Sally Gee
S/Y EFAKI is a Mirage 28 built in 1977 by Thames Marine (UK) 


S/Y EFAKI is a member of the Piraeus Sailing Club (I.O.P.)


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Sally Gee


This is Sally Gee of Rob Billington who back on Novemver 2008 wrote me:

Hi, My name is Rob.

We (my wife and I) have just bought a Mirage 28.

Just like your boat it was part of a Greek charter fleet.

It has travelled from the Greek islands and is now moored up in Spain .

The journey across the Mediterranean was done by the previous owner eight years ago.

She now has a new Yanmar engine and each year we intend to replace other worn parts on the boat.

Its nice to hear of another Mirage owner enjoying the experience.

Do you ever see 28s with a different window layout?

Ours has one large and two small windows on each side.

 Happy sailing!

 Regards Rob Billington.

Somehow I managed to loose Rob's Email in my spam (about 100 of them everyday) and I have just found it yesterday after Rob wrote me again:


Just thought I would drop you a line from the other end of the Mediterranean .

Attached are a couple of pictures of our yacht "Sally Gee".

We only bought her in November last year from e-Bay!

I have been pumping money into her ever since.

"Still that's yachting for you"!

May I say how much I have been enjoying your website.

Do you mind if I ask you a technical question.

We have both fitted the same Yanmar Engine.

The one on Sally Gee jumps about on its engine mounts.

I see you had similar problems.

On my next trip to Spain I will check the shaft alignment.

One of the pictures above shows the stern gland.

Is it the same as yours, if so do you know (off hand) the packing size?

Shaft is 1" diameter.

Hope you get to sail your boat this year and your daughter enjoys it.

I used to put my daughter in her carrycot and hang it ( gimballed style).

She would sleep for hours!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Regards Rob Billington.

ROb wrote me again:

Not a lot happening at work "it's the credit crunch" so I thought I would read some more from your site.

Cant believe you actually have the same carpet on the companionway steps as "Sally Gee".

This started me looking at other small differences.

Its like one of those kids games you get in a magazine "spot the difference".

I can see only a few and have sent two pictures as an attachment as I'm not sure if the bulkhead is the same.

You had some pictures of Llis same rigging as ours.

If you look closely at the picture of my daughter standing on the boom you will see the inner stays are Attached to U bolts on the cabin roof. Yours go onto the deck.

Also see picture of my wife in the door way, next to her are two stainless plates. These plates attach to The underside of the main stay U bolts.

Just like Llis the engine controls are on the port side.

Oh one last thing!

The engine bearers on Sally Gee have a cross member joining the two runners. Some of it has been cut out to Allow for the extra depth on the new yanmar.

Cant see that same cross member on Efaki.

How did the linking up earthing with metal parts work out.

I think I may have a similar problem with electrolysis.

I will send you some more pictures of damaged caused.

Best regards Rob.

Damage from electrolysis.

U Bolt from cabin roof, one of the legs was eaten away with a 5mm section missing.

The other picture is of the Hounds. Spreader/ Mast Joint.

The rivets have nearly gone, this is a high priority job before I loose the mast!

 Bye! Rob.

I'm very happy that Bob got in touch with me and shared his story and troubles and I hope my answers helped him a little. Please keep in touch!

This page was last updated May 7th 2009.