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Sirius sailboats (21' 22' & 28') were manufactured in Canada during the early to mid 1980s.
This Article below was featured in Canadian Yachting, June 1986.
Sirius 28 Good breeding and "modern conservative" thinking produce a reliable , appealing cruiser By Paul Howard
If the Sirius 28 was a racehorse, it would be described as having good breeding. Its designer, Hubert Van de stadt, has in his stable the smaller Sirius 22, a restyling of his Sirius 21, which has proven to be a tough, able, small cruiser. This talent for design runs in the family. Hubert is the nephew of the well-known European designer E. G. Van de Stadt, who has a long and impressive list of outstanding designs, including the lines of the famous 72-foot South African ketch Stormvogel.
The Sirius 28's builders also inspire confidence. Vandestadt and McGruer Ltd. of Owen Sound has been building boats since the mid-'60s and in spite of such setbacks as major fire and a long industry recession, it has managed to survive and grow. With this kind of bloodline, the Sirius 28 is creating more than a passing interest. The first boat was launched in August, 1982, and as of March 1986, the company had orders booked through to hull 90.
A 'modern-conservative' design The design is "modern conservative." The "modern" comes from the systems that make sail handling more efficient. Inboard shrouds, inboard sheeting, slab reefing with internal lines, sheet stoppers and internal pre-stretched rope halyards led back to the cockpit are examples of the designer's solution to the problem of simple, efficient sailing. The long waterline, fin keel, spade rudder and sharp entry are becoming standards in yacht design. The four-foot, four-inch fin on the Sirius 28 is a lead keel of 2,600 pounds. This gives her a ballast: displacement ratio of almost 40 per cent. Combine this with a beam of nine feet, eight inches, which is carried well aft into the quarter, and you have a hull that is able to stand up to her sail area of 410 square feet.
The masthead single-spreader rig supports a Cinkel deck-stepped mast. Single lowers are helped out by a baby stay or jack stay to prevent mast pumping. The chainplates are inboard, which allows inboard sheeting of the headsail. This will help the 28 get weather efficiently. An outboard chainplates also make movement fore and aft much easier. It's not necessary to duck under the lowers on your way up to the sharp end. The boom is controlled by a traveler running the width of the cockpit just forward of the wheel. This provides an excellent sheeting angle, making mainsail trim easy and efficient. The self-bailing cockpit has no bridge deck but a high sill will prevent any water getting below in the event that a sea sneaks aboard. High coamings, two large lockers and excellent visibility forward make the cockpit an enjoyable spot. It is long enough to let you sleep out in nice weather and the boom comes far enough aft to rig a simple boom tent or sun awning without the topping list splitting it in half.
Test sail Well, now that we know the deck layout, let's go for a sail. Close-hauled, the wind puffed up to about eight or nine knots apparent. In this light stuff and a smooth sea, the boat slips along with very little fuss and its efficient high-aspect rudder provides good control even when drifting. Under these conditions, the Sirius 28 is very close-winded, tracks well and accelerates nicely in and out of the puffs. Even downwind it ghosts along under a main and number-one Genoa, leaving hardly a ripple in its wake. While we are not too busy, let's look at the rail stanchions. The base and stanchion are one-piece assemblies. This produces a strong fitting as do the bow and stern pulpits of one-inch welded tube. They are through-bolted to solid glass areas in the foam-cored deck. Standard double lifelines enclose the deck. A stainless steel boarding ladder built into the stern pulpit completes the deck details. Teak treads on the ladder would be kinder on bare feet than the stainless tubes.
The molded toe rail on the deck edge is fairly small in section. When the rail is buried and the spray is flying, I wonder if the toe rail would provide a sufficient toe hold. It seems to me it would be pretty slippery. A bow roller and self-bailing anchor locker make easy work of retrieving and stowing the anchor and rode.
Well, we've sailed into a hole, so let's go below and snoop around. Opening ports-eight standard opening ports! Once you have cruised on a boat in the tropics, you will never sail without them. The cross-ventilation they produce can make the difference between roasting and rapture.
Wide beam and high freeboard, along with a fairly high trunk cabin, result in a lot of hull volume. This has allowed the designer to locate an enclosed head compartment aft on the port side. A one-piece molding comprises the sink vanity, with stowage under the sink. A foot pump supplies the sink from a 20-gallon water tank complete with an outboard vent and deck fill.
The galley is aft on the starboard side and includes an alcohol stove, an icebox and a single sink with a foot pump. Propane cooking is an option. Put your money down: you won't be sorry. Propane is cleaner, faster more convenient and cheaper. Just stay afraid of it and follow all the safety procedures. If you do go for a gimbaled propane stove with oven, a safety bar across the front of the stove would provide a safer work area for the cook. A full interior liner makes a neat job of the overhead surfaces and good head-room extends right up into the V-berth area. This is accomplished by extending the trunk forward and not fading it into the deck. It doesn't look as streamlined but it is a compromise the designer felt was justified. The hull is lined with a closed-cell foam called Ethafoam and covered with a rich-looking fabric. It has good insulation qualities, looks attractive and, when it wear, it can be peeled off and replaced.
The standard cabin sole is carpet, but a teak and holly sole is available as an option. A dinette on the starboard side, which converts to a double, and a settee on the port side complete the seating. The table slides up and down the mast compression post and it is a simple matter to move the table down to make up the double berth. A folding chart table above a hanging locker completes the interior. The teak joinery work below and on deck is well executed. Stowage is ample.
The iron genny I don't hear the bow wave chuckling, so we must be out of wind. We fire up the two-cyclinder 18-hp Yanmar and it raps away at idle. I have noticed that these engines have a fair bit of combustion knock at idle, but once they are sped up a bit they quietened right down and are smooth little power plants. The Sirius powers at 5 1/2 knots at about 2,800 rpm. It is quiet and easy at this rpm and the controls are conveniently mounted on the steering pedestal.
Engine access is via the companionway steps and the port side cockpit locker. It is as good as can be expected on a 28 footer. A Racor fuel-water separator and a water lift muffler are standard. The standard engine is a nine-hp single-cylinder Yanmar. I doubt that it would be as smooth as the two-cylinder model.
The Sirius 28 has an impressive list of standard equipment. It certainly pays for the buyer to consider this when comparison shopping. The boat's base price is $52,500. For this you will enjoy a performance cruiser that is simple to sail and as with most boats, will probably take a great deal more punishment than will the crew. A quality of design and construction much similar to the Cal, Com-Pac, Sabre, Caliber vessels
Canadian boat, has modern rigging including inboard shrouds, inboard sheeting, internal halyards and reefing etc.., over 120 built through mid -eighties. The company is no longer in production. This boat sails well in light wind, and is capable in heavy weather. The Interior layout is comfortable for 4-5 people. Lead keel with 40% Displacement. ratio. It is very fast for a cruiser.
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Specifications, with Equipment and Information:
- Manufacturer: Sirius
- Model: 28 Sloop
- Designer: Hubert Van de Stadt
- Length: 28' 0"
- LOA: 28' 0"
- Displacement: 6700 lbs
- LWL: 24' 0"
- BEAM: 9' 8"
- DRAFT: 4' 4"
- Engine(s): Yanmar 2GM
- HP: 16
- Fuel: 19 gallons
- Water: 24 gallons
- Holding: 30 gallons
- Hull Construction: Fiberglass
Forward Stateroom has V-Berth (Sleeps 2), Main Cabin Sleeps 3 (Drop-Down Dining table converts to berth for two on starboard side, cushioned seating area on portside can accommodate a smaller person , Port side Nav intruments also has folding Nav table. Aft Port side private Head include foot operated SS sink, marine toilet, wall cabinet clothes hanger and under sink storage. Deep port/starboard cockpit storage lockers. Large covered storage lockers are under all cabin cushions. This boat make a great live-aboard!
Two burner Orion Alcohol stove with cutting board top. Deep twin compartment ice chest. Foot pump operated galley single SS sink. Sliding doors protect dishes. Storage cabinets under sink and stove
Electronics / Navigation
King VHF Radio, Loran, and Radar. CMS Computer II depth gauge and speed indicator in cabin with repeater gauge in cockpit
Double 12V Deep Cycle storage batteries, steaming light, anchor light, forward and stern nav lighting. Cabin lighting is 12v with lights strategicly located in stateroom galley and head and port cockpit Locker. 12V power plug in locker with spot light. and 110V weatherproof shoreline power connection in cockpit. Includes generous shore power cable and adapters. 110v power strip in cabin includes coffemaker. shore Telephone connection in cabin with external cockpit weather connector & cables. External battery charger in starboard locker with switchable battery switch in port cockpit locker.
2GM Yanmar 16 bhp Diesel (This is the optional power)
2 deck winches, new deck pulley assemblies and sliding pulleys. Double Lifelines surround deck and cockpit. One horseshoe life preserver and 3 USCG approved personal floatation devices. Large plexiglas forward opening/locking hatch. Eight opening/locking cabin ports. Thick Smoke colored plexiglas sliding cabin hatch cover provides light when closed and slides completely out of the way into top of cabin. Dual King Board vented hatch provide lasting durability and security.
Sails and Rigging
Harken roller furling Jib accomodates the 110 & 140 Genoa sails; (1) Mainsail w/cover, (1) spinnaker with pole. Sail bags for all sails.
• Fiberglas construction, All teak interior features teak compression post and wall storage cabinets on port and starboard sides, sliding port cabinet and starboard shelving. Cabin Headroom 6' 3"; Ballast 2600 lbs; sail area with main and 110 is 410 sq. ft.
24 gal Fresh Water / 19 gal Diesel (with Racor water separator and fuel gauge in port cockpit locker); 30 gal waste water storage with 12v Waste emasculator; Rule hand-operated bilge pump in aft cockpit starboard side.
Stern Ladder, new forward hatch, includes bilge pump/float; Large Sun Awning features Fiberglas arc supports. Main Sail boom blue canvas sail cover. (2) marine fire extingishers (cabin stairway/starboard cockpit locker) Icebreaker for winter in water storage. 8' Fiberglas Beacon dingy with oars.
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