Aloha 28


L.O.A.: 28' 0" (8.53 m)
L.W.L.: 24' 6" (7.46 m)
Beam: 9' 5" (2.87 m)
Draft: 4' 4" (1.32 m)

Displacement: 6750 lbs. (3062 kg.)
Ballast: 2750 lbs. (1247 kg.)
Sail area: 272 sq. ft. (34.60 m²)

Motor: inboard (gas or diesel)
Headroom: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Berths: 4 to 5
Rating  (PHRF-LO) : 189

Price range: $20,000 to $32,000

    The Aloha 28 was designed by Ted Brewer, a Canadian who has gained a considerable reputation for drawing some serious cruising boats. The Aloha 28 certainly qualifies on this count. Although Aloha wasn't designed for racing, a long waterline makes it a fast boat. It also had a long production run, stretching from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s, and as a result, there is a wide price range for these boats on the used market. Older boats with gasoline inboard engines may have asking price around $20,000, while newer boats with diesel engines can easily list for $10,000 more. In its final years of production, this boat was also marketed as the Aloha 8.5. The Aloha 8.5 had a different window configuration and a better forward hatch.

    It should be noted that unlike many sailboats on the used market, the ballast in Alohas is encased within the fiberglass keel. While this means there is no hull-keel joint or keel bolts to worry about, there can be problems if water seeps into the keel (usuaully from the bilge inside the boat) between the fiberglass and ballast and freezes.

    by Michael McGoldrick.
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