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Telstar 28

Designed by:
Performance Cruising Inc. (Tony Smith)
Performance Cruising Inc.
photo Performance Cruising

The Telstar 28, introduced in January 2003 and dubbed the 'T2' by the creators, is the first Telstar built by Performance Cruising since 1981. This new trailerable sports cruiser targets the same market as the models of twenty and thirty years ago with a similar mix of features, but does it in an new design. The floats of the T2 fold in, not only for road transport but also for mooring where space is restricted or at a premium, as on a typical marina pontoon. Ingeniously, double-hinged beams swivel the amas alongside the main hull, reducing the beam from 16 ft (4.8 m) to 8 ft 6 in (2.6 m) without extending the boat's overall length. The mechanism is operated by pulling on a line. The floats retain the same wetted area retracted as they do extended, so no additional surfaces are exposed to fouling when the boat is berthed for long periods.

The T2 is beamier than the former Telstar models, can carry considerably more sail due to the so enhanced stability, and, due to the employment of advanced manufacturing materials and processes, is more weight-efficient. The result is that the T2 is a better performer which the designers say is adept at sailing around wind speed; they predict a top speed under sail of 20 knots. With a 9.9 HP outboard the boat will do 6 knots, this can be bumped up to 14 knots with the alternative 40 HP engine.

The main hull borrows from the Gemini 105Mc lines. A teardrop-shaped waterline, with a fine bow and maximum beam well aft, has a low wave drag for its 8:1 length-to-beam ratio. Flat sections aft with a 5 degree deadrise induce hydrodynamic lift under the hull as speeds increase. Vacuum infusion is used to manufacture the hulls with optimum glass-to-resin ratio and Kevlar is used in high stress areas. Both measures keep the displacement light, which is critical in encouraging multihulls to sail fast.

The saloon is light and airy and the design makes best use of the available volume to incorporate the necessary amenities for overnight cruising.

Multihull type:
Vacuum infused GRP foam sandwich
Sails and rigging:
  • Patented system for raising and lowering the mast quickly when using the boat from the trailer. No need to detach the headstay.
  • Fractional sloop rigged with loose-footed, fully battened main
  • Roller furling genoa
  • Optional bowsprit
  • Optional spinnaker
  • Optional screacher
Sails and rigging images:
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Deck layout and gear:
  • Cockpit, seats four; optional canvas canopy; good visibility
  • Solid walkways forward
  • Easy single handing
  • Moulded-in transom steps for access to the water
Deck layout images:
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Keels, boards and rudders:
  • Centreboard with 4 in (10 cm) offset to increase knee-room in the cabin
  • Kick-up rudder and centreboard for shallow water
  • Tiller steering - swings both rudder and outboard

Main Cabin

  • 6 ft (1.83 m) headroom
  • Seating for 6 round table
  • Galley
  • 4 berths; 2 single, one convertable double

Head compartment

  • Marine toilet
  • 18 US gallon (68 lt) holding tank
  • Optional shower
Accommodation images:
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Systems - Power, Navigation:

9.9 HP Mercury or 40 HP Honda outboard

LOA (length overall):
8.38 m (27 ft 6 in)
LWL (length at waterline):
8.08 m (26 ft 6 in)
5.49 m (18 ft)
Draft minimum:
0.3 m (1 ft)
Draft maximum (e.g. boards down):
1.3 m (4 ft 3 in)
Windward sail area:
48.68 m² (524 ft²)
Mainsail area:
23.23 m² (250 ft²)
Genoa area:
25.45 m² (274 ft²)
Reacher, screacher, gennaker or code 0 area:
54.81 m² (590 ft²)
3.35 m (11 ft)
9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Mast height above water:
10.82 m (35 ft 6 in)
Daggerboard / centreboard:
Displacement, lightship (empty):
1361 kg (1.34 tons)
Number of berths:
Cabin headroom:
1.83 m (6 ft)
Outboard engines:
Fuel type:
Water capacity:
30 US gallons (114 ltr)
First introduced:
In production:
New price from:
$62000 US (approx: £31254 Sterling / 42226 / $70491 AUS)*
More images:
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