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Catalina 27
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Description: Catalina 27
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Review Date: Mon September 30, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Catalina 27 is a fast pocket cruiser gentle on the pocketbook, holds its value well. I've had my Catalina 27 for 3 years and her strength lies in her sailing abilities. Without wide decks though, she can be a little tough to get around on. The Vberth is too short for comfortably sleeping 2 (mine is used for stowage), The cockpit (tiller version) is big and roomy and the port locker can house just about anything! Overall satisfaction is good for this first time boat owner. I would buy another Catalina (probably a 320) to go cruising.
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Review Date: Mon October 14, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned my Cat 27 for over 5 years and have sailed several thousand miles in it. The boat is durable in tough conditions (40 Knot wind on an Ensenada race). I believe the boat is adequate for a long weekend with 4 people, and fine for longer with two. The Atomic 4 engine has been durable for the almost 300 hours I've put on it, but if it goes south, I would probably install an outboard. I recommend that the spreader brackets be replaced with SS type if that has not been done. Don't even think of trying to do it with the mast standing... the SS bolts and aluminum are now "one"... you must drop the mast!!! Also contact Catalina for other upgrades that need to be done. A little time and money now will save alot down the road! Email me with any questions or comments.


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Review Date: Fri October 18, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned my Cat 27 for four seasons and have had a lot of fun with her. Mine has the dinette set up with an aft galley (versus a galley that's amid ship). Plenty of storage (I've converted the quarter berth under the cockpit to a storage area and have added an extra water tank for a pressure water system). The A-4 engine is the original and purrs like a kitten. I like having the extra power when needed. I also like the cockpit cushions and bimini -- a must for any boat sailing the Chesapeak due to the hot summers. E-mail me if you want more information.




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Review Date: Sat October 26, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I bought this boat about 3 years ago. I like the way it sails and have had very few problems. I had a 22 Macgregor prior to this boat.
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Review Date: Mon October 28, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Daysailer/weekender/pocket cruiser. Crowded with more than two for cruising (or perhaps a couple and up to two children who could share the V-berth, which is not really large enough for two adults.
Large cockpit. Good looking, good sailing boat built adequately for its purpose. General availability and active owners' association are plusses.
This year needs several inexpensive upgrades (chainplates, engine wiring harness) for safety. Check the hull carefully as it is rather thin glass with an inner layer of Coremat and may delaminate after an inadequate blister repair job.
Overall I have been pleased, more so now that the upgrading is finished. The boat has provided plenty of sailing and never let me down.
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Review Date: Wed November 6, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Catalina 27 is an excellent all around boat. I have owned mine for a little over two years and she has not disappointed me at all.
The inboard Atomic 4 is powerful, smooth, and easy to start. I would recommend an upgrade in the fuel filter system to a third party add-on.
We race our boat at the club level and finish consistently in the top five of the fleet. It is a fast and stable boat that will let amatuer racers and sailors beat up on her without getting hurt.
We have spent several long weekends on her and I have cruised for three weeks solo and it had more than enough space for us. I would not have more than two people on for a weekend. It is only 27 feet.
If you have a little money, this is a great boat. There are dozens of Catalinas out there and can be picked up for relatively inexpensive cost. It is a durable boat built by a durable company. I cannot say enough good things about the Catalina 27.
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Review Date: Wed November 6, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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suprisingly good upwind, exp with the light outboard engine version.
Also, dinette was a neat design. But the quarter birth is extremely difficult to enter.


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Review Date: Fri March 28, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have experience in bottom blister repair - which aparantly a common problem with the catalina during that period of time. Sailed the boat for 3 years primarily in the Chesapeake Bay.
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Review Date: Fri March 28, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have experience in bottom blister repair - which aparantly a common problem with the catalina during that period of time. Sailed the boat for 3 years primarily in the Chesapeake Bay.
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Have experience in bottom blister repair - which aparantly a common problem with the catalina during that period of time. Sailed the boat for 3 years primarily in the Chesapeake Bay. Headroom was somewhat limiting, however, the interrior was adequate for two or three sailors for a weekend.

Boat handled well up wind and was easy to single handle. My only complaint is the noisy 2 cylinder diesel which is rough and sometimes overheated. The ice box was not insulated and, being next to the engine, ice melted rapidly when using the engine to any extent.


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Review Date: Sat June 28, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Good all around boat for first time owners or veteran sailors.It has good engine access and Atomic 4 runs smoothe,has plenty of power and is relatively inexpensive to repair and maintain. It's weaknesses might be that it has carbon steel keel bolts and unless you keep every last drop of water out of the bildge they are going to rust big time.Also the lower shroud mounts need beefing up. This boat sails very well on all points,but the tall rig gets it up wind fantastic.
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Review Date: Sat August 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great sailing boat. Have roller furling 150% genoa.
Good for a couple or for singlehanded sailing.
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Review Date: Sat October 18, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Ideal for daysailing and even coastal cruising. 14hp diesel pushes boat easily to hull speed. 150% genoa easily overpowers boat when wind speed is over 15 knots. 130% genoa is much more forgiving. Wing keel (shallow draft-3.5 ft) and roller furling seem to hinder windward performance. 100+ degree tacks are not uncommon. Pressure alcohol stove is marginally adequate and can be dangerous. Suggest it be replaced with propane stove. Boat has a fair turn of speed and can hold her own even against newer, lighter, water ballasted boats in all except the lightest of winds. On board fresh water tank(20 gal) is fine except for extended periods away from shore. Overall I am satisfied with the boat. It is what I wanted and looked for. Easily single handed. Option I would like to have next---autopilot!

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Review Date: Fri January 2, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Catalina 27 represents a cheap performance cruiser that sails great, a little tender with winds above 12 knots. A reef in the main is recommended. She has the interior room to weekend cruise. Standing headroom! Depending on equipment it is little more than camping. The 27 can be bought with little funds and provides a great deal of sailing enjoyment. We have day sailed this boat on LAke Michigan for 1 year and completed several weekend cruises. It is a fun boat but is cheaply made. No custom features here. Plain and simple but sturdy enough to do the job.
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Review Date: Fri January 2, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Bought this boat a year ago and after some TLC got her on the water. Great family weekend boat. A4 runs well, but concerned about raw water cooling and might look at installing a heat exchanger. For those who are on a limited budget and want to sail I would highly recommend an older Catalina. When I was shopping around I read many good reviews on the Cat 27 and to date they seem to have held true.
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