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Dufour 27
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Description: Dufour 27
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri April 4, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sloop. LOA 27'3". LWL 20'4". Beam 9'2". Displacement 5600. Draft 5'2". Fin keel (bulbed at bottom) iron ballast 2,000 lbs. Skeg-mounted rudder. Engine Volvo 10 hp Penta Marine Diesel MD6A. Headroom 6'. Dufour 27 is a stiff boat with about 5' freeboard, dry in all but extreme waves. I think of it as a limited offshore cruiser, having sailed Lake Superior in almost all weather, and down to Chicago and back solo. Small for ocean blue water, except for 1-2 day passages. After 12 years, I like the boat very much.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri October 1, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Perfect pocket cruiser.Custom build,European qualoty in a stock boat. I love the boat, I used in the choppy San Francicso bay.
+deep dry cockpit,strong build, good cabin design,ease eccess to the engine, blister free after 25 years, totally dry
- schort water line, slow, 10 hp. diesel engine too small.
Highly recomended. I never need a other sailboat.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed January 12, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The 27 has a high freeboard and sailing is mostly dry.
A draft of 5'2" with a fin keel that nears half the total displacement of the boat is often troublesome in waters where we sail (Galveston Bay/Gulf de Mexico). The keel does make going to windward a dream.
A Volvo 10 hp MD-6A being fed by a 10 gal. tank seems adequate albeit a slow go. At 27'3" LOA and a beam of over 9', there is good storage possibilities, and excellent headroom. She is still small enough for one to easily handle tiller sails and most maintainence. Cost wise the smaller size is to me an advantage, making for less painful updates.
The Dufour handles well under power, in forward, but walks to starboard in reverse (Gori folding prop)a little. Built in 1974 she's still a very solid boat when comparing other boats of the same vintage. She is slower when compared to most other boats of similar LWL, but comes into her own in a breeze, is sea kindly (for her displacement), and I have heard of a few sailing across the Atlantic more than once.
I have been satisfied with the comfort the boat offers as a bay boat and coastal cruiser. Constant grounding at low tides is my main complaint.


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Registered: July 2000
Posts: 26
Review Date: Mon November 4, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The 27 has a high freeboard and sailing is mostly dry (right).
A draft of 5'2" with a fin keel that nears half the total displacement of the boat (.42) keeps the boat upright in a breeze.
A Volvo 10 hp MD-6A being fed by a 10 gal. tank seems adequate albeit a slow go. I have a spare Yanmar I am thinking of trying, if the Volvo would ever die.
At 27'3" LOA and a beam of over 9', there is good storage possibilities with excellent headroom. She is still small enough for one to easily handle also keeping overall costs down.
The Dufour handles well under power but might do better with a little more engine than the original. Built in 1974 she's still a very solid boat when comparing other boats of the same vintage. She is slow in light winds but comes into her own in a breeze. I have heard of a few sailing across oceans, however I couldn't imagine trying anything beyond a short hop outside.
I have been satisfied with the comfort the boat offers and she has always taken care of us when things get nasty. gwilson16@houston.rr.com
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RPadenD27
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Registered: December 2003
Posts: 2
Review Date: Wed May 9, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: High quality, well built and thoughtfully designed for local sailing
Cons: Draft of 5' 3" is challenging for the Chesapeake Bay. However the Fin Keel spins well in the Bayís soft muddy bottom allowing you to return deeper water easily, (technique successfully executed on several occasions).

I find the boat to be an ideal day sailor for a small family or an older couple with a dog. The cabin sleeps two adults comfortably in separate double berths and it also has a small sea-berth for a young child or pampered dog. The small main is easy to handle or reef if necessary and the larger jib can power the boat alone, the jib is easy to roll in if the weather picks up (+15 knots). I have re-powered mine with a 15 horsepower Yanmar diesel engine and I get 6 to 6.5 knots routinely and I can maintain 5 to 5.5 knots against strong head winds and adverse currents of 2 to 3 knots. The wide side decks and flush deck in bow make docking and line handling easy. If the mahogany trim along the deck-to-hull join is maintained the boat is a real head turner, I have received numerous complements on the boats appearance.
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jaybeegee
Dufour 27 Newb

Registered: December 2010
Location: Malta
Posts: 108
Review Date: Sat May 28, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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Highly recommended sailing boat for both the newbie and experienced sailor!

Here is a new forum for Dufour 27 owners http://dufour27.proboards.com/
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