Tanzer 8.5


L.O.A.: 27' 11" (8.50 m)
L.W.L.: 23' 9" (7.24 m)
Beam: 9' 6" (2.90 m)
Draft: 4' 4" (1.32 m)

Displacement: 7400 lbs. (3364 kg.)
Ballast: 3000 lbs. (1364 kg.)
Sail area: 336 sq. ft. (31.65 m²)
Vertical clearance: 41' 0" (12.5 m)

Motor: inboard diesel
Headroom: standing
Berths: 4 to 5
Rating  (PHRF-LO) : 192

Price range: $22,000 to $25,000

    The Tanzer 28 was replaced by the completely redesigned Tanzer 8.5 in 1979. Although both are 28 footers, the 8.5 is a nicer looking boat, and it usually sells for $8,000 to $10,000 more than its predecessor. The Tanzer 8.5 looks like a sleeker version of the Tanzer 26, and some of its cabin cushions and other components are interchangeable with the 26 foot model. Nevertheless, the 8.5 is a much larger boat inside and out, and comes with wide side decks and an inboard diesel engine. Its owners report that is also a fairly fast boat. One minor problem with this boat is that the cutout for the windows are a bit too long without a support at the mid-point. This eventually causes the window frames to flex and leak water into the boat. Owners can easily correct this by bolting a small support between the top and bottom of the window (at the mid-point) inside the cabin.

    by Michael McGoldrick.
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