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Vancouver 28

Brief details

 

Builder

Northshore Yachts Limited, Itchenor, Chichester

The Vancouver 28 is an uncompromisingly cruising-orientated design, with no concessions to racing or modern fashion. 'Yachting Monthly' describe the design as having "....perfect manners and easy long-legged handling" and "....she will keep going comfortably when lighter yachts are looking for shelter". The heavy-displacement long keel hull is very solidly built, and the hull form copes well with added weight for stores for long passages. With a very long production run, prices can vary considerably. Two different interior layouts have been produced, with three or four berths. In the three berth version there are no forecabin berths, but a quarter berth aft in the saloon.

LOA

28' 0"

Sail area

441 sq ft - main yankee and staysail

LWL

22' 11"

Rig

cutter

Beam

8' 7"

Cabins

2

Draught

4' 3"

Berths

3 or 4

Displacement

8,960 lbs

Engine

Yanmar 2GM diesel

Ballast

3,430 lbs

BHP

18

Keel type

Long keel with separated transom-hung rudder supported by keel bracket

Vancouver 28

The Vancouver 28 is a slightly enlarged version of the Canadian designer Robert Harris's original Vancouver 27 - first built as a one-off cruiser which was then sailed from British Columbia to New Zealand and back. Later a second boat was built, and moulds were taken from this for series production, both in Canada and England. The English Vancouvers were first built by Pheon Yachts, then later by Northshore. The Vancouver 27/274 design was modified slightly to create the Vancouver 28, which was until the mid 2000s still available to build to order from Northshore, although at well over £90,000 for a new boat with the basic inventory she was one of the most expensive 28-footers on the market.

The main difference between the 27 and 28 is a fractionally lengthened stern, and a few inches raising of the topsides. To date over 250 Vancouver 27s and 28s have been built, and many have made long-distance passages, helped by the fact that the transom-hung rudder makes it easy to fit trim tab windvane steering.

The hull and deck are hand laid up GRP. The lead ballast is encapsulated entirely within the hull moulding. The deck moulding has a balsa core which is replaced with plywood in high stress areas where fittings are attached. The interior fit-out is to a very high standard of joinery, with lots of solid teak.

Vancouver 28

Vancouver 28

Vancouver 28

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Vancouver 28

The Yanmar 2GM20 has been the standard engine for most of the production life of the Vancouver 28

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Above: brochure photo from Northshore



At right and above - details of the deck mouldings - proper dorade vents with a stainless frame over the forward one to protect it from the headsail sheets

Vancouver 28

Although a long-keeler, the hull form is not simply a slavish copy of traditional designs. She is cut away well in the forefoot to increase manoeuvrability, and the aft base of the keel is also raised so that the keel base and not the heel of the rudder takes the weight of the yacht when grounded. The gap between the aft edge of the keel and the rudder also serves to give better control astern than in most long-keelers.

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