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Windy Boats SR28 CC (2022-)

1 x 300-hp Mercury Verado



Brief Summary

The Windy SR28 CC is an outboard-powered day boat with gathering areas in the cockpit and bow and space for two plus a private head belowdecks.

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
600 3.3 2.9 0.8 4.1 3.6 294 255.8 53.9
1000 5.3 4.6 1.4 3.8 3.3 267 232.6 61.6
1500 7.1 6.2 2.2 3.3 2.9 236 204.8 67.1
2000 8.7 7.6 3.6 2.5 2.1 175 152 67.7
2500 9.9 8.6 5.3 1.9 1.6 134 116.4 73.7
3000 13 11.3 6.7 2 1.7 139 121.2 76.2
3500 18.3 15.9 9.2 2 1.7 143 124 81.5
4000 31.1 27 11.7 2.7 2.3 190 164.9 78.7
4500 36.1 31.3 14.9 2.4 2.1 173 150.6 81.3
5000 41.2 35.8 19.7 2.1 1.8 149 129.9 83
5500 45 39.1 23.2 1.9 1.7 138 120.3 88.3
5620 46.7 40.6 23.9 2 1.7 140 121.3 88.4
Windy 28 Test Numbers

Specifications

Length Overall 27.66’
8.43 m
Beam 8.17’
2.49 m
Dry Weight 5,952 lbs.
2,699.78 kg
Tested Weight 7,083 lbs.
3,212.79 kg
Draft 3.28’
1 m
Person Capacity 8
Fuel Capacity 79.25 gallons
300 L
Water Capacity 18.49 gallons
70 L
Total Weight 7,083 lbs.
3,212.79 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 9.2 seconds
0 to 30 11.4 seconds
Props 16 x 17.5
Load 3 persons; 63 gal. fuel; 18 gal. water; 50 lbs. gear
Climate 78 deg.; 46 humid.; winds: 5-10; seas < 1

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 300-hp Mercury Verado
Std. Power 1 x 300-hp Mercury Verado
Opt. Power 1 x Yamaha F300

Captain's Report

Windy Boats, SR28 CC, Swedish boat builder
The Windy SR28 CC measures 27’8” (8.43 m) with an 8’2” (2.49 m) beam. Maximum power is 450 hp.

Report by Eric Colby 

Mission Statement

Windy has been building boats for more than 50 years and is known for its high level of fit and finish and rugged construction. We tested the first SR28 CC, which is designed as a day boat with versatile seating arrangements above decks and accommodations for two and a private head below. She’s available with outboard power up to 450 total. For the U.S. market, the company is planning to offer twin 225-hp outboards that will require a different transom configuration.

Windy SR28 CC Major Features

  • Outboard Power up to 450 hp
  • Convertible cockpit seating
  • Pivoting Helm Seats
  • Bow Seating 
  • Cockpit and Bow Tables
  • Optional Windlass
  • Optional Bow thruster
Windy SR28 CC plan drawing, floor plan
The SR28 CC is designed primarily for day boating with seating in the cockpit and bow and lots of open deck space covered in teak.

Windy SR28 CC Features Inspection

Swim platforms on our test boat extended 45” (114.3 cm) past the outboard on each side, providing safe reboarding after watersports and an option for embarking from the dock. A stainless-steel towsports bar encircles the engine and has a rope attachment on top. Rigging looks clean with the hydraulic steering hoses cleanly run and the walkway ahead of the engine is hinged to improve access.

Windy SR28 CC swim platform, transom, teak deck
The swim platforms on each side of the outboard extend slightly past the propeller.
Windy SR28 CC, watersport, towing arch, pylon
The stainless-steel arch ensures that tow ropes will be well clear of the outboard. Notice that there’s space for the engine to be fully tilted out of the water.

The Cockpit. Decking throughout the SR28 CC is covered in teak as part of a premium upgrade package. Capt. Steve was also impressed with the size of the deck drains in each aft corner. Bulwarks in the cockpit come up 28” (71.12 cm). We liked the idea of the glove-box-style storage compartments in the bulwarks but would like to see larger ones with more usable space.

A 44” (111.76 cm)-wide bench seat is centrally positioned in the stern and has a convertible backrest that can be set up to face forward or aft. A table can be installed on a pedestal just ahead. It folds in half, which makes it easier to handle and facilitates passing between it and the seats. The helm seats rotate 180 degrees to help create booth-style dining around the table.

Windy SR28 CC, convertible seating
The backrest for the cockpit bench can be set up for passengers to travel facing forward or aft.
Windy Boats, deck drains
Stainless-steel grates in each aft corner of the cockpit cover twin drains that ensure the cockpit will be rid of water quickly.
Windy SR28 CC cockpit table, helm seats, cockpit
If an owner and guest are just enjoying cocktails and a snack, keep the table folded in half and use the cupholders.
Windy SR28 CC, cockpit table, large, helm seats
If more surface space is needed for a larger meal, expand the table to double the size.

The bottom cushion for the stern bench lifts up on hinges and is supported by twin gas struts. A fire extinguisher is clamped to the underside of the seat and inside the locker, we found the amplifier for the Fusion stereo. Also in the base is a refrigerated drawer.

Remove the table and a hatch in the deck in the center of the cockpit opens to reveal the boat’s mechanical room. It contains the batteries and charger, sonar transducer, bilge pump, waste-tank outlet and other mechanical accessories.

Windy SR28 CC, fire extinguisher, under-seat storage
For quick, easy access, the fire extinguisher is clamped in place on the underside of the cockpit bench.
Windy SR28 CC, refrigerated drawer, under-seat cooler
A refrigerated drawer in the base of the aft bench seat makes it easier to chill drinks and it keeps an owner from having to carry on a cooler that causes deck clutter.
Windy SR28 CC mechanical access, batteries, bilge pump
The SR28 CC’s mechanical room puts the boat’s equipment in easy reach for routine checks.

The Helm. Moving forward, the helm has two bucket seats that swivel so the captain and a companion can turn around to join the fun when the boat is at rest. They also adjust fore and aft and have flip-up bolsters, but the lever for the sliding adjustment needs to be moved. It hits the captain’s leg almost all the time. 

The helm console has a 16” (40.64 cm) Garmin multifunction display flanked by a VesselView screen to port and the Zipwake interceptor panel to starboard in the vertical section. On the flat to port of the non-tilt wheel are the optional bow-thruster control and the panel for controlling the Garmin’s functions with the Fusion stereo below at knee level. Accessory switches illuminate when activated. The VHF and digital Mercury controls are to starboard.

The single-piece acrylic windscreen is free of mullions and comes up high enough to be protective, but Capt. Steve did notice distortion in the angled sections. Stainless-steel grabrails are outboard of the helm on each side and they’re positioned so they can be used by passengers heading forward of belowdecks. Windy representatives said the SR28 CC can be optioned with a T-top or a Bimini top.

Windy SR28 CC helm seat, bucket seat, captain's chair
The bucket seats at the helm have wraparound support and fold-up bolsters.
Windy SR28 CC, helm seat, seat slider, adjustable seat
We would like to see this seat lever relocated so it’s not poking the driver when the bolster is folded up.
Windy Boats SR28 CC helm, dash, Garmin, Mercury VesselView
The black upholstered shroud on top of the dash gives it a premium feel and could help reduce glare if it was extended farther aft.
Windy SR28 CC windshield, windscreen, plexiglass
The windscreen effectively blocks onrushing breezes and spray, so much that Capt. Steve could wear his hat while running the boat.
Windy SR28 CC grab rail, grab handle, windshield
Stainless-steel grabrails on each side of the helm integrate cleanly with the windshield and provide good purchase for passengers heading forward as well.

Moving forward, it’s two 7” (17.78 cm) steps up to 12” (30.48 cm) wide side decks and then a short trip to the SR28 CC’s bow. We measured bulwark height at 19” (48. 26 cm) and the stainless-steel bow rails top out at 27” (68.58 cm). There’s a double-wide seat on the front of the console with a padded backrest. Forward, the bow has horseshoe-shaped seating and a table can be installed. Lower the table and add a filler cushion to create a sunlounge.

Fully forward, there are foot controls for the windlass on each side of the nonskid anchor locker hatch. The hatch opens to starboard and goes slightly past vertical resting against the rail. We would like to see a gas strut and/or tension hinges to better support the hatch. Inside the locker, we found a windlass protected from the elements, an all-chain rode and the anchor that deploys on a through-the-stem roller. Rails are split so guests can board at the bow.

Windy SR28 CC, bow seats, table, foredeck
Another hand-crafted table can be installed at the bow. It can be lowered and topped with a filler cushion to create a sunpad.
Windy SR28 CC windlass, anchor, rode
The windlass is protected beneath the anchor hatch and notice the rode keeper to which the end secures.
Windy SR28CC anchor locker hatch, foredeck, nonskid
We would like to see the anchor-locker hatch supported by a gas strut or at least open on tension hinges so it doesn’t bang into the rail and won’t slam shut.

Windy SR28 CC Accommodations

A sliding hatch in the port side of the helm console opens the entry to the SR28 CC’s cabin. We would recommend that the Swedish manufacturer provide a bug screen so that fresh air can still be let in. To port at the entry are two compartments with removable latches and the aft one contained the battery switches. Headroom at the cabin entrance is 4’10” (1.47 m) and the berth is 85” (215.9 cm) long when filled in. Minimum headroom for the berth is 18” (45.72 cm) and we’d like to see a shade for the forward window. In the aft starboard corner, there’s a small tray with charging ports.

The door for the private head is aft to starboard and inside, there’s 4’8” (1.42 m) of standing and 3’5” (1.04 m) headroom on the manual-flush toilet. There’s a small locker next to the sink plus a black water tank gauge. We would like to see Windy add some ventilation.

Windy SR28 CC cabin, belowdecks, V-berth
The cabin offers space for a couple to get away for the weekend.
Windy SR28 CC battery switches, cabin lockers
Battery switches are in the aft of two lockers in the cabin so make sure that only dry gear is stored inside.
Windy SR28 CC cabin, V-berth, weekender
The berth is almost as wide as it is long and should sleep two comfortably.
Windy SR28 CC cabin, phone storage, phone charger
While the cabin may have a minimalist feel, it has the necessities including charging ports.
Windy Boats SR28 CC head, private head
The head has the basics covered so passengers can answer nature’s call

Windy SR28 CC Performance

The Numbers. The SR28 CC has an overall length of 27’8” (8.43 m), an 8’2” (2.49 m) beam and a draft of 3’3” (1.0 m). Empty weight is listed at 5,952.48 lbs. (2,700 kg). With three people, 63 gallons (23.48 liters) of fuel, 18.49 gallons (70 liters) of water and gear aboard, we had an as-tested weight of 7,083 lbs. (3,212.79 kg)

With the optional 300-hp Mercury four-stroke outboard spooled up to 5620 rpm, the non-stepped bottom with six strakes hit a top speed of 46.7 mph. We recorded best cruise at 4000 rpm and 31.1 mph and 11.7 gph, which calculated out to 2.7 mpg and a range of 239 statute miles with 10% of the boat’s 79.25-gallon (300-liter) fuel capacity in reserve.

Windy SR28 CC, running, fast
The SR28 CC is a big boat to be pushing with 300 hp. We’d be curious to see how she runs with the Mercury Racing 450R.

In acceleration tests, the SR28 CC planed in 9.2 seconds. Running against the stopwatch, she ran through 20 mph in 6.2 seconds, hit 30 in 11.4 and 40 in 16.6. 

From a handling standpoint, the SR28 CC is quite responsive to steering input. She comes around quickly and Capt. Steve noted some pretty significant lean in turns. The prop didn’t ventilate, but she does dig in hard enough that spray could enter the boat. Either go easy on the tightness of the maneuver or keep up the speed to reduce spray. A combination of the two would probably work best. With the exception of evasive maneuvers, there’s no need to turn that tight anyway.

Windy SR28 CC turning, handling
Keep the arcs wide and the speed up and the SR28 CC should carve cleanly through turns.

Standard Price with 300-hp Mercury Verado outboard in Cold Fusion: $199,349

Windy SR28 CC vinyl wraps, colors
Windy offers the SR28 CC in a choice of five vinyl-wrapped colors with coordinated interiors.

Observations

The Windy SR28 CC checks many of the boxes for an enthusiast interested in a day boat. She has the depth in the cockpit and bow to make passengers feel secure and convertible seating enhances the boat’s utility. Belowdecks, her cabin is basic and should keep a couple comfortable during a weekend getaway. We think that Windy is smart to offer a twin-outboard version for the U.S. market for those buyers who would want the redundancy.