Originally designed in conjunction with the late Capt. Hugh (Buck) Wilde and Diamond City Boatworks in Beaufort, NC in 2008 hull #1 named "NAD 28" is seen pictured below. You can read about this project on the hull truth forum here. The boat was fitted with twin 300s and topped out at a respectable 47 knots (54mph). Buck noted that she could have been built lighter but was dressed with solid teak decking. He also felt that with more prop tuning and motor adjustment 60 mph (52knots) would have been achievable.
See more pictures from this build HERE.
When asked, "Why did you put twin 300hp outboards on a 28 foot boat?" his reply was naturally, "Because we couldn't get the 350s."
We have developed a kit for the boat with some slight tweaks. The original was built with a plywood bottom and strip planked sides. We have since converted to cold molded sides as we feel this is an easier method for most builders. We have also increased the dead-rise by 1 deg from the original hull to 19. See below for construction details, plan and kit pricing. You can download a current complete estimate for the kit and the materials list at the bottom of the page.
Cape Lookout 28:
LOA (hull + bracket)……30′-8″ [9.344]m LWL………23′-0 3/4″ [7.029]m BEAM………10′-0″ [3.051]m overall DRAFT/ hull………17″ [43 cm] @ DWL Deadrise at transom… 19 degrees *DISPLACEMENT…6000 lbs (2720 kg) @ DWL Pounds/kg Per 1” immersion 760# (345 KG) Fuel Capacity….250 gal
Horsepower… 600 (max)
*weight @ designer’s suggested materials; different plywoods and/or different fiberglass weight and optional gear will change boat weight.
Bare hull weight ~3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)
DRY weight including TWIN 300 hp motor…..4100-4500 lbs (1860-2040 kilos) depending on materials and options* Displacement at full tank capacity ~6000 lbs (2725 KG) @ DWL
*weight @ designer’s suggested materials; different plywoods plus different fiberglass weight and optional gear will change boat weight.