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Coronado 27
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Description: Coronado 27
Keywords: Coronado 27
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon November 4, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The early 70's seem to a good span of time for fiberglass
production. This 27 is a modified keel, sloop with a self
tending jib. All the gear is well used to worn, bit it provides a lot of fun for me on SF bay. I am trying to get
more information on Coronado, if you have any please contact
me.
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu February 24, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a great boat,My slip neighbor is a 27' catalina and we out-sail him in all weather, plus we have to eat on our boat as we have plenty of room! Any one got any good clean sails for this boat?.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon September 18, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Wm. Tripp design; full deck; masthead rig; saildrive removed; outboard power;
Still undergoing extensive refurbishment with launching rescheduled on/about 5/30/2001
This is a well-made example of pre-oil crisis FRP construction--solid, roomy, overbuilt. Only significant fault is lack of ventilation--can be cured with opening forward ports.
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Review Date: Thu September 21, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned my 1972 Coronado 27 since 1986 and have gotten much use from her. Due to design she is very roomy below decks-much more other 27 ft sailboats. Well constructed, heavy fiberglass but some crazing of gelcoat due to age. I have upgraded to roller furling and new main and mainsheet traveler. Engine is a Westebeke VIRE 7 which is gas engine w/7 hp. I wish engine was bigger but too expensive to replace on boat this old. Boat sails well and is good value for someone starting out.
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drjohnson
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Registered: June 2002
Posts: 3
Review Date: Mon November 4, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Since can't remember previous login for review, will add this as update. Boat was finally splashed 8/2/02 after almost 3 years of spare time refurbishment. Am able to sail 3 1/2 knots in 5-7 knot light air with 130 genny at less than 5 degree heel, pointing at about 33 degrees off wind. Boat will do 6 1/2 knots (GPS) with 8hp outboard at 1/2 throttle. Has plenty of room with comfortable ride in churned up Bay. Still work in progress with more improvements to be made in coming year.
Update: Boat has been sailed in the the heavier air of fall. Will point high in 10 to 15 knots with working jib and full main, hit 6 plus knots on speedo/GPS with only 10 to 12 degrees of heel. Rudder is sensitive but tracks well. Still fine tuning mainsail trim controls but am very satisfied with performance from undersized sails.
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wildlone
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Registered: February 2001
Posts: 2
Review Date: Thu November 28, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased this boat in October 2000. Home port is Manistee, Michigan, which means I have a short summer sailing season on Lake Michigan. "Wildlone" (any Rudyard Kipling fans?) has undergone quite a bit of work in the last two years.
I completely redid the bottom. I had a few very small blisters to deal with. Also some rust on the keel. I sandblasted the keel to bright metal, did a little fairing, and put 5 layers of Interlux 2000 expoxy paint on the entire bottom, then anti-fouling paint.
I have replaced all sheets and halyards. I have lead the main and jib halyard back to the cockpit. I don't have a furler and didn't want to spend the money, but I did rig a downhaul for the jib. These changes are helpful to me since I am often sailing single-handed or with inexperienced guests. The old, worn cars on the genoa track were not the easiest to reach or move. I have since set up Barber haulers which are much more convenient to use.
I have installed new masthead lights which provide better visibility and are brighter.
I put on a new antenna, cable, and new radios.
I tore out the wheel. It was a nightmare. It kept the cockpit clear for parties, but was in a horrible location to actually sail the boat. You had to climb around it to reach anything. The tiller is the only way to go unless you carry a large crew.
The boat has a lot of nice teak which is hard to find on newer boats. I have sanded it down and refinshed it. It is beautiful.
I added a masthead spinnaker bail. At some point a block had been screwed to the side of the mast, but the spinnaker was blocked by the front stay. The spinnaker bail solved that problem.
I carry an old 4 stroke Honda 10hp outboard. I think an outboard is the only way to go. They are easy and cheap to repair or replace. The key is to get the longest shaft possible. On Lake Michigan when you get a good blow you get short, steep waves. The boat will do its rocking horse thing and the prop will kick out of the water when the waves get big. Of course, at that point there is plenty of wind so you don't need a motor anyway.
My previous experience and been with passage quality ocean boats on the Pacific. The Coronado is lightweight in comparison. Construction is not high end. Still, it sails well, it is inexpensive, and a good match for for day trips and coast cruising on Lake Michigan. It has great headspace and is fairly roomy for a 27. The space is decent for cruising.
This is a nice inexpensive boat and will provide lots of fun sailing.
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wildlone
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Registered: February 2001
Posts: 2
Review Date: Thu November 28, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

I purchased this boat in October 2000. Home port is Manistee, Michigan, which means I have a short summer sailing season on Lake Michigan. "Wildlone" (any Rudyard Kipling fans?) has undergone quite a bit of work in the last two years.
I completely redid the bottom. I had a few very small blisters to deal with. Also some rust on the keel. I sandblasted the keel to bright metal, did a little fairing, and put 5 layers of Interlux 2000 expoxy paint on the entire bottom, then anti-fouling paint.
I have replaced all sheets and halyards. I have lead the main and jib halyard back to the cockpit. I don't have a furler and didn't want to spend the money, but I did rig a downhaul for the jib. These changes are helpful to me since I am often sailing single-handed or with inexperienced guests. The old, worn cars on the genoa track were not the easiest to reach or move. I have since set up Barber haulers which are much more convenient to use.
I have installed new masthead lights which provide better visibility and are brighter.
I put on a new antenna, cable, and new radios.
I tore out the wheel. It was a nightmare. It kept the cockpit clear for parties, but was in a horrible location to actually sail the boat. You had to climb around it to reach anything. The tiller is the only way to go unless you carry a large crew.
The boat has a lot of nice teak which is hard to find on newer boats. I have sanded it down and refinshed it. It is beautiful.
I added a masthead spinnaker bail. At some point a block had been screwed to the side of the mast, but the spinnaker was blocked by the front stay. The spinnaker bail solved that problem.
I carry an old 4 stroke Honda 10hp outboard. I think an outboard is the only way to go. They are easy and cheap to repair or replace. The key is to get the longest shaft possible. On Lake Michigan when you get a good blow you get short, steep waves. The boat will do its rocking horse thing and the prop will kick out of the water when the waves get big. Of course, at that point there is plenty of wind so you don't need a motor anyway.
My previous experience and been with passage quality ocean boats on the Pacific. The Coronado is lightweight in comparison. Construction is not high end. Still, it sails well, it is inexpensive, and a good match for for day trips and coast cruising on Lake Michigan. It has great headspace and is fairly roomy for a 27. The space is decent for cruising.
This is a nice inexpensive boat and will provide lots of fun sailing.
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captainreuter
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Registered: January 2011
Posts: 1
Review Date: Tue June 21, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Solid design, built like a tank
Cons: cockpit drainage, cockpit layout

I owned a Coronado 27 from 2009 until just a couple months ago. That boat and I toured the coast between Long Beach and SF extensively including many days in the Channel Islands. Most might call her a good day sailor, but set up correctly she is very well capable of much more. I have friends with newer Catalina's of similar size that I have sailed with in SF and I have to be honest, they didn't seem as strong. Being in the V-Berth watching the hull flex is hardly comforting especially when you are not yet in heavy weather.
Though I feel that this is a sturdy vessel construction, there are a few things that could be improved. I was not impressed with the drainage for the cockpit. It goes past several right angles before joining with the galley sink drain and then out the through hole. This pipes can become easily clogged despite scuppers filtering out debris. They are a real pain to snake. I am a fan of open free draining cockpits due to the fast exit of water and of course that they are virtually maintenance free.
My Coronado had a Honda 9.9 Outboard that was mounted on an elevator to get it in and out of the water. I found having the outboard was very helpful in close-quarters maneuvering as oppose to just using the tiller, I could adjust the motor angle and practically turn in my own length. But overall a sailboat is not meant to be in a harbor all the time which is why I would rather have an inboard in the case of motoring in steep swell.
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mike27'
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Registered: May 2012
Location: Brooklyn
Posts: 6
Review Date: Sun October 27, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Strong good boat
Cons: not soo pritty

If some one can help me out I have a 27' Corando and don't love how it was rigged when I got it and don't know better of how to run the sheets better anyone out there have the same boat as me?

Mike
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