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Old 23-02-2008, 08:39   #1
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coronado 27

Does anyone know the reputation of the early 70's coronado 27?
I.E build quality,blisters,hardware,ect.
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Old 23-02-2008, 09:37   #2
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Since you ask, I actually owned one and sailed it in the near shore waters of the Pacific. The fiberglass was laid up with woven roving and a chopper gun. The hull was susceptible to oil canning and I had to re-enforce it in a couple of places. Sailed fairly well though. The hull to deck joint was caulked and fastened with rivets instead of fasteners. The rudder is hung aff the stern on a stainless post so is susceptible to damage on groundings. Interior was roomy but lacked a lot of storage and tanks were small so could not carry much fuel or water. It was a fun boat to sail in settled weather and for weekends. Original standing rigging was on the light side and the chainplates were less than impressive.
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Old 03-11-2014, 17:12   #3
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Re: coronado 27

To return to an old discussion, I am now looking at a 1973 Coronado 27 -- frighteningly old, and am wondering if I could get more opinions/reviews on this ancient thing, with its insane-looking rudder, but otherwise possibly right. I don't understand the various techniques of fiberglass, but would like to know if it is solid FG or cored, and what "oil canning" is, whether blisters or any sort of de-lamination is something to look for. What about that hull-to-deck joint? Is it likely to have lots of leaks? The asking price is CDN$9,500, with no engine, just a well for outboard, but including trailer. HELP!
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Re: coronado 27

George Benson cruised one up and down the West Coast from SF to Puget Sound and wrote a short book about his adventures. an interesting read if you are at all thinking of cruising the West Coast. Has a bit on the mods he made to the boat. 'Cruising the Northwest Coast' by George Benson.
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Re: coronado 27

That boat is a give away boat. Has very little if any value. I've turned away newer, bigger, better boats with recent Diesel engines for $5k.
I'm not saying the Coronado was a bad boat... just they have very low value at this point.
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Re: coronado 27

Hi Earnest,

I don't yet have a boat, but do keep tabs on the 27'-34' range pretty much daily and think that's a really steep price for that boat with no diesel...
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Re: coronado 27

Thank you! Since posting my inquiry, I have read lots of reviews, and they are, for the most part, pretty bad. So, I have decided to keep looking.
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Re: coronado 27

For that price you could easily pick up a Catalina 27 or 30 with an inboard - much better boats than a coronado.

I was a partner on a Coronado 27 for a short while. Not a great boat.
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Re: coronado 27

Funny you should say that. My daughter bought a Catalina 27 last spring and I spent several weeks on it this summer. Didn't like it at all. The list of things I did not like is far too long to rehearse here. I thought it was a thoroughly bad design. Sorry, but if you think a Coronado is worse, I certainly wont go near it. It is just so hard to find a decent boat on the prairies!
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