Carolina Classic 28
(w/ 2 x 300-hp Volvo KAD - Diesel)

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The 28 was designed and built with one thing in mind: offshore trophy fishing. She is available in gas or diesel and there is a good amount of living room with a head and extensive galley.

Key Features

  • The dry, oversized engine compartment provides roomy access to the hydraulics, generator, pumps and batteries.
  • The bilge runs in a tunnel underneath the gel-coated engine room, so all vital mechanics stay dry and clean.
  • The air intakes are high above the sheer to keep corrosive salt spray out.
  • The command tower encloses the lower helm station and provides a complete second station above.


Carolina Classic 28 Specifications
Length Overall 28' 5'' Dry Weight ~
Beam 10' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 2' 6'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 220 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity 30 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 24 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom ~ Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance 12' 0'' Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Carolina Classic 28 Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 375-hp Volvo Penta 8.1Gi
Tested Power 2 x 300-hp Volvo KAD - Diesel
Opt. Power Not Available

Carolina Classic 28 Line Drawing


Carolina Classic 28 Photo Gallery

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The 28 has good speed and is available both in gas or diesel packages. The command tower encloses the lower helm station.

A Fishing Machine

The 28 is a fishing machine for the serious fisherman. You'll find plenty of working room, storage, bait and fish boxes.

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Complete Galley

The 28 features a galley in the cabin, complete with microwave, sink, refrigerator and table.


The 28 is a complete boat with V-berth and full walk-in electric head with shower.

Carolina Classic 28 Captain's Report

Carolina Classic 28

By Captain Manny Rebelo, (N.A.M.S.)

This 28’ sportfish represents the heart of Carolina Classic’s three-vessel fleet of cannon runners. She's built to do what the big boys do, and well I might add, plus she has all the lines and functional styling of the well founded traditional Carolina sportfishers. This baby was designed and built by people who have fished in some of the most serious waters on the east coast if not the world their entire lives. Don’t let the company's young age fool you, Mac Privott, President of Carolina Classic, has been building boats since the 1970s. I found him to be a very knowledgeable boat builder with, and this is important, a real love for boats and what they can be made to do.

The 28 we tested came with twin Volvo 8.1 FWC diesels hooked to a ZF HS63 transmission with a straight drive. As equipped she preformed, as I would expect a serious blue water sportfish would, extremely well. If it’s sprint starts and gunwale turns you’re after, don’t bother. But if you want to get out 50 or so more miles in all kinds of rough conditions fast and maybe bring home the big one, then look no further. Her hull had a healthy 24-degree deadrise that allowed her to settle into heavy seas without pounding.

The large reverse chines helped keep her on an even keel and relatively dry, not to mention providing added lift. She also had planning strakes, adding stability and lift. All in all, this combination coupled with a scale tipping, and I mean tipping 15,000 pounds gives her the ability to push through just about anything you could find off the North Carolina coast with relative ease. As a matter of fact, the Carolina Classic boys were proud of her weight. The weight is due to the hand laid, woven roving, thick, solid fiberglass bottom. This gives her the strength to take years of pounding and hold up well; no coring here.

The helm was nice and responsive and she was comfortable in turns. Also trim tabs were installed on this vessel for fine-tuning the ride.

Above Deck

But let’s get on deck. The foredeck was large and clean -- aside from a Bomar hatch -- no cleats and chocks, no anchor windlass, no Samson post or remote spotlight - just open deck. All the deck hardware was solid stainless steel right down to the hawse pipes aft. There was also a welded stainless steel bow rail that was very well secured to the toe rail with stainless steel fasteners.

Just aft is the windshield that sat on a fiberglass coaming rising up from the foredeck to take on whatever water may get on deck and divert it overboard. The windshield itself is large with a great unobstructed view in all directions.

The tower was made from large gauge welded aluminum with plenty of rocket launchers mounted on the uprights and across the back. The upper helm was fairly Spartan but equipped enough for its purpose: finding fish. The tower continued up over the helm area and had a canvas stretched over it for modest protection from the elements. There was also a small seat and a wrap-around lower backrest bolster. No cup holders up here.

As for the lower station, we’re talking as straightforward as they come; no bird eye maple dash to be seen. All the switches and controls are within easy reach. The engine gauges were large VDOs and mounted so as to be very legible even when bouncing around. The entire instrument console is hinged aft so as to get great access below. No screws or nuts to remove; just two wing nuts and a threaded rod that pivots out of the way to release.

Just abaft of the helm and passenger seats were two fiberglass cabinets with black plexy doors. The starboard one was a cooler that opens from the top and has a drain below. The top also doubles as a cutting board and had a seat cushion as well. The port one had a wet sink with full bait and rigging station as well as a seat cushion.

Walking between the cabinets and down a step brings you to the cockpit area that the Carolina Classic boys claim to be the largest in her class and it sure felt that way. A live bait well was molded right into the center of the transom and had wing hatches for easy access. There were rod holders mounted in the deck with “Carolina Classic” cast right into the stainless steel: very classy. Both fresh and salt water wash downs were located on one port gunnel.

The Engine Room

The engine room hatch is a large affair that opens forward and spans the entire helm area, including the tackle and cooler cabinets forward. It takes two hydraulic cylinders to open and I was told that an auxiliary system is installed in case of non-DC power. We’re talking about a really big hatch that is full cockpit beam and nearly that deep. When it’s open, it’s like peeling back the top on a pizza box; nothing but access. The actual engine room was laid out well with easy access to just about every corner. Thick soundproofing lined the entire compartment and really made a difference when running.

Looking Below

When the day is done but the trip isn’t, there are good sleeping arrangements on the 28. Below was a plush cabin area with a separate head that had a shower, vanity, and mirror with drain in the sole for easy cleaning. The main cabin area had a galley on the port side with a built in AC/DC refrigerator, microwave and sink with hot and cold water. Here too, was a V-berth, hanging locker, and beautifully finished wood cabinets with tons of storage.

Even at 28 feet she looked the part and carried the traditional great looks of the Carolina sportfish. Don’t let her size fool you, as she has a tremendous range of 328 miles at her best cruising speed of 31.3 mph (27.2 knots). She has a fuel capacity of 220 gallons with her twin Volvo turbo diesels. All in all I was pleasantly surprised with the Carolina Classic 28. She rode like a larger boat, looked the part, had the range to get out there and back and the comfort to do it right. I can see why Mac calls her the heart of their fleet.

Carolina Classic 28 Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Carolina Classic 28 is 38.6 mph (62.1 kph), burning 28.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 107.87 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Carolina Classic 28 is 28.7 mph (46.2 kph), and the boat gets 1.67 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.71 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 330 miles (531.08 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 2 x 300-hp Volvo KAD - Diesel.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Carolina Classic 28 Standard and Optional Equipment
Battery Charger/Converter Optional
CD Stereo Standard
Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Optional
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Washdown: Raw Water Standard
Water Heater Optional
Windlass Optional
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Exterior Features
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Platform Optional
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Engine Synchronizer Optional
Freezer Optional
Generator Optional
Glendinning Cablemaster Optional
Helm: Second Station Optional
Oil Change System Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Carolina Classic 28 Warranty

Carolina Classic 28 Warranty Information
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Carolina Classic 28 Price

Carolina Classic 28 Price
Pricing Range $134,500.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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