Does your boat have an inboard or outboard? There's a Newport 27 on my dock that never goes out. Sad...
A long time ago I chartered a Newport 27 in Southern California. The sails were old and blown out, but the boat seemed to sail pretty well, (at least downwind)
I remember, I think, that on the starboard side there was a small pilot berth above the settee... Does your boat have one of those?
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
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