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post #21 of 25 Old 09-17-2008
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Thank You,Camaraderie.I just bought old T27.And just finished offshore School in Ft.Myers FL.Time to go to Gulf.E.
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There is a Tartan 27' owners group over on Yahoo called T27Owners that you can join for free. There is a lot of T27 specific info posted on the yahoo group which comprises all 3 models of the T27 made through the years.
Lots of files on specifics of the T27 and over 150 members so far (I ought to know - I started the group).
Just get a free Yahoo ID and find the group and join.
BTW, you will get a lot of good advice right here at sailnet from other boat owners who have solved similar problems that you might encounter as well. If I were you I would monitor the Gear & Maintenance, General Interest and a few other sub forums here as well as the T27 group and Moyer Marine Inc (if you still have an Atomic 4 engine).
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Hi, in case anyone's still paying attention to this thread....

T27 owners and former owners... I see PHRF ratings of 210 - 230 for the boat which surprises me. I thought the boat would be faster than that. I am looking at buying a Catalina 30 or perhaps a T27. I know... very different boats, but I am attracted to both. I want to do a lot of singlehanded cruising with an occasional guest or three, but I want a boat that sails well.

So, what kind of speed could I expect while cruising a T27? With decent breeze, will it do 5 - 6 knots, or is that too much to expect?
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I have a friend with a T27, and he sails the heck out of her. I know that she is not a racer, but if you will be single-handed cruising, I would feel safer in the Tartan than the Catalina. Of course, the Tartan 27 is getting quite old now and she would have to checked over carefully before buying. The Catalina may have an edge on performance and you can certainly find a newer model than the Tartan. You got it right when you said that these are two totally different boats!!! I would honestly analyze what type of sailing you are planning and proceed from there. The Catalina is really for bay/near shore sailing with her fin keel and spade rudder, but she is roomy down below. The Tartan is able to go further afield with her full keel and will be more sea kindly and have an easy motion. Either boat will need upgrading for off shore work.
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ehmanta, thanks. I passed on a bargain Cat 30... decided that its advantages were not consistent with what I'm looking for. T27 is still a possibility but what I would really like is a T30.
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