I have owned a total of three Catalina
My first was a 1977 C-27 (Hull #3438), which I owned for seven yerars.
Would I sail the a Catalina
27 around the world? NO... It was not designed to do it. With that said, I knew Serge Testa
and he sailed an 11 foot sailboat around the world, so anything is possible.
The Catalina 27 was designed to be a cheap family
sailboat and capable of trailering.
The C-27 performed very well in the winds of San Francisco
Bay and Northern California
. Several of the boats are still racing
in the SF YRA and local Beer
Cans. With their SF Bay
PHRF of 196 for O/B and 204 for I/B they are very competive
The early boats were designed with three different engines (Petter Deisel, Atomic Four and an Outboard
version). They also had two rigs, a standard and a tall rig with a sprit.
The early boats also had three different floor plans, Dinette, Galley
Forward and Galley
Aft, which would determine the location of your water
tank. Mine was a dinette version and the water
tank was located in the port seatte.
The early boats had a few design problems with the rigs
. If yours has not been upgraded, I would suggest you do that as soon as possible to avoid a catastrophic failiure of the rig.
Change the Aluminum Spreader Backets out for Stainless Steel Brckets.
Change the Lower Shroud anchor bolts out to U-Bolts with Backing Plates.
Check the chain plates and ensure the bolts are not pulling through the plywood bulkheads
Change the Traveler
All of these upgrades can be found in kits from Catalina Direct
, the largest supplier of Catalina Parts
outside the Factory. They are also very good at giveing free tech advice... Another sorce for rigging
is Garhauer Marine
With over 6400 Catalina sailboats made, you will find them throughout the US. Becasue of this, there is a strong owners group, which is a great source of information. The is no need to reinvent the wheel
with the C-27... Lots of owners have already broken, fixed or upgraded just about anything you can think of. Just ask them...
The International Catalina 27 Association
and its C-27 Yahoo Discussion Group
I wish you good luck with your "new to you" boats and sincerly hope you find as much enjoyment with them as I did!