The Etap 28i is a sharp performer, largely due to her generously roached, fully-battened mainsail and working jib set on a sporty fractional rig together with a deep-fin keel,
Hull Type: Fin keel with spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP (fibreglass)
Length Overall: 28' 0" / 8.5m
Waterline Length: 23' 9" / 7.2m
Beam: 10' 3" / 3.1m
Draft: 5' 0" / 1.5m
Rig Type: Fractional Sloop
Displacement: 6,173lb / 2,800kg
Designer: Harle & Mortain
Builder: Etap (Belgium)
Year First Built: 1988
Year Last Built: 1997
Number Built: 450
Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.1
Ballast/Displacement Ratio: Not published
Displacement/Length Ratio: 205
Comfort Ratio: 17.2
Capsize Screening Formula: 2.2
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.1 suggests that the Etap 28i will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.
2. In the absence of a published Ballast/Displacement Ratio for the Etap 28i we are unable to make an assessment of the boat's stiffness.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 205, tells us the Etap 28i is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 17.2 suggests that the Etap 28i will have the motion underway to that of a lightweight racing boat. Crew comfort will often be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Upwind in lively conditions the Etap 28i will slam enough to shake your fillings out with a motion that most cruising sailors have no desire to get used to.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 2.2 indicates that a Etap 28i would not be the wisest choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making owing to the lower resistance to capsize in strong winds and heavy seas that is associated with sailboats with a CSF of 2.0 and above.
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