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Old 08-04-2009, 17:42   #1
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I found a 2-27 cheap and was wondering if yall could give me some info on the condition of these boats usually, sailing characteristics, and what the general concenus is about them I already googled it and found an informative website but I would like a second opinion.
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Old 08-04-2009, 20:24   #2
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I had one many years ago and I was pleased with it. It was well built and roomy inside. Yours appears to be slightly different and Yours has a shorter keel.

Mine had a roller furling and a metal track slide on the mainsail which made a terrible noise if the main was luffing but it sure went up/down EZ.

It also came with a little Farymann diesel. It even had a shower which is unusual for a smaller boat.................................._/)
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Old 08-04-2009, 20:48   #3
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Funny you should post this, I found this the other day also, havent heard back from the seller yet though. Is the Cal in New Haven CT? It looks like a super deal for sure. If the seller gets ahold of you and your deal falls through can you let me know? Im assuming its sold already b/c the ad was posted back in December.

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Old 09-04-2009, 10:48   #4
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yep same one but maybe it's nnot sold yet.
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Old 09-04-2009, 13:21   #5
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I have a 2-27 and I'm very pleased with it. Cal/Jensen boats appear to be a bit better built that others of the same era, and as far as I can tell the 2-27 has no really major faults. Seal's Spars has a review on their site indicating that the factory-spec standing rigging is just a bit undersized, so if you do get the boat and the rigging isn't brand new you might want to consider replacing and upgrading it (probably a prudent move with any older boat). Cals are, in general, good sailing boats, and the 2-27 is no exception. The PHRF handicap is on a par or slightly better than similarly sized cruiser-racers (e.g., Catalina, Pearson, etc.) of the same vintage. The 2-27 is a little more tender than some other fin-keeled boats, probably to the relative shallowness of the "Cal keel", but overall it's a very well-behaved boat under sail. The interior is very sensible, with a traditional pair of settees in the main cabin and a head compartment spanning the width of the boat (there was no "dinette" option, unless someone has modified the interior).

Depending on what the previous owner(s) have done to the boat, you might want to consider upgrading/redoing the electrical; adding some ventilation; adding a holding tank for the head; changing/upgrading the standing rigging (as I mentioned above); and redoing the running rigging to lead the lines aft. Of course, all of these things are pretty standard when buying an older boat like this.
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My first boat was a Cal 2-27 that we bought at the Annapolis show in 1976 - boy that's a long time ago! We really liked the boat first cruising the Bay and the the West Coast of Florida. Unfortunately we sold it when our first child was born. It was a fun boat, well made and sailed well. Ours had an Atomic 4 which was a detriment.
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FWIW,

OUr good friends, Steve and Marja Vance, did a 12 year circumnavigation in a 2-27 finishing up back in the 80's.
Did it with only a depth sounder... NO other electronics!
So, the boat is pretty capable in the hands of very accomplished sailors such as they were... your milage may vary!

Good luck with it all

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Wow, that is interesting, if they're that well made it may be worth looking into a 2-27 project boat if I can find one.
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