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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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Getting Your H28 up to Cat 1 Standard

The first thing I would recommend you do is get your local cat 1 inspector to have a quick look at your boat, make a note of what he or she is concerned about and then use this as your work list. Cost approx. $120.00 or if you know them well some suitable reward. One...

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Backstay for Power and Efficiency

One of the best places to look for more boatspeed is the back of your boat - specifically your backstay tensioning system. Many boats have underpowered tensioners that cannot tension the headstay adequately, or systems that are awkward to use, requiting crew to leave...

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Sails

The condition and setting up of the sails will also have a great bearing on pointing ability. There is a very good book on sail trim called "New Book of Sail Trim" edited by Ken Texter. Boat Books in Westhaven have this in stock @ $48.95 and the ISBN Number is:...

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Le Chat’s Traveller

Le Chat is looking quite good this year after many hours of sanding the teak inside and several coats of oil, we have also moved our mainsheet from the cockpit onto the cabin top, this is a great improvement, better purchase on the main sheet, better pointing ability,...

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Rafting Up

Sometimes you may feel sociable and want to raft up alongside a neighbour. This is fine, provided the weather is calm and there is negligible surge in the anchorage. But be sure you can cast off quickly if the wind or surge increase. It is very easy to smash...

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Holding Tanks – Rondo

For the benefit of the females that come out on the H28 Rondo (and the males too I guess) I decided to fit a Holding Tank System. 1 looked at the various options that were available i.e. Lectrasan, large under the front tank, but I eventually opted for the Burnsco...

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Pointing to Windward

The H28 being a full or long keeled boat will never point as close to the wind as a fin keeler. However, it is interesting to see in our racing in Auckland, how much difference there is in the pointing ability of the different H28's. Why does this occur? Well there...

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Youre Aground

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS: Doing the right thing quickly often makes the difference between getting off unnoticed or having the embarrassment, and possibly danger, of drying out. The easiest way off is usually by the same route you went on. On a weather shore:...

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One Approach to Pushpit Seats

Standing at the tiller for long periods, or sitting in the cockpit without being able to clearly see forward, was not my idea of relaxation when running before the wind on one of those long cruisey legs aboard our H28 Sandbourne. Plenty of other H’s had added raised...

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Trimming a H28

The condition and setting up of the sails will also have a great bearing on pointing ability. There is a very good book on sail trim called "New Book of Sail Trim" edited by Ken Texter. Boat Books in Westhaven have this in stock @ $48.95 and the ISBN Number is:...

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Propeller Pragmatism

A couple of months ago I mentioned that some of our members had replaced their engines with new diesels. Not only were the engines changed but also the shafts and props. Whereas with engines "big seems to be best" the perfect prop for a yacht is inevitably a...

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Reducing Weather Helm

Mast rake will affect the helm balance to a large extent. Raking a mast aft usually increases weather helm and raking forward has the opposite effect. If it is slightly raked aft then I would take this out and see how the helm feels. It is very important to make sure...

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Solitude II’s Hard Top

For some time I have been thinking about installing a hard top on Solitude II down here in Lyttelton. I wanted to retain the lines of the cabin etc to keep the side profile which I thought was not the case in some other examples reported. The attached photos show what...

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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 Preparations 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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Ellysuim’s Hard Top

Are you thinking of buying a canvas dodger for your boat? Are you thinking of replacing your current canvas to your dodger? Why not consider a solid one. I now have a new Hard top on my boat. I am sorting out final costings and considering whether or not I should...

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Building a H28

A number of H28s have been built by their owners. The degree of construction completed by the owner ranges from completing the interior of a hull and deck kitset to laying up the fiberglass hull. The cost of building an H28 is estimated to be in the region of $80K to...

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H28 Cradle Dimensions

Main beams i section 2 – 2.5 mtr long x 150x100mm (to fit your low loader) Upright arms: 2.2 metres L or box 50x50mm Upright arms stays. 40 x 12mm solid bar or 10m/m chain 1.5metres long Spacing rails between i beams 30x30mm L 2.2metres long.

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Bob Carson’s new boat

A new H28 is being built in Florida by Bob Carson using a hull made by Middleton Marine. Bob is a boat cabinet maker who specializes in fitting out and detailing new boats. Jamie Thomas took the photos on his last visit to Florida in December 2002. Jamie reports that...

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Rusty Ballast – Surgery Deep in the Heart of an H28

Being the proud owner of a Compass Yacht built Herreshoff H28, I would like to share with other H28 owners an experience I had with my boat, Centesimal, during the winter of 2000. The Problem: Early last year, I noticed all was not well with the keel. A problem I had...

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