Rola | Westsail 28' 1976

Seattle, WA

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

Hi, I'm Bernie Jakits. After 20 years of owning and running a successful brokerage in Annapolis, my partner Kate Christensen and I have merged our company with David Walters Yachts. We are happy and excited to be a part of something bigger and continue to live our passion that started long ago. When I was an engineer in the aerospace industry I had lots of time to read every sailboat review and follow every development in the industry. I dreamed of one day owning a distinctly different brokerage firm and it all came true when in 1997 I started RogueWave Yacht Sales It came out of a passion for the sea and love for the beautiful vessels that sail on her. My vision was to create a new kind of brokerage dedicated to honesty and integrity and desire to help people be successful and achieve their bluewater sailing vision. Kate Christensen joined me in 2001 to share that vision and bring her talents and expertise in business and marketing as well as her passion for sailing her Bristol Channel Cutter. Over 20 years, we built an incredible brokerage and consulting firm specializing in ocean going vessels and live aboard cruising sailboats. We have advised and guided over 800 Clients worldwide from as far away as Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Europe and everywhere between, so that they too can also achieve their dream of owning and cruising with a capable bluewater vessel to find and reach their own horizons. We have the experience and expertise required to really help people.

For over 45 years, I have sailed, delivered and worked on hundreds of different types of vessels. Representing many clients, I have sailed in the North Sea to Med, across the Atlantic, and in the South China Sea and the, Pacific, the Caribbean Islands and also both Coasts of the USA. Having owned and maintained over 3 million dollars worth of sailing vessels, I have vast experience with incredible sailing vessels from the Hallberg Rassy 53 or a Valiant 40 & 42, a Norseman 447, a PSC34, and a BCC28. I've sailed to many foreign ports and also lived aboard while raising a family. Kate and I have had the opportunity to have incredible sailing adventures aboard our boats from the amazing Bristol Channel Cutter to the Hallberg Rassy 53 and finally our Valiant 42 that we built new in 2008 when we were Valiant Dealers in Annapolis. We have sailed far and lived aboard; we have led the Caribbean 1500 to the Bahamas. We have raced to Bermuda. We have delivered boats from the North Sea to the Med and from Guatemala to Annapolis and of course from the Caribbean to Annapolis many times. Through that experience we can help cruising couples make the right decisions. I have decommissioned and shipped many vessels and put them back together again, for myself and also for our clients. I have upgraded each vessel we owned installing every system imaginable, and maintaining every boat properly. I have taught and advised clients so that they themselves will have a pleasant and rewarding experience. Being a fellow boat owner and having personally experienced both sides of being a buyer and a seller, I understand your concerns.

With these many years of experience I have come to know and appreciate what a truly high caliber blue water sailing yachts is and should be. As a licensed & bonded professional yacht broker, please give me the pleasure of helping you define your requirements and help choose your next passage making/offshore capable sailing or power yacht. My experience is gained from having had a 100 Ton USCG Master License, being a Captain on several ocean races, having been a Marine Surveyor, and of course my background as an MSME Mechanical Engineer. And most important of all, I have sailed over 100,000 offshore miles, on my own boats and delivering countless boats for client to about everywhere.

Now as the RogueWave Division of David Walters Yachts, Kate and I carry on the RogueWave traditions as Your Choice for Bluewater Boats! We continue to specialize in the bluewater boats we love; the vessels of quality, style, and substance. We are skilled in understanding the unique requirements of each individual to find them the right boat. Our mantra of Honesty, Integrity, Love for our Ocean, and Appreciation for the Beautiful Vessels that Sail on Her, remain the passions that we share with all of you. Sailing isn't a hobby to us, it's a lifestyle. And we remain your choice for bluewater boats.

We are very proud to be part of the unique and talented team of David Walters Yachts as the RogueWave Division in Annapolis MD the sailing capitol of the world. Please feel to reach out to me, anytime, I'm always available 24/7 on my cell 443-742-1792.

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Yacht Name: Rola
Builder: Westsail
Model: 28 Cutter
Year: 1976
Location: Seattle, WA
Asking Price: $24,500
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Money doesn't buy happiness, it only makes misery much more livable. 

In this case, very little money can launch you on your way to living your dream of voyaging. Westsails started the crusing voyaging craziness in many of us, including this Listing Broker. I started with a Westsail 32 in 1976.

What we have here is a 97% completely rebuilt Westsail 28 named Rola. She's owned and loved by a young Seattle Executive who now wants to "just get a bigger completely finished turn key boat like a Valiant 42", which this Listing Broker owns and sails. We are dock neighbors and the Owner of Rola just got tried of looking at my boat, which is berthed next to his. 

Everything on Rola is almost completed with the rebuild. Everything was completed professionally. Everything works and almost everything is new on her. 

If you got only some 20K, buy her. You'll have a completely comfortable safe cool beautiful home that you can sail to anywhere PLUS it is a lot more comfortable than sleeping and living in your car.

Seller wants a bigger newer more expensive boat, so he wants her sold NOW.

Stuff that's done:   

  • Staysail track pulled, holes filleted with epoxy and properly rebedded  
  • Replaced bent stanchions  
  • New lifelines with new reusable Suncor toggles and turnbuckles, etc.   
  • Reinforced tiller at pivot point w/ newer tiller extension  
  • Yanmar 3GM30 fully serviced in 2018 (about 8k worth of work)  
  • New All interior lights are LED, including red lights at the nav station and galley  
  • New Running lights are LED -- pulpit lights installed in pulpit, stern light included with boat  
  • New antimicrobial foam inside settees and quarter berth  
  • New cushions (foams and exterior) in v-berth  
  • New Wallas diesel heater   
  • New Adler Barbour freezer / fridge   
  • Bilgekote painted bilge  
  • Locker interiors painted  
  • Chain rode moved below v-berth, but hawse pipe isn't fully finished yet  
  • Fixed the basin pumps with new gasket kits  
  • Seller pulled every single one of those teak boards around the boat and cleaned 43 years of stuff out from behind  
  • Holding tank and all waste plumbing removed - Totally replaced  
  • Cleaned and sealed bow platform with penetrating epoxy    
  • Factory Finished ALL teak Interior 
  • New SS bowsprit  
  • SIMRAD auto-tiller  
  • Two radios   
  • BRAND NEW Nature's Head composting toilet (Not installed, but included.
  • Thermozite headliner insulation (enough to cover headliner)  
  • PVC wainscotting to create headliner  
  • Wood for interior stringers  
  • Teak moulding for finishing headliner  
  • Yankee jib, working jib   
  • Genoa that needs head repair  
  • Gennaker / drifter type sail in working condition  
  • Brand new storm sails: trysail and storm jib  
  • Staysail club, bow platform, etc are all included  
  • Swim ladder

To be ready to sail, she just needs the deck finished (because it's under the bowsprit) and the new stainless steel bowsprit installed. Bud Taplin — the former CEO of Westsail — and Seller/Owner worked together to design a new stainless steel box bowsprit, which is sitting in Seller's garage and ready to be installed. 


Length: 28'
Beam: 9' 7"
Draft: 4' 4"
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar (1999)
Engine Model: 3GM30
Power: 30 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 400 Hours