This is my 1979 Etap 28 yacht up for sale.
I’ve owned this yacht for approximately 10 years and sailed regularly along the east coast, usually singlehanded and she has crossed the channel several times to Calais and Dunkirk. The Etap 28 has a good reputation as a reliable sea going yacht and is fast and fun to sail. I have been out in some rather unpleasant weather and the boat has always handled admirably (better than me). The powerful new Volvo is an absolute blessing and not to be underestimated or overlooked if you are going out to sea.
2000 diesel tank removed and overhauled
2007 Rudder was removed and split in order to strengthen the interior structure at a cost of £1k
In 2009 I had the new Volvo D1-20F and 130s-B saildrive professionally fitted at a total cost of £7k and it has been regularly serviced since. Currently the engine has approx 950hrs hours of usage (there are calorifier conections for hot water).
2013 new stack pack and dodgers fitted
2015 Simrad TP-10 autopilot purchased
2015 Chainplate weakened on the starboard shroud and I have had that refitted and reglassed
2016 DSC VHF radio fitted
2017 new stop solenoid fitted to engine
2017 secondhand Genoa purchased and fitted
2017 Nasa Clipper Wind Instrument repaired (not yet fitted)
2018 new masthead light fitted
2018 the keel was dropped and reseated with new keel bolts in order to be perfectly flush with the hull. All work was carried by Fox’s Ipswich. Approx £4K
2018 wind vane on NASA wind unit replaced and new VHF antenna
2018 professional Topsides acid wash, compound wash and polish
2018 Starboard side cap shroud backing plate replaced
2018 backstay replaced
2018 new topping lift fitted
2019 new NASA Clipper Depth fitted
2019 new battery purchased and fitted
I have kept an old seafarer echosounder below as back up (one of my obsessions) and also because the alarm is easy to use compared to modern digital systems.
The old Garmin GPS 128 is basic but extremely reliable and has a repeater on deck which is invaluable in rough weather if you don’t want to go below.
I usually have a laptop below plugged into the GPS which acts as a chartplotter if you need it.
I have placed the DSC SX 35 Radio in the perfect position for singlehanded sailing.
The Simrad TP 10 tiller pilot is something I rely on heavily and is adequate.
I have a gimbled 2 burner plastismo neptune cooker bought in the year 2000, 2 x batterys. I have an automatic engine fire extinguisher and another in the saloon. The anchor and chain have always held and are in good condition.
The Mainsail is fine, but probably needs replacing soon if you are after optimal performance. I have a good Blade Jib and also I purchased a secondhand genoa with a loam luff that and was cut to about 14ft foot and it is very powerful and fits well. I still have the previous jib from 1998, but that has a 17ft foot and is a bit stretched IMO. I still have the original sails, but they seem to have worn stitching and I have kept them as a template.
I have just bought a cruising chute with ‘snuffer sock’ in good condition which is great and I intend to keep it and not sell it with the boat unless my new one has one.
Sprayhood is in very tired condition so I have retired it as I do not use it anyway.The frame is there if this is something you like.
Self tailing winches for the jib sheets are very powerful and reliable and absolutely essential single handed.The halyard winches are not self tailing which is a bit inconvenient, but all lines run back to the cockpit.
This Etap has two windows in the “heads” section that were fitted by the previous owner and help add extra light.
Loads of various other gear, mooring ropes, fenders, boarding ladder, tiller pilot, buckets, teak aft table, nav lights etc.
I could never be without an Eberspacher having had one. It is the D1 LC I think and I use it a lot all year round. My advice would be not to buy a boat without one, at least not in the UK.
I do have a Titan Cradle that needs a small weld and I am willing to negotiate separately if required.
All in all I have taken time to set this boat to be used with minimal effort and convenience for the single handed sailor. Too many people buy bigger yachts that are slow and heavy and cannot leave harbour without assistance and rarely get used.
This Yacht is an absolute bargain ready to sail away.
Currently at Fox’s Ipswich.
Current Price: £6995.00
This Etap 28 Sailing Yacht (part Exchange For Larger Yacht Considered) boat is located in Billericay, CM12 9RS and is being sold on eBay by trellsy.