Just a few thoughts...
You are right, Rob Legg is well regarded for his designs and boat quality. The RL 24 particularly. He also built the RL28 and RL34, which at the time was the biggest trailer sailer in Australia
. Because of the need to keep the width narrow enough to be legal
to tow, they ended up as a bit of a compromise I didn't really like. They also had to be a light lay up to be towable by a family
sedan... the 24 and 28. The 34 needed a bit more grunt and were usually behind a 4WD or F250.
The RL 28 was quite popular with hire fleets, so although built to survey
, some of them were knocked about.
I only ever sailed on one, and it was a swing keel
, not the fixed keel
version. I felt it was very tender
and way too lightly built for anything other than a weekend trailer sailer, which is what it was designed to be. I certainly wouldn't want to be in it in a big chop or blow.
IMO it would be a big mistake to compare it with the heavy displacement
glass boats being built in the 70s and 80s, before accountants got involved and worked out just how little GRP you could get away with.
I would never consider the RL 28 to be a serious liveaboard
Now that's got to worth at least 2c!