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While every effort is made to ensure technical correctness the H28 Yacht Owners’ Association accepts no liability for safety, loss or damage of any kind.

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Fuel Usage for a H28

Like many H28 owners we enjoy our cruising with a mix of using sail-power and engine power. Sailing when the breezes are favorable and motoring with that iron spinnaker when the conditions are 'agin' us. During our summer cruising we can be out for 2 to 3 weeks,...

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Self Steering

The H28 with her long keel, is a particularly stable vessel and easy on the Helmsman. She will even steer herself for short periods while the solo helmsman attends to sail trim. But, as any long distance sailor will tell you, the pointless drudgery of long hours at...

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A Trim Tab for Centesimal

I was in Suva in 1980 and noticed a nice little H28 from Whangarei sitting in the cockpit was the owner and creator of a very clever trim tab rubber system. Some weeks later we sailed up the coast in tandem and I noticed then how well she sailed and the wind vane was...

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A H28 Engine Transplant

Many early Compass H28 yachts were fitted with 10 hp engines although some later launched yachts had 20 hp power-packs. Bukh engines were a common choice as was the case with our H28, Sandbourne, when launched in 1985. At 20 plus years down the...

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Solving a Propeller Noise Problem

Two years ago we replaced the Bukh DV20 engine on our H28 with a Yanmar 3MY20 engine. The old Bukh was rated 20hp @ 3000 rpm and the new Yanmar was rated 22hp @ 3600 rpm. During the commissioning sea-trials a very noisy rattle was evident at engine speeds above 2100...

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Holding Tanks – Sandbourne

My approach was; Find a holding tank shape that fitted the space available under one of the forward berths … as well as a suitable diaphram-type pump for the location I had in mind. Fit the necessary pipe connections into the holding tank then fit the holding tank...

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Coastal Preperations for Nightshift

Bear in mind we are sailors of only moderate experience, 5 years ago neither of us had sailed a yacht. The preparation of Nightshift for coastal cruising is similar to preparing the yacht to be Category 1 for cruising offshore. Many of the things done to Nightshift...

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Re-Powering Weypago

A week or so before Easter we were sailing Weypago around Lyttelton Harbour when we chanced to see, beating up the harbour, a very smart looking H28. We were running goose winged at the time but after a hurried conference we decided to pursue this fine looking ship...

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Strengthening a H28 for Rough Conditions

. Hatch area - step in boat around about 12-14 inch hatch box set into cockpit - this prevents water from getting down below in the event of wave coming into cockpit - it is the same height as the seat - a continuation of the seat - also reduces the amount of cockpit...

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Anchor Light

Vic and Kay on board Liffey have adapted a solar garden light from the Warehouse to use an anchor light. The light sits in the rod holder mounted on the pushpit. Since they now have an outboard an extension is being made to lift the light up high enough. The advantage...

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About Arca

Arca has a built in permanent nav table opposite the galley.  There is a  quarterberth behind the nav table Note the Bridgedeck!  Awkward getting in and out in a big sea - but a good safety feature if there is any danger of being pooped There is an opening coachroof...

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Engine Envy

A couple of months ago Clive Cameron mentioned he was considering getting a bigger engine for his H28 Rondo. I though it sounded like a good idea. When the wind is blowing from the southwest and the tide is running out it can take what seems for ever to get back up...

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Weight Forward

When you observe an H28 which has been designed with soft / slack bilges aft and then include the fact that most have had a motor, which weighs between 100-215kg (20hpBukh) installed, add 2-3 people you end up with a potential combined weight in the back of the boat...

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Cruising Sail Trim

While some H28s are rigged and equipped for racing, the majority are cruising yachts and are sailed as such. The H28 that is not equipped for racing can still be sailed well in the cruising situation and you can get enjoyment out of trimming your sails for maximum...

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Rig Guide

First thing to do is to check that your rig is installed in the boat correctly. To do this, carry out the following procedures. Slacken off any added back stay tension that has been applied so as to leave the rig as it is normally set up. Also it pays to remove your...

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Fibreglass Dodgers

Solid fibreglass dodgers have won a lot of support - the converts claiming a vast improvement on the traditional canvas ones. Popular in Nelson and common elsewhere in the country the key benefits include: much more solid construction (one can lean on them safely)more...

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Installing a Replacement Refigeration System

Having an installed freezer chest, that no longer operates, can bring tears to your eyes if the beer is warm and the air temperature hot.  Our faulty freezer was diagnosed with a leak in the refrigerant-gas piping, buried well within the cold-chest … an expensive...

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Taking on the ground

Technical article by Brian Greer (reprint) Much of the fun in owning a cruising yacht comes from being able to explore new anchorages. The shallow draught and docile manner of the H28 makes her ideal for this purpose; but, as Robbie Burns once warned us, things do not...

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Rigging for Offshore

All of Herreshoff's yachts were designed to be seaworthy, and the H28 was no exception. Many of the Compass Yachts fibreglass versions have made long ocean passages, safely and comfortably; probably the most notable being the circumnavigation by two young Wellington...

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