Etap 28i

One of the best and most

popular of all the Etaps, this

tidy-looking Harlé & Mortain

design was launched in 1987.

She replaced the Etap 28,

designed by Van de Stadt in

1978, and was a more modern

boat in every respect. With a

generously roached, fully-

battened mainsail and working

jib set on a sporty, 7/8 fractional

rig and a fixed, deep-fin keel, she

is a sharp performer, enjoyable

to sail, good for short-handed

cruising and ideal for a couple

with two children. Some buyers

opted for a lifting keel, which

slightly blunts her performance

but she still sails well.

The main cabin and forepeak

are open-plan, under a semi-

flush deck, with good headroom up to the forecabin, which is curtained off

from the saloon. There is a large aft cabin, a good galley, a spacious heads

abaft the companionway and a reasonable chart table.

LoA 8.6m (28ft 2in) LWL 7.3m (23ft 10in) beam 3.12m (10ft 3in) Draught 1.6m (5ft 3in)

Displacement 2,600kg (5,732lb) YM test report February 1989