I am still very tempted by the F27, but I am worried about price
, cost of marinas
(or can it be folded under way very easily?), and ease of trailering / folding. I will have to look further into it.
What do you guys think about my choice?[/QUOTE]
Having had an F27, 28r and 31-OD, all of these are easily folded by one person while still motoring towards the dock
. I used to do it with the autopilot
holding course. So marinas
are the same as any other for cost. The draft
is about 18" for a 27, so shallow water
and beaching is part of normal activity. They go easily on a road trailer
and taking the mast
down is a two-person job which takes about 40 mins once the ropes are all coiled out of the way.
A double aft cabin
is a real plus because it means the cabin
is where all the stuff of daytime life goes and you don't get food
all over bedding etc. It has a built-in solar
panel which is adequate for battery maintenance
. However the real plus is that you can do 15 knots with ease and safety
and many have done transatlantics and trans pacs without problems.
I rediscovered what sailing was about on one of these after years of getting increasingly bored with IOR monohulls and hence my enthusiasm....
They are probably a little pricey but you get what you pay for and these are quality bits of kit.