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Old 15-07-2018, 05:11   #1
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Northerner 28

I looked at a Northern 28 today. Apparently it has the same hull as a Compass 28, just s bit older. I can’t find information about the boat. Does anyone know when they were made? I’d like to find out what kind of problems to look for as I inspect it out of the water.

If you owned one, sail one or know about them, Please let me know your opinions.
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Old 16-07-2018, 19:16   #2
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What engine does the one you are looking at have ? Have a good survey , what could go wrong ?
COMPASS 28 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
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Re: Northerner 28

Am pulling this from memory but the Northerner 28 is a Gunter Heuchmer & Don Lees collaboration and she is fundamentally a C28 with a flat cabin top built in Sutherland in the late 1970s/early 80s.

My personal opinion is that the best of this family is the Duncanson 29. But I think the Northerner 28 is a fine seaboat modeled on the Holman and Pye Twister with accents of Folkboat.

Remember David Adams tackling the Tasman alongside Cottee's Blackmore's First Lady in a C28 in the 1980s? If, as some one mentions up-thread, she does well under survey, it's hard to go wrong with such a boat. I once thought to buy a Compass 28 but time aboard was seriously claustrophobic for a 190cm man.

Visiting a local Compass-built H28 called Lewie on Woodford Bay 15 years ago (this is an underrated boat from those bloody kiwis) suggested to me that a modest increase in beam is under rated. I have a review from an early Sea Spray Magazine of the N28 I could share if you're interested.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, John A.
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Old 19-07-2018, 06:27   #5
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Cheers, Gord! Happy sailing.
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Re: Northerner 28

Northern was a very small Canadian Manufacturer. using a variety of S&S, C&C designs. They made a 29 but not a 28.
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Hi, pcmm - how's it going?

OP writes: "Looking at a Northern(er) 28 today. Apparently it has the same hull as a Compass 28".

No doubt you're correct about the Canadian Northern 28, however, any Aussie from Wollondilly, looking at a Northerner 28 is definitely looking at the boat that later had its cabin trunk heightened to become the Compass 28, and later had it's mold literally split in half and widened by Compass Yachts to create the Compass 29.

The Compass 28 mold was also lengthened but not widened by John Duncanson over in WA, to make the Duncanson 29 - the latter is thought to be the best seaboat of this family. Regardless, I think Peter Cole's Clansman 30 (built by Form-It Fibreglass in Gosford) was probably the pick of the 70s/80s Aussie full-keel 30-footers in terms of sailing ability.

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Northern was a very small Canadian Manufacturer. using a variety of S&S, C&C designs. They made a 29 but not a 28.
This is an AUSTRALIAN manufactured boat from the late 1960s. I didn't buy the boat anyway.
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