Captain's ReportThe Legacy 28 shares the same basic hull design as her big sisters, the 34 and 40. The boat’s sharp forward entry gives her instant slicing ability, and her amidships deadrise of 16 degrees gives the stability that’s usually delivered on much larger boats. The five-degree deadrise at her transom makes her fast and more stable at anchor.Legacy takes the issue of noise very seriously, and in doing so, the company has paid extra attention to the housing of the engine. Air intake vents have been placed well aft to allow noise to escape abaft from the engine room. A pot-style muffler also helps keep noise down, and an underwater exhaust system virtually eliminates fumes when underway. Standard power on this boat is a single 250-hp Yanmar diesel, but you can also opt for 300-hp Yanmar diesels. The Legacy 28 provides plenty of entertaining room in the cockpit and has seating for nine. Cockpit lighting is also a nice feature on this boat, and you can opt for cockpit speakers to accompany the standard CD player. The 28 offers good accommodations for overnighting with a V-berth, enclosed head and galley complete with 2.2-foot refrigerator, two-burner stove and sink. Four opening stainless steel ports and an overhead hatch allow plenty of natural light and fresh air into the cabin. When it came to performance our test boat reached a top speed of 30.6 mph at 3800 rpm, and her best cruise was 14.5 mph at 2250 rpm, giving her a range of about 364 miles and a fuel burn of about 4.3 gph with a single 300-hp Yanmar engine.The Legacy has a classic Down East look that has become quite popular the last few years and these boats are variously described as day boats, picnic boats, or weekenders. They are good all around utility boats that are shippy looking, usually powered by a single engine, and they are relatively fast and economical. The Legacy is a fine example of this type of boat. And no wonder! Former Sparkman & Stephens’ chief designer Bill Langon heads up Legacy’s in-house design team and his eye has caught the classic lines that were the hallmark of so many S7S boats over the years. Langdon’s pleasing lines, along with the builder’s long experience with state-of-the-art production sailboats are a winning combination. Here’s why —The engineers at Freedom Yachts, Legacy’s parent company have built over 1,300 sailboats over the last 25 years, and with sail, the lighter the boat that faster it can go. While the same is true in powerboats, bigger engines are an easy fix for a boat that’s heavy, and historically powerboat builders have not been as concerned about weight as sailboat builders.Legacy cores its hulls with end-grain balsa for rigidity and strength. All through-hull fittings are bedded in solid fiberglass, according to the builder, to virtually eliminate the risk of water migration into the vessel’s core.Legacy’s sailboat heritage pays off in several other areas as well. For example, all bulkheads are glassed to the hull as a structural, fully-integrated element. Fittings are generally oversized and the ports are 316 stainless. The Legacy is a classic New England built boat that will never go out of style. It has been around for 25 years, and has plenty more to go.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Legacy 28 is 30.5 mph (49.1 kph), burning 15.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 60.18 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Legacy 28 is 14.5 mph (23.3 kph), and the boat gets 3.37 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.43 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 364 miles (585.8 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 300-hp Yanmar in-line 6 diesel.
Standard and Optional Features
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