shearwater 28 sailboat

Shearwater, 28', 1989 sailboat

Series Small Boats Annual 2008

A pulling boat with auxiliary sail power

From Issue   Small Boats Annual 2008

S hearwater might well be the best all-round pulling boat at the WoodenBoat waterfront—at least she was, before we installed a centerboard trunk.

When Joel White drew this elegantly simple 16′ double-ender, he recalled the traditional boats of western Norway. (At first, he named the new design “Joelselver.”) The hull’s narrow breadth at the waterline permits a slender immersed shape. Above the water, Shearwater’s sides rake outward, which provides buoyancy and reserve stability for the able little boat. The strongly raked sides also produce sufficient breadth at the rails for efficient long oars. Deliberately low freeboard reduces windage, and wind is a persistent enemy of oarsmen. Shearwater makes good speed when pulled with moderate effort, and she carries (glides) well between strokes.

A slight touch of rocker (fore-and-aft curvature) to the keel gives maneuverability, but this skiff retains adequate directional stability. Shearwater can turn quickly, and yet she handles well in a following sea. Boats with dead-straight keels and sharp ends might get us to windward quickly, but they often transform into tripping and broaching monsters when we’re running off.

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Shearwater, shown here under oars with her push-pull tiller stored aboard, rows beautifully. Her rig might be considered auxiliary propulsion, while the oarsman is the primary engine.

This plywood-lapstrake skiff goes together easily. WoodenBoat School students built our boat in less than two days. The eight sheets of building plans include full-sized paper patterns for frames and other components. Lofting, that is re-creating the hull lines at full scale, is not required…but paper has a nasty habit of shrinking, stretching, and slipping. Unless you work in a climate-controlled shop, you might want to redraw the lines on the floor or on sheets of white-painted plywood.

The act of lofting is inexpensive, educational, and clean. Many of us consider it good fun. Perhaps most important, it allows us to build the boat in our minds before cutting into costly mahogany plywood. For a friendly primer on this subject, see the “Lofting Demystified” section of Greg Rössel’s book Building Small Boats (WoodenBoat Publications, 1998).

The hull’s strakes (three per side) hang on three laminated frames. This glued-lapstrake hull almost demands the use of epoxy as an adhesive—for its gap-filling properties as well as its strength. While the epoxy cures, we’ll temporarily secure the strakes with steel drywall screws driven through the laps along the entire length of the hull. Let’s not forget to remove these ferrous fastenings, and to fill the resulting holes, sometime before painting. Where the strakes cross each frame, we’ll employ bronze screws. These fastenings of eternal metal will remain in place for the life of the boat.

Joel White drew a standing lug rig to provide auxiliary propulsion for Shearwater. This simple arrangement offers low-centered, easily controlled power and short spars that can stow in the boat for trailering. Unlike most modern rigs, it requires no standing rigging (stays, usually of wire rope, that support the mast). We’ll need only a little store-bought hardware. Just two blocks (pulleys) are specified on the plans.

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Rigged for sail, Shearwater makes a handy camp-cruiser. The one shown here, a larger, deeper 18′ version of the original, explored islands in Maine in mid-August.

Take some care in sewing and setting the lugsail. It appreciates having sufficient draft (don’t cut it too flat), and it likes to have the halyard secured to the yard in just the right place. Casual experimentation during the first few sails should reveal the proper setup. Keep sufficient tension in the luff (the sail’s leading edge) by tightening the downhaul (a short line at the forward end of the boom). As the yard comes down at day’s end, it does so head-first. Grab hold of that stick before it takes aim at your head. Minor cautions aside, this rig seems reasonably tolerant of inattentive setup.

After we become accustomed to the Norwegian-style push-pull tiller, Shearwater sails fast and handles well in light and moderate air. As the breeze comes on, the helm gets heavy and the bow begins to punch through waves. It’s time to strike the rig. Joel knew well the foolishness of pressing a low, narrow, undecked skiff in strong winds. He viewed this skiff as a pulling boat, with auxiliary sailpower.

WoodenBoat’s Shearwater spent two years as a pure pulling boat. Then, yielding to temptation, we commissioned the addition of sailing gear. The resulting clutter of spars and the hydrodynamic drag caused by the centerboard trunk degraded the boat for rowing.

If we look at Shearwater’s bottom, the narrow slot into which the centerboard retracts appears harmless. In fact, it generates considerable drag. A long time ago, I rowed and sailed prototype fiberglass skiffs that had been laid up without gelcoat (the opaque, and often colorful, outer layer of pigmented resin seen on most ’glass boats). The translucent hulls allowed us to study water flow and wave formation as we looked out through the hulls while sailing—educational, and far more entertaining than network television.

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Shearwater is a lithe, easily built adaptation of a traditional Norwegian design—the oselver, or Os estuary boat.

As the boats moved through the water, we observed extreme turbulence in the after ends of their centerboard trunks. When we’re rowing, energy to drive this undulating light show must come from us. Even the strongest man can produce, at full effort, but a fraction of the power available from wind or mechanical contrivance.

After we learned the magnitude of increased drag, sailors worried about loss of speed—even when they were not racing. Oarsmen begrudged wasting their limited energy. In order to reduce drag, we sometimes covered the offending slots with neoprene flaps secured with bronze half-round and screws. Today, I’m told that we might use Mylar tape (slit longitudinally with a sharp knife after being applied to the hull). Perhaps you’ll consider rigging your Shearwater only for rowing. We tampered with perfection and spoiled it.

Although she’s not big compared to other 16-footers, this boat has plenty of room for solitary beach cruising. We’ll row through the morning calm and sail on the afternoon’s breeze. When we hit the beach, we can roll or drag the 150-lb cruiser up and away from danger. After supper, we’ll lift out the thwarts, and the floorboards will make for a comfortable bed. If we’ve rowed a long stretch at a fair pace, sleep should come easily.

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Shearwater’s glued-plywood construction will withstand drysailing more handily than her solid wood cousins. She’s lighter, too, making for a more nimble recreational craft.

This Boat Profile was published in Small Boats 2008 and appears here as archival material. Plans are available from the WoodenBoat Store for $75 (as of 2022).

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1988 Shearwater 28 foot

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Go to Sailing Texas classifieds for current sailboats for sale Shearwater 28 foot, 1988 sailboat for sale $7,500

Builder, Edey and Duff Cat Yawl, Bolger design, built by Edey & Duff, cored fiberglass hull and decks. Light weight and strong. Six-inch draft with leeboards up. Currently in Rhode Island. Phil Bolger design. Easy to trailer for a 28′ boat.

LOA: 28′3″ LWL: 24′9″ beam: 6′6″ draft, leeboards up: 6″ draft, leeboards down: 3′4″ Total sail area: 233 sq. ft., main 204 sq. ft. mizzen 29 sq. ft., Tanbark Weight empty, 1,200 lbs. Four new tires and wheel bearings on trailer in 2022. Edson wheel steering. A unique vessel designed by a unique individual. Hull and gelcoat are in good condition. Ready to go sailing.

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Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

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  • D : Displacement in pounds.

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D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

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Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

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CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

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Basic specs., sailing characteristics.

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What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?

The capsize screening value for Shearwater 28 is 2.45, indicating that this boat would not be accepted to participate in ocean races.

What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?

The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 6.7 knots. The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster. The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Shearwater 28 is about 100 kg/cm, alternatively 560 lbs/inch. Meaning: if you load 100 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 560 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

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  1. SHEARWATER 28 (EDEY & DUFF)

    A boat with a BN of 1.6 or greater is a boat that will be reefed often in offshore cruising. Derek Harvey, "Multihulls for Cruising and Racing", International Marine, Camden, Maine, 1991, states that a BN of 1 is generally accepted as the dividing line between so-called slow and fast multihulls.

  2. Edey & Duff Shearwater 28

    Edey & Duff Shearwater 28 is a 28′ 2″ / 8.6 m monohull sailboat designed by Phil Bolger and built by Edey & Duff between 1984 and 1996. ... The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more. Formula. D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³ D: Displacement of the boat in pounds ...

  3. Review of Shearwater 28

    The Shearwater 28 is a sailboat designed by the maritime architect Phil Bolger together with Peter Duff in the mid eighties. Only a few boats have been produced. The Shearwater 28 is built by the American yard Edey & Duff. Here we would have liked to show you nice photos of the Shearwater 28.

  4. 1989 Edey&Duff Shearwater sailboat for sale in Alabama

    Peter Duffs' personal boat. Edson steering, 4 solar panels, custom trailer, new axles, wheels, tires, spare. 2 sets of sails,in good condition. Lotsa' goodies. if interested, text your number to 813 four77 2514. or [email protected]

  5. Edey and Duff Shearwater 28 cat yawl, 1996, Rochester, New York

    Edey and Duff Shearwater 28 cat yawl, 1996 Sailboatdata.com lists the designer as Phil Bolger. hull number 11 of 11 or 12 made ... 233 sq. ft., main 204 sq. ft. (good cond.), mizzen 29 sq. ft., Tanbark approx. boat only wt. with 600 lbs of lead ballast: 3500 lbs approx. boat and trailer wt. 4500 lbs Aluminum I-beam tandem axle trailer with ...

  6. Magic of Maine 1

    The Magic of Maine. by Nick Scheuer (Moby Nick) Page 1. It was a deeply satisfying close reach under a mild breeze over to Pulpit Harbor. ARDEA, the other Shearwater in our company, was able to make better progress to windward due to her foil leeboards and sail right in. TRUE NORTH trimmed her sheets as we drew near Pulpit Harbor, tacked back ...

  7. ShearWater boats for sale

    ShearWater. There are presently 43 yachts for sale on YachtWorld for ShearWater. This assortment encompasses 11 brand-new vessels and 32 pre-owned yachts, all of which are listed by knowledgeable boat and yacht brokers predominantly in United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago. The selection of models featured on YachtWorld ...

  8. Shearwater, 28', 1989, Kingston, Oklahoma, sailboat for sale from

    Shearwater, 28', 1989 28 ft X 6'6" Leeboard sharpie Cat Yawl sprit boom rig Skinny water special 6" draft boards up Phil Bolger designed Built by Eddy & Duff New tanbark sails VHF radio with mast mounted antenna stereo trailer 6 hp Yamaha outboard many more extras This is a great boat in good shape Shearwater 101 has been sold.

  9. About The Shearwater Classic Schooner

    THE BOAT Be whisked back in time to the Roaring '20s aboard this beautifully restored 1929 sailing ship. The pinnacle of luxury yachts at the time, the Shearwater is a blue water ocean cruiser which has been around the globe. She's sailed the Pacific, been through the Panama Canal and won classic yacht races in NY and New Zealand.

  10. Shearwater

    From Issue Small Boats Annual 2008. Shearwater might well be the best all-round pulling boat at the WoodenBoat waterfront—at least she was, before we installed a centerboard trunk. When Joel White drew this elegantly simple 16′ double-ender, he recalled the traditional boats of western Norway. (At first, he named the new design ...

  11. ShearWater

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  12. Manhattan Boat Tours

    Day Sail - Shearwater. An intimate and thrilling way to visit New York's magnificent harbor. Sit back and relax while you enjoy close-up views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline. Book Now. Learn More. From $112 - $124. 48 Passengers. 1 hour & 30 minutes.

  13. Micro Maintenance and Shearwater Sail

    Micro Maintenance and Shearwater Sail by George Fulk. ... In the middle of the keel removal, the sun came out and temperature got up to 45 so we decided to take the Shearwater for a sail. This boat is 28' long but narrow for its length. Tom said 12 have been built in fiberglass. It has swing up lee boards and a small center board that drops ...

  14. ShearWater boats for sale

    ShearWater boats for sale on Boat Trader are available for a swath of prices, valued from $28,240 on the most reasonably-priced watercraft all the way up to $243,960 for the most expensive boats. Higher performance models now listed come rigged with motors up to 600 horsepower, while the most compact more functional models may have as modest as ...

  15. Manhattan by Sail

    2023. Manhattan Adventure Sightseeing Boat Tour. 384. Adventure Tours. from. $99.00. per adult. Manhattan by Sail - Shearwater Classic Schooner. Booking unavailable on Tripadvisor.

  16. Shearwater Boat Specs, Tests and Reviews

    2002. 2002 Shearwater 2200 Coastal CC. Get the latest Shearwater Boat specs, tests and reviews featuring models, specifications, available features, engine information, fuel consumption, and information resources.

  17. 1988 Shearwater 28 foot

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  18. 23LTZ Specs

    Specs & Features. Length: 22'6″. Beam: 8'2″. Draft: 12″. Max HP: 350 HP. Fuel Capacity: 70 Gal. Anchor Storage Front Storage 2 10′ Rod Lockers & Rack System Cast Net Box w/ Automatic Pump Custom LTZ Cooler. Deluxe 2 Tone Console Leaning Post with 18 Gallon Live Well 45 Gallon Release Well Dry Storage 25 Gallon Rear Baitwell.

  19. Review of Shearwater 28

    The Shearwater 28 is a sailboat designed by the maritime architect Phil Bolger together with Peter Duff also from in the mid eighties. Only a few boats have been produced. The Shearwater 28 is built by the American yard Edey & Duff. Here we would have liked to show you nice photos of the Shearwater 28.

  20. American Marine Sports

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  21. Sailboats 28+ feet for sale

    1974 Irwin 28' Boat Located in Gray, ME - No Trailer. Please read entire listing including terms & conditions. Pre-Owned: Irwin. $1.99. 0 bids Ending Today at 7:30PM PDT 5h 3m Local Pickup. 1972 Pearson P26 26' Sailboat - New York. Pre-Owned: Pearson. $10.00. 0 bids Ending May 29 at 1:00PM PDT 5d 22h Local Pickup.

  22. SEARAKER 28

    28.00 ft / 8.53 m: LWL: ... Like the LWL, it will vary with the weights of fuel, water, stores and equipment. A boat's actual draft is usually somewhat more than the original designed or advertised draft. For boats with adjustable keels (centerboards, daggerboards, lifting and swing keels), Draft (max) is with the board down. ...