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Honey Bee 28

  • Designer: A K Balfour
  • Year: 1969
  • Location Dorset
  • Length on deck: 28'
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 5'


REF: 9077

Full Specification

Wooden Ships Comments on this Honey Bee 28

Honey Bee 28 for Sale, designed by A.K. Balfour for a competition run by the Glasgow Evening Herald to come up with a cruiser/racer for the Scottish West Coast.  The Honey Bee came second in the competition but proved popular with about 60 being built between 1958 and 1972.  It is said the design was inspired by Kim Holmans Twister.

This Honey Bee 28 was bought by the current owner in 2010 who spent two years restoring her ready for the 2012 season, refit included new rigging, sails, engine, systems, upholstery and more.  She is a very solid and well equipped little cruising yacht that has been used regularly and kept in commission and up together since her refit.


LOA    28′

Beam    8’

Draft     5′

Honey Bee 28


Carvel Planked Mahogany on steamed oak frames. Teak on Ply deck with teak coach roof coamings and sheathed teak coach roof deck.

External iron ballast keel, with stainless steel keel boats, drawn and checked in 2005.



Bermudan cutter rig on a deck stepped varnished wooden mast with a varnished slab reefing boom and varnished bowsprit.  Single spreaders with jumper struts on the upper sections.  2017 mast and boom replaced in alloy.

Plastimo roller furling system on both headsails.  Stainless Steel Standing Rigging fully replaced 2011, Twin lowers shrouds, single cap shroud and a single standing adjustable backstay.



Main by Moats of Portland, New 2011

Genoa X 2 by Moats of Portland, New 2011



3 Winches at the Mast

3 Winches at the Cockpit

2 Lewmar Self Tailing Winches on the Coach roof





Sole 18Hp 2 Cylinder Diesel Engine installed new in 2011.  Centreline stainless steel shaft to 3 blade propeller, giving a cruising speed of 5 knots.



1 x 60 Litre Plastic Fuel Tank

1 x 40 Litre Flexible Water Tank




2 x 12v Batteries charged by engine Alternator.  Shore power system with 240v charger.




4 Berths with 2 saloon settee berths and twin V-berths in the fore cabin.

V berth forward with storage lockers beneath, moving aft to starboard is the head with a Jabsco sea toilet, opposite to port is a hanging locker. Further aft there are settee berths on either side of the saloon. Foldable Nav table on port side. Split galley with s/s sink with pressurised cold water tap. Opposite is 2 burner gimballed Plastimo gas hob with grill.

Companionway steps over the engine up to the sociable cockpit.

All new upholstery throughout.




Clipper Wind, Speed and Depth in Cockpit

Garmin 551C GPS Chartplotter

Clipper GPS repeater in Cockpit

Navtex VHF

Simrad Tillerpilot



Ground Tackle

Plough anchor with warp and chain



Cockpit Cover

Fore Deck Cover

Clock and Barometer

Fire Extinguishers (Date Of Expiry Unkown)


Flares (Date Of Expiry Unkown)

Warps and Fenders


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.

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