I can't find it now but I read a broker's ad for an H28 recently that stated that the H28 had circumnavigated more than any other yacht design. I read the same thing Rick, but just accepted it, they are such magnificent wee yachts that I didn't doubt it!! Having said that though, I would like to see some sort of substantiation, it seems a big claim. I met the Slocum Society folks a few years ago, and their biggest frustration is that most people that do the long voyages don't bother to tell them or anyone else about it. Regardless of how many might have, and I agree with Paldin that it probably isn't many, they are not a boat I would consider very suitable. Well I do know that a lot of the Compass manufactured glass boats in New Zealand and Australia do the trip up to the islands regually.
They have a reputation as a very strong solidily constructed hull and with a bridge deck I would have no problem doing a trip up to the islands in one as long as all the gear is up to standard, rigging etc.
Just noted on the NZ web site above that they record production H28 variants as having been produced by 8 different international compaies and give a summary about them. Cheoy Lee back in the 60s and 70s was the cruiser's boat of choice - at the height of sail boat ownership. Moongara is a Len Randell designed Blythe Spirit class yacht built 1965 in Melbourne by shipwright Glen Stewart and D.W Baxter.
Christina is a traditional 24 foot Couta Boat by Cayzers of Queenscliffe,1960 in fantastic condition. George Buehler 43 Gaff Ketch 'Katherine Scarlette'Built and prepared to Survey standards, could be used as a Sydney Harbour charter vessel STMBA assessment. Handmade wooden boat, great condition, full owners history, historical and unique with 4hp British Seagull outboard and brand new trailer. Classic, carvel, gaff rigged, double ended net boat built in Williamstown by Jack Savage for net fishing in Hobsons Bay.
Pinta is a beautiful, fast and well balanced Tasmanian sloop- crafted of King Billy Pine and other lovely Tasmanian timbers. Selah is a 42 foot ketch of 17 tons, built on the Tamar River by Peter Burling of King William Pine on Tas.
Built by the Swanson brothers, "Joie de Vie" is a truly unique example of this famous seaworthy design with its larger Arends-style cabin top featuring two large and three smaller windows. Winner of Best Boat, Narooma Wooden Boat Festival 2011, no expense spared in this the last construction of an experienced craftsman boat builder for his own use.
Herreshoff 42 “Francis”OUR CLASSIC HERRESHOFF COMES HOME.Francis is a beautiful hand built Herreshoff Leeboard Ketch.


Gumnut formerly known as Nancy until the 70's Approx age of Gumnut is early 1900's Two major refits, 1st on March 2004 $30000 2nd on Oct 2005 $30000 New Yanmar engine fitted 2007 Total spent on restoration $80000. Rebuilt to survey (not in survey,Estella Grace started life as a Victorian Cray boat in 1964. Fully restored 1961 Cris Craft Constellation is a little bit of Hollywood here in Australia, cruise in style just like the movie stars of yesteryear.
April is an absolutely beautiful Ken Lacco designed, 26’6” Couta boat built by Brett Almond in 1992. Classic raised deck gaff rigged sloop, originally built as a racer in Tasmania in 1925 of Huon Pine, then re-built in the 40’s to provide some accommodation. Wooden Putt Putt Boat, Classic David Payne Yellow Tail Skiff design powered by vintage Blaxland Chapman Pup Motor. To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions.
But whichever boat holds that record has it not because it's the best boat for the task, but because it's affordable and best at inspiring people to give it a shot. I know of two H28's that have circumnavigated: Chris and Kathy Knight and Gary Underwood's friend Byrl.
Eden is an open launch of 8.8 metres with a reverse raked stem and sweeping clinker planking swept into a fantail stern. Cuthbertson, purpose built for southern ocean sailing and offshore racing, now a very comfortable cruising yacht. Purpose built in 2007 of composite construction for live on holidays and water sports and sleeps 4. Fitted with an excellent Yanmar 3GM engine (2005), fish finder, bimini, solar battery charger. Fully refurbished and fastidiously looked after (fully covered on our mooring) she is lovely to sail and stay on (see full listing) owner can answer any additional questions. She was designed by Jack Pompei from Mordialloc in Melbourne and built as a fishing boat to work the Bass Strait area out of Robe in South Australia. The original owner was an engineer who produced all the bronze fittings himself to Herreshoff designs. Gumnut carvings on the front of vessel are carved by woodcutter Roy Davies a famous wood carver.
She looks wonderful and always starts (solar panel) and runs like a dream.She was built as a work boat laying craypots in South East Tasmania. At 22 feet long with a 9 foot beam and 2 foot 6 inch draft she is a great Bay fishing boat or family day boat.


In 1997 she was restored by Garry Stewart, Boat Builder, Port Fairy and purchased by the present owners. Boat is in very good condition and all ready to go for a nostalgic putt putt picnic cruise.
But what is true is that more ocean crossings (trans-atlantic and trans -Pacific) are made in boats 30 feet and under more than any other size.
It was not uncommon to see (more than any other) them transiting the Panama Canal en passage to other coasts or cruisers from Europe going out to the Isles with goals to Hong Kong.
However they are modified H-28s, with more length, beam, draught, freeboard and displacement than the LFH original.
Deck Queensland beech - redecked 1996 by Jack Pompeii in Mordialloc during a full refurbishment. Inc 140 hp Suzuki 4 stroke, full galley, fridge, porta lou, Lowrance HDS7, VHF radio, stereo, Full camp covers and more. She has lovingly cared for, improved and maintained the yacht throughout this time, re-designing the interior, designing and adding a dodger, bimini and flexible solar panels, as well as changing the deck layout to bring everything back to the cockpit for ease of short-handed sailing. She was decommissioned from fishing in the early 1990's and remained moored in Robe harbour until purchased in 1999 and transported overland to Pompei's in Mordialloc. She was built (though not completely fitted out) in Sydney over a 7 years period before being launched in 1989 and taken to Bellingen where she was stored in a purpose built shed for 6 years. She was chocked on the deck of a much larger boat and was launched to access the shallower waters to lay and retrieve craypots. Francis Herreshoff, however, that he achieved the ultimate, and his graceful little ketch looked good from the start. I have been told that LFH actually approved the design changes made, but have no real knowledge of this. Throughout this process she has placed a strong emphasis on her passion for quality timber finishes.If you are looking for a yacht of this style, in this price range, you will simply not find a better one anywhere. According to the timber yard Strahan Tasmania most of the planks are 30’ feet long and some are 2000 years old. 2 batteries, all electrics work including winch.Currently moored at Sandringham Yacht Club. Uses Bateau's leg of mutton sail for easy stability, also a small electric outboard (new) included.




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