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Hunter 27
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Description: Hunter 27
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Review Date: Thu August 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sloop rigged. Works best with a boom vang. This boat was certainly not built with racing in mind, but is deceptively fast. I have not raced it in formal competition, but have trounced more than a few in pickup races. Very stable. It has the original Yanmar 6 h.p. one lung diesel, and is running good (chug-chug-chug).
Easy for single handed sailing, with jib furling.
This old boat is a delight. It has worn well. Good construction. If you're considering buying any boat this old, I strongly recommend hiring a surveyor. I did, and that is why I have such a fine old craft.
Good sailing!
Bruce McDougal
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Review Date: Fri November 14, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sloop rig, full batten main and CDroller furling. My boat has the original 8.5 hp, Renault engine that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I made many add ons to the boat but have not made any structural changes. The boat seems under powered, but the room, beauty, and comfort make up for any sluggishness. I have experienced mild spiderweb cracking. This summer I will replace the two overhead hatches and two of the main ports. I've owned the boat since 1986 and love it. I have been successful the few times I've raced her. She is definately a 10-20 kt boat.
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Review Date: Fri November 21, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Notice that this boat is a different design than the Hunter 27 of the 1970s: a foot more beam and Euro design on deck and stern. She sails well and is easily single handed given a dutchman for dumping her main sail and a furling foresail.
She'll tack 48 degrees into the a 12 knot wind tho less in light winds. Not a speedy boat for sure but reasonable for crusiing purposes. She'll give hull speed (6.2 knots) with15 knot winds. She's very forgiving, rounding up slowly when overpowered. Best point of sail is with wind off her stern quarter, as expected. Using my drifter, she'll turn nearly 4 knots in very light winds. She's very maneuverable in close quarters (well, at least going forward, tho reverse is always an adventure as in most sailboats).
The major deficit in design for sailing is the mainsheet tackle for which it is impossible to rig a traveler. That loses 4/10 knot under 15 knot winds. She must be reefed early: first reef at 12 knots with full 140% genoa, 2nd reef at 16 knots, then furl the genoa to about 2/3 of full size.
Doesn't do well in winds over 25knots -- seas over 5ft on the bow stagger her quite a bit, thus we stay at home then. Not a blue water boat obviously, still we have taken her with comfort (and an abundance of caution) on the ocean on calm days with a 3 day weather window (Cape May,NJ to Atlantic City and Manasquan Inlet, NJ to New York Harbor as well as across Lake Ontario and Lake Huron).
I'm impressed with the sturdiness of her construction. We've sailed this boat more in 5 years than many people sail in a life time (3500 miles over the water). And, in lots of
bad weather and stressfull water. Still, to date there's not a structural crack in her, keel bolts are sound and not a sign of delamination or hull blistering.
Never pulled an anchor even in 40 knot sustained winds but she does swing 90-110degrees!! because foredeck cleats are 20" back of bow so anchor rode pulls at angle. Swing reduces to 40 degrees when I use an additional short line so rode leads directly off the bow. Sadly ,Hunter design doesn't make it possible to hang an anchor on the bow.
The wing keel (she draws 3ft 8")hasn't, so far, made it
hard to get off when we've grounded (and we've done that a fair bit). That doesn't square with dock gossip about these keels but note that this is a light boat -- 6000 lbs loaded.
Interior is excellent for her size. In 4 years sailing 4 legs a year on month long cruises, the boat is quite comfortable for a couple and we've managed with a guest couple on board for five days ... only take very good friends, of course. Ice box is adequate to keep fresh meat for 4 days, tho small. Storage is small and the "hanging locker" a sort of joke. The aft bunk is a bit tight but for folks not over 6ft tall its very comfortable. The 2 burner Origo stove is fine .. we tend to cook one dish meals on board anyhow. The head system/holding tank has functioned very well -- no smell even with heavy use over month-long cruises. Water tankage is slim,3 days only. The Yanmar10HP inboard diesel is terrific ... 950 hours, no problems.And, fuel consumption is excellent -- she burns only a pint and a quarter an hour at max motoring speed(5.2kn in light wind or calm water). With an 11 gal tank that gives the boat 200 miles of range, nice for comfort. The wheel steering system is precise and undemanding. Access to sheets is easy from the wheel. Visibility is good from the curved helmsmans seat, comfortable for day sailing but not for 8 hours a day at the wheel; we construct a patched together system of cushions for both the seat and a backrest (most important).
It works but is a bit of a hassle. The helms seat lifts off easily and that's terrific for loading provisions and for access to the swim platform, a great advantage for fishing I might add. And, a marvelous safety device for getting a man overboard back on board (the bottom step is only 6" off the water).
In summary, the 1990s version of this boat is excellent for a couple on a limited budget






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Review Date: Sat November 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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furling headsail, full battened mainsail, autohelm, double mainsheet system (modification)
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Review Date: Tue November 9, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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3'3" SHOAL DRAFT.VERY ROOMY CABIN BUT COCKPIT A BIT SMALL.
HANDLES WELL AND IS A FAST BOAT.
VERY SATISFIED WITH BOAT IS GREAT FOR BAY AND COSTAL CRUISING
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Review Date: Sun June 22, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Recently bought (03) from orig.owner. The boat is very dry with it's high freeboard. Decent speed (with a RF 130%) once it builds momentum. Very stable, but needs a roof-mounted traveller for better sail trimming. Westerbeke 12 B Two added by Westerbeke in 1989. The extra HP helps a bit over the orig. 10 HP. Would love it to have a shower, but teak in the head wouldn't handle it. Lots of great features found in much more expensive boats. Solidly made. Read the Practical Sailor review with a grain of salt. they like expensive boats.
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Registered: November 2001
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Review Date: Wed April 28, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I'll let you know what I think after this season - I just bought it!
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Review Date: Sun March 26, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Lots of features for a reasonable price in a new boat, good sailor
Cons: Companionway hatch design

The 2005/2006 H27 is a compact package that has most of the big-boat features one could want. The interior is voluminous for a boat of only 27 feet, with full standing headroom in most of the main cabin as long as you are 6' or less. We like the practicality of the 12-volt cooler instead of a complicated and expensive built-in system, the microwave, and the dual-fuel cooktop. The private aft cabin and head, while tight, offer the privacy you want after being on the boat for a while, and the main cabin is comfy. Obviously, storage is at a premium, but given the size, there is a lot of underseat storage.

In terms of sailing, this boat seems fast (upwards of 6 knots in the right conditions) and is very fun. If you don't reef early enough, the weather helm will remind you, and if the wind overpowers the boat she will round up. This is "by design" to save Hunter's novice/intermediate target audience from themselves, but if you maintain your sail trim even an experienced sailor will enjoy this boat. We particularly enjoy the sailplan (small jib, big mainsail) as it is easy to sail.

Motoring, she is fast and economical, and extremely manueverable. However, there is LOTS of prop walk in reverse, but it can be managed. An upgrade to a Max Prop is probably desirable for manuevering more easily in tight marinas.

We have two complaints. The companionway cover, which slides on the gelcoat on top of the cabin, scratches the roof of the cabin every time it is opened or closed. It would be nice if Hunter would remedy this with a more durable design. The cockpit railings that support the stern seats seem a little light for thier duty, but we'll have to see how that plays out as we use the boat more.

This 27 is much bigger than most older 27 footers, and much more affordable than a new 30 footer. We got it for the same price you would normally pay for a 10-15 year old 30-foot Catalina or Hunter; we were happy to trade the three extra feet in length for a newer boat.

The benefit of a boat this size is that the "big-boat" accessories are all the smallest - the diesel heater was the smallest model, and the autopilot the smallest model. We also purchased a cruising spinnaker, which didn't set us back too much either. The autopilot has proven to be the smartest accessory we purchased - it greatly increases our enjoyment of the boat and makes single or shorthanding much easier.
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