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I've got a 1981 US27 and I love the way it handles. We're refurbishing the interior, tidying up the teak, and generally bringing it back to it's glory. This one never had an inboard, outboard only. Considering the year that's probably a good thing. It's really easy and simple to just pop a new outboard on the back of her.

I agree, it seems to be a well-built solid boat that I've been really happy with. I can't speak for any of the other boats in the US line, but this one is ridiculously fun to sail. It's a good boat to set up for single-handing as well and tolerates high winds with surprising comfort.
 

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.....had mine out this past Saturday... heading out again Thursday! Gotta love NC in February!
 

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I spent about 8 hours last weekend cleaning and doing some work on the US27... I have some plans to redo all the lighting with LED rope on a dimmer, etc. Have fun sprucing up the US25!
 

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Yeah, the rope lights can be tucked up under areas to allow an almost recessed lighting feel. Plus being waterproof moisture damage/maintenance is less of a concern. You can get them in 12V, which makes wiring a bit simpler (depending on what you've got going on in your boat).

I plan on a strip of them on each side of the cabin underneath the wooden strip that is the bottom support for curtains over the ports (of which I pulled the curtains down long ago!). So the lights will just be tucked away nicely. A friend that lives part of the year on his sailboat in New England recommended putting a strip of red LED rope lights one on side or the other for maintaining decent vision at night. I'm not sure though because if I put the white ones on a dimmer I should be able to modulate the brightness easily enough... plus, not living on the boat like him, I don't really know how practical it would be to do so. But it's an interesting idea.

I also plan on finding a nice way to line the outline of the V-berth with LED rope as well. It's a tricky area to light, so hopefully the rope will allow some more options.
 

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The old lighting in mine was a strange mix of small fluorescent, crappy tap-light looking things with night light bulbs, and mid-sized reading lights attached to a couple walls... all with their own switches directly on them. I'm enjoying taking them all out and will certainly like having better lighting with centralized controls.

Sounds like your US25 has a fair amount of work to do! But like you said, you'll be able to make it how you like. I think the largest project I have on mine is replacing the wooden floor, which is already a replacement and they used a laminate that is apparently NOT made for wet environments. I've been batting some ideas around that are durable, easy, look decent, but won't break the bank.

I'll certainly take a look at running a strip of red while I'm doing the wiring/install and making a separate switch... while I'm at it, as they say.
 
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