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Balboa 27
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Description: Balboa 27
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue February 25, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sloop-rigged, shoal draft keel with 5' centerboard. Lots of cabin room, well constructed. Six feet+ standing headroom. Weakness that this boat is known for is extreme weather helm - sailing in SF Bay for a full day is a workout! But spacious, well-designed cabin compensate. Has accordian-type door to close off V-berth for privacy when changing or using porta pottie. Easy to rig/derig and trailor, although boat and trailer together weigh 6500 lbs, so you need a serious tow vehicle. This is definitely a family cruiser, not a performance boat.
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pkipp
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Registered: January 2006
Posts: 2
Review Date: Fri July 11, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have been told the boat has excesive weatherhelm. I find that by increasing the head sail size (reef the main or use a larger headsail) I can eliminate much of the weather helm. Have had my boat for some 9 years and have found nothing in its range that I would consider trading for. Lots of room below, the boat sails dry but gives up a little because of the shoal keel. What you loose in upwind ability you gain back in the ability to utilize thin water. It trailers at about the same weight as a Flicka 20 and has much better accomadations. Some come with an inboard deisel.
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Review Date: Tue September 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sloop rigged with outboard rudder and tiller. Keel carries
2100lbs, centerboard 200lbs. Loa 26'6'', Displacement 4600lbs. Draft 2.5''- 5'3''. Beam 8'. Very well built boat.
I race my B27 offshore Daytona Beach, Fl. A weakness I
found was the decktop traveler location. Hard to trim the
leach correctly at this location. I made my own traveler and
relocated the mainsheet at the stern. This works excellent.
Weather helm is not a problem if sails are in good shape and trimmed correctly. A mast rake of 6'' and rigging tension of 22lbs will really make this boat perform. The inboard diesel really hurts the performance of this boat. I
replaced mine with a outboard and now utilize the engine room for sail storage. Phrf for inboard is 223, outboard 218.
This rating can easily be beat with a clean bottom and good sails. Great boat for family cruising or weekend racing.
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Review Date: Thu December 17, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Balboa 27 is a Lyle Hess designed sloop rigged, shoal-draft keel, centerboard, trailered sailboat. She's built strong and stiff, capable handling rough sailing conditions.
L.O.A. 26'6", L.W.L. 23', beam 8', draft board up 2'6", board down 5'6", internal ballast 2,600lbs. including 140lb centerboard. Total dispalcement (empty) 4,900, mast height above step on cabin top is 28'6". Built in water tank capacity is 21 gln. Aft fuel locker holds 13 gln tank with room left for four camp style propane fuel units.
Vessel has large main salon with built in galley to starboard near companionway stairs, port sette comverts to double berth, headroom in cabin is 6'1".
Forward is a private cabin with head, hanging closet & tight double V berth, headroom 5'10". boat has a lot of stowage space.
Hull speed is just over 7 knots. On my vessel, Columbia Osprey, I've surfed at 10. Very little problem with weather helm.
I've done some modifications to vessel and am interested in exchanging details, sail tips and misc with other Balboa 27 owners.
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Review Date: Mon April 1, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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weather helm is easily fixed by replacing the poorly designed original rudder with a Laguna 26 which was the same hull design but improved. Shouldn't cost more than $150 and it'll steer straight with no helm. Do not remove the headliner, it is a huge task and you'll regret it by the 2000th staple.
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Review Date: Wed August 8, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: nice stiff boat sails well good headroom can take a blow
Cons: main sail control awkward easy to change tho

good all round performance bottom cleaning a snap on a sandy beach,with keel up. would recomend heartly a joy to own
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lawcrazyrob
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Registered: February 2010
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 2
Review Date: Sun February 21, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Looking at a Balboa 27 with motor removed. Appears best option is to put an outboard on the stern instead and use the space below better. Looking for recommendations at to mounting an outboard - what size (I suspect about 15 - 20hp). What type of mount for the stern. Thanks for any and all replies.
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