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Re: Opinions on 28’ daysailing/cruising sloops?

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My slip neighbor has an 80's vintage Churibini H28. Very handy little boat. Plenty of them around and can be had easily for under $10,000. Leaving plenty in your budget for fun stuff.
The 80s H28 was a Luhrs Hunter, post-Cherubini. The earlier CH Hunters included a 25 and a 30 but not a 28. Quite different boats.

The rather unknown Cortland Steck is credited with many of the early Luhrs Hunter designs, incl the early 'legends' from 83 or so on. After that it was the in-house 'Hunter design group' until they brought out Glenn Henderson in 2000. There's no 'designer of record' on the newer Marlow boats either.

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Re: Opinions on 28’ daysailing/cruising sloops?

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Thanks again, guys.

We want wheel steering because my partner is a (former) power-boater, see above, and she is not comfortable with using a tiller. So tiller-steered boats like the Bene 285, etc., are not on the list.

So far, it looks like I have votes for the P28 and the Cat 28 (Faster), and H28 (Closecall), but none for the Bene 281.

Any other thoughts? Thx again.
Joe, I think the Bene boats are fine, they just don't excite me (ie they lack 'row-away factor' for me). If you can I'd try for a non furling main but they seem to be less common.

The various Bene 'Firsts' appeal more, but they are more performance oriented and unlikely to come with wheels in the smaller sizes.

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Re: Opinions on 28’ daysailing/cruising sloops?

J28 (add stern perch seats, its a much better boat than all the rest)
C&C 29 Mark 2... just a better built boat than the rest as well, again, add perch seats if you really gotta have them.

What does a person who day-sails need headroom for? Just wondering.
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J28 (add stern perch seats, its a much better boat than all the rest)
C&C 29 Mark 2... just a better built boat than the rest as well, again, add perch seats if you really gotta have them.

What does a person who day-sails need headroom for? Just wondering.
Good call on the J28.. and for the OP, the C&C 29-2 is just 4" over 28 feet.
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Re: Opinions on 28’ daysailing/cruising sloops?

I'm a Seaward fan but your requests of 6' headroom won't quite make it in that boat and it is a tad bit shorter. Budget might get tight as well for a 26rk on the used market but that variable draft sure is sweet on Florida west coast.

Out of the 4 you listed and features you seek, I'd say the Catalina 28 MKII is a solid bet. I've been on a couple and had positive experience.

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Re: Opinions on 28’ daysailing/cruising sloops?

Thanks, CaptBob.

Schnool/Faster, neither the J-28 nor the C&C29-2 have a stern swim platform, which is one of our requirements. We are non-racing, recreational sailors who will daysail and also cruise in coastal waters. All as is mentioned above.

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If the swim platform outrates the desire for a "daysailor" quality (that the J and C&C provide better than the others, see performance of both), then I submit that the 2 foot itis others have mentioned might JUST be the ticket as was mentioned, and you should consider the Catalina 30 (newest version)... that has a ridiculously afterthought cut in the transom to make stern access from the water, um, easier.
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Stern boarding ladders work OK, and still allow for swimming. A solid stern is a welcome sight for following seas.


Oh and I should state that the J28 and C&C 29 Mark 2 are both boats I'd love to move-up to.

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Where you seem capable of paying for quality, I second/third the J28C recommended above.
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Re: Opinions on 28’ daysailing/cruising sloops?

Shnool & 'Fool - thanks for your input. My sailing preferences and priorities apparently differ from yours. I'm OK with that. To each his own.

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Re: Opinions on 28’ daysailing/cruising sloops?

I used to have a Catalina 270, moored next to a Cat 28 it's hard to tell them apart, I thought it sailed a little better than the 28 due to less weight and beam.

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