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Tanzer 27
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3 5007 Tue October 14, 2008
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100% of reviewers $17,000.00 9.5

Description: Tanzer 27
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Thu November 13, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


This is a Raymond Hunt design from the PY 26 and has been an excellent family coastal cruiser for us in Nova Scotia. It sails very nice windward with the best point on close reach.
Not satisfied on down wind however we don't have a spinacker which we will acquire over the winter.
Would have perferred a lead keel vs. the iron keel however the boat is not tender.
We are very satisfied with the boat for construction, sailing and space. Excellent boat.
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Review Date: Tue February 28, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $17,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Stout little ship
Cons: None

Got this boat off a liveaboard guy...he was an ocean going 500 ton master mariner who lived aboard when he was home from sea. Sold it to me with EVERYTHING included. Great guy, part of why I loved the boat so much. Can't say enough about the boat...not a club racer for sure but it is a great cruiser for a family...stiff hull...not tender...I had great sail inventory and never got around to installing roller furler...very easy to install my myriad jibs 25 knot winds she handled a spitfire jib and a single reef main and she sailed upright and happy...good interior layout...had a Yanmar 8hp diesel...I got a prop-pro to help me re-prop her...we almost nicknamed her The Turtle while under way with power...but then we put a 3-blade smaller diameter prop on there and she moved along fine. Nice displacement on this 27 footer...they made these boats problems at all...boat was always, always bone dry inside despite lots of Florida rain monsoons. Boat survived a hurricane too at the dock - we kept all night vigil and kept moving lines in/out to handle surge but she rode happy. Excellent boat.
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Registered: October 2008
Posts: 4
Review Date: Tue October 14, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid construction, reasonably stiff, points very well, and good interior layout.
Cons: None yet.

Our 1983 Tanzer 27 was acquired in March 2008. This 25 year old boat is in very good condition - the hull is heavy construction and the deck has very little crazing in the gelcoat. Our specific boat is comparatively simple with 1 battery for nav lights/cabin lights/instruments, hand pump water, a 9.9 outboard (never had an inboard so lots of clean storage), and we still hank on the jib. My wife and I night sail/stay overnight on her so we appreciate the marine head/holding tank and that the port settee extends to a reasonable sized bed. The hull and decks are solid, the bilge stays dry, and the interior is large and functional for a 27 footer. All lines are led aft and are accessible. To date we've sailed in up to 25 kt sustained winds and the boat handled well throughout. I've seen other familiar named production boats selling for twice the price that were not in as good of condition. People don't believe us when we tell them the boat is 25 years old. This boat initially caught our eye due to affordability and condition, but after owning her for 8 months we would not trade her for a more expensive boat (within reason). The Tanzer 27 is a great boat - we've used her on nearly a weekly basis with only pleasant surprises and no disappointments.
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