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Sarum 28

Brief details



BACO Aluminium (Ravensbourne) Ltd.

The Sarum 28 is a beamy small fast cruiser, with an aluminium hull and deck, giving light weight and great strength. She has deep efficient twin keels. Provided care has been taken through the boat's life to avoid electrochemical corrosion from contact with unsuitable materials such as copper, aluminium hulls are very strong and long-lasting.


27' 8"

Sail area

390 sq ft main and genoa


21' 6"


Masthead sloop


10' 0"


Saloon & forecabin


4' 3"




6,400 lbs


usually Yanmar or Bukh


3,240 lbs



Keel type

Twin aerofoil iron bilge keels and skeg-hung rudder

Sarum 28

The Sarum 28 was designed in the mid 1970s by Robert Tucker for the British Aluminium Co. (BACO), who set up a subsidiary company to build boats.

The Sarum 28 has a beamy multi-chine hull with either deep twin bilge keels or a single fin, with a skeg-hung rudder. The hulls were built to Lloyds scantlings, with 4.76 mm plating on the hull, and 9.52mm on the keelson and engine beds. The deep twin bilge keels are aerofoil section, and are akin to the efficient "twin fins" fitted much later to British Hunter boats.

Early boats had bolted-on aluminium toerails, later boats such as the one illustrated had the alloy toerails welded on as part of the hull build. The original design brochure shows a sailplan drawing with a 7/8 fractional rig, but the example illustrated has a masthead rig, which was thus probably an option. The very stiff welded hull construction of the Sarum 28 makes the interior bulkheads non-structural, hence it is easy to alter interior fittings and layouts, as has been done on the boat illustrated.

The original engines fitted to Sarum 28s were 12 hp Yanmar YSE or Bukh diesels.

Sarum 28 for sale

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Sarum 28 for sale

The Sarum 28 shown here has had the interior altered to put the heads aft.

The original standard plan was a more traditional
forecabin/heads and hanging locker/saloon layout.

Sarum 28 for sale
Sarum 28 for sale
Sarum 28 for sale

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