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Old 07-05-2010, 20:48   #1
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Yankee 28

Anyone know anything about, or have experience with, a Yankee 28? I'm real interested in one for sale but can't find a lot of info. Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2010, 21:13   #2
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A friend of ours has a Yankee 30 and loves it. Not sure how different the 28 is from the 30. I can tell you that his 30 is very fast boat for it's size and keel configuration. And it balances really well. The interior is a little tight, I can't stand up straight inside. But she's a stout boat to be sure.
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Old 07-05-2010, 21:17   #3
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Drew, are you inquiring about MiLady, for sale in the Annapolis area? If so, I know quite a bit about that boat in particular.
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OK RedBellies, what do you know? Thanks.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:34   #5
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Don’t confuse the Yankee 30 with the 28. The 30 is an Olin Stephens design and is one of the best boats built in its day. The 28 was designed to mimic the 30 but was not designed by S&S. I don’t even know who did it.

The Yankee boat works were only is business for about 5 years and all the boats were very limited production. The GRP was considered to be pretty good but some of the boats are a little thin in places. The gel coat is weak on a lot of them. The weakest link is the deck to hull joint and it leaks on virtually all of the boat (or it will)

Fixing the joint is a bitch and labor intensive. You will find a lot of the balsa is wet and needs removing.

As a knock-off of a great boat I would say the 28 is a pretty good boat.

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Old 08-05-2010, 13:00   #6
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Thanks, um saudade. The 28 was a Bob Finch design - no slacker, but I'm worried how well they were actually built.
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I would not worry about the Yankee integrity too much. It is a much better built boat than nearly most of the contemporary boats of that size. I would put it far ahead of the Cal, Catalina or Pearson in both quality and design.

If you want you can email me and I can give you some details on what I had to do on the deck-hull joint. About 600 hours of labor and a few materials but it will never leak again and it is now a much stiffer boat.

It is a boat worth restoring and that is what you will need to do to keep it safely sailing into the future. If you are not willing to put time into an old boat you need to get a loan and buy a new one.

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Um Saudae - thanks for the feeback. The seller on this one has already ripped up and redone the decks - paint, too. I can't imagine doing all that and ignoring the joints, but maybe I'm wrong? If the decks need to be re-ripped up to do the joints, it's not worth it. Thoughts?
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Hose it down and check for leaks. I am not sure what you mean when you say he ‘ripped up the decks’.

The deck is all cored with balsa; standard sandwich type of job and the hull turns in and becomes a flange that the deck sits on. Unless this is done differently and I don’t think it is as I remember looking at a 28 carefully once and noting the differences and that did not seem to be one of them.

Anyway, the edge of the decking on the hull is trimmed with a small piece of rabbetted teak. Once the teak shrinks and pulls away from the joint there is nothing to prevent the ingress of water to the balsa. As the deck to hull joint works it breaks the thin joint of polyester resin and then the two surfaces grind on each other and eventually there is water inside the hull and running down beneath the vinyl.
 
I could be steering you wrong here but if it looks at all like my description then that’s what you have to work with. I pulled it all off, lifted the deck, ground the joint rough, injected epoxy and screwed it together from the inside. I then cleaned out all the bad balsa and filled the decking with chopped mat and epoxy. Then fare the corner out and apply aluminum toe rail with 85 bolts in each. Piece of cake.

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Sending you a PM. This doesn't need to be public.
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Got it and replied, thanks - not sure it went through though - I'm a disaster with technocrap!
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Drew, are you inquiring about MiLady, for sale in the Annapolis area? If so, I know quite a bit about that boat in particular.
OK, jumping in here - I'm also looking at this boat - can you let me know if there's something I ought to know about it? Thanks much, in advance.
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Sent you a PM Harre. I'm done talking about this one. The gentleman selling MiLady and I are competitors in the same market so anything negative I might say is not only completely unprofessional, it probably appears untrustworthy. I'm not going to get involved in the Marina Wars going on in and around Baltimore.
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Thank you, RedBellies - received and replied.
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post script - I now own the Yankee 28 in question, name TBA.
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