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Re: Bristol 27's in Baltimore/Annapolis?
I don't know of any B27's in your area. Mine is in Wisconsin. Compared to the Cal 2-27 the B27 has a lower freeboard. It is amazing how much easier it is to climb from a dinghy onto the B27 than it was from my Catalina 22. The B27 does have a long keel with attached rudder, therefore does not exactly turn on a dime, or back up predictably. Because of the long overhangs, and narrow beam, there is not much interior volume. The B27 doesn't have as much form stability as some boats, so, it heels easly to about 20 degrees, then hardens up. I actually like that atribute. My B27 had a little water in the deck core, but, was still as solid as a rock. There is a fiberglass headliner, which looks good, but is a pain to add deck hardware. I really like that there is not a fiberglass insert for the furniture. All of the cabin furniture is built-in with wood. This makes repairs and modification much easier... and looks better in my eye. Standing headroom of about 5'10" might be an issue for some. There are probably other boats from this era that are similar, such as the Pearson Triton. Anyway, good luck in your search.