I have sailed her and she can get a bone and really go in a broad reach. A little slower down wind with her smaller sail plan but I will probably single hand most of the time so small is good.

you can email direct if you have questions: prince dot n dot ian at gmail.com
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sneuman and sailor john how is the Taipan treating you guys? I'm going to sea trial a 1978 on Saturday.
Hi there,
Unfortunately, my beloved Taipan 28 is long gone. She is probably on a scrap heap in Danang, Vietnam now - or being used mastless by some local fisherman. I just couldn't deal with the expense and bureaucracy of getting her out of the 'Nam.

My only caveat (and this is general and not specific to the Taipan 28) is BEWARE THE WOODEN MAST. There is rot in there somewhere and eventually you may find out in a nasty way. The proximate cause of my dismasting in that typhoon was an accidental jibe that did serious damage near the gooseneck, but the ultimate cause was a rotten mast.

I also had pretty bad osmosis, which I fixed, but that wasn't an issue in the typhoon.

As for the basic design of the boat, well what can you say about a boat that saved your life? Not nearly enough. Joy of your purchase!
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Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

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K.McRoberts, I have one of the few US based Taipan 28's. Mine was built in '69. I am the 3rd owner and I am wrapping up a complete rebuild (gut) which is being rather poorly documented by me at əkwâr`ēəs

She had teak decks that were in really bad shape. They all came off and I re-cored the entire deck. Now it is just fiberglass and paint, not as warm but should be dry and easier to maintain. All new bulkheads, I did keep the galley enclosure but all other mechanical, plumbing and electrical I am replacing. My interior had the two settee births not the table/birth which yours probably does being later.

I have sailed her and she can get a bone and really go in a broad reach. A little slower down wind with her smaller sail plan but I will probably single hand most of the time so small is good.

you can email direct if you have questions: prince dot n dot ian at gmail.com
Wow. Looking at your blog brought back memories! It looks like a very professional restoration - something that I'd hoped to do on my own Taipan, but for obvious reasons was never able to.
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Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

Here she is! Fresh decks waiting for Maritime caulking to finish off her decks.
Furler going on in next couple of weeks. New Yanmar 1GM10 and a new loose footed main. Recently de commissioned and re commissioned as the Slippery Shrimp!

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Built in 1976 The Slippery Shrimp is the 44th hull made in the Taipan 28 ( her hull number is 144 as they started at 100 ) Not sure officially how many were produced; I heard about 70 total.
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Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

inprin, Been keeping up on your progress! She is looking amazing. Can't wait to see more. As it turns out, I commented on your blog about the Yanmar 1GM. I have the same motor. It's a hard thumping worker. I just love it.
Keep us posted on the changes as they develop. So exciting to see another Taipan 28 out there.
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Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

I am looking at one this afternoon...Dont know the hull number....Its being offered at $15K.

Any thoughts on current value for a 1976 in decent condition? NADA is no help on this one.
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Re: Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

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I am looking at one this afternoon...Dont know the hull number....Its being offered at $15K.

Any thoughts on current value for a 1976 in decent condition? NADA is no help on this one.
At 15,000 she would have to be a show boat with brand new teak decks/fiberglass decks new sails cushions, engine and what not. There is very little market for small slow cruisers like these. I think if she is in very good salable shape she is likely well under $10,000 likely closer to 6. If she has teak decks on her, and they need any attention, then she likely has no value other than becoming a very long project. Really only has value to someone who really wants it, and not that they are bad boats, just not what the market calls for.

And read Jeff's critique very carefully, he really knows what he is talking about. He has no reason to dump on the boat. If you want a pretty little boat it might be it, but if you plan on cruising off shore, you might want to look elsewhere.

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Respectfully, someone looking at a boat that is the age and style of the Taipan 28 should not be concerned with current market trends. Anyone can have a 28 foot white plastic tub (current market trend) for less than 15k. The prospective buyer should know that character in a boat does not come without a labor of love. A boat like this will take an large investment of time, but not money.
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