What are the advantages/reasons for the 4 different configurations:
Catalina C27 Tall Rig Fin
Catalina C27 Tall Rig Wing Keel
Catalina C27 Std. Rig Fin Keel
Catalina C27 Std. Rig Wing Keel
Just looking for preferences, opinions and comparisons.
Oh yeah and when is the C27 going to get its own subforum?
For many years there was a Catalina 27 forum at trailersailor.com. I just tried to log onto it, but it wouldn't open. It might be defunct, or the server might just be down at the moment.
There is a Catalina 25 forum at catalina-capri-25s.org/forum/. The Catalina 25 is so similar to the 27 that most of the discussions on the Catalina 25 forum on repairs and maintenance, rigging, sail trim, racing, cruising and trailering would be equally applicable to Catalina 27s. The Catalina 25 forum has a large and very active membership of old-timers, who have been sailing, maintaining and rigging Catalina 25s for up to 30 years, as well as newbies, and collectively, they can provide valuable information about almost anything you want to know about C25s, and, on top of it, they're nice folks. You don't have to own a C25 to be a member, and it's your option whether to become a dues paying member, although most people appreciate the value of the forum, and pay the dues voluntarily. Included in your dues is a subscription to Catalina’s “Mainsheet” Magazine, which has a tech section where owners share their knowledge on maintenance and repairs, and their ideas for modifications.
With regard to the Catalina 27 configurations, you only have to choose between sailplans and keels.
The wing keel is the shoal draft version, for those who want a boat that’s easier to launch from a trailer, and who’s sailing venue has a lot of skinny water, or who likes to gunk hole. The fin keel boat is faster than the wing keel, and can point higher, so, it‘s likely to be the choice of racers and of cruisers who either don‘t trailer, or who‘s cruising grounds don‘t have a lot of shallow areas.
As for the two sailplans, the tall rig carries more sail area and, in up to about 20 knot winds, it is faster than the standard rig. As the wind speed increases, the tall rig’s extra sail area and weight aloft become a liability. Thus, to keep the tall rig on it’s feet, it must be reefed sooner than the standard rig boat. The tall rig is great in light to moderate winds, and the standard rig is better in stronger winds.