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Description: Catalina 27
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Review Date: Mon May 25, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Pleased with this boat. In great condition for 19 yrs in salt water. Fast I've taked two overnight trips to Mexico. She handles costal cruising well.
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Review Date: Sun July 19, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Classic shape, 6ft Head room, Plenty of room for family of four to cruise for a week. Boat has the speed and pointing ability to be a good class racer for those on a budget. There are over 6,ooo out there, so they can't be to bad! See my page on the C27 at: http://members.aa.net/~gsgambl/_private/Sailc27.htm


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Review Date: Thu August 6, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat so far has been GREAT!! We obtained the boat in october of 1996. During these past two seasons we have extensively used the boat to race as well as cruise. Although the boat is not yet rigged to race spinnaker we have done some very competitive raceing in the Jib And Main class in our local area. The boat has proven itself to be very competitive as well. Like it so far......


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Review Date: Mon August 31, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Typical PWS (Plain White Sloop), cheap and plentiful. Light enough to handle like a dingy but heavy (5800) enough for comfort in moderate heavy weather. Strong but heavy construction (thicker than necessary fiberglass in most areas and heavy mast section. Outboard mounts in hole in transom only large enough for 9.9 Sailmaster, no four stroke
motors would fit. Tankage (water and feul) limited. Sail area on standard rig somewhat limited, boat wants 12 kn wind or so to be happyl. we have redesigned galley and sleeping arangements to increase cruising comfort for 2 people and are very happy with current set up but does not work well for more people. This boat is raced regularly and is a consistant top finisher in club races. I was dismasted once by (original) tube type turnbuckles so watch the corrosion in rig and due to total lack of maintenence by former owners had to do an extensive bottom job. I found 20 years worth of blisters (tropical boat) but in this context it was no unexpected. I am extremely satisfied with this boat, its handiness, speed and comfort and would highly reccomend it to anyone wanting a weekend (or week long) cruiser or competitive club racer.
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Review Date: Mon September 28, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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standard rig sloop with traditional interior. good light displacement boat. excellent first boat. great for inland sailing. can be raced if properly outfitted(very kindly handicap in PHRF). chainplate/bulkhead for upper shroud on port side should be carefully checked by surveyor. bulkhead can lift a bit on port tack. inboard diesel is hard to find but worth looking for.
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Review Date: Thu October 1, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My 1973 Catalina 27 "Niagara" has undergone significant upgrades to make it competitive in the local PHRF fleet. (National avg approx. 204) The basic design of the Catalina 27 is such that it allows for coastal crusing, and racing in the ocean and inshore. With berths for six (on paper) and lots of storage, it is a comfortable boat to be aboard, especially considering the 6' headroom. With the masthead rig, it is a good performer under spinnaker and upwind, and in the PHRF fleet it can be a giant-killer in light to medium winds, when it can still use sail area and waterline to sail faster than lighter opponents such as the J-24. Our boat is a consistent winner in our area. We've changed all the original halyards from wire-to-rope to new age cordage, switched from external halyards to internal halyards, and added the spinnaker gear and deck layout to run a chute. The bottom received an extensive fairing also, which is probably the single biggest contributor to boat speed and pointing ability.
Some of the weaknesses we've discovered racing the boat over the past several years have been:
1) Replace the cast aluminum spreader sockets, as they can crack and fail causing rig failure. Catalina has a kit ready for shipment.
2) Inspect all the lower-shroud through-deck bolts. We had a shroud failure due to a hairline crack at the deck level that was not visible. Also be sure to replace standing rigging regularly.
3) Lower-shroud backing-plates are insufficient in size, and the new ones in the Catalina kit are even worse. Have larger backing-plates made, and carry the rig-loads down to some significant structural component(which does not exist) like stringers that you install to distribute the load so as to not deform the hull.
4) When you replace the standing rigging, be sure to dig out the coring around through-deck points and fill with epoxy with high-density filler to insulate the coring from any moisture intrusion. Then redrill the hole for you hardware. It's also a good idea to do this for pulpits, stanchions, etc.
5) The foredeck coring on the C27's of this age were some kind of plastic honeycomb, and it breaks down with age. It cannot be repaired by shooting epoxy in as you will not get good flow. You must cut away the top of the deck with a dremel tool that will only go about three-eighths of an inch deep, then lift the fiberglass as one piece. Remove all the honeycomb stuff, which on my boat was basically powder, clean it all out and let dry, and replace it with a suitable coring such as baltek. Epoxy the coring in, and replace the deck pieces, repair the surface, and re-gel-coat or awlgrip.
6) Early Catalinas were notorious for dry-weave and lay-up voids in the hull. (They were making so many boats and popping them out of the molds so quick) These flaws will lead to significant blistering and delamination. Be sure to have a qualified surveyor use a moisture meter on the hull to check. The repair can be significant, but worth it. On my boat, there was about twenty areas of significant delamination, and about seventy large blisters per side. I knew this going in to it, and got into the boat for not much money. I spent about three months on the hill and about $850 repairing the hull, and fairing it out.
7) We get killed racing in heavy-air. This is mostly because of the PHRF system we have to use to race against the new sport-boats, which go to warp-speed in heavy air. This is not a Catalina fault, but a consideration if there's a lot of air in your area and you're racing PHRF. We pray for 5 to 8 knots of wind, and if we get it, we can really suprise the high-dollar go-fast check-book sailors.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with the boat because I got into it for under $7000 in 1991, and I've upgraded and awlgripped it, so she looks great. New sails, faired hull, and a quiet Honda four-stroke outboard make it a very enjoyable sailing boat. In spite of the negatives I've mentioned and repaired on my boat, Frank Butler did a good job on design, and to this day it remains a suprisingly good sailing boat, and comfortable to be aboard, the perfect size boat for a couple to coastal cruise.


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Review Date: Thu November 5, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The C27 was purchased 3 seasons ago from a owner that took good care of her but didn't do any updating of equipment. I spent more than I intended the first year, but was well worth the investment. This is really a great handling boat. Very forgiving, fast, good upwind, and for a family just moving into a"real boat" this was a perfect choice. My 11 year old has not been intimidated by it at all, after not handling anything bigger than a JY (14') and the interior is comfortable enough for 2 adults and 2 children (or 1 additional adult) for an overnighter. There are a few quirks such as salt water in the icebox whenver you heel to port (close the valve BEFORE you start sailing) a slight heeling to port due to excess weight on the port side, but overall a very satisfactory boat for the money.
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Review Date: Wed December 16, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a very comfortable boat. It has more room than most other 27ft boats. Most Catalina 27's were equiped with outboard motors however a few have inboards. My boat is equiped with an Atomic Four. Most have tiller steering and a few have wheels. Mine has the Edson pedistal system. This is a great starter boat and a very sucessful club racer. The 27 handles very well in light and med+ air, with a reef it does well in stronger winds. It is a well balanced boat and sails very well with just one sail, main or genoa. Catalina is prone to blisters however most are cosmetic and easy to repair. I am very satisfied with my boat and would recomend it to anyone.
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Review Date: Sat February 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I bought my boat in May of 96, the Tall Rig Catalina sails
very well, has plenty of room for a crew of two or three
and handles well under power. Does anyone know the proper
size and pitch of the prop for this boat? I have the Universal diesel 18 engine.
I sail out of Sarah Creek on the York River and would like
to meet and talk with other C-27 owners who live nearby.


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Registered: June 2001
Review Date: Fri March 3, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hull # 1703. Great handling under sail. Takes practice to learn how to maneuver this boat under O/B power, especially in reverse. Great weekender or even for a week. There are many things that can be done to this boat to increase access to storage & make it more "livable". The only decent berth for someone 6' or over is the port quarter berth.

Only 2 major flaws to watch. The lower shroud chain plates (if one could really call them that)and the keel attachment bolts. The chain plates are actually "eye" bolts. Originals are undersized and prone to severe corrosion. I acquired my 27 in '90. The eye bolts were corroded more than 1/2 way through. There is a kit of replacements (larger & better material) available from Catalina. The structure supporting these aft lowers also needs to be watched closely. This is a weak area that can deform severely under stress.

These older 27s used ferrous steel bolts to attach the keel. Mine were severely corroded but solid. In this condition removing the keel was not necessary. I added 6 1" dia S/S threaded rods. I drilled and taped 6 holed through the hull into the keel 12" - 14", bedded with 5200, installed extra large washers and tighted securely. Solid fix times 8 seasons. I have even "purchased" a couple pieces of the Chesapeake Bay bottom without harm (we like to duck into shallow gunkholes). The original bolts were left intact and require occasional treatment to keep the rust a bay.

I have found only 3 delaminations or blisters. None were the typical osmotic 1/2" dia. type blister but a delamination or void in the roving that filled with water. All were 2-3" in dia.

If you find a 27 or own one that could use a new sail or 2 check out JSI in St Pete. Great sails in stock for C27s at a great price.

If you want a great sailing, inexpensive boat this is the one to buy.
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Review Date: Fri April 7, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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As new sailors, my wife and I have enjoyed our first boat. It is comfortable for us and has been forgiving to novice sailors. The 10 HP outboard is adequate but it's old and has given us problems a couple of times. It would be nice to experiance a diesel! We have slept four, six would be crowded. It has been great for Lake Erie (Catawba) We traded this boat on 2/00 for a C-30 and it is available at Freeman and Eckley in Vermilion, OH
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Review Date: Mon April 24, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great boat for club racing/weekending. This particular configuration makes it the fastest of the 27s--our PHRF is 198, compared to 207 for the same boat with a standard rig. She sails like a dream upwind and downwind, and the tall rig gives her great advantage in light air. (We sail on an inland lake in Georgia, so that's mostly what we get.)It also makes her a little more tender when the wind kicks up. Flat sails and an easy reefing system are essential!

We bought her as novice sailors in 1993, and have learned to sail and race on her. Since we bought the boat, we have replaced the sails, running and standing rigging, cabin curtains, and traveler. The boat has its original brown plaid cabin cushions, which are just as ugly as the day they were made, but unfortunately, wear like iron. The motor is the original 9.9 Johnson, and has held up well.

On the downside, the boat blisters badly, and we are deciding on a course of action for her. Since we race, we put a fair amount of stress on the rig, so we have recently developed chain plate leaks. Also, we have strengthened the inside of the port cockpit locker, since years of bracing against it when heeled had weakened it.

But I highly recommend the boat--she's comfortable and fast.
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Review Date: Tue January 9, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Location--Boothbay Harbor Maine
She is in A-1 condition,full set of sails,complete overhaul of diesel,radio vhf&hand held,auto pilot,rail mounted gas grill,depth
and knot meter plus plus.
18,000.

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Review Date: Mon February 5, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My wife and I bought this boat three years ago and have become better sailors with "Tinkertoy".
This boat was well cared for by its previous owners but suffered from the usual time-caused ailments. Steel keel bolts have rusted and we followed the factory suggested repairs by doubling them with SS lag screws. Some deck openings needed to be recaulked and we added backer plates to many of the most used items. Our boat is on a mooring in the upper Chesapeake so the bow cleats got backer plates #1 and #2!
My wife has progressed in sailing from screaming and clenching the lifeline stanchions to taking the helm much of the time when we are on board.
Who could ask for more from a pretty, inexpensive, fun to sail boat?
Highly recommended for a first cruising/weekend/daysailing large boat.
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Review Date: Thu September 6, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Along with my Citation 39, my wife and I have a Catalina 27. The Citation is in New Orleans and the Catalina is in Shreveport where our home is located. We sail it on a small lake (Cross Lake) out of the Shreveport Yacht Club. It is the tall rig and last summer following a very heavy series of huge storms - we added a new main and roller furling 150% genoa. The boat is the perfect boat to just relax and cruise on in our conditions - small lake with predominantly light to moderate winds. I gave up racing about four years ago and this boat was truly a wonderful transition boat. I would encourage anyone thinking about a Catalina 27 to buy it - many , many fun hours spent on her and she is very easy to single hand

Will share ideas and seek them on resources for parts which might go out.
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