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Samoa 28

Samoa 28 - The sailboat for the young at heart

The Samoa 28 is one of our stock plans that have deserved a large number of articles in our news. The reason for this privileged approach is far from being causal. The very truth about the appeal of this design is that it is the one that stirs the deepest passions among our amateur builders.

Samoa 28, the family’s boat. Only those who had made a cruise to a neighbour country just a short while after completing its construction know how rewarding this can be. Maiden trip of Sirius to Colonia, Uruguay. Courtesy: Daniel D’Angelo

The acknowledgment of this preference can be confirmed by the number of amateur builders who are allured by their achievements in the construction of their boats. The reason for this love affair resides in their confidence that they made a good choice. Not that the Samoa 28 is cheaper to build than any other sailboat of about the same size, but for the fact that it is more adequate to accomplish ocean passages, or to live aboard for extended periods. So, if someone dedicates a large amount o effort to obtain something and he knows beforehand that the effort will be rewarded by a resulting product of the highest quality, then the incentive to go ahead has no comparison. This must be the reason why the community of Samoa 28 builders is so active and never stops expanding in numbers and geographically.

The Samoa 28 is a shallow draught craft (1,50m with its bulbous cruising keel). Photo: Daniel D’Angelo

Twenty-eight feet for a sailboat is a magic size. The headroom is already adequate for most persons, 1.85m in the case of the Samoa 28, while it offers plenty of comfort for a small family to live aboard. Besides its inertia is already sufficient to allow a good riding close-hauled, what is a milestone between the Samoa 28 and other boats of similar length. This is due to the fact that it is a mid-displacement boat with a high ballast ratio bulbous keel.

The interior of the Samoa 28 is adequate for a small family to live aboard for long periods. The aft cabin with double berth and a hall with standing headroom and a sofa is a luxury rarely found in boats of this size.

We are firmly convinced that smaller offshore boats will become increasingly popular from now on. We are entering in an era when sustainable consumption will be praised each time more, and having the bigger and the more expensive will be less important than having the better built and the more durable. Besides, you feel more independent and self-sufficient when sailing in smaller crafts.

The D’Angelo couple enjoys a meal aboard the Samoa 28 Sirius during their first international cruise to Colonia, in the neighbour country Uruguay. Photo: Daniel D’Angelo.

in the social area of the cabin and the sleeping compartments. In the case of the Samoa 28 there is such balance. The saloon is large enough to accommodate six persons along a permanent table, while the owner’s cabin is the more spacious you can probably find in boats within this range.

Sirius sailing on the brownish waters of the River Plate. Courtesy: Daniel D’Angelo

The team of supporters of the Samoa 28 class is getting bigger every day. Among the amateur builders who chose the Samoa 28 as their definitive boats there are already five bloggers relating their constructions step by step. You can open the blogs and read their achievements entering our page of links and clicking in Samoa 28, Everest, Sirius, Caprichoso, Furioso and Baleia. The sequence of photos shown in their blogs can be a great help for others that are also building the boat. It is evident the care each builder is devoting to his work. It seems a contest of excellence in boat building. Watching carefully at the photos no doubt is left that all of them are building their boats with great pride. And it must be taken into account that all of them are first time amateur builders. The first of these five builders to finish the construction was the Argentinean Daniel D’Angelo, who launched his boat some two years ago. It is amazing that a few weeks after launching the family embarked for a short vacation cruise, crossing the River Plate to Uruguay, where they spent the holydays of their lives. No wonder they became passionate cruising enthusiasts.

The Samoa 28 Terrius is a show apart. In this photo she is anchored in front of an island called Anchieta, in the north shore of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, one of the most beautiful havens in the South American Emerald Coast, as this region is known. Courtesy: Bernardo Sampaio

In spite of being a new class, the Samoa 28 is already well established. Today there are boats being built in many different countries, with some of them already sailing. What is rewarding for us is to know that our clients are pleased with their choices. Since the satisfaction of our builders is the secret of success, we have all reasons to believe that the career of the Samoa 28 class is just beginning.

Samoa 28 Terrius goes for a ten days sail

The Samoa 28 begins to show its face. This time is Bernardo Sampaio, the owner of Terrius, second Samoa 28 to be launched, the first in Brazilian waters, who tells us his first prolonged experience aboard, a ten days cruise along the north shore of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ten days aboard Terrius. The first cruise we never forget.

Bernardo sent us this e-mail:

Hello my friends from B & G Yacht Design.
We have just completed a ten days cruise aboard Terrius, stepping ashore only to acquire ice and bottled fresh water. It was simply out of this world. This sailboat is like a floating home. We were contemplated with perfect sunny days with breezes in the right strength, but we were also hit by the fierce cold front that blasted the north shore of the State of Sao Paulo the September 7, obliging us to stay at anchor for a while. We did some fantastic sailings when in certain occasions we reached 8.3 knots measured in the GPS. Some friends of us, who saw Terrius sailing, took some photos of the boat telling us they were stunned by the boat's performance. It made me remember in flash-backs the time I owned a one-design dinghy that proportioned me with exhilarating bursts of speed.      


Terrius sailing close-hauled. Bearnado was really pleased with the boat's behaviour. His information is invaluable for us, since the Samoa 28 is a just born class.

It is amazing how the boat sails smoothly as she gathers speed. We felt absolutely comfortable aboard when reaching in a fresh breeze. My wife didn't want to leave the boat when our holidays were over.

I'm joining some photos we took when we went sailing after breakfast one of these days. I intend to get the photos our friends took from our boat when under way to send you too.


Bernardo Sampaio

Terrius anchored in the proximities of Anchieta Island, State of São Paulo, Brazil.

For about one year Sirius, the first Samoa 28 to be launched, was our only source of information about the boat's behaviour. Our friend, the Argentinean Daniel D'Angelo, has used intensively his Samoa 28 in the River Plate waters and beyond. The other day he told us he was participating in a local race, when another competitor, a series produced fibreglass hull, came in a collision course with Sirius, which had the right of the way. Despite a loud warning, a frontal collision was inevitable. The incident cost Sirius a few scratches only, while the other boat had its deck tore apart from the topsides from the bows to mid-section. At least as a gladiator Daniel D'Angelo was the winner that day.

The Samoa 28 class is expected to bring us plenty of fresh news from now on, since the boats near completed being built in different places are many. Only in our links list we have three blogs written by Samoa 28 home-builders. (See in our links: Samoa 28 Caprichoso; Samoa 28 Furioso; Samoa 28 Baleia). These three boats are in about the same stage of construction. Recently their hulls were turned upside.

Samoa 28 Class new 'brood' coming into scene

The Samoa 28 Class is experiencing a fertile phases in its existence. Every so often we receive photos of class hull's being turned over, of interiors almost completed, or boats getting close to being concluded. Of course we are delighted with these reports, knowing that the class is spreading its scope quickly.

One of these boats is Baleia, which is being built in Macaé, an important industrial town linked to the rich oil fields offshore the Brazilian coast about one hundred miles east of Rio de Janeiro, by Ubiracy Pereira Jardim.

Being a true amateur, he is enjoying immensely his trial, to the point of publishing a blog about his experiences,, where he is relating step by step each phase of his work.

Baleia has its hull almost planked

Even though building Baleia, which he started this February, constitutes quite an achievement, Ubiracy still found spare time to construct another boat from our plans, the stitch-and-glue one-design dinghy Andorinha (means swallow in Portuguese). You can also follow this construction in the same blog.

Good for him! We are pretty sure he will enjoy every single moment of both constructions.

From Blumenau, industrial town of German colonization in the state of Santa Catarina, South Brazil, we received this September a set of photos of the turning over of another Samoa 28 hull, Everest, also an amateur construction made by her owner, Moacir Teobaldo Ribeiro.

Whenever we receive good photos of a turning over party sent by one of our amateur builders, we feel like writing a note and publishing it in our site, a tribute to that tremendous achievement obtained by that builder.

Even if you are an outsider considering amateur boat building, we are quite sure you understand how special this moment is in the life of that person. It is the fulfillment of a dream, and is obtained with the skills of his hands.

Perhaps because of the importance of the achievement, it is amazing how easy it is to gather friends and sympathizers volunteering to assist in the operation. On those occasions, calls the tradition that the owner offers a barbecue, served with plenty of beer, but on condition that be served only after the task had been completed. Not following this elementary rule can be quite risky, from simply the guest starting to disappear, to a serious mishap when turning the boat upside.

Everest ready for the turning over

We published the turning of a MC28 hull a few weeks ago in our news, and in that case the grid built around the hull was identical to this shown in the photo above. Perhaps the other story served as inspiration for a ‘quick to build cradle' to assist in the operation. It is the case of one builder assisting another whom he never heard about, sometimes located at the other side of the planet. This is what we can call globalized assistance!

Waiting for the crane to arrive

The preparation of the turning jig represents more work than the turning over itself, but even though anyone can go under the hull and see how it looks like, everybody wants to see it in its upside position. It must be the feeling that from then on one is assured that he already has a boat.

Moacir was very wise in preparing the fairing of his hull to a high degree of smoothness. Even considering that from now on the challenges will be less demanding, working on the outside surface of the bottom of the hull will be much more difficult in the future, and he didn't spare the opportunity to use the force of gravity in his favour. Another correct procedure was the saturation with epoxy resin of the internal surface of the strips along the planking process. Sealing the wood surface gives dimensional stability to the strip planking, preventing absorption of water vapor by the wooden natural porosity, this way avoiding undesirable stresses caused by expansion of the strips.

The hull just after being turned over, before the removal of the moulds.

However Moacir must take the care to sand the interior before applying the internal fibreglass sheathing; since epoxy resin is so glossy, a second coat of the same resin over the first one, in spite of the good bonding properties of this compound, it does not assure a good adherence between layers.

Another Samoa 28 builder, this one already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, is Bernardo Sampaio. His Samoa 28 Sailor II is almost finished and soon will be launched. Bernardo is building his boat in Ubatuba, a touristic town in the north shore of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He has been informing us about the progress of his construction since its first stages, and for the photos he sent us, his work is first class.

Ubatuba is an important nautical centre with large marinas and hundreds of cruising sailboats stationed there. The place is very beautiful, surrounded by rainforest, and affords a profusion of unspoiled cruising grounds to explore.

Wherever there are cruising enthusiasts, a new design always stirs curiosity among the other boat owners. As Sailor II will be the first Samoa 28 to sail in that region, we are quite excited about this inauguration, which for sure will be reported in our news.

Sailor II superstructure ready to receive the finish coat of polyurethane

There are other Samoas 28 being built nearby, and their builders are quite curious to see Sailor II in the water. To Bernardo, and to the other local builders, we wish they enjoy every moment of their construction. This note we hope is stamina for those who are coming next, and we know that the Samoa 28 class is just waking up. At any rate, there are not too many twenty eight foot sailboats with its comfortable interior layout and offshore capabilities.

Sailor II ready for the keel installation

Master and commander of the class is undoubtedly Daniel D'Angelo, the Argentinean geologist who built the Samoa 28 Sirius,  in his home-garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With no previous experience, he built such a good boat that the design became popular all over the River Plate, and even beyond. His boat was launched in October 2008, and since then Daniel made cruising trips to the neighbour country Uruguay and to the delta in the Argentinean side of the river. Now Daniel is planning for this summer a trip to the North, probably ending up at Angra dos Reis, a town distant twelve hundred miles  from Buenos Aires.

Sirius was the first Samoa 28 to be launched, and for the good reputation of the boat, there is no doubt that all the other builders in ten different countries have enough reasons to run with their work, so to be able to share with Sirius the pleasure of cruising under sail.

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Samoa 28, the right size boat

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You may want to own a boat that can take you in safety to any place you fancy visiting someday. Perhaps you can't afford buying it, but you can build it as an amateur, provided you have a fixed monthly income. Besides, if the model is good enough, being really safe when sailing in bad weather and comfortable for a couple to live aboard for long periods, than it is worth considering constructing it yourself.

Having in mind this possibility is very appealing. If you like the hobby of boat building, the whole work involved in the construction becomes an amusement, and instead of  obtaining a loan which will generate a long term debt, you make a saving investing your time and your income in a durable good made with your own hands. If you still take into account that the enterprise is tax free and does not include somebody else profit, than you can be sure that deciding for a home construction of a boat of proven quality is an excellent investment.

We bet that the adequate boat for an investment like this is the Samoa 28. A boat of this size is quickly built and is relatively cheap to be equipped. On the other hand to live aboard for long periods you need more than anything else that the boat affords adequate headroom. Besides, you will require a comfortable saloon to be used as living room, and this saloon must be a cozy place for entertaining your guests.

A well equipped and ergonomic galley is also essential, and the heads with decent shower facilities is something you must have too. You also need an owner's cabin large enough to be called bedroom. Adding to this a fore double berth for eventual guests, than you will have the right size boat for your requirements. If the boat is a nice-looking, modern design and is fast enough to provide daily runs above the one hundred fifty miles mark, then this is the best choice you can afford.

Samoa 28 Sirius second trip to Uruguay
Daniel D'Angelo

Sirius is a brand new Samoa 28 built by her owner, the Argentinean geologist Daniel D'Angelo. Since he was the first to finish the construction of one of these boats, we are following his early experiences with the new boat with great interest. We like to reproduce in our site the cruising stories our clients send us, especially if they describe a place that might interest other builders in the same region, or simply entertain our readers from different places. When the story reports very happy days spent aboard, after all the hard work to build the boat with his own hands, then the story acquires a new dimension, that of fulfilling the purpose of such challenge.

“We were planning to take some short vacations aboard Sirius, visiting Riachuelo, a very popular cruising destination for us Argentineans, at the other side of the River Plate, in our neighboring country, Uruguay.  As it was the first time we were going to be aboard for so long, we prepared the boat for her second adventure, planning with great care all we should take with us for a pleasant eventless trip.
We intended to depart on Tuesday, the 6 of January, before dawn, leaving our home port late in the evening. However, it took longer than we expected to store all the provisions, filling the water tanks, lashing the auxiliary dinghy (Siriusito ) on deck, besides tidying our personal belongings, such as chairs, sun shade umbrella, toys and bicycles, so we only managed to leave at eight o'clock in the morning. We had loaded the car with so much stuff that we were deeply concerned on how would we store all that gear aboard, but to our surprise, as if by a miracle, everything was stored neatly and we had to remember by heart where we kept our things. We didn't use even one tenth of the storage space available.

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In spite of having plotted the waypoint of Riachuelo's entrance mark in our GPS, we were a bit uneasy, since, even with the assistance of binoculars, we couldn't see that  buoy.
The passage across the River Plate had been a very pleasant reach under full canvas until approaching Uruguay, when, as usual in those waters,  the wind weakened, obliging us to start the engine not to get delayed in entering port with daylight.
When at last we saw the entrance buoy, we sailed bow on, doused the sails and entered the dredged narrow access channel protected by two long stone breakwaters.

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As we entered, we noticed that the place was crowded, and we could count more than ninety other crafts, most of them sailboats.  We said hello to a couple of friends aboard another boat and went to the harbour office wooden pier, to clear our papers. Next we went for a stroll along the waterfront, getting acquainted with the town, where we had never been before. Going back on board, we looked for a safe place to anchor, closer to the Riachuelo mouth. (Riachulo means rivulet in Spanish). We lashed Sirius bow cleat to a tree ashore, throwing two anchors from the stern as kedges. After we finished the tying up procedure, I installed our awning while my wife Carina prepared lunch.

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Riachuelo is a place where you must have a dinghy.  As we have no inflatable, we took our solid dinghy Siriusito and a kayak paddle, which made even more picturesque our presence in the place. Our daughter Florence in the front seat, Carina at the stern, and me paddling in the middle thwart, plus beach chairs, sun umbrella, toys and bags, was a sight to be seen.  Paddling to the outside end of the breakwater and then returning along its other side to the coast, we disembarked on a white sanded beach crowded with people, in a place of rare beauty. There were many yachts anchored in front of where we were, and behind us lay a forest of pine trees inviting us to sit under their shades.

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When I was finishing packing our gear in the dinghy to go back on board, somebody approached me asking if the dinghy had been as difficult to build as the twenty-eight footer. He took me by surprise. He had learned from the Argentinean yachting magazine  “Bienvenidos a Bordo” which had just published an article about Sirius building saga. After a light conversation about amateur boat building with my new acquaintance, my mini-holidays actually began, playing with my daughter Flor on the sand and swimming in the river, where the water is much clearer than on our side of the stream.  The day was very hot and the water temperature agreeable, so we remained playing in the river for most of the time.
It is only possible to reach Riachuelo beaches by sea, so the place is absolutely safe.
You can leave all your belongings unassisted, since nobody will touch them. Nowadays this is a privilege and just to save the trouble of bringing back aboard all the gear we brought ashore, we left them there for the night, having them next day ready to be used again.

Riachuelo has public bathrooms and showers to be used with coins, but we had to go to  the opposite place where we were to reach the public showers, nothing really difficult if you have an outboard motor for the dinghy, but rowing for two kilometers with a paddle is not very inviting. As Sirius has a pressurized water system, I disconnected the end of the hose that goes to the heads shower compartment, and joined it to a garden hose, taking it to the cockpit. Our awning has curtains, so we managed to afford the necessary privacy for a refreshing shower aboard, without having to deal with the mess of filling the shower bilge with rinsed water. Carina and Flor even had warm baths using our sun-shower hoisted on the boom.  In thirty minutes we were all clean and nice smelling, ready for dinner, without having to wait in a long queue in front of the land showers!!!  During the first night we were hit by a fierce ‘Pampeiro' ( as the cold fronts are called in our region) that left me very nervous, as our kedges started to drag, since I hadn't counted with winds from that direction. Held by the bow only, Sirius started to hit the bottom and its topside was dangerously getting too close to shore for comfort. Not managing to sleep with the wind gusting in our stays, I decided to improve our situation, taking the kedges farther away from the boat and farther apart from each other.  Back to Sirius, I waited until the anchors had dug into the bottom mud, and began to take the boat out of the awkward situation.  Slowly we started to reach deeper water and we were no more touching the ground.  Now we could resume sleeping, however not before discovering the reason for the strange noise we heard, as if our hull was being scraped.  Apparently fishes were feeding on the algae that were beginning to grow in Sirius hull bottom, so we had to cope with this serenade for the whole night.

Next morning dawned as though nothing had happened during the night.  A blue sky with hot sun presaged a marvelous beach day.  But before the pleasure, we dedicated some time in improving Sirius situation, now crossing the kedges' rodes to improve the angle between them. Since this job took up some time to be accomplished and the air temperature raised considerably, we decided to stay and have lunch aboard, leaving the afternoon for going ashore, finishing up with a walk to the pine forest, until reaching some dunes at the end of the beach where we spent the previous morning., planning to return the next day riding our bicycles. Back to Sirius, we had our bath ritual, followed by dinner and, satisfied, the three of us jumped into bed.

For the first time we slept until late, and, after breakfast, laziness prevailed, indulging us in staying aboard, and it was nearly noon when we started to take any action.  Not to make too ambitious plans for the afternoon, we decided to go to the eastside beach, which for us to reach was just jumping ashore and walking for about three hundred metres. Our prize for this choice was having a whole beach all to ourselves. There was absolutely no one there.  We still haven't discovered why yachties didn't use it.  It is a long stretch of beach, with compact sand, ideal for playing beach tennis.  We decided to walk along its extent and to swim on its end tip.  When becoming hungry we returned to the boat, not without trying to photograph a lizard of considerable size that I had already seen the morning before, but the brute ran away before I could take the photo.

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That afternoon we gave up the intended bicycle ride to the dunes and stayed on the beach with the rest of the cruising people.  After bathing, we decided to go till the mole to buy ice, as the cooler box ice had melted. So, the three of us went aboard the Siriusito, rowing for the two kilometers that separated us from the settlement, and to make things worse, with the wind on the nose. Luckily I had Flor singing on the bow seat, giving me strength to keep rowing.  When we finally arrived we left the ice block already paid and went walking until reaching a restaurant called “Arenas”, seventeen blocks away from our anchorage, where we ordered our plates ( via VHF). There handiwork could be bought also, and there was a museum of strange articles, such like pencils, key holders, aluminium tins, ash-trays , telephone cards, perfume flasks , etc. some of these collections deserving to belong to the Guinness book of records. We picked up our ice block on the way back to the anchorage, and again to the Siriusito, rowing to our floating home, this time with the wind in our favour.  This evening the meal was a fancy degustation of cheeses and sausages bought at the “Arenas”, served with an excellent Malbec.  We slept like the Gods!  

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Early next day I carried the two bicycles in our tender and crossed the beach to try to reach Colonia on a dirt track ( 12 km ). Once more the Siriusito behaved marvelously well as a ferry. We decided to peddle a little under an inclement sun, but now profiting from the shade of the pine trees. We went on for some 4 km when Carina's bycicle had its sprocket chain broken.  As we had some rope at hand, I tried towing her with my bicycle until finding a gate shut with a padlock.

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Back to the beach and starving, I tried to reach the wooden pier with the bicycle through a path opened by cows, but I didn't manage, since in some places the bush was so dense that it was impossible to proceed. 
That night we organized a game to be played by the kids from all the boats, “the pirates' boarding”, which consisted in gathering the children dressed up as “pirates”, and using their tenders, to board the boats involved in the dispute, to try to find the “treasure”.  Flor with an eye patch like all “good” pirates must wear, went, together with more than thirty other children, hunting the many treasures hidden in the boats.  Sirius wasn't spared and her treasure of candies (marked with an X) was looted with total success.  So there was nearly two hours between looting and the posterior division of the “earnings”, finally returning each kid to his boat to let the adrenaline settle down, while commenting about the “adventures”.

The last two days we left to visit Colonia and have good meals in a restaurant. Because of this, I began to maneuver to say good by to Riachuelo and to prepare to leave for Colonia.  Nearly five miles separates these two points, and, in lack of wind, we turned the Yanmar on, so as not to arrive after midday and to profit from a more pleasurable navigation, not having to endure the noon heat. When arriving at the port of Colonia, we noticed it was also crowded, with just a couple of places available. So, with the assistance of our dinghy, for our peace of mind, we preferred to lash the boat to a mooring buoy, not needing to perform complicated maneuvers to force our way to the pier.  We had lunch aboard and rested a little in the shade of our awning, going ashore in the afternoon with our bicycles to peddle a bit through the city until reaching Ferrando Beach, where we cooled ourselves with a invigorating swim.  Back to the beach we could contemplate a gorgeous sunset, next going to have dinner in a local restaurant to quench our craving to eat the things we didn't have aboard.  Back to Sirius, eating ice creams for dessert, completely exhausted, we went to bed, sleeping soon after.

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I awoke early and went ashore to leave the clearance papers at the harbor office, taking the opportunity to buy something for our last breakfast aboard.  We decided to walk around the city, and, killing time until midday, we had lunch in Colonia, before leaving for La Plata, departing at three P.M.  We hoisted the mainsail while still tied to the buoy and motor-sailed to outside the harbour.  After rounding the Santa Rita light house, we hoisted the jib and went in the direction of La Plata.  The wind was coming from the south at 15-20 knots which, together with a flooding tide current, made us drift away from our course, obliging, after two miles of sailing to change tacks to get extra windward. After two miles in the new tack, we could already point towards our destination, as far as we sailed close hauled.
Our average speed was 5,5 knots with the wind increasing in strength steadily, with waves growing in size proportionally. Suddenly, out of the blue came steaming towards us the fast running ferry, “Buquebus”, on a collision course. Carina, scared to death, asked me to change course and get out of the way, but I was certain that by her speed, she would cross our bows at a sufficient distance not to put us in danger. So, the ‘roaring monster” overtook us one hundred metres ahead, a close enough shave to frighten us.
When we arrived at the entrance of the port  there were a lot of boats at anchor in our way, obliging us to negotiate our progress with short tacks to avoid a collision. Then the  river conditions deteriorated, with huge short-spaced waves coming from all directions, and the wind surpassing  twenty five knots.  Suddenly we saw an oil tanker moving in an erratic course. Worse still, we didn't know if this giant had seen us, so we turned the motor on as an extra precaution. After this new fright, there was just one other boat to avoid, and finally we had free access to the canal. Still with a south wind, we were surfing huge waves coming from astern, reaching eight knots when riding their crests. As a farewell, and before entering the stone breakwater, a wave caught Sirius sideways, giving the three of us a bath from head to toe.  We reported our safe arrival to the Argentinean port authorities, as well as the Uruguayans, going safely to our mooring at  Martinoli boatyard, where we unloaded all the  things we had taken, and, after a kiss of gratitude for the days lived and our return home in safety, we left Sirius until the next outing.”

Samoa 28, a new trend in amateur construction.

We have plenty of reasons to be glad to have produced the Samoa 28 plans for amateur construction. We have done this work before this horrible economical crisis had shown its true dimension, but by then, in spite of only a few sailors caring about the lack of sustainability of the prevailing voracious consumption mentality, we already were foreseeing that those production series boats intended to be discarded after being used for just a couple of seasons of light usage, and then to be sold in the second hand market for peanuts, wouldn't fit the interest of many prospective cruising sailors.

Our principle of designing long lasting, very strong and easy to be maintained boats, intended for amateur construction, collides frontally with the prevailing mentality of the tycoons of the boat industry. Unquestionably a minority of the production boats are of very high quality, however their prices are astronomical, while most of them vary from indifferent standards of quality to rubbish.
Most models available are intended for being goods to be consumed by impulse during visits to the latest boat shows. Some of these marvels reach the absurd of putting a sofa-berth in one of the sides of the saloon and a large-sized slim-lined TV monitor separating two seats at the other side, despising completely the inevitable fall on top of the TV screen when the boat will be sailing heeled to that side. Obviously a boat like this is the one that suits best those busy weekend sailors who have to earn the money to buy the next marvel exposed in next year's boat show. However, as the saying goes, money does not grow on trees, and to sell the series produced consumption symbols it is required plenty of easy credit. This unbalanced upside-down pyramid sooner or later would have to collapse and, perhaps, what we are observing now is jus the upper tip of the iceberg.

Our work is focused in the design of boats where creature comforts desired by all of us are present in every aspect, but not at the cost of gadgetry being the master while functionality of interior layout and sailing aptitudes, especially in offshore passages, are neglected to a second level of priority. We are also concerned in specifying materials that will ensure great strength and durability to our boats.

Our other priority is designing boats easy to be built and which construction is within the reach of the inexperienced amateur. We provide full size patterns for the transverse moulds which give shape to the hull, either printed on paper or in electronic file for CNC cutting, so there is no risk of mistakes during the initial phase of the construction. Besides, the plans are provided with a building manual, explaining, step by step, the various phases of the construction till the final operations.  

We feel we were lucky in our pursuit. The Samoa 28 is a good example of this. Introduced just a few years ago, this class is beginning a very promising career. We have units being built in fourteen different countries and it is becoming evident now that all those who want to go ahead, are managing to build their boats without difficulty. Now that the first hull of the class is already sailing, it is also being confirmed that the model is up to our expectations as an all around excellent performer with an outstanding seaworthiness, especially when sailing close hauled in heavy weather.

Last October, Sirius, the first Samoa 28 to be launched went for the first trials in the River Plate, a sailing region renowned for its short, steep seas and heavy winds. This boat, built by the geologist Daniel D'Angelo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, had its construction  followed closely by our site news section, from its first steps in the construction to a video of the launching party. (See also the site:

Frequently we receive news of other Samoa 28 constructions in various phases of the building process. Recently we were particularly pleased when receiving a series of pictures of another hull in the last stages of planking. What impressed us most was the short time between the plans' acquisition and the near conclusion of the hull planking. This is quite rewarding for us. It is the clearest demonstration that having the moulds full size patterns and the building manual in hand, amateurs are able to reach the point where they feel they already have a boat. From there on it is just a matter of persistence, and we know from experience that having the hull finished, the amateur is assured that he can make the rest.

A client of ours, Bernardo Sampaio,  sent two photos of the interior of his Samoa 28  in the last stages of construction. It is hard to believe it is just a twenty-eight footer.  

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Samoa 28 Sirius. A new star is born

Samoa 28 Sirius

The October, 5, 2008 at five o'clock p.m. was launched Sirius, the first Samoa 28 to be concluded. Her owner Daniel D'Angelo, the happiest of the amateur builders, invited his friends and admirers who followed his three years construction saga to participate of the launching party.

The invitation was extended to us, since a firm friendship between Daniel and us was established during the time of the construction. However the 1200 nautical miles that separates me, and the other 5500 between Perth, where my partner Luis is living now, from Buenos Aires, prevented us from turning up.

In spite of not being there, at five o'clock precisely I sent him an e-mail with a message of congratulations for the great day and wishing him good luck with the new boat. Of course I didn't expect any answer that night, since Daniel would probably be in the booze by then and too tired to turn on his computer. Imagine my surprise when I discovered an e-mail in my mail box with wonderful photos of Sirius, as well as of the whole party. Our friend and salesman in Argentina, Adrián Callejón, did not forget us and sent this message:

I'm glad to tell you this evening was the launching of Sirius. The boat is simply fantaaastic! A work of art! I'm sending a few photos of the event and a video showing the moment when the Champagne bottle was broken. The truth is that I was touched at the occasion. Congratulations, you have the first Samoa 28 on the water!

Monday I received the expected e-mail from Daniel, promising that soon he would be sending a gallery of photos of the event. For his amazement I informed him that my intelligence service had anticipated his move and had already sent us excellent photos of the Sirius launching party.

Well, this is just the first part of the story. The other chapters will follow soon. Roberto Barros.

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Samoa 28 Sirius first "flight"

Samoa 28 Sirius

Daniel D'Angelo, the Argentinean geologist who built a Samoa 28 totally unassisted, in his home garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina, already removed the boat from his lawn, employing a crane for the purpose. Next the boat will be conducted to a professional boatyard to have the fin-keel and rudder installed, and the final coat of polyurethane paint applied. Daniel published in his site, this thrilling operation in a You Tube video.

Daniel wrote this note about the experience:

The great day of removing my beloved Sirius from my garden finally has come. As it has been routine these last days, Murphy was there, bringing with him all his implacable laws. The freighter, who has been hired to transport the boat to the boatyard, didn't come at the appointed time, and as the crane didn't fail to come, we had to improvise, leaving the boat on the public sidewalk for a while.

For good chance I could count on the assistance of my neighbor "Chavo" and his sons, who already gave me a hand when the hull had been turned upside. Since that day they hadn't visited the workshop, so they where quite pleased to participate in this important achievement.

The operation was successfully accomplished, with no mishaps, what is good omen for Sirius first steps in the outside world. Finally we left for the time being the hull resting on two bearers laid on the sidewalk.

Praying not to be disturbed by the municipal authorities, we covered the whole boat with a tarpaulin, and my neighbor Alejandro and I went to sleep aboard, being rewarded with a 2° negative Celsius for that first night.

Traslado Sirius

Sirius is a good example of amateur construction. Competing with dozens of other builders in various countries, some of them professionals, it is him who will tell us the first news about a Samoa 28 sailing. We intend to publish a cover story in our site as soon as he informs us about this impressive achievement.

Samoa 28 Sirius

Last but not least, it is nearly concluded the construction of our first boat built in Korea. She is a Multichine 45 built in steel by Mr T. J. Park. He is at the moment giving the last coats of finishing to his handsome yacht. He didn't tell us yet how he will call her, but for the time being, for us she will be "The Korean MC45 Star"

The Korean MC45 Star

Samoa 28 in a sledge ride towards completion

The Samoa 28 class is becoming one of our most international designs. We already have builders in nine different countries, some of them in the last stages of construction.. In a little more than one year we got an expressive number of supporters. We already have builders in Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Italy, Spain, U.S.A, Switzerland, Sweden and Uruguay and received orders for study plans from about the same number of other countries.

The most advanced construction is the boat being built in Buenos Aires by Daniel D'Angelo. He opened a site relating the various stages of the construction process, and this motivated many other potential builders, who saw in Daniel effort an incentive to follow his steps. Daniel, a geologist by trade, had no previous experience in boat building, and the good result he is obtaining is a convincing factor for others to build the boat.

Various other constructions are not far behind the Argentinean. One of them is the boat built by Bernardo Sampaio in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. His boat is already turned upside and the bulkheads are being installed at the moment (see photos below).

The Samoa 28 has every chance to become our international best seller. Even though the MC23 and MC28 models are being built in a larger number of countries yet, considering that this design is so new, it will be no surprise if soon the Samoa 28 becomes our champion of sales. o.

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First Samoa 28 not far from launching in Buenos Aires.

We received two new photos of Sirius, the Samoa 28 being built by Daniel D'Angelo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, showing his boat with the superstructure already installed, and ready to receive the fiberglass sheathing. Daniel intends to conclude Sirius construction in the next few months, and for that purpose he is already ordering the engine, spars and other equipments. Internally the boat still requires some finishing work; however Daniel intends to conclude the last details of the internal joinery within the next weeks.

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Meanwhile, there is already another Samoa 28 turned upside. This is being built in Ubatuba, state of São Paulo, Brazil. Bernardo Sampaio, his owner, sent us two captions showing the interior of his hull being prepared for the inside fiberglass sheathing.
The one year old Samoa 28 class has already proved that its method of construction is easy to accomplish, and is absolutely within the reach of the inexperienced amateur builder. We intend to follow closely the construction of these two boats and will keep you, the visitors of our site, informed with the latest news about these two boats, and we hope that the other Samoa 28 builders will soon follow the steps of these two pioneers, so that in 2007 the class starts its career as one of the most versatile cruiser- racer designs for amateur construction.

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About the Samoa 28
This article is simultaneously published in our site and in www.

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We designed the Samoa 28 to be the most complete ocean sail boat of her size among the stock plans for amateur construction. We wanted a fast and comfortable cruising boat with a performance compatible with racing designs, and at the same time capable of sailing in a round the world trip, having a small family for crew, or single-handed, if wished. When in harbour or anchored, she had to be as comfortable as a small cottage, with at least the minimum amenities expected to be found in a live-aboard yacht.

The Samoa 28 stock plan is just beginning its career as one of the most promising twenty-eight footers in the market. There are already more than twenty boats being built in six different countries, all that happening in a little more than one year since its introduction. Meanwhile the popularity of the design never ceased to be expanding, what makes us be sure that very soon it will become a very popular class.
We invite you to follow us in a tour of the construction method and feature details of the Samoa 28:
The construction begins with the production of moulds which will give the shape of the hull. Their full size patterns are supplied with the plans in the form of printed paper or digital information, as required.

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After positioning the moulds over a building base, wooden or foam strips are lightly nailed to the moulds, until the whole hull is planked. Next the outside surface of the hull is sheathed with a fibreglass lamination. Then the boat is turned upside, and after removing the moulds, another fibreglass lamination is applied internally. The internal structure and furniture are then built.

Finally deck and cabin trunk are built with plywood over structural beams, and a layer of fibreglass is then laid over, overlapping the topsides, encapsulating the whole superstructure.
The plans contain a building manual which covers in detail all phases of the construction; engine, electrical and plumbing installation, as well as information concerning deck fittings, keel and rudder attachments.

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The Samoa 28 differs from other similar designs regarding how the internal bottom structure is specified. The difference consists in the way the structural floors are attached. The spaces between them are filled with polyurethane foam, except for two wells, port and starboard, where two automatic bilge pumps will be later installed Then a layer of fibreglass is applied on this flat surface, going down these two bilge wells, this way providing an unique, clean looking, internal flat bottom where the installation of bulkheads is tremendously facilitated. This method of construction also ensures an incomparable stiffness to the hull's bottom, a welcome feature, especially when cruising, if the boat ever hits the ground.

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The Samoa 28 is a sturdy and light boat. She is equally adequate for cruising or racing. Depending on the preference, the owner may opt for a special racing keel, with more draught and with a lower centre of gravity. The rudder and the sail plan, however, remain the same.

What makes the Samoa 28 suitable to live aboard and to accomplish long distance blue water cruising is the balance of the internal arrangement, where all of her compartments are equally comfortable and functional. The idea of incorporating the forward double berth with the dinette area without partitions is the best option in a 28 footer, giving an unequalled impression of amplitude to the boat's main living area. The galley and the heads occupy the beamier portion of the interior, enabling those very important compartments to have plenty of room, for the crew's comfort when the boat is used more intensely. The after cabin is ample and airy, besides being provided with a hall with adequate headroom, with its sofa and locker. The engine compartment fits nicely under the companionway hatch, its cover serving as a step for accessing the cabin.

We opted for a long and comfortable cockpit with tiller steering, but there is no restriction for the installation of wheel steering, if this is the owner's preference.

There are already various Samoas 28 with their hulls already concluded, but probably the first to be sailing will be the one built by Daniel D'Angelo, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Daniel has the interior already concluded and is presently finishing his deck and cabin trunk. We expect to see the first Samoa 28 already sailing during next year, and this almost for certain will happen in the River Plate.


We received this e-mail from our first client to turn upside a Samoa 28 hull.
Yesterday "Sirius" hull was successfully turned upside. The moulds were removed and two wooden beams were fixed to the sheer clamps to reinforce the topsides, preventing the hull from suffering any damage during the process.
I am attaching some captions of the turning over to show how successful was the operation. The boat didn't suffer any deformation, which was a great relief, since it looked like that without the remaining structure still to be installed, she was much more fragile than she actually is.
Today I began the inside sanding and on Sunday I expect to have the internal lamination concluded.

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After the very good news we received from Buenos Aires, Argentina, when Daniel D`Ângelo informed us about the conclusion of his Samoa 28 hull, we received another good one from Ubatuba, state of São Paulo, Brazil. Our client Bernardo de Oliveira Sampaio also has just finished plastering his Samoa 28 hull and is ready for turning his boat upside.
As both hulls are faired to a high degree of finishing, we can only be thankful to these two pioneers, taking into account that, in spite of this class being so young, it has already builders in five different countries.
Daniel is going to turn his hull upside on Tuesday, july 31.

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We received very good news from Buenos Aires. Daniel D'Ángelo, an Argentinean geologist who works aboard an oil rig, is building during his free time a Samoa 28 in the garden of his residence. Up to now Daniel is ahead of all other builders of the class. He already concluded the hull's outside lamination and sanded the surface to perfection. In July he intends to turn his boat upside and for that matter he is already inviting his friends for a barbecue. Since we have already seventeen builders of this class in five different countries, it is quite a challenge to see which boat will be the first to be launched. We bet that Daniel will be the winner. Our compliments, Daniel.
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The Argentine geologist and amateur boat builder Daniel D' Angelo is completing the hull of his Samoa 28. He is constructing his boat in Buenos Aires and if he maintains the same pace, he will probably be sailing this year.
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The reasons for building the SAMOA 28

Recently we have seen in internet some advertisements of larger boats (26 to 28 range) for stitch and glue construction. These boats have either V bottom or double chine hulls. We understand the great
psychological effect of seeing the hull you expect to build taking shape in the very beginning of the work.
Undoubtedly this is great, but unless you intend to build a planing boat, a single or double chine hull is quite unsatisfactory concerning appearance and hydrodynamics.
When we decided to develop the Samoa 28, our option was for a round bilge hull which would provide much better water lines with only a little more time of construction, if compared with the stitch and
glue method, before the builder can visualize the shape of the hull he is going to produce. As a matter of fact, after the hulls are assembled, being chine hull or round bilge, the sequence of work is very similar and will take about the same time to be done, but if you opted for round bilge, you will end up with a much better yacht.
The Samoa 28 is an ocean sailing boat designed for custom or amateur construction, specified to be built by the strip-planking sandwich method of construction. The idea we had in mind was to offer to the
sailing community a yacht of composite construction that could be built without requiring expensive plugs and moulds.
Primarily the construction of the Samoa 28 is specified to use wooden or PVC foam strips as core material. The furniture is made of marine plywood with wooden reinforcements. Optionally foam or honeycomb sandwich panels may substitute plywood, even though this represents an increase in labour and cost. Deck, cabin trunk and cockpit are specified for the ply-glass method of construction, which means sheathing the deck with plywood and then applying a fibreglass lamination over it..
To build an ocean sail boat of sound construction, comfortable enough to take a family on an extended cruise or to successfully race on a club regatta, isn't a task to be taken lightly. However, for the really enthusiastic amateur boat builder there is no better reward than seeing his work resulting in a high quality product.
In the case of the Samoa 28, once the hull is planked with the core material, it's sheathed with two layers of unidirectional cloth, an operation easily accomplished by anyone who already became familiar
with glass lamination or even to those unacquainted with the process.
From then on the completion of the work is just a matter of keeping the same determination as spent insofar. We believe there are no shortcuts in the way of obtaining a first class yacht starting from scratch with a set of plans for amateur construction. For that matter we use to advise not to let the
illusion of producing the first part of the job in a fortnight. Reaching this stage doesn't necessarily mean that you will be sailing just a few days after.


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Since this stock plan was introduced it didn't stop growing continuously in sales, at a pace that left us absolutely surprised. Even though the plans are less than one year old we already have builders in five different countries, a result obtained in such a short span as we never experienced with our other stock plans yet. We believe that when we produce a new design that makes us wish to build one of these boats for ourselves, the result is always positive, since we have been confirming along all those years that we are involved with yacht design, that other sailors discover they feel the same way about the possibility of owning a boat from this design themselves.
To help in illustrating the excellent results obtained in the lay-out of this surprising design we invite you to visit the following gallery of 3D rendered images of the Samoa 28.
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This time was the turn of Bernardo de Oliveira Sampaio, a resident in São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo, Brazil, to conclude the strip-planking of his hull core. We are very impressed with the quality of his work. Laying the unidirectional cloth over the strips is a quick task to be accomplished, so we hope soon his hull will be turned upside. It seems that we are going to witness an authentic international race for the first Samoa 28 to be concluded. Besides the various builders in the initial stages of construction in Brazil, we have already one builder in Argentina, Daniel D'Angelo with his hull also planked, and a new member of the building group in Chile, Hector Diaz Cortes. With so much enthusiasm in such a short time, this class is already becoming as hot as Mexican pepper.
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The Argentine geologist and amateur boat builder Daniel D' Angelo is completing the hull of his Samoa 28. He is constructing his boat in Buenos Aires and if he maintains the same pace, he will probably be sailing this year.
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