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Hello all! My name is Jeff. I just wanted to introduce myself to the group here. I’ve been looking for many months and finally purchased a boat that just fits. I sail in the Puget Sound and will be exploring up through the San Juan’s. I wish to explore further eventually. British Columbia, Alaska perhaps. I would love any thoughts, experiences or opinions on the 27’ Cascade made in the Pacific Northwest. Would this be a boat I could one day sail say to Alaska or further on? It doesn’t have some of the blue water specs like the mast going all the way down to the keel but curious anyone’s opinions on this. Cheers!
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Re: Just bought my first sailboat! 1980 Cascade 27’

Congratulations! These are good boats but the outboard motor on the outside might be a limiting factor for offshore use in bad weather. Still, great voyages were done in lesser boats.
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Congratulations! These are good boats but the outboard motor on the outside might be a limiting factor for offshore use in bad weather. Still, great voyages were done in lesser boats.
. Thanks for the reply! The outboard is just an extra. It’s got a 13 hp Yanmar diesel inboard.
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Re: Just bought my first sailboat! 1980 Cascade 27’

Deck stepped masts work just fine. Some noted bluewater boats like the Westsail 32 are deck stepped. Keel stepped masts only real advantage is they can have slightly lesser scantlings which primarily benefits racers looking for the ultimate in weight savings. Keel stepped masts are also a PITA sealing the deck where the mast goes through especially if the sail track is extruded into the mast.

Really question the sanity of someone who'd put a wheel on a 27' boat. Cascades were mostly owner finished so construction quality varies. The hulls and decks were well done, it's just the rest of it that can make a difference. Most of that will be in owner quirks in layout but they could also have cut corners where it counts.
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Do you plan to get rid of the outboard? I fail to see it's benefit.
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Re: Just bought my first sailboat! 1980 Cascade 27’

Congratulations. Looks like a sweet lil boat. Only question I have is why are you pondering going north (Alaska) into colder and rougher weather when the same boat can take you south to paradise? lol

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Deck stepped masts work just fine. Some noted bluewater boats like the Westsail 32 are deck stepped. Keel stepped masts only real advantage is they can have slightly lesser scantlings which primarily benefits racers looking for the ultimate in weight savings. Keel stepped masts are also a PITA sealing the deck where the mast goes through especially if the sail track is extruded into the mast.

Really question the sanity of someone who'd put a wheel on a 27' boat. Cascades were mostly owner finished so construction quality varies. The hulls and decks were well done, it's just the rest of it that can make a difference. Most of that will be in owner quirks in layout but they could also have cut corners where it counts.
Thank you for the reply! I love that wheel. All the boats I tested that size have a tiller and coming from growing up driving ski boats I couldn’t get used to nor did I like the feel of a tiller. So when this came along I was pretty thrilled to see one on a 27’ boat. So would you say this would be something that could be blue water worthy. What I’m hearing is the Cascades are well built and this one in particular has been well taken care of.
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I love the way you think. I would love to sail this to Hawaii and then on one day. I just thought Alaska was an easier sail as it seems I hear of PNW sailers heading north but not many South. Would you say this boat is worthy of the task? Say Hawaii and then onward.
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I love the way you think. I would love to sail this to Hawaii and then on one day. I just thought Alaska was an easier sail as it seems I hear of PNW sailers heading north but not many South. Would you say this boat is worthy of the task? Say Hawaii and then onward.
It has been said that an old lady in a bath tub can make the trip from California to Hawaii and never even have to carry a GPS or navigate at all. Every twenty minutes there is a plane flying from the US to Hawaii, so all one must do is follow their path.
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