We have a HT27 and also had a Mk. 1 years ago.
All the comments Mike made apply to the 27 as well
but I think the newer 27 does sail a bit better. It has
a rigid foredeck which helps with the forestay tension
and the genoa sheets
are better located. It does however have
more windage due to the higher hulls and cabin
We also have an outboard
which reduces the weight
and can be raised, therefore helping with the sailing.
We fitted a bow thruster to help with manovering.
The 27 of course has the stoop through to the aft cabins
which makes life with a family
that bit easier.
You will find that the centre cockpit
is also a very safe
place for kids
. The overall feeling you get from these
small boats is that they are safe and seaworthy
In the right conditions you will outsail bigger monohulls
and with a lot less wear and tear on the crew!
Good luck with your hunting!