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Vancouver V27
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Description: I have a 1982 Pheon-built (UK) V274. Excellent quality and heavily built. Still a very solid and dry boat despite having traveled far and wide. It is a large 27 footer, and is very comfortable for a small crew. Standing headroom. I'm 6'1" and no other boats on my shortlist allowed for standing headroom below..about 6'2". The biggest difference, to my knowledge, between the Canadian and UK versions is that the UK boats have a couple inches of tumblehome in the hull amidships which make her a bit stiffer.

The V274 (or V27F) differs from the original V27 in that the interior accommodates 4-berths (twin V-berth, two setee berths) whereas the V27 has two setee berths as well as a quarterberth behind the nav station.

3-berth:
-quarterberth for when underway
-a few more feet of space in main salon, as the head and anchor locker do not take as much space as the 274's V-berth
-accommodates for a larger galley
-allows the salon table to be placed fore of the mast support beam
-head placed along centerline up towards the bow
-more closet space (full hanging locker)

4-Berth:
-privacy of enclosed double V-berth
-sleeps 4 instead of 3 (though I think 4 on board for longer passages would be a bit of a stretch)
-more storage (starboard lazarette not cut in half by quarterberth running under cockpit, and more storage underneath V-berth)

Overall, the 3-berth is designed for being underway, and the majority of V27s are 3-berth. The 4-berth was originally oriented more towards families. Despite some compromises for offshore comfort, I personally like the 4-berth purely for the privacy of its double berth.

The Vancouver 28 is the later counterpart to the 27 and is still in production in the UK by Northshore Yachts. I have not seen a V28 but know that the extra foot went into the cockpit, and that there were only a handful of minor adjustments otherwise made to the design beyond that.

Some of the issues I've found with my V27:
1. The rudder strut just below the prop and connecting the keel to the skeg was slightly cracked atop and lengthwise. Grinding down, I found it to be foam cored and all the foam had become rotten. Not a particularly hard fix however.
2. minor blistering around the hull, not too surprising for a 30 year old boat.
3. when the hull was laid up, the builder could not mold the main hull along with the rudder strut / skeg all at once. They had to be glassed together afterwards. I found this to be a problem area, one that had in my case apparently blistered and been patched over many years ago. The epoxy/filler used had begun to crack like cement. Beneath, I found small pockets of blistering far into the laminate.

Foundational problems that I've heard about with these boats are scarce, though sources are thin, scattered and at times somewhat conflicting. Blistering (though V27s have been produced by many different builders throughout the years) and problems with the rudder heel are what come to mind.

Otherwise the boat is built like a tank. Heavy for its size, but still easy to shorthand and with a solid motion. Balances and tracks very well. Additionally, its faster than its reputation seems to have it. As others have said elsewhere, her size and design make it easy for a shorthanded crew to sail her to her full potential.

She has higher freeboard than most boats her size. The high freeboard is not a bad tradeoff for a drier ride in my opinion, despite the moderately higher windage. The standard rig is substantial, with 9/32 rigging (at least on UK versions), twin backstays and twin running stays (cutter back stays), providing 12 or so points rising up to the mast at every angle. The size and mount of the outboard rudder is substantial.

The bottom line: There are few production boats under 30 feet in length that have been built with extended passagemaking so squarely in mind. She is a VERY comfortable pocket cruiser to live on and can handle heavy loading without drastically affecting performance and safety. A bit spendy for her size, but you get what you pay for. I have not sailed a NorSea 27, Vega 27, Pacific Seacraft Orion, or other boats typically compared to the V27.

A few other notes:

-excellent engine room access
-high quality interior teak and joinery
-solid fiberglass hull with good access to all points below waterline
-lots of storage space for a 27 footer
-very well balanced
-initially very difficult to maneuver in reverse with a fixed prop! She'll go only where the wind, the current and her propwalk take her!

Finally, there always seem to be a handful of Vancouver 27s for sale in the UK, one or two in Canada, and occasionally one in the states. I purchased mine in the states in late 2011 and have seen only one other for sale here since then. I occasionally see Canadian built V27s for sale in the BC area.

Here are some other V27 links I've come across:
Vancouver 27 Review : Bluewaterboats.org
Vancouver 27: Pocket Voyager - features.boats.com
Owners association: Vancouver Yachts Association
Owners forum: Vancouver Yachts Association Forum :: Index
Keywords: Vancouver Pheon Yachts
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