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Re: Which 27 ??
With older boats (1970s/1980s) it's often a matter of how well the boat has been maintained, rather than who the original builder was. That said, some makes tend to hold up much better than others. In fact, older Catalinas, Hunters, and Newports tend to suffer with age much more than most other brands, although newer Catalinas and Hunters seem to be fairly well built (Newport went belly-up years ago). Ericsons tend to be pretty well-built, and their interiors were finished quite a bit better than most of their contemporaries. But they also tend to be a bit slower than many of the "coastal cruiser"/"club racer" sort of boats from that era.
All that said, any boat that has been really well-maintained and has has some upgrades (such as installing proper thru-hulls, replacing dodgy keel bolts, installing backing plates on the deck hardware, maybe even replacing the ancient A4, etc.) would probably be better than a boat that was originally very well-made but subsequently neglected.
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