Congrats, I also bought an 83 Tanzer 27 last May. I am in Norfolk VA and have sailed it all summer. Needed work and still does. I have found it to be forgiving to this newbie, easy to learn on and fun. When you start getting ready to slash her and the questions start popping up, send me a pm or post here and I will help you out all I can. I have a fin keel so no centerboard, but aside from that our boats should be very much alike. I have the Yanmar 2GM
, and the same salon
cloth pattern. No spinnaker
so I can't help you there. Anything else let me know...... smooth sailing.