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S2 27
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Description: S2 27
Keywords: S2 27
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun January 17, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Quality of construction is very high. Very good under sail. Folding prop helps under sail and power.
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Review Date: Wed August 2, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Bset 27 footer on the market I've seen. Great interior design (orig version, w/ galley in aft port quarter) especially the table that serves as add'l counter, as opposed to clogging up the entire cabin. The orignal 1GM 10 engine at 8HP was very underpowered for the boat, but she sailed strong. Construction was top shelf- never any leaks and all components were well made. One complaint was w/ the rudder gudgeons- S2 provided thin plastic bushing inserts that wore out too quickly and made for some rudder movement downwind. I also wished that mast had a conduit for wires - the slapping vhf cable at your head by the v-berth made for noisy nights. Otherwise beautiful stiff boat, sailed great. In fact, I am looking at a slightly larger s2 for more racing than crusing this time.
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inkfinny
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Registered: April 2004
Posts: 4
Review Date: Fri July 21, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Quality of construction
Cons: High Freeboard

My S2 27 is a shoal draft regular model, I have added a line control traveler and backstay Adjuster and new North Sails, Replaced horn cleats at jib with cam cleats.

The boat sails well upwind once you get it moving. The key to pointing well is boat speed. Downwind it is very slow without the Spinnaker. With the chute up, it is a blast and goes very well.

This boat performs very well in heavy air. Use the traveler to control the heel. Takes a crew of four to race properly and two to cruise or race without the spinnaker. We race PHRF against Hunter 28.5's, Catalina 30's, and San Juan 7.7 and performance is very similar.

I have the rudder wobble caused by the worn out shims. If anyone knows of a fix for that I would like to hear it.

The cabin is quite roomy with about 6 feet of headroom. and plenty of storage, sleeping accomodations are very comfortable. There are no leaks and everything has held up quite well over 22 years.
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rperret

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Registered: April 2003
Location: Western Long Island Sound
Posts: 221
Review Date: Tue August 14, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: good build quality, solid rigging and components, balanced under sail, good upwind,enclosed head
Cons: woefully underpowered yanmar diesel, SLOW downwind, bilge too small, limited storage

Have had this boat for 5 months now. Overall it is a good boat, with quality materials, nice interior. Interior storage could have been more thoughtfully designed, no nav station so not easy to do chartwork.

The S2 27 has good sailing qualities - very nicely balanced, incredibly light helm due to the rudder design, and goes to windward quite well. She turns on a dime - just like a dinghy. And she can sail well under main alone - in fact she points nicely under main alone - better than some other boats - this appears to be due to how far forward the mast is relative to the boat's keel/CLR.

My issues are:
1) the 1GM10 Yanmar is underpowered it struggles achieve 5 knots in any seaway or breeze. This boat needs a 12 HP motor. (as an example - an older Coronado 25 with a 20 year old 9.9 HP outboard easily went faster than my S2) - but I was MUCH faster under sail...:>

2) The keel-hull area is not as strong as it could be - there is a crack along the joint. Also some cracking where the cabin floor pan liner was glassed to the hull. I have heard that S2 has had "issues" with the keel-bilge area. (perhaps due to the issues with the S2 9.1 which is the 27's big sister) Crack is letting in seawater into the ridiculously small bilge (not sure what G&S was thinking when they designed this).

3) The boat really "sails" on a mooring due to high freeboard and relatively flat hull form.

Item #2 is my only real major issue, and will do some work on the outer keel-hull joint using structural fiberglass this fall.

If you like to race, you may find that its PHRF rating doesn't provide the advantage you would hope for. I suspect the PHRF should be a little higher.

I like the boat as it really is a god Performance Cruiser.

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