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Danas, Orions, Nor'sea 27s

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We've been looking at used Danas, Orions, and Nor'sea 27s and hopefully plan to buy one this year. Any and all opinions are welcome, including of course any leads to boats. We'll be doing mostly 1 day trips in AK, but want a good sturdy traditional-styled boat that could take us on longer trips down the road.
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Mike
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Just out of curiosity, have you sailed any of these boats? I like them, but not all reports have been great. I've heard great reports about people cruising for two years in Mexico in a Nor Sea 27, and another report from someone who resold pretty quickly, finding the boat too heavy for light winds and day sails.

We looked at a Nor Sea a couple of weeks ago (for fun), and it was factory finished and wonderful inside. I've also been on a Dana 24. On both boats, everything was solid and well done. However, it does seem a bit like a niche boat, in that it'd be important to need all the strength, given the possible cost in performance.
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knothead has a spectacular aura about knothead has a spectacular aura about knothead has a spectacular aura about
My wife and I sailed our Nor'Sea 27 from northern Ca. to the west coast of Florida in '92. Other than the engine overheating a couple of time and a few other diesel aux. problems, the boat never gave us a moments pause.
She is a stout little boat that can handle lots of weather. She likes to sail herself and and has a big boat feel in a heavy sea.
we always reef early because she is faster on an even keel. I would have liked to have had a spinnaker but didn't then.
We still have the boat behind our house here in Saint Pete. She now lives on a lift. Another advantage of a small boat.
I love the boat and would not hesitate to take here anywhere I am brave enough to go myself. Lyle Hess was a genius.
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