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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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Even with a dimmer, white light adversely affects night vision. If you sail at night at all, I'd go with some red lights below as well. You'll notice, most gauges and compasses that have back lights for sailing/motoring at night, will be red, sometimes green, but should never be white. My boat is open on both sides from under the cabin/cockpit half bulkhead back to the transom. I'm currently thinking about mounting my water tank (when I get one) centered under the cockpit in there and closing off the area directly under the lazarette, lighting back there would be great! Only problem I'm seeing is having 10 different light switches on my electric panel
 

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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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Update! Got my fridge, stove, and microwave all mounted and curtains hung, moved my batteries from the stbd qtr berth to the center of the boat under the cockpit, hung a closet rod over the portapotty, replaced the main breaker and repositioned my AC panel, swapped all the incandescent bulbs in the stock cabin lights with LED panels (Very bright!!), stuck a buncha cup hooks here and there for hanging this and that, and mounted a couple battery operated "tap lights" that had been sitting around the house for years. Patched a leak in my Avon and got a motor mount for it, as soon as I mount my sink and water tank and get a motor, I'll have it all!! Keepin it cheap, my curtains were $2 at the dollar store, got the 5 LED panels off eBay for $10.
 

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I know this is an old thread... but the comments about US 27s being "heavy" just ain't the case.

The Cat27 is 1000 lbs more than the US 27.

A search for 27 footers on saiboatdata.com will yield many more examples.
 

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US yacht
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/us-27
OLD hunter 27
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/hunter-27
90x hunter 27
https://sailboatdata.com/listing/nicely-equipped-hunter-27-for-sale-great-condition
200x hunter 27
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/hunter-27-3
Oday 272
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/oday-272
Precision 27
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/precision-27
J27
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/j27
Bristol 27
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/bristol-27
Sun 27
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/sun-27
Jenneau Fantasia 27
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/fantasia-27-jeanneau
Mirage 27
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/mirage-27-schmidt
Catalina 270
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/catalina-270
Person 27
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/pearson-27
Love this Tartan 270
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/tartan-pride-270
Starwind 27 (love this one too)
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/starwind-27

My point in all this... at Worst the boat is middle of the road... practically speaking its on the heavy side of 27 foot sailboats.
Build quality though is a totally different discussion...

I will state again, if someone has the hull number that ends 181 (which is likely hull 1, from 1981) reach out to me here, I may be willing to make you a helluva deal.. Would be inboard wheel steering model.
 

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1980 US Yachts 22 owner. Have ours in the water at Scappoose Bay Marina near Saint Helens, OR. Need to haul out soon to do the bottom and some other maintenance. Sail with the Genoa only most of the time. I need to get a longer halyard installed for the main so I can run it back to the cockpit for easier single handed operation. With small deck area near the mast, it can get a little tricky raising and lowering the main in decent winds by ones self.

We have a 9.9 Mercury 2-Stroke outboard installed...….a wise choice!
 

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