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Shipman 28

Brief details


originally by Shipman Yachts, Denmark, and later by Fiberman Ireland

The Shipman 28 is an attractive cruiser-racer from the 1970s, with excellent sailing performance and reasonable accommodation for her size. The design is unusual in production boats in having a trim tab on the aft end of the keel to allow the helm balance to be adjusted


28' 10"

Sail area

457 sq ft main and genoa


23' 4"




8' 6"




5' 1"




6,172 lbs


Faryman diesel


2,668 lbs



Keel type

Fin and skeg

Shipman 28

The Shipman 28 was first built in Visby in Sweden in 1968, and shortly afterwards another production centre was set up in Cork in Ireland. Production continued in Ireland after they stopped being built in Denmark.

Designed by Olle Enderlein of Sweden, she was (apart from the trim tab on the keel) a typical cruiser-racer of her era, with hull lines similar to other modern classics such as the Contessas, Elizabethans and Hustlers. Around 1,300 were built in total, many still being raced, particularly in the Baltic and in Ireland.

Shipman are still in business, although they now produce much larger ultra high tech carbon fibre cruiser-racers.

More information, although almost entirely In Danish, is at the owners association website http://www.shipman28.dk/

Shipman 28

The yacht illustrated here was one of the Irish-built Shipmans, and was in near-abandoned condition before being sold as a renovation project

Shipman 28

Yachts seen here are no longer for sale - the data is online as a free information service for buyers researching boat types. THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD.

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Above - a photo from the original sales brochure

And below: the same yacht after major restoration work - photo from new owner !

Shipman 28

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