Sunrunner 28 “Reckless”
Test Drive: YouTube
Great entry level cruiser that takes between 1-6 passengers. Equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities, inverter, fishing platform. Very affordable memberships from $399 per month.
The Sunrunner 2800 is essentially a dayboat with plenty of entertainment space on deck, but the owners and a couple of friends can overnight if they wish.
Up front is a vee-berth with a table that converts to a double berth, there is even a mirror on the forward bulkhead that helps make the cabin look bigger. And it is all lined with a full 1.88m of headroom.
The galley is basic, but functional, with a cooktop, fridge and sink and there is a small bathroom. Sunrunner has managed to fit a double-berth under the cockpit with stand up headroom at the entrance and a bench seat.
There is even room for a flat screen TV above the walkway to the aft cabin. On deck the layout is similar to other Sunrunners with a curved lounge opposite the helm station and a bench seat aft.
A full wrap around bench seat across the transom, similar to those on the bigger boats, is an option. The helm seat also swivels around so the occupant can join the party. There is even a locker built into the transom, like the bigger Sunrunners, to store fenders, ropes and other odds and ends. A couple of rod holders have also been included in the port and starboard gunwales if you want to wet a line occasionally. Remember, this is only a 28-footer and the Sunrunner design team has managed to fit a lot into it.
Getting to the bow has been made easy by a couple of steps moulded into the helm console and a walk-through windscreen.
The standard 2800 is powered by a single 5lt V8 MPI, 260hp, MerCrusier petrol engine with a Bravo II sterndrive, and that’s all it needs. The test boat sported a 6.2lt, 320hp, With the 6.2lt engine the boat cruised comfortably at 3000rpm and 20 knots and the GPS recorded a top speed of 35.8 knots at 4800rpm. It is quiet.
At 2000rpm the sound meter recorded 71.6dB in the cabin and at cruising speed, around 3000rpm, the noise level was a comfortable 80.5dB. but being only a single engine drive the MerCruiser with the Bravo II leg is well suited to the boat. Another feature is the easy access to the engine, the whole of the aft cockpit floor lifts up. The 2800 is no fuss to drive and virtually backs like a car into a pen. It has trim tabs, but I found that the boat didn’t need them and except for a little trim up on the leg on the plane, it didn’t need much trimming at all. Granted, there were only two of us onboard and with a couple more adults on the boat the trim tabs could be used to balance the extra weight.
DEADRISE: 18 degrees
DRAFT: 0.65m (leg up)
DRAFT: 1.05m :(leg down)
DRY WEIGHT: 3500kg
FUEL CAPACITY: 280lt
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Jun 18th, 20150 comments