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US Yacht 27'
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Description: US Yacht 27'
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sun December 22, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Boat sails well and is balanced when the wind picks up. Biggest cabin for a 27' boat we have seen.
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Review Date: Thu February 27, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Sails well and is slow to heel. Speed is good. I am currently keeping up with a Catalina Tall Rig. Cabin is roomy.

I have had 11 adults on board ( not by choice) sailing in medium wind (15 knots).

Purchased this boat after it had been poorly maintained over a period of years. Originally came with a tiller, but designed for a wheel. I installed an Edson with the help of a friend of mine. Outboard rig is a real pain. I ran remote cables to the cockpit to increase ergonomics.

I bought this boat at a low price because of its condition. It has been a great boat.

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Review Date: Thu March 13, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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stable sloop good into the wind. The outboard bracket is very hard to deal with, need electric start with controls in cockpit. cabin very nice for this size boat.
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Review Date: Thu May 1, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The US27 is a great boat. It has one of the largest cabins of any 27 I have seen which results in a rather cramped cockpit. US used good quality equipment on the boat and the teak interior is a real plus. My only complaint is that the cabin windows tend to lead. After resealing them I have had no further leadage. Sails very well.
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Review Date: Wed June 4, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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US yachts 27.
year 1986
draft 4'4"
Rating overall very good.
Boat is in fair shape for being as old as it is.

Pros: She is a goer with either set of sails, this boat can race, we compete in seveal regattas a year and always place in the top 5 for our class.
Note: if you can afford kevlar or other racing sails you shold buy them.
Rock solid helm, as long as we have owned her, the tiller assembly has been rock solid. I have sailed some other us yachts and seen tillers that were full of slop.
Clean lines: This boat looks good coming and going we always get compliments.
Underbody the fin keel and spade rudder make for really responsive steering.
Rigging: this boat is setup as a standard sloop configuration with a spinnaker. The rigging has held up well even with all the racing we
have done. I have replaced the ends on the spreaders.
Internal run halyards make raising and lowering sail a no hassle situation.
Saftey: The stanchions are very well anchored and easily accessable from inside. In fact most of the through deck fittings are. This makes maintence a snap.
I have heard a lot about he side windows leaking. Mine never have.
There is lots of head room down beldow decks. The stove sink and table are layed out very user fieindly. The dining table is close enugh to the hatch to serve as a chart table for navigation. The large shelf port side rear is big enough for all your nav aids and within easy reach from the cockpit.
The head is small but quite servicable. Having is enclosed is a great thing expecially with women on board.
Trailer, althought I would not consider this boat trailerable, with the factory trailer (a double axle steel frame with a custom tounge extention, that lets you go as long as the boat, you can do it with no serious hassle. The dual axle and large front tire make it so you can even launch from a boat ramp (with the help from a bout 30ft of cable).

Cons:
The boat does not come with a backstay adjuster. I beleive if you do any kind of racing, you need one. West marine sells a nice rope and pulley set up. It works well.
Lots of storage forward under the v berth as well as under the cockpit. There is also access from the cockpit through a rear hatch to the aft storage. Under the setee's in the main salon there is also a good amount of storage. I have had enought room for four people on a weeklong sail with equipment and provisions with room to spare.
Bilge, it is easy to get to and is not very deep, you don't loose any space, and don't have to speed time pumping it out. It runs right down the center of the boat in the main salon and has never given us a problem.
Single handing: The boat does not come set up for single handing. This is a need to set up for just about any one. Special caution: Double check your fair lead angles, we ran into problems running halyards aft on the housetop, especially for the main sheet. Also if you get the rail mount leads for your spinaker make sure they are mounted low on the stanchions.
Forward main hatch. Saftey note, this is not designed for any serious weight. I have a friend of 300lbs who put a serious crack in mine when he lost his balance. I recommend adding a stress tab on the underside of this hatch. There is a good article in sail on how to do this.
Electrical :The factory cabin top to mast electrical connector is not well built, mine failed and once again we went to west marine. They have a stainless steel one that looks nice. Watch the wires when connecting the new one there is almost no slack to work with.
The life lines from the factory are on the small side. We have gone up 2 guages on size.
The sky lights forward by the mast are a serious leakage problem. I was forced to replace them with some lexan, which we through bolted for extra hold. They are in a part of the fore deck that gets a lot of traffic.
The two forward port are also a leak problem. The stabord side leaks into the hanging locker and the port side leaks into the head. I have tried to find repalcements, but none are available. Currently we are rebedding them, and trying to make a new o ring gasket.
Outboard motor mount. This unit is a problem with the solpe of the transom, when the motor is down you almost have to be overboard to start, run and retreive the motor. I repalced the original when the springs finally broke, with one from west marine and this did not help, still looking for a good solution to this.

SPECS:
motor Yamaha 9.7 hp long shaft(rebuilt in 2000)
outboard bracket replaced in 2000 for Westmarine Model
tankage: gas 3gal portable, with 3 galons in reserve in seperate tank water 3gal fixed under sink (currently removed and looking for sutibale replacement.
Sails:
1 us sails canvas 145% genoa dacron
1 us sails 110% jib dacron
1 us sails full batten main dacron
1 us sails 3oz light weight spinaker.
1 us sails kevlar 120% jib
1 us sails kevlar full batten main
1 alchol stove (original not on gimble)
1 2500 series portable toilet (holds approx 2.5 gal)
1 danforth anchor 30lb on 350 ft of nylon rode
1 rayetheon marine radio
1 pioneer am fm cassette stereo w/4 speakers
4 12v outlets 2 in main salon 1 in head, 1 in cockpit
1 datamarine depth sounder
1 westmarine wind speed guage
1 loran gps
1 westmarine liguid filled compass

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Registered: July 2004
Posts: 2
Review Date: Fri March 18, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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I bought mine gutted and neglected. The Volvo Penta had the a crack from freezing solid. Needless to say I picked it up very cheap. Later found out the engine mounts which were 6X8 wood encapsulated in fiberglass had been reduced to sawdust by termites!! Well, a year later I'm finishing up the interior. Have enjoyed sailing this boat, mostly singlehanded the entire time. My ports leak as others have noted. MSN has a group page called Buccaneer Sloops which has some good tips for the USY crowd. The pictures of my boat, and the modifications I've made can be found there too! Overall, this has been a very good first boat, I'll turn a little profit when I sell her (if you don't consider my labor), and I'd recomend this brand to others!
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Review Date: Sun February 25, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: great sailer takes a lot wind to put the rail in the water single handles like a dream
Cons: cockpit a little small

The boat is very well constucted do not confuse US Yachts with Buccaneer both were built by Bayliner but not even close as far as quality and sailing characteristis. I have a 27 and I am looking for a 33. U.S Yachts built 18 to 45 footers.
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gkesti
US27 owner

Registered: April 2007
Location: Washington State
Posts: 3
Review Date: Wed May 2, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: REsponsive sailer
Cons: Leaky ports

I bought this boat a year ago, was in dry storage, previous owner had not used it much. Had a colemen camp stove for the galley, Replaced with Origo 2 burner alcohol stove, replaced all the cabin lights with white/red(Night) cabin lights. Added a 2nd battery. Plan to add a 400w inverter to run laptop.
Laptop serves as chartplotter.

Still having issues with the depthsounder, erratic readings.


All in all really like this boat.

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