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Helms 27
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6 2948 Sat July 19, 2008
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Description: Helms 27
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat November 30, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have added a "Superfurl" roller furling to use with the 150 Genoa and it makes the boat easy to "one hand" in any weather. The boat is a dream to sail and very comfortable for up to 6 adults. I wish the cockpit was a bit bigger.
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Review Date: Fri March 20, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Absolutely marvelous boat. We bought it new in 1982 and
replaced it last fall with a Pearson 36. We have had practically no problems with the Helms or its steady, reliable 15hp Yanmar. It is great weekender; sails true and fast. Comfortable at anchor overnight. It's a boat that will do just about anything (within reason) you ask. Jack Helms built a quality boat. It's one of the better kept secrets at 27 feet. If our is any indication, regular routine attention maintains the bottom and hull in near new condition!
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Review Date: Tue June 30, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A sloop rig of good design and great sailing ability. Mine is like many Helms in that it is semi-custom. Has held up very well; even the oft maligned saildrive. Very simple systems that are easy to maintain. Lacks some of the flashy features seen on newer boats such as anchor locker. Hull and rig have not suffered much wear as they might be considered overbuilt. I single hand the boat in races and do OK. Standing headroom for 5'10", beam is very wide. Only the plastic hatches really suffer in comparison. Bottom has had only the most minor of blisters. I haul and clean each fall and I patch maybe two or three dime size blisters. Very good for any boat of this age. Overall, a good bargan in a boat this size.
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Review Date: Sat October 17, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Owned a Helms 27' for seven years. Sold her and bought an IP27. The Island Packet may be roomier but I sure miss the sailing ability of the Helms. I had minor blister problems (due to my neglect) but was impressed with overall quality of boat. Hatches did required replacing. Thick hull. Good bargain boat for those seeking it. Handled heavey seas off Florida coast with ease.Yanmar 15 never missed a beat even though salt water cooled. Water tank leaked if over filled (after 15 years). Did miss anchor locker. Bought her in 1991 and sold her in 1998(July)for same amount.
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Review Date: Sun November 25, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $8,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: She is a Helms 27 that is due some refit and TLC
Cons: Information - a good how to and lessons learned

She a sailboat that will give all want and bring you home safe,
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Registered: July 2001
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Review Date: Sat July 19, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $8,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Well built - sails great
Cons: Cockpit a bit small with wheel steering

Great boat for the price. Lots of room/headroom below for a 27 foot boat, she has ample stowage and performs well under sail. Glad I purchased her.
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