1998 Ellis 28 Express Cruiser – For Sale

This Ellis 28 Express Cruiser “Night Sky” is powered by a 2005 Yanmar 315 Diesel Engine. “Night Sky’s” features include all Simrad Electronics, custom aft seating & solid teak table, and a very well-finished cabin with enclosed head, galley, and v-berth. This is an EXTREMELY well-maintained vessel. 


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1998 Ellis 28 Express Cruiser “Night Sky”
LOA 28’ 4”  BEAM 9’ 4”  DRAFT 3′
Cruise = 18 knots, Max = 24 knots
Location: South Bristol, Maine
PRICE: $179,000


  • Low hours on the 2005 Yanmar (160 – as of 7/7/20)
  • Evolution driveshaft
  • Repainted with Awlgrip recently
  • Electronics were updated in 2017 and include:
    A Simrad NEMA 2000 Backbone
    3G Simrad Radar
    MFD Simrad G09 SXE
    Simrad 42 Speed and Depth
    RS 35 VHF w/AIS
  • Bow thruster
  • Power windlass
  • Below is finished in the Herreshoff style with Fridge, Stove, etc.
  • Head with shower
  • The aft deck has a unique folding Table (see photo)
  • Freshwater (hot/cold) shower on the swim platform.
  • All canvas was replaced within the past few years.
  • Stored heated indoors.



  • Built-down semi-displacement hull with skeg protecting shaft, propeller & rudder
  • High-tech composite with stitched biaxial E-Glass construction for superior strength
  • Stitched biaxial structural E-Glass reinforced stringer system
  • Gelcoat finished bilges for ease of maintenance
  • Fiberglass swim platform with non-skid surface
  • Awlgrip Finish
  • Antifouling/Ablative bottom paint


  • ISO NPG Gelcoat with vinyl ester resin
  • High-tech composite with stitched biaxial E-Glass construction for superior strength
  • Vacuum bagged core construction
  • Gelcoat finished non-skid surface


  • 315-hp Yanmar diesel engine
  • 1½” stainless steel shaft system
  • 4-blade propeller
  • Wet lift exhaust system
  • Groco 1½” raw water intake strainer
  • White Gelcoat finished engine room
  • 2″ Soundown™ sound insulation in the engine space
  • All-access hatches lined with acoustical gaskets
  • Engine compartment cooling through side-mounted vents
  • Ball valve style silicon bronze seacocks with double hose clamps on all hoses


  • (2) ABYC, NMMA & USCG approved 50-gallon baffled aluminum fuel tanks
  • Primary and secondary fuel filter/water separators
  • (2) 2” stainless steel diesel deck fills
  • USCG approved, fire-resistant fuel hoses


  • Hydraulic steering system
  • 316 stainless steel rudder (1½” diameter rudder post)
  • Bow thruster with helm control
  • Simrad auto-pilot system


  • V-berth with cushions
  • Teak V-berth trim
  • Cypress sheathing surrounding V-berth
  • Drop-in storage compartments under V-berth cushions
  • Chain locker forward with teak louvered door
  • Headliner with teak trim
  • Teak and Holly floor
  • (4) Lewmar portlights
  • (1) Bomar hatch


  • Molded fiberglass counters with teak fiddle rail
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Origo alcohol 2-burner cooktop
  • Hot and cold pressurized water
  • 12-volt DC/120-volt AC refrigerator


  • Teak door
  • Molded fiberglass counter with teak fiddle rail
  • Teak sink cabinet
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Teak framed mirror
  • Hot and cold pressurized water
  • Teak towel rack
  • Marine head


  • Stamoid top, side curtains and three-panel backdrop with Eisenglass panels
  • Teak cap rail
  • Teak companionway doors and cover
  • Removable teak companionway stairs
  • (3) engine room hatches with gas struts, stainless steel compression latches/hinges
  • (3) powder-coated aluminum front opening windows
  • Windshield wipers with washers
  • (2) powder-coated aluminum side windows
  • Fiberglass floor with Gelcoat finished non-skid surface


  • Enclosed cabinet with instrument insert
  • Throttle and shift control
  • Engine control panel:
    • Start/Stop control
    • Tachometer w/hour meter
    • Engine temperature
    • Engine oil pressure
    • Voltmeter
    • Water temp and oil pressure alarm
  • Windlass and thruster controls
  • Stainless steel destroyer wheel
  • Simrad radio and plotter/radar


  • (1) lazaret hatch
  • Fiberglass floor with Gelcoat finished non-skid surface
  • Custom seating and fold-out teak table
  • Salt and freshwater faucets and/or shower in cockpit


  • handrails
  • stainless steel skene bow chocks
  • stainless steel cleats (2 amidships, 2 aft)
  • bow bitt
  • anchor rope deck pipe
  • Polished stainless steel flagpole holder with solid teak flagstaff
  • Teak bow pulpit with anchor roller and windlass
  • Anchor with chain and nylon line
  • (4) Lewmar opening portlights
  • Teak and stainless steel guards and rails
  • Bow Saltwater washdown


  • 25-gallon holding tank with macerator pump overboard discharge
  • 1½” polished stainless steel deck pump-out
  • Marine head


  • 4D engine starting battery
  • 4D house battery
  • USCG & ABYC approved polyethylene battery boxes
  • Heavy-duty battery switch
  • DC circuit breaker panel
  • USCG approved running and masthead lights
  • Bilge pump(s)


Specifications may vary.  Information believed to be correct, but not guaranteed.  Listings are subject to prior sale, price changes or withdrawal.