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28′ Herreshoff H28

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Herreshoff designed the original H28 in 1943 as an auxiliary cruising ketch for the man who has only a limited time to sail, and who “must report to the office without fail on Monday morning.”  He recognized the need for a boat that could be rigged quickly for a summer evening sail, that could coast along in light breezes, as well as stand up to anything.  He also realized that many of his customers would want to cruise in relatively shallow waters, and anchor in quiet, picturesque bays without having to row a mile to the shore.  Further more, the boat would need to be simple to build, but strong and long lasting, and Herreshoff insisted on producing maximum useable room for the cost.

Many of these objectives appear to be contradictory.  To try to incorporate them all in one design might be thought impossible or, at best, result in a vessel that is a mediocre compromise.  Such was the genius of L. Francis Herreshoff, however, that he achieved the ultimate, and his graceful little ketch looked good from the start.  She was a pleasure to sail and the plans sold like hot cakes from the time they were first published in the American magazine ‘The Rudder’.

To use the designer’s own words:

“If you love and cherish her, you can learn to draw sweet melodies from her and she will carry you through all gales and calms, for she is based on well-proven principles.  She will lay-to well into wind, under the mizzen, or steer well in a following sea and coast along in light weather.”

Builder: Robert Parece
Designer: L. Francis Herreshoff

LOA: 28 ft 0 in
Beam: 8 ft 9 in
LWL: 23 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 6 in
Displacement: 9800 lbs

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 1GM10
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine(s) Total Power: 10 HP

Fuel Tanks: 1 (12 Gallons)


Outside Equipment/Extras
Electric windlass

Price $27,500
Name Summer Song
Type Sail
Length 28 ft
Hull Material Wood
Designer L. Francis Herreshoff
Classification Ketch

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