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Cal 27
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Description: Cal 27
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Review Date: Fri April 4, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is the best boat I've sailed. It tracks beatifully. Lot's of room for a 27' boat inside (6'1" headroom). Powered by an Atomic 4 that runs great. A little more copit room would be nice. More than 3 people is tight. I'm very satisfied with this boat and would highly recomend it.
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Review Date: Thu December 11, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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27'4" LOA, 9' Beam, 4'6" draft, 5400lb sloop. 'Pop-top' convertable hatch allows standing headroom. Masthead rig. Tiller steering. Good solid feeling boat. Sails well against much newer boats. No blisters. Moving the winch from the mast and running all lines to the cockpit have made this boat easy to single-hand. A real topping lift is a big improvement too. I would definitely buy this boat again!
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Review Date: Thu December 24, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Aft cockpit, fin keel, spade rudder. Great coastal cruiser. Sails well but sometimes difficult to trim for slight weather helm. Cannot compete with todays light displacement rockets. But will certainly hold its own against any other similar sized boats of its era. Interior is very spacious for a 27 footer. Sleeps four. Interior has plenty of room to be modified to suit ones needs. My particular boat was modified by a previous owner by adding several custom cabinets expanding much needed storage space. Construction is solid. Powered by Atomic 4 which is rugged and reliable if maintained properly.
Overall, I am very satisfied with this boat. Others are always impressed by its design and layout. Highly recomended for couple or small family.


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Review Date: Mon January 10, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned three Cal 27, great boats, but ran into a lemon that required lot's of work. The interior is dropped into the hull and no glass is used to attach it to the hull. The problem is that the floor part of the interior has beams that give the keel it's strength. After years, the resin cracks and loosens resulting in a very weak keel. I would have a surveyer look at the boat and inspect this aspect of the boat before buying it, unlike myself, having found it after my keel started tearing away fron the hull. Fast boats good boats overall. With a great V-berth that comfortably sleeps two.
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Review Date: Tue January 25, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Excellent boat for SoCal coastal cruising. Just bought this boat and am in the process of renovating. Salon seats 4-5 VERY comfortably and galley is functional. V-Berth size is better than average for a 27' and provides lots of headroom.
Poptop provides excellent headroom when not underway and gives lots of light and air.
Looking for original documentation, engine specs, line drawings, etc.
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Review Date: Tue June 13, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned and sailed this boat for 4 years. It sleeps 2 in the V berth comfortably. The galley is more than adequate for long weekends or a week or two of cruising. The icebox is well insulated 5 1/2 cf of space and does not drain into the bilge but uses a small hand pump. I have added refrigeration and not needed additional insulation.

The boat sails well but needs to be reefed early. It is tender to 20 degrees but stiffens quickly. Plan to use the boat for coastal cruising next year. The Yanmar seems small on paper but it drives the boat well in heavy weather. Backing up is a bear. Heavy prop walk to port.
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Review Date: Thu July 20, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great Boat. This Cal 2-27 has a heavy self-furling Genoa that provides a lot of gusto to this Lapworth Racer Cruiser. We have just about buried the rail on many occasion. The boat provides a fun and exciting ride. It does get overpowerded easily with the 150 foresail in wind speeds in excess 18 knots. Okay, but work. We also have a 110% genoa. The Boat has a Ferryman "One lunger" diesel engine that vibrates the heck out of the whole vessel.. Would change engines for sure. The interior is very well thoughtout even by today's standards. No aft quater berth so the galley runs all the way across. Very comfortable V- berth with storage under, also storage under mail salon setees. Anchor Locker forward of the "V", Sometimes a pain to have to go below to get the anchor and chain... Main Salon has a setee that easily converts to a nice double to port and and to starboard a wide single. We do not have pressure water and we don't have an auto bildge pump or shore power.. (I would get all of these things if We were to do it again). We do have two sinks one in the galley one in the head. Head has holding tank and Y valve for overboard discharge where applicable by law. ( we don't use it regardless). Galley has keyon two burner alcohol stove and 90 pound capacity ice chest. Boat has a "Stern Twin Stay" self furling. Need a winch to get the 150 in a lot of the time. Single handing in this condition is tricky but fun. I installed a toping lift. (suggest that you do same if not so equipped). The Cal 2-27 is fast, responsive and overall a great time. In light air it moves real well all things considered. We pass right by everybody. In heavy air, it points great heels about 15-20 degrees and settles right in for a great sail. Worst tack is dead downwind. (still good by most standards). I highly recommend the boat. Next boat (soon)..another Lapworth design Cal-39!
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Review Date: Tue July 4, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid craftmanship - stable and dependable
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We own a '76 2-27 model and use it for lake sailing in Texas. On 25-30 knot days with only the jib up, she does very well - comeabouts are relatively easy. When the sails are balanced well, the 2-27 settles in and seems to hold at 30 degress under heavy wind. The 2-27 would point better if hanked-on headsails were used in lieu of a furling. Headroom is great downbelow as is the amount of rich wood in the cabin - especially backside of the companionway. The lack of privacy in the head, the companion way hatch and the traveler system are the negatives I would add. We've added a nice wood handle to add aesthetics and practicality to the hatch. There are various traveler positions (designs), but the location in front of the companionway makes things a tight. Atomic 4 when properly tuned, is very reliable, although when revved too high can provide almost too much power, by pulling down the stern for a 27 footer - very dependable engine. Overall, this is a fine sailboat - rock solid.
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Review Date: Tue November 28, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Solid boat; well-built; roomy for a 27-footer
Cons: Leaky windows; weak stanchion-to-deck hardware/backing

Owned my Cal 2-27 for about a month and have sailed her abou 125 miles in the Puget Sound area in all types of weather. It is the largest boat I have sailed and my first trip was by myself. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy she was to handle and how forgiving she was when I screwed up. She handles 3-5 foot waves with ease and no matter how hard I pushed her I could not get her to let me down. My first impressions were that she is a very solid boat and can take a beating. The cabin is very roomy and we have already spent a couple nights on her. The previous owners ruined the electrical system so I have some work to do but other than that, she seams very sea-worthy. I had her surveyed and she passed with flying colors. She does however, have some leaks around the cabin windows. Also the marine head plumbing needs to be redone. I use an old 9 hp outboard and it pushes us along at 5 knots. She seams to sail pretty well although having owned her for a few short weeks, I am not really one to say. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. So far, it has been worth every cent. I look forward to sailing her for the next couple of years and then upgrading.
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Review Date: Thu July 19, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $6,200.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Simple, low maintenance exterior, easy to handle with one sailer
Cons: Low headroom with top in closed position, difficult for 1 person to pop top

I purchased my Old Cal in July 06, Its my first boat and has proven to be a great boat to learn to sail on. I have logged over a hundred hours single handing the boat in the Puget Sound and have had some of the best times of my life.
The boat has a simple set up, the jib is hank on with the halyard back to the cockpit for ease in raising and lowering the sail.
The most challenging aspect so far is getting the sails down in heavier winds, getting them up and trimmed in steady winds from 10 to 15 knots has been no problem at all even by myself.
I highly recommend a boat of this size and design for a begineer. The boat has a fixed keel and very forgiving when sails are not trimmed properly (not unusual for a begineer in heavy winds). The boat is quick and sails nicely in light winds, which when sailing alone is alot of fun.
I have done a fair amount of work on the boat, I added a second battery and shore charging system, A 9.9 horse extra long shaft Honda (new with electric start and charger), installed new toilet, vent system, selector switch to holding tank or discharge to sea.
Had the boat out for bottom clean and paint. Installed new electronics, speed and depth sensors and added a GPS system.
Bottom line is I paid about a thousand dollars to much for the boat in its condition, but it came with a slip in a area that had along waiting list to get a slip, I'm probably not the first to pay to get into a slip.
This is a great starter, will most likely upgrade to a boat more set up for 3day to a week cruising. This boat is fine for a day or two.
I need to devise a better method for raising the pop top which is very cool for camping. Perhaps using the main halyard to lifting points. If any one has done this let me know.
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Review Date: Mon August 4, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
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Good, strong boat.
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Registered: October 2011
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Review Date: Wed October 26, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hello all,
I just bought my 2-27 on ebay and can't wait to get her home to start fixin her up. I am a HVAC/mechanical and work in a power plant. I want to install AC and heat. Wood is original and hasn't been touched - bought a 2-27 to make a nice bachelors pad. Has anyone used the head area for a full shower and does it drain to the bige? Is it VOODOO to rename - current name is stupid. thanks
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Registered: May 2013
Location: frederick, md
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Review Date: Mon November 11, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $300.00 | Rating: 0 

 
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this isn't so much a review as it is a clarification. I just bought a 1971 cal 27 and I have to fix it up before I can sail it. however while looking at these reviews, I notice that the cal 27 reviews actually cover 3 different boats, often without specifying. so, in order to clear things up, I offer the following, taken from another site:

Actually, there have been three different 27 foot Cal yachts, all designed by Bill Lapworth. All three of these 27 footers were separate and distinct hull designs, not modifications. Add this to the fact that there have been several variations of each design. I will do my part to kill the confusion about the many models of Cal Yachts.

The first 27 designed in 1969, launched in 1970 (Practical Sailor Dec 1995), was built in Costa Mesa and was the smallest of the three. Choice of outboard or inboard power with a 9 foot beam and a convertable pop-top that helped make up for the fact that the boat didn't have much standing headroom. This original 27 displaced only 5400 pounds but was very quick and well built. The main problem with this 27 was the lack of headroom. The T2 was a variation of this first design. I think the T2 was a racing version of the original 27. I know for sure that the T2 does well, to this day, in sail races throughout our country. The Catalina 27 was introduced in 1971. It bacame a major competitor to Cal. I think that the introduction of the Catalina 27 forced developmemt of the largest 27 foot Cal, the second 27 footer, Cal 2-27.

Next came the Cal 2-27, designed in 1973, launched in 1974 (Practical Sailor Dec 1995), which displaced a whopping 6700 pounds. Click here for a full webpage on the Cal 2-27, with full screen photos of my Cal "imp". Catalina Yachts (Cal's neighbor manufacturer and chief competitor) had introduced their Catalina 27 in late 1971. This 27 offered more interior room than the first Cal 27 so this new 2-27 design had full standing headroom, a 9 foot 3 inch beam, a marine head, a decent galley with an icebox and an alcohol cookstove. The 2-27 was to be the largest Cal 27 ever designed. Most of the new 2-27s had some sort of inboard engine. Some used Atomic 4s, some used Volvo Penta 2 cylinder, 4 cycle gas inboards, some used Farymann diesels and yes, a few were still built with outboard engines.

The last Cal 27 that was designed was the Mark III or sometimes called the 3-27. The name was later changed to simply "Cal 27". This all new 27 foot Cal was designed in 1982, launched in 1983. The 27 Mark III remained in production through 1985.(Practical Sailor Dec 1995) Click here to go to the specs and a photo gallery of the Cal 27 Mark III "Liberty", owned by Mr. Doug McCance. Mr. McCance has donated much data to this webpage. The Mark III was lighter than the 2-27 and a bit narrower with a longer waterline. She had a deeper fin keel and less sail area. The Mark III was, no doubt, the quickest of the three 27s.

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The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do.---Captain Jack Sparrow


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