This page contains my personal thoughts on the RL28 and
other boating equipment
I had boat number 106, Peaches and Cream, for 26 years. She was used mainly for family sailing.
I have since moved on to a bigger boat more suited for longer distance cruising, but I still acknowledge
the near perfect design of the RL28 for sailing in the waters of Moreton Bay.
I bought the boat in 1984 as just hull and deck and fitted out the rigging and interior
over six months. After 26 years of near trouble-free sailing I have great admiration for
Rob Legg's design for a low-cost, safe but roomy yacht. I moored her in a marina and did not
have a trailer but the features which make the boat trailable also make it ideal for
exploring Moreton Bay which is shallow but with lots of islands.
Many years ago I added a bimini over the cockpit and should have done it years before. I was
afraid that it would sail poorly but I have noticed little difference. But the
comfort of getting out of the tropical sun more than compensates, and with the knowledge we have now of the damage
that the sun can cause, a bimini should be on everyone's boat.
Outboard vs Diesel
I prefer the outboard option because maintenance is so much easier. The motor can
simply be lifted from the boat and taken to the outboard dealer for service. They also
cost a third that of the diesel and weigh much less which is important with motor located
near the transom. The disadvantage of the outboard is the poor fuel consumption, shorter
life, and apparently less available power for the same rating. I fitted a 15 hp outboard
so as to have plenty of power in an emergency and to allow a good speed to be maintained
with lower revs and hence less noise. In the never ending argument of 4 stroke vs 2 stroke, I come
out on the side if the light-weight 2 stroke. Also a 15 hp Mercury will fit comfortably in the well
of the RL28 which no 4 stroke of similar power, that I have seen, will do.
Where the motor is not intended to be used much, except getting in and out of the
marina, and on windless days the outboard is better. But for more motor-sailing where long
distances under motor are the norm, the diesel
would be preferred.
With a 28 foot boat the choice of dinghy is very limited. An alloy dinghy rows
well, lasts forever, but slows down a boat of this size when towed and there is no room on
deck. Inflatables are much lighter but still cannot be fitted on deck unless
deflated and constantly reinflating them is a pain. Worse, they damage easily. The only
other option I found was a folding boat.
I bought an 8 foot Porta-bote which fits inside the cabin without imposing on the space
too much. It rows easily and is very tough. On the other hand the Porta-bote is difficult
to unfold on deck and tends to fill with water when towed in big seas. So I can't fold it
and I can't tow it, but I can mount it on the transom on a couple of boards that project out past the rudder.
In reality I only use it when anchoring in the one place for several
days. The new models of Porta-Bote are a big improvement
on mine in that they are much easier to unfold, but the price has risen accordingly.
Really, a dinghy is not all that necessary. The RL28 can be beached easily provided you
watch the tides. But in my opinion, if you need a dinghy, the folding type is a great way
I would like to hear from you if you have an RL24, RL28, RL34 or a Status.
You can send me a message
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