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
, 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.