Photo of Echo

Bob From Canada's

Echo 28 Page

I'm the original owner of Echo and I got my inputs in before the hull even reached the fiberglass shop and during the construction phases. The boatbuilder was very co-operative and made a few minor changes at my request. Amongst these changes, the location of the DC fuses was moved from the engine compartment to a more normal position in the main cabin (ie at the switch location). A bulkhead was moved a few inches to make room for the three burner stove/oven which replaced the countertop two burner hotplate. To facilitate safe single handing, the steering wheel was located further forward to make it easier to reach the jib sheets. A custom helmsman's seat was later added behing the wheel. All halyards were also led back to the cockpit (winches and line stoppers added on the cabin top) to facilitate safe sail handling. The original bladder type holding tank was replaced with a solid tank which is located under the v-berth rather than in the main cabin. Full length 7 ft handrails were fitted in lieu of the 4 ft ones offered. An extra handhold has been provided in the head. The bare plywood and carpet flooring was replaced with oak flooring. We picked 3/8" parquet material so that the hull contours could be easily followed and maximum headroom maintained. This also provides good antiskid properties when things get wet. We also added a combination convection / microwave oven to add to the cooking enjoyment at dockside. The TV and entertainment systems are set up for convenience and comfort.

We've had her since new and she's well known as a trouble free boat out on the lake. She's a great boat; rugged, well found and she sails well. All the systems have been well thought out and she's rigged for simplicity and safety. There are no surprises out on the water and she can take just about anything the lake can throw at her. The last thing you want to do in a storm is worry about the boat. We've been out in some very nasty conditions and we only had to worry about ourselves.

I know I regularly spent an average of $1000/year (usually more) adding new equipment or updating things every year.

With her 25 ft waterline and 9' - 6" beam she's very roomy. We've had her a long time and haven't had any regrets.

 

 

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Echo Photo 1

Out on Lake Ontario (1)

This photo was taken just about one or two nautical miles offshore, near Cobourg, Ontario.

 

 

Photo 2 of Echo

Out on Lake Ontario (2)

This photo was taken just about one or two nautical miles offshore, near Cobourg, Ontario.

Hey, it's a Kodak moment. He took my picture and I took his. It's hard to get pictures of your own boat 'on the water'. I got his photos and he got mine....

 

 

Photo 3 of Echo

Out on Lake Ontario (3)

This photo was taken just about one or two nautical miles offshore, near Cobourg, Ontario.

Yup, another photo op..

 

 

 

Echo - Sunset Photo

Out on Lake Ontario (4)

Sunset. This photo was taken just about one or two nautical miles offshore, near Port Darlington, Ontario.

 

 

Another Sunset Photo

Out on Lake Ontario (5)

Another sunset. This photo was taken near Port Darlington, Ontario.

 

 

Bow On Photo

Out on Lake Ontario (6)

This photo was taken near Cobourg, Ontario. We were about 4 nautical miles offshore at this point. There's about 30 miles of water astern of us to the US coastline.

 

 

Bow On Photo

Link to Interior and Cockpit Photos

 

 

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