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Cape Dory 27
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Description: Cape Dory 27
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Tue October 8, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


sloop rig, 8 hp Yanmar, full length keel.
Good sturdy sail boat. 3,000lb keel,7,000 lb displacement
Boat is hard to steer under power in reverse and has
some spider cracks in the gelcoat.
Overall we love the boat and enjoy sailing her on
Guntersville Lake in AL.
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Review Date: Tue November 12, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


7500 pound displacement, full keel, traditional design. I have added Wheel steering, auto-pilot and roller-furling jib. For a small yacht, this is a great cruising boat and easy to single-hand. I sail out of West Palm Beach to the Abacos and spend up to two weeks on the boat. It has a Yanmar YSB-8 diesel (one lung) which just keeps going, and going, and going . . . .
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Registered: December 2001
Posts: 1
Review Date: Mon December 31, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


This was the first sailboat we have owned. It makes a perfect boat for a couple, small family or singlehander. The boat is extremely well made with top quality fittings; with a few simple modifications this boat is offshore capable. She is a very pretty, traditional-looking boat with a spoon bow and counter stern.

Six opening ports of heavy bronze provide lots of ventilation; two ports in the V-berth, and four in the salon. There is a substantial, overbuilt cast aluminum Bomar hatch in the V-berth. You could drop a pile of bricks on this hatch and not stove it in. V-berths are comfortable and can fit two six-footers (I am 6'1").

Aft of the V-berth is a head to port and a hanging locker opposite. The toilet itself is a good quality Wilcox-Crittenden; it has never given me any problems whatsoever.

The salon sleeps 2 as well, and each berth (port and starboard) is about 6'3" in length. These berths double as settees for the dining table. My boat has a heavily-built teak dining table bolted to the cabin floor; a large leaf doubles the size of the table. Later models had tables which folded up onto the salon bulkhead. The galley is small, as you would expect in a boat this size, but quite functional with a 2-burner alcohol stove, a stainless sink and a very large icebox. The stock icebox has a large teak shelf inside, but could use better insulation. The fresh water tank holds about 24 gallons and is located under the V-berth. The salon has quite a bit of storage with lots of shelves and small cabinets. The area under each berth is huge and can hold a lot of food, tools, supplies, etc. Headroom in the salon is about 5'10". The cabin uses a molded fiberglass pan liner. The floor of my cabin is part of the pan, with two teak access hatches: one in the salon, the other near the head. The bilge area under the salon has a large, deep sump; perfect for a big bilge pump. The engine, an 8-hp Yanmar YSB8, is accessed by removing the teak stairs in the galley. Engine access is good since most items are accessible at the front of the engine. One great feature of this engine is the ability to start it by using a hand-crank. This engine is super-reliable and can push the boat at about 5 knots against strong head winds and seas. It sips diesel fuel as if it were 20-year-old cognac. As is typical of full-keeled boats, backing causes the boat to be affected by prop-walk- the stern goes to starbopard in my case (left-hand prop). The boat is surprisingly maneuverable under power and can turn 180 degrees in less than 2 boat lengths.

The cockpit is perfect- nice long seats which you can sleep on if you'd like; 2 huge cockpit lockers (and I mean HUGE!) and a large lazarette behind the tiller. These boats came with standard tiller steering, but I have seen a few with factory worm-gear steering with forward-facing wheels. The tiller is ideal for a boat of this size- it is very responsive. The cockpit has teak coamings of the right height to support your back. Even shorter helmsmen can see over the cabintop when seated.

Contrary to popular belief, these boats are not slow and lethargic. The CD27 was specifically designed by Carl Alberg to outperform the CD28. The 27 is sleeker, faster and more nimble than the 28, albeit at the sacrifice of some cabin space. With the right sails, these boats can really move. And they are rock-solid, track like a freight train, and can really stand up to her sail area. We don't reef the main until winds reach about 20 knots, and a second reef isn't needed until 30 knots. Although the CD27 heels at first and seems tender initially (due to her narrow beam), she locks into a groove at about 15 degrees of heel and stays there- very stable. It is a very easily handled boat, is a lot of fun to sail, and has an easygoing motion in a seaway- no pounding. The cutaway forefoot of the keel allows her to respond briskly to movement of the tiller; she can lie fairly close to the wind, perhaps 40 degrees, using a genoa. If you use a jib or a small genoa, you can sheet the headsail INSIDE the shrouds thanks to a set of genoa tracks and cleats atop the coachroof. The mainsheet is attached to the end of the boom, and needs no winch. Genoa sheet winches are bronze Barlow 16s mounted atop beefy bronze winchstands. A dodger adds much to the comfort of the cockpit, especially in foul weather. There is a bridge deck to keep waves out of the cabin, and a sea hood over the sliding companionway hatch- all desirable blue-water features. There are teak handrails atop the cabin, teak toerails, teak caprails, and a teak rubrail. Just enough teak to give the boat a classy look, but not enough to be a headache, especially if you use Cetol instead of varnish.

There are double lower shrouds, a good safety feature, made of heavy stainless wire rope. The "chainplates" are actually massive bronze fittings bolted with substantial stainless bolts through the deck; way overbuilt for a 27-footer, but typical of a Cape Dory.

Our own boat has the optional teak and bronze bowsprit, which serves as an anchor platform with a roller at the end. Like everything else on this boat, it is way overbuilt. Heavy bronze channels support thick teak planks, and the whole assembly is through-bolted to the deck.

Overall, the Cape Dory 27 is a nimble, well-built, seaworthy and beautiful boat which could take you anywhere you wanted to go in safety and comfort. It is highly recommended.
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