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Re: Which 27 footer to buy.

I'd throw a Sabre 28 into the mix of boats to look at.
They may be a little tender but they can handle being out on the big pond.
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Re: Which 27 footer to buy.

Keep in mind that not all Catalina 27's are created equal.
There is the Tall Mast version
a shoal keel version
std. version
and maybe 1 or two more flavors I can't think of right now.
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Re: Which 27 footer to buy.

Inboard and outboard.
I owned an outboard. Fun boat to sail.
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Re: Which 27 footer to buy.

Back in the early 90's I did quite a bit of sailing on what I believe was an Albin 28? Loved that boat.
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Which 27 footer to buy.

I bought a Catalina 27 in the spring and at first didn't like it. Came with blown out original sails, leaking keel bolts and a finicky atomic 4(replaced from a diesel don't ask me why?). Worked on the motor(seems the points need replacing regularly, plugs and soon to add a. Electronic fuel pump. After having the stern pulpit damaged by a novice powerboater in it's slipI used the insurance money to upgrade the roller furled genoa and a new main sail,
added an autotlller, and spruced up the deck, cockpit and teak. I have someone ready to repair the pulpit and keel bolts now that it is on the hard! I'm going to seal the Catalina smile on the keel joint. With the upgrades it sailed much better and the interior has been upgraded and is spacious, nice looking and functional. We'll see next season if she is a keeper but at $6,250 including summer slip($1,250) it wasn't too bad! Got $4,750 for my C&C 24(1983). Was crazy for that boat, lots of fun to sail the 1977 Cat 27 is a stiff sailor and a companionway you can put a fridge down not to mention standing headroom it is a lot of boat.the wife like sit better and that is a keeping point. Now to get her over the fear of board g it over the open water ! Could gave got a 1972 C &C 27 for $5K and a Irwin 27 for even cheaper. I would have liked the steering wheel on the C&C but it is all give and take. Good luck
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Re: Which 27 footer to buy.

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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.
Dang Bob, 125 years, I'd love to own a boat that long, although I think the Admiral probably would get tired of the winter projects over that time span.
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No wonder my knees are stiff and my !@#$% isn't.
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Re: Which 27 footer to buy.

If the boat you want, does not call your name, you have issues like BP has. Blue pills will not help one with this!

Anyway, jeanneau, Beneteau also have a few 27-28' boat around also. I have an older Jeanneau Arcadia. There are a few other versions around too. You can find a first 28 from Beneteau also. Altho not sure how many one will find in the 4 figure range.......

San Juan 28 is another that is a reasonably priced quick boat. has most features one may want..........

I know of a couple of folks with 27-28' Hunters too. Most actually paid more than 5 figures for theirs, as I did for my Jeanneau...........not to mention the 5 figures to fix up some of our boats too.

Heck, a westsnail 28 might work for someone too. altho, not sure about $$$ initial.........

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Marty:
the Westsail 28 is without a doubt one of the worst production boats every built. It was a disaster.
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Re: Which 27 footer to buy.

IMHO there is so many to pick from. As begginer at this I am not an expert, and didn't try them all. My guess is lot of Bob's and other great designers would fill the list.
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