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Old 02-07-2008
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Vancouver 27

!Ahoy Folks! I am trying to find more info on the construction of the US built VANCOUVER 27 Cutter designed by Robert Harris. I am most keen on knowing how the aft end of the keel and strut are built. Any one out there know of any problems with this unique feature? Looks stout to me in fotos but I have not seen one in person. I know bad engineering or materials selection can sometimes lead to failure in seemingly ample scantlings. Also if any on knows of source(s) of info on this model Please advise me.
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Re: Vancouver 27

Just bought a V27, UK Pheon-built 1982, and saw some cracking on the top of the rudder strut along its length. Ground down to the depth of the crack (a couple inches)and found a bunch of moldy foam core. Just had to clean it up and refill with a bunch of epoxy and GRP cloth. Now stronger than the strut ever was before.

Otehrwise, like the rest of the boat, it seems to be very solidly constructed.

There is no core material anywhere amongst the rest of the hull, as far as I know.
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Re: Vancouver 27

As far as I know the Vancouver 27 was never built in the US. As laika posted Pheon built them in the UK. The originals were built in Vancouver B.C. by Tradewind Boats - actually in Port Coquitlam, a suburb of Vancouver. After that they were built by Philbrooks in Sidney B.C., and then Seair Marine.

I stood in the prototype at a floating boat show in Richmond B.C. in the early 70's and Robert Harris was present. Although attributes the design to Maclear and Harris it was designed solely by Robert Harris several years after he left the N.Y firm.

It was the only unfinished boat I have ever toured at a boat show. The interior was just a bare plywood mockup even though it was in the water.

I have always thought they were a great boat for a couple or singlehander going offshore.A friend sailed to New Zealand and back on one in the 80's.
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour

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Re: Vancouver 27

I think you are correct though I'm not sure if anyone still builds them your side of the Atlantic. They are still being built in the UK.

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