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Old 16-03-2014, 08:27   #1
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Helms 27

Does anyone have an experience or thoughts about a Helms 27? Does anyone know if it has an encapsulated keel or bolt on? I assume they made a limited amount of boats, since there doesn't appear to be that much info out there.

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Old 20-03-2014, 09:38   #2
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Re: Helms 27

I grew up sailing on my daddy's Helm's 25 (it was a Catalina 22 extended by three feet). Helms was a family company located in Irmo, SC and built boats throughout the 70's before closing doors in the 80's. We knew the family well through the Columbia Sailing Club. The 27 was a fine boat, a "big boat", by Lake Murray standards, back in the day. John Helms may still live in Columbia, you may be able to find him through Google or perhaps facebook. He is happy to depart information about their line and offer any advice necessary. I'll PM you if I can find any of Johnny's contact information. If you contact him first, tell him that Greg Handal says "hello".
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Re: Helms 27

I had a Helms 24 back in the late '70s. Great little pocket cruiser. Did a lot of weekend cruising on the Chesapeake in it.

It had a bolt-on external keel IIRC. Don't know if the 27 was the same, but I suspect so as the 27 was designed by the same guy and appeared to be just a slightly larger version of the 24.

I made a number of improvements to my boat during the 4 years I had it -- internal halyards led aft, interior carpentry, cockpit table, etc. The fellow who bought it from me turned around and sold it the next year to Stuart Windley, the designer of the 24 and the 27. He said he liked my modifications.
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Does anyone have an experience or thoughts about a Helms 27? Does anyone know if it has an encapsulated keel or bolt on? I assume they made a limited amount of boats, since there doesn't appear to be that much info out there.

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I can't tell you anything specific about your keel, but this was one of the company's most popular models.

HELMS 27 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

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