Dark Star is a Bingham 28 designed by Fred Bingham.
She was built by a marine carpenter/boat builder from the Galveston Bay area who was working in Phoenix when he lofted and built the hull. It does make you think of the George Strait song ,Ocean Front Property in Arizona but as the story goes he was working in the area building and installing high quality kitchens because oil was not doing well and Kemah is close to Houston, is close to oil. In his spare time he built the hull based on the West system as he believed this to be the best fiberglass/resin combination and she certainly bears out that decision as she is in wonderful condition twenty eight years later.
Name of Vessel – Dark Star
Model – Bingham 28
Where Built – Arizona (Hull), Texas (Deck & Interior)
Year Built – Lofted 1988, Launched 1990
Designer – Fred P. Bingham (1987)
Official Number – 957204 USCG documentation (Lazarette interior on transom)
Port of Registry – Lexington, South Carolina
LOA – 28′ 0″
LWL – 24′ 2″
Beam – 9′ 6″
Draft – 3′ 11″
Displacement – 10,000 lbs
28′ West System fiberglass cutter rigged auxiliary sailboat. Aft cockpit with tiller steering to transom hung outboard rudder. Dark blue hull sides finish with white boot stripes and teak rubrails. White cabin finish. Teak planked decks non-skid. Wooden bowsprit with roller furling headsail. Teak toerails. Anodized aluminium mast, single spreaders and boom with stainless steel wire standing rigging, bronze/stainless steel turnbuckles and fittings and Dacron running rigging. Teak forehatch, teak companionway sliding hatch, lazarette locker hatch and lift out locker hatch starboard side of cockpit.