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A 27 footer in decent shape can be had for $5,000 if you're a careful shopper.
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I guess one mans good is another mans project. Out here in AZ C22's and C25's are $5-8k. I saw 2 C27's both priced at $10k
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My question is: Is this a good boat to fit my needs?
Yes, that is the perfect boat for you.

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And are there some other good 27 footers that would fit the above criteria?
No, sorry, there are no others...
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This is a much, much better boat than the Albin Vega.
What makes you say that?
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125 years Bob? No wonder you were able to design so many boats!!

By the way, that is one sweet looking boat. I don't think I have ever seen one in these here parts.

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Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions; they have helped me so much already!
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Ok, it was only 15 years. But I loved that boat.

Why is it a better boat than the Vega? Where do I start? To begin with its a far more modern design with a fin keel and big outboard rudder. It's a frac rig and doesn't need big genoas in light air. It's a Peter Norlin design and he was a very good designer. There would be no comparison at all in the overall performance of the Vega compared to the Cirrus 7.8.

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It is a rare boat around here but common in Scandinavia. Mine was the only one I ever saw. Heard rumors of another up in BC though. I really liked the look of it. As my bumper sticker says, "Life's too short to own an ugly boat".
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Re: Which 27 footer to buy.

We had similar requirements as you. Bought a Cataline 27 Tall Rig. Absolutely love it.

This past year, we spent two months on board in the Bahamas. It handled the Gulf Stream crossing and island hopping quite well.

It's a bit small for living on (ha!!!), but it does work. A great compromise between size (it's still trailerable - we trailered it from Montana to Florida) and yet is liveable too.

The heavy fin keel handles weather fine.

A very very popular boat so replacement parts are super easy to find - even though the boat is 40 years old. Get to know the people at Catalina Direct:. They've got everything (I mean EVERYTHING) you might need to replace on board.

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More info on the Catalina 27 here:
International Catalina 27/270 Association
Tons of pictures in the FTP Gallery on that site
You might like the dinette model, with the galley down one side.

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Look hard for an Albin Cirrus 7.8. I owned one for 125 years. It's a fabulous boat, well built and a great sailer. You might have to up your budget a couple thousand. This is a much, much better boat than the Albin Vega.
Really? 125 years! Wow! Are you still sailing? Cereally; They're all pretty good boats. The Vega And the C&C and the Ericson. I bought a Catalina 27 for $4000. Sound and dry. But to get her the way I wanted I pumped another 4500 bucks into her. I will never recoup my entire investment in her but that's not nor should it ever be the point. I've had her for four years and if I keep her another five or six, I could probably sell her for $5500. Point is I would have had a good boat for ten years at a cost of $450 per year. Cheap fun in my book. I sail in the PNW and will head for Desolation sound next season. She's a good boat and can handle almost anything the PNW comes up with. Sailed the Ericson in Hawaii. Really nice boat. Just don't look at it as an "investment". You ain't gonna win with a boat in most cases. (Never say never).
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Interesting. I'm sure I missed it, but I did read every post. Is it possible no one recommended Hunter?

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