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Marcon Cutlass 27

Brief details


Marine Construction Ltd., Woolston, Southampton

A classic small fast cruiser from the 1970s, the Cutlass 27 is a pretty boat, and sails very well. The downside is that the interior is very plainly finished, and small compared to more modern boats.


27' 0"

Sail area

338 sq ft main and genoa


20' 0"




7' 8"


Saloon & forecabin


4' 6"




6,496 lbs


Yanmar YSB-8 diesel


3,250 lbs



Keel type

Long keel with cutaway forefoot

Marcon Cutlass 27

The Cutlass 27 was designed by Eric White of Marcon and Alan Hill, one of the pioneers of GRP yacht design, who was responsible for a wide range of successful designs including the Trident 24, Sabre 27 and Moody Halberdier. The first boats, originally called just the "Cutlass", were built in 1967/8, and within two years over 100 had been sold. As was common with boat builders in the 1960s/70s Marcon always offered the boats either as completed boats (£2,700 in 1977) or as kits for home completion at about £1,000 less.

In 1974 the design was altered to increase headroom, with a slight increase in ballast and displacement, plus other minor alterations, and renamed the "Cutlass 27", these boats remaining in production until around the mid-1980s, though the last of these boats were sold only as bare hulls or kits, as Marcon were concentrating on producing bigger boats. About 200 of these boats in total are believed to have been built.

The Cutlass hull design is clearly a Folkboat development, with a short counter stern added, and shares the speed and seakeeping abilities of the breed. She has a ballast ratio of over 50%, and by modern expectations quite narrow beam.

'Yachts and Yachting' tested an early version, and reported that "...the helm was extremely light and as sensitive as to be expected of a large dinghy..... irrespective of the angle of heel or point of sailing, the yacht might as well have been running on rails .... altogether sailing Cutlass was a delight". They did however also comment that "....below decks it is apparent that some sacrifice has been made in terms of spaciousness in the interests of the first class deck layout and low coachroof line". 'Yachting Monthly ' more recently described the boat as "...a good sea boat, reasonably quick and easy to handle. Construction was stout but unsophisticated".

Cutlass 27
Marcon Cutlass 27
Cutlass 27

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The interior fit-out is simple and very plain, with extensive white-painted ply surfaces. There is a vee-berth forecabin, with the chain pipe dropping down centrally, with a curtain separating forecabin and heads from the saloon. The saloon has settees extending aft into quarter berths, and a simple galley forward, with cooker to port and a washbasin to starboard. Saloon headroom is about 5' 9"

Long keel Marcon Cutlass 27

Cutlass 27
Cutlass 27

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