One of the best things about the Ron Johnson-designed Sea Pearl 28 is that it makes no attempt at being "something for everyone." In fact, it is aimed at a very select group with a distinct style of cruising. The Sea Pearl 28 combines portability with 19 inch draft, an unstayed cat-ketch rig, water ballast and outboard power to make a unique product. In fact, the boat was designed around a charter service already using the Sea Pearl 21 as their base boat.
The cat-ketch rig works well on this craft. The short masts are tabernacle-stepped for ease in raising and lowering the rig and they offer hands-off tacking. The SA/D ratio is a surprising 19.2 and I assume that is without the water ballast. With full battens and lazy-jacks, you can get underway quickly and drop the sails with some degree of dignity by just releasing the halyard.
With the board down, this vessel draws 5 feet, 6 inches. The double-ended hull form will do little for performance, but some boats need to be double-enders. The interior of the 28 can sleep four. There is no privacy and no staterooms. The galley slides out over the starboard berth. The head is under the V-berth. Headroom is 5 feet, 1 inch. This is an interior for a close family.
The Sea Pearl 28 carries 50 gallons of water. You can use up to a 15-horsepower motor. The hull is balsa cored and hand laid up. In an area where you can spend most of the time outdoors this would be an attractive small cruising boat. It if seems that this approach fits your style, why not charter one and give it a try?
This information was taken directly from the "Perry Design Review"
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Marine Concepts
Designer: Ron Johnson
LOA: 28 ft 0 in
Beam: 8 ft 0 in
Ballast: 1200 lbs
Dry Weight: 3750 lbs
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