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I am happy to have found this site, not many Spirit owners out there. I bought DubeJ boat a few months ago and he moved on to a larger Catalina. I had a 6.1 Spirit a few years ago and was happy with the quality in both that sailboat and the new 28. I have a question about the headsail. I put a Alado furler on and now need a new headsail. I looked at the picture of the boat from the factory brochure on the sailboat data site and saw that the headsail does not go to the top of the mast. I measured my old oringal jib and the luff is 32 feet and the forestay is 37 so that leaves about 5 feet of stay at the top without a sail. I am guessing that the 28 Is a tall rig because of its tall mast and short boom and that the designer needed a tall mast because the boat is 10 foot wide. That combo of tall mast and short boom helps the boat to point better up wind. I'm also guessing that the headsail luff was shorted to 23 feet so the boat does not heel too much in strong wind with the extra 5 feet of headsail at the top of the forestay. Looks almost like a fractional rig in the brochure picture even though it's a masthead rig I am going to buy a 135 genoa and would like any input since most boats headsail go to the top of the forestay but that maybe to much sail.
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Brian
 

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Hi Brian,

My Spirit 28 has a 130 triradial Genoa on a Hyde Streamstay II furler. It is at the top on the mast within abt 6 inches. It works great. Hope you enjoy yours as much as we do! Attached is a picture of our sailboat from last November. The headsail is not completely unfurlered.

Give me a shout on the phone if you would like to talk Spirits! 417-848-3773 cell. I am retired.

Jim McCraw
S/V Wastin Time
 

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I spoke to the Sails Loff today and they told me that the reason the headsail does not go to the top is because that area of sail is better used in the foot of the sail then the top of the sail . I measured the foot of my original factory jib sail that I have and it is 14 feet. That makes it a 120 genoa but it only has a 31.5 foot luff and the forestay is over 38 feet. He said it will not be a problem to go to the top on a new sail so I ordered a new 135 Genny bluewater sail that will go to the top of my furler head. Problem solved.
 

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Jim
Thanks for the reply. Great looking boat. I'm sure I will have many questions because of the things I still need to do but the boat is in good shape and is just the right size for coastal cruising. I read your past post about your windows and I am not far from Corona Ca., so now i'm thinking about port replacements. Maybe a good job for this winter.
 

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Brian,
My direct email is mgman at ipa.net .
I am going up to my sailboat Thursday (about 60 miles). I will take my headsail off for the winter and store it and do some work on the boat. I will overnite . Send me a email with some pix of ur boat. I will send u some of mine.
Jim
 

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Hi folks,

It's nice to see people talking about our Spirit 28s!

I recently began the process of deck core replacement. It's challenging, but no where near impossible. One side was done in two days, with a need for sanding and painting.

If anyone is interested let me know and I will post some pics
 

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There are a lot of Catalina 27 around me but I'm happy with my Spirit. I guess it's the fact that it's unique is why I like it so much. Also it's over a foot longer and wider than the Cat. 27 and that it just fits in the cheaper 29 foot max slip. People come over to this boat a lot to ask what brand it is and tell me they like it. My boat has a tiller and a 15hp diesel. The diesel runs great but no hour meter on it. I just had the bottom painted and saw it out of the water for the first time. A few small blisters and the keel had no cracks or smile. Just paint, wax and back in the water. Cost 1k and I'm happy it wasnt more . Now it's good for the next 3 years.

I am also doing a few things to the boat to make it more enjoyable like a new headsail with furler, reinstalling engine sound damping, refrigerator (just 110v)and so on and so on. I will try and take pictures of the process so maybe it could help someone else. I also have a load of questions myself but will take it slow as not to be a pain in the ass. Any pictures or upgrades that you can upload will be great for future documentary. I think if we can care of these fiberglass boats will out live us.
 

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yeah take and post lots of pictures when you do something , because next week someone is going to want to know how you did what you just finished doing
 

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"I am also doing a few things to the boat to make it more enjoyable like a new headsail with furler, reinstalling engine sound damping, refrigerator (just 110v)and so on and so on."

How are you doing the fridge? I currently just have an ice box
 

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I only put in a 2.7 cu/ft mini refrigerator (110V) in the quarter berth. The P.O. Put in the cold plates in the ice box but the condenser wasn't working when I bought the boat. The cost was to much to replace so I just got a mini refrigerator from Wal Mart. It runs on dock power only. Things stay cool during day sails.
 

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Hello All,

I have a 1979 spirit 28 down here in Daytona Beach. Nice to know there are some experienced owners around.
The boat is out of the water right now to get the bottom painted and most of the inside redone. Also replacing a rudder that broke off and trying to get the Yanmar running again. I just replaced the windows and wish I had read about replacement windows on this site before. I made them from scratch cutting plexiglass than then heating and bending a frame to fit. It didn't come out as good as I wanted.

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Ralph
 

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Hello Ralph
Sounds like you have a few things to do before you are out sailing your boat. I have owned my Spirit for about a year now and spent most of the year getting it the way I like but still have a way to go. I think I have the first one made 001. Sails great and is well built. If you have any questions maybe I can or someone here can help.
 

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Even though I find by googling you may get some good information through this codysguide.com/spirit28/. This is how you want to know about Spirit 28 sail boat.
 
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