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Colvic Countess 28

Brief details


Various builders, on Colvic Countess 28 hull and deck mouldings

The Countess 28 is a high volume family cruiser with a very spacious interior for her length. A good example offers similar accommodation and performance to a Westerly Konsort, at generally lower cost. Prices of Countess 28s can vary greatly as standards of fit out can differ between poor amateur and fully professional completion, plus the very occasional example of an amateur fitout that is even better quality than most yard-built boats.


28' 0"

Sail area

450 sq ft main and genoa


24' 3"




10' 2"


saloon & forecabin


4' 9" or 3' 10"




9,050 lbs




3,760 lbs


typically 12 - 24

Keel type

Fin or twin bilge keels with encapsulated ballast and skeg-hung rudder

Countess 28

In the 1970s/80s Colvic was one of the largest moulders of GRP yacht hulls in England, the bare hulls being then sold on both to professional yacht builders, and to DIY home finishers. The Horizon 28 was one of the several versions of the Countess 28 built professionally, and sold under the builders own name.

The Countess 28 was designed in 1979 by Ian Anderson as a comfortable, solid cruising yacht. There are few other 28-footers, even now, with as much interior space.

Both fin keel and twin bilge keel versions were produced, though more bilge-keelers than fin-keelers were sold. The ballast material used in the keels will usually be steel/iron, encapsulated in resin, though you may occasionally find yachts with lead ballast.

Countess 28
Colvic Countess 28

As fit-outs of Countess 28s range from fully professional to amateur,
standards and finishes (and occasionally interior layouts) may vary greatly.

Colvic Countess 28
Countess 28


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Countess 28
Countess 28

The bilge keels are near vertical, for ease of moulding, which is less efficient than splayed keels,
but they are deep enough to give reasonable performance

Countess 28

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