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28 Henriques honest cruise speed and layout changes

Old 01-10-2019, 01:44 PM
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Been researching the 28 Henriques and I am looking for real honest cruise speed,loaded with the three motors that I see available. Also, besides the windshield change, which looks like it occurred around 1997, were there any changes to the cockpit or cabin layouts? Thanks in advance for any help.

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I have a 1997 28' Henriques. Mine had the newer style windshield, but still had the older style larger hardtop. A previous owner may have swapped the windshield, but I did not care for it so I removed it this winter and just completed having a polycarbonate enclosure made in its place. From what I have seen other than the windshield there was no other change made, other than some of the newer models having an optional centerline fishbox in the cockpit. The cockpit is big enough though you can easily put a 500 lb commercial fishbox on deck.

I have the 170hp yanmar 4lh-dte engines. Real cruise speed with four guys, full fuel and water, gear and 300 lbs of ice/bait to go offshore is 19.5-20 knots at 2950. The engines turn 3300, and at that horsepower are rated to run at 3200 continuous, but I prefer to keep it right under 3000. The engines sound happy there and the boat is very efficient at that speed and rides nicely with a little tab. I have seen plenty of people say you need the 240 hp yanmars or 6 cylinder volvo's so you can cruise at 25 knots. I caution that this is not a deep v hull and the days are few and far between that this boat will comfortably ride offshore in a chop at 25 knots. At 20 knots though she is comfortable and burns very little fuel. Light load inshore I am more in the 21-21.5 range.

She trolls very well and is a great fishing machine. Very impressed with the build and attention to detail.







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Old 01-11-2019, 07:00 PM
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I had 200 Yanmar 4LHAs in mine. 3100 got you around 25 kts.

Your mix economy would always be around 1.7 mpg regardless.

There is no better 28. The engine access is hands down, the best too.

Good luck.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Esuomm1 View Post
I had 200 Yanmar 4LHAs in mine. 3100 got you around 25 kts.

Your mix economy would always be around 1.7 mpg regardless.

There is no better 28. The engine access is hands down, the best too.

Good luck.
agreed. Only boat this size i have ever seen that a 225 lb guy can easily fit outboard or inboard of either engine.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:13 AM
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I own a 28 ft with the volvo tamd41pa diesels there great motors parts are a little expensive but they don't break down she does an honest 22 knts at 3200 cruise which is what these engines do wot is 3800 which I never do 15 gallons hours both combined also not a better boat built n manny is second to none lots of luck I fish mine out of perth amboy in new jersey hope to see u out there
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My baby is a 1999 28 with the volvo 41p's. Loaded heavy for a canyon run - 21 knts @ 3200 RPM.

Great boat - great layout - great build quality. I agree there is no better all around 28 diesel express. They are simple and inexpensive boats to own, run, and maintain. Solid glass hull - composite coring in the deck and hatches, and fiberglass fuel tanks.

The only changes I know of was the windshield design and the centerline in deck fish box.

Let my experience convince you they are very seaworthy and capable boats in ALL kinds of sea conditions. I ran mine from the north shore of Massachusetts, 450 miles, to Ocean City MD over 3 days. The 2nd leg of that trip resulted in 170 miles running in NE 15-20 Gusty to 30 and torrential downpours. I can tell you I wasn't sitting there without a care in the world, it was dicey, but that boat handled honest 3-5 foot seas @ 15-16 knts for 170 miles without so much as rattling a screw loose.

I can't imagine better factory support on any other boat made. I bought a nearly 20 old boat and those folks treat me like I bought it brand new yesterday. They were in Ocean City for the White Marlin Open last year , saw my boat docked, came over and shook my hand and told me anything I ever need just call. They remembered building my boat and the original owner.

Very few things surprise me - the entire Henriques experience surprises me.
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I love it, first tuna I ever caught was on a 28' late 80's in sight of AC. I've always loved that boat, it was flat calm that day so I can't reply on the ride. Thanks, I remember it like it was yesterday, small bluefin that went back to fight another day.
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Originally Posted by bologna128 View Post
Been researching the 28 Henriques and I am looking for real honest cruise speed,loaded with the three motors that I see available. Also, besides the windshield change, which looks like it occurred around 1997, were there any changes to the cockpit or cabin layouts? Thanks in advance for any help.

170 hp Yanmar
190 hp Yanmar
200 hp Volvo
Well perhaps you have made up your mind that a 28 Henriques is the right boat. If you are staying near shore most of the time, then the efficiency and stability drifting of the Henriques are big positives. I will note that when I used to own a 28 Carolina Classic, I took a long-time Henriques 28 owner out fishing offshore and he was astonished at how much higher cruise speed I could carry in comfort with the CC28 in 2-3 foot seas with no pounding and staying dry. For someone who does runs offshore to the canyons, a CC28 will get you there and home faster and more comfortably although using more fuel to do it. Just as well built if not better and also great support from the builder.
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Well perhaps you have made up your mind that a 28 Henriques is the right boat. If you are staying near shore most of the time, then the efficiency and stability drifting of the Henriques are big positives. I will note that when I used to own a 28 Carolina Classic, I took a long-time Henriques 28 owner out fishing offshore and he was astonished at how much higher cruise speed I could carry in comfort with the CC28 in 2-3 foot seas with no pounding and staying dry. For someone who does runs offshore to the canyons, a CC28 will get you there and home faster and more comfortably although using more fuel to do it. Just as well built if not better and also great support from the builder.
The 28' CC is no doubt a battle wagon. Well built with a steep deadrise. She is a great boat if you are mainly interested in running offshore, trolling, and coming home. I looked at some and was impressed. The things that turned me away from them (for my specific uses) was:

1) the fuel capacity - I hate worrying about having enough fuel to go places, and have no desire to deal with bladders and fuel cans (been there done that). I run my boat striper fishing at least 3 nights a week 17nm each way, and it is nice to go a couple of weeks without having to visit the fuel dock.

2) efficiency - This is a heavy built, well riding hull, but there is a cost. I do around 300 hours a season on my boat (again mostly bass fishing at night and 6 or so offshore trips), so fuel cost is a concern. I always want a boat that I dont have to think about the cost to use it. This is more of a factor or my personal economics than anything else.

3) Engine options - I work for a cummins/yanmar dealer so I specifically look at boats with either of those options. There were not any Yanmar powered boats on the market at the time I was looking, and the only cummins ones had the 4BTA's, which I was not interested in.

Ultimately they are different animals. Both good boats. If speed running offshore if a priority, carolina classic no doubt. You can do 25 knots through a chop and will be impressed with the ride. The Henriques you will have to pull it back and tab down some. It will get you there comfortably and efficiently, you just may need to leave the dock 45 minutes earlier. If stability, efficiency, cockpit, are concerns over speed in a headsea than the Henriques will serve you well.
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