Thanks to all for the replies.
My boat has the traditional layout. I've only seen photos of the table forward layout. I spent a lot of time on it last summer, and found it comfortable and versatile. It was easy to convert the table into a double when I had two guests last summer.
My prior experience with C&Cs was limited, but the ones I've seen sail well and are solidly built. I imagine the 27 is ideal for weekending and short cruises, and it'd probably be a good club racer, if you're into that.