Twister 28 - 1974 - £9,750 The Twister needs little introduction. An outstanding long-keeled classic designed by Kim Holman. With elegant lines and superb, well-mannered performance, these capable little cruisers have voyaged far and wide, and are just at home in the middle of an ocean as they are in coastal waters. This all GRP Twister 28 has only had 3 owners - the current ownership having lasted 28 years with a long-distance cruising pedigree Hull & Deck moulded by the Tyler Boat Company of Kent and then fitted out by her first owner to a very high standard - He must have been a man who understood and could work hardwoods well, with much of the material that was used internally reportedly salvaged from the Royal Burnham Yacht Club! She is robustly constructed throughout and has emulated her sister ships' reputation for long distance passage-making.
4 Berths in two cabins with a separate heads compartment.
Saloon berth cushions have been recovered in hard-wearing, fawn-coloured canvas finish material.
A CD/radio unit is fitted for entertainment. The accommodation provides headroom of approx. 5'10" through most of its length, although a slightly rising sole in the for'cabin and heads compartment limits the headroom to around 5’8” under the for'hatch and 5'6" in the heads. The forward cabin is fitted with conventional "V" berths with lockerage beneath and a modern Gebo hatch has been fitted overhead.
Moving aft, the heads compartment is to starboard fitted with a Lavac sea toilet and small stainless steel wash hand basin with pumped fresh water. Opposite to port there is a well-proportioned hanging locker and a Koolatron 12v cool box is located here. The main saloon has two settee berths each side running aft into trotter boxes under the Nav. table & Galley areas. These berths have been widened to give more generous sleeping width and a rebate on each inboard side was provided to enable the sole to be bridged between the individual berths to create an athwartship double berth (albeit for short crew members), or for use on the 'diagonal' by a single taller member of crew.
Aft to port, there is a generous sized chart table with chart stowage within and a closed locker beneath, adjacent main electrical panel and closed locker outboard. Access aft to a further large closed locker. The Galley is situated to starboard, opposite the navigation area, and is equipped with a 2 burner Origo 3000 alcohol cooker and an inset stainless steel sink with manually pumped fresh water. Open plate and bottle stowage behind and aft of sink.
There is a relatively large galley working space inboard of the cooker and the adjacent engine space cover offers additional working space. The bottom companionway step conceals a rubbish bin.
Auxiliary power is provided by a rugged, sea water cooled, two cylinder 18hp Sabb 2H diesel engine. The engine was fully overhauled around 1000 hours ago and total running hours from new now showing as 3019 hours. It starts easily without undue smoke, runs smoothly, with incredibly little vibration transferred.
Conventional shaft drive to 3 blade fixed prop 2 X 110ah lead acid batteries are charged by an engine driven alternator while a 10w Solar panel mounted on aft deck, provides trickle charge maintenance of the batteries when the vessel is left unused.
The stainless steel fuel tank is located in the starboard cockpit locker and the water tank beneath the Saloon sole.
Sails and Spars:
Aluminium alloy gold anodised mast by Sailspars Masts Ltd. Masthead rigged sloop, with twin backstays, forward and aft lowers, fitted with slab reefing boom for the mainsail and roller reefing system for the head sails.
A replacement slab reefing boom by Sparcraft accommodates 3 reefing lines. The latter are cleated at the forward end of the boom.
A Rotostay headsail furling system is fitted to the for'stay.
The stainless steel standing rigging is terminated using Stalok/Norseman terminals (Reusable), rather than being swaged, but its age has not been determined, although thought to be approx. 20 years old.
Knowsley primary and spinnaker winches in cockpit, two halyard winches on mast.
Mainsheet taken to S/S pin stopped track on the bridge deck.
A stainless steel boom crutch provides a stout grab handle just ahead of the sprayhood and enables convenient control of the boom when shorthanded. Sails:
Mainsail (3 x slab reefs) by Andrew McKillop, reportedly dates from approx.12 years ago but still in very serviceable condition.
Cross-cut, roller furling No.1 genoa by Rockall.
No.2 genoa by Camper & Nicholson - described by the owner as a 'nice' sail.
2 off storm jibs, one of approx 60 sq ft. with a bolt rope for use on the Rotostay spar; the second (of approx 40 sq ft. high-vis. orange Dacron and with a wire luff to set flying from a stainless steel U-bolt inboard of the forestay.
Cruising chute (described as little used).
Genuine CQR anchor together with chain cable. Manual anchor windlass with warping drum by Simpson Lawrence. Fortress FX11 kedge anchor with chain & warp Outboard engine storage pad on stern rail. Blue acrylic fabric sprayhood by Ocean Canvas of Plymouth. Blue acrylic fabric spray dodgers. Blue acrylic fabric mainsail cover. Avon Redstart inflatable dinghy, with outboard mounting bracket. 2.5hp Mariner outboard engine.
In the Cockpit:
Sestrel Moore gimballed steering compass.
Nasa Clipper Duet log & depth display.
Raymarine ST4000+ autopilot display with separate tiller ram.
Raymarine Dragonfly, 5 inch colour chart plotter. At Chart Table:
Nasa Target Navtex.
Autohelm digital hand-bearing compass.
Apelco VXE200 (Non DSC) VHF Radio with telephone handset. Standard Horizon HX210 Handheld VHF Radio with drop in charging cradle. Horseshoe lifebuoy with light and attached danbuoy. Wire jackstays. Two manual bilge pumps. 4 Man XM liferaft (Service due March 2019) in a valise. General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as Liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.
History and Construction:
A 'classic' design, with full keel with cutaway forefoot and a keel-hung rudder, this is a later, all GRP Twister (as opposed to a 'composite' example with wooden coachroof and all the associated problems that beset such versions). The hull & deck mouldings were moulded by the Tyler Boat Company of Kent and then fitted out by her first owner to a good standard.
The under-water surfaces have been epoxy-coated and the original boom replaced to enable the mainsail to be slab reefed.
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