Thanks for the response. That is a relief that the keel and the rudder are the same depth. I would hate to run aground on the rudder.
I live on the East Coast of Florida, Melbourne to be exact. Same here, it is around 6 ft deep in the intercoastal waterway, but there are shallow spots. I am hoping to see if anyone has raced the shoal draft and how they have done. Once a racer, always a racer i guess.
Are you familar with the J28 for sale in Port Charlotte?
It looks like it has been well taken care of. I do have a question. I am well aware of the "premium price" for certain types of boats, and J Boats definitely meet that type of boat, but do you think $33,600 is a fair price for this boat??
Please don't get me wrong, you get what you pay for, unfortunately, at this time my wife thinks I am looking
at boats in the 15k - 20k range. (Catalina, Hunters, C&C's, ugh) But I don't think I can sell spending 33k for the boat. However, I am pressing forward. I am going to go look at her in a couple of weeks and if I love what I see, will get a survey done on the boat. Then I will put in the "low" offer.
If I can't find a boat at the right price, I may just give up on cruising. I like the J28 that much (just from all the info I have gathered) And the other boats really do not thrill me. I love to sail, but you have to love what your sailing as well.
Anyway, thanks again
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, David Hastings <david.hastings@...> wrote:
> I just posted a note to you. Mine is a shoal draft and, like you, I have been racing all my life. I
am pleased with the shoal draft keel. I think it does well and, in fact, I think it will be a rating beater but I have yet to race it. The shoal draft keel and rudder are exactly the same length. The fin keel would be longer than the rudder. I am very happy with my new J28 although it certainly doesn't perform like a J29. Even so, it's a great boat to sail and is easy to handle in all conditions. I always hoped to retire to this boat and it has not disappointed me. I wanted the shoal draft as I am now located on the Gulf coast of Florida where theater is shallow. My boat is stilly up north on Lake Ontario where I moved from but I hope to get it down here within a year.
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> On Jun 27, 2012, at 2:44 PM, "Tommy" <evenflow457@...> wrote:
> Hello to all. I see that first post did not make it. So here i go again. :)
> > I have been sailing for a long time and have mostly raced, and am ready to slow down and start cruising. The normal cruising boats, Cat, Hunter, C&C, really do not appeal to me until last month when I can across the J28. Nice Boat!!! It really fits my wifes and my needs for what I want out of a boat. However, I do have a few questions that I was hoping you all could help with before I buy one.
> > - Does everyone seem to have the rudder "issue" that I have read about?
> > - There is a shoal draft in Florida (where I live). how well does the shoal draft sail to her rating??
> > - Also, I have been in contact with the broker of that boat and it seems that the rudder draws more than the 3'11" fin keel. Can anyone confirm that?? That cannot be good for the rudder if that is the case.
> > - How
many people can the cockpit comfortably seat?
> > - And lastly, is anyone in or near Florida that is considering selling their well maintained, meticolously detailed J28? lol
> > I am planning a trip to the west coast of florida in 2 weeks to go see the boat and talk with the owner.
> > Any other info that you all have would be greatly appreciated. I am really looking forward to see the boat.
> > From what I have read, the 5' draft seems to sail well to her rating. Not that it is that important, but if your going racing, you might as well be try and kick some cans while you are out there.
> > Thanks again to all for any feedback that you have.
> > Sincerely,
> > Tommy
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