I am not sure whether there was such a thing as an owner's manual. Each boat had 'options' like tiller or wheel steering, engine type, etc...so there was probably no 'standard' type. I was told that there were 42 Offshore 28's produced though I recently heard reference to 60 being made. I have not followed up either of these claims.
The electrics panel on my 28 was replaced some years before I bought her and so I never saw the original wiring layout. The main wiring on mine is runs along the top of the insides of the galley cupboards on the starboard side. She has had several equipment additions and changes and it is difficult to know precisely what is original and what isnt. There is an electrical wiring box underneath the mast step which can be accessed by removing the square wooden cover in the ceiling of the heads. The wires are all labelled for the mast lights. Adjacent to this box is a plug for shore power similar to one on the bulkhead in the galley.
The swing keel mechanism would, I think, have come with some instructions. It is easy to access this via the box on the cockpit bulkhead and easy to work out once you operate it with the cover off. You need to be careful that you have the brake under control when lowering the keel otherwise there is a danger of losing the keel completely if the wire comes adrift. The cockpit 'stop' lever should be used whenever the keel is in the position you need but dont release it unless you have the brake engaged or have control over the lowering handle. The 'push-pull' rod inside the boat can be engaged as an additional measure though I think it only engages fully once for each revolution of the lifting gears and you cant see where unless you have the cover off. This rod may be a safety feature to stop a run-away keel, I am not sure and I would not like to test it! I recommend you open the box to inspect before testing out the mechanism. Trying to fish out a heavy keel from the bottom of a marina is not a good start to owning one of these! Interestingly, one owner said he sailed his boat without a swing keel quite successfully after losing his keel. The only problem was the inability to point really high into the wind.
Whatever navigation equipment was installed would have had manuals - nothing that Cheoy Lee would have drawn up. I found the Cheoy Lee Association website useful initially though there is not very much activity on it now. Nevertheless there are some good tips on restoration there and on the associated forum and I have had responses from other members. I contacted Jonathan Cannon at Cheoy Lee ([email protected]
) and had an immediate response from him to my questions and, as I had joined the CL Association, he also sent me a free Cheoy Lee cap! He was able to confirm from their records when my boat was built (July 1974) and that it was shipped to a dealer in Melbourne that month. I have had subsequent correspondence with him and found him to be very helpful.
I have only motored my boat so far as I need to have a competent crew on board for the test sail. The standing rigging needs some tuning and I am not experienced in those matters. Hopefully will be sailing during March.
Thanks for contacting me...let me see some photos of you boat and I will send you some of mine....easier to see the similarities rather that talking about them. All the best, Philip