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Hurley 27

Brief details


Hurley Marine Ltd.

A very solidly built small cruiser from the 70's, the Hurley 27 is a Folkboat derivative, with a deep cockpit, long full keel and transom hung rudder. Unlike Folkboats, however, the Hurley 27s have full standing headroom.


27' 0"

Sail area

532 sq ft main and genoa


20' 0"




8' 0"


Forecabin and saloon


4' 0"




5,824 lbs




2,912 lbs


7 - 15

Keel type

Long fin keel with encapsulated ballast

Hurley 27

The Hurley 27 was designed in the late 60's by Ian Anderson as a development of one of his earlier designs for a small strip planked wooden cruiser called the Sirius. The new GRP design was originally called the Bowman 26, and a number of these were built, firstly by the Normand Boatyard and later by Emsworth Shipyard.

When Hurley Marine wanted a larger version of Ian Anderson's very successful Hurley 22, they took the moulds of the Bowman 26 and modified the design to create the Hurley 27, the major changes being to raise the forward part of the coachroof to create standing headroom in the forepeak, and to raise and extend the topsides by about 6 inches resulting in an overall length of 27 feet. This boat was called the Hurley 27, and around 90 were built.

After Hurley Marine closed down, the Hurley 27 moulds were bought by Dockrell Yachts of Tavistock, Devon, who altered the keel and created the shallower draught Dockrell 27, which remained in production until the mid-1980s


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Hurley 27

Hurley 27


Hurley 27
Hurley 27

The accommodation consists of a vee-berth forecabin, with infill to make a double, the heads compartment (photo below), and the saloon with galley, chart table and deep quarterberth to starboard, and a dinette convertible to a narrow double (74" x 38") to port.

Above: The yacht illustrated has a Beta diesel installed. A variety of engine installations were fitted when new ranging from small Sabb diesels through to outboard-only versions. Most boats will by now have been re-engined, as seen here.

The heads compartment has a pull-out washbasin


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