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MGC27 & Contessa 27

Brief details

Builder

MG Yachts, Scotland (Marine Glass), also Jeremy Rogers and Northshore

Originally sold as the Contessa 27, a replacement model for the Contessa 28, the moulds and design of the Contessa 27 were purchased by MG Yachts and thereafter sold as the MGC27. A fast, modern-styled small cruiser, they were built in both fin keel and lifting keel versions. They have an excellent reputation for sailing performance and handling.

LOA

27' 5"

Sail area

413 sq ft main and blade jib

LWL

23' 5"

Rig

fractional sloop

Beam

10' 0"

Cabins

2

Draught

5' 0" fin keel or 3' 2" to 5' 10" drop keel

Berths

4/5

Displacement

6,000 lbs

Engine

usually Volvo Penta 2001 diesel

Ballast

not known

BHP

9

Keel type

Fin or lifting keel

MGC27 and Contessa 27

MG Yachts started life as primarily a builder of racing boats, but sold a number of fairly high performance cruiser-racers through the 1980s. When Jeremy Rogers stopped building the Contessa range of yachts in 1985, MG Yachts (Marine Glass) took over the rights to the 1984 Rob Humphreys designed Contessa 27 after just about a dozen had been sold by Rogers, and marketed it as the MGC27.

Various other companies later moulded hulls for MG Yachts, including Jaguar Yachts and Northshore, and for a time MG branded yachts were sold through Northshore, who took over MG Yachts (Northshore are currently still in business selling Southerlys, Fishers and Vancouvers.

Most of the approximately 150 Contessa 27s and MGC27s sold were fin keel, the boat illustrated here being one of the rarer drop keel versions. The MGC27 has a fractional rig, with a narrow blade jib, giving easy handling without high sheet loads. Performance is excellent, witout rendering the boat difficult to handle - indeed the original design brief for the Contessa 27 was for ".... a simple cruisng boat which could easily be sailed by one person"

MGC27
MGC27
MGC27

Photos above of a fin-keel version - no winch on cabin table

MGC27

The saloon has the galley to port and an aft-facing chart chart to starboard. Forward of the table and two settee berths is a raised forward berth area, separated from the saloon by a zipped curtain. In the lift keel versions the keel winch is fitted on the aft end of the saloon table, and is operated by a removable winch handle, with a clear panel on the aft end of the keel box giving sight of the keel position. Apart from the centreboard case, the fin keel version has a generally similar layout.

 

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Aft of the galley is a large quarterberth, nominally a double, although quite a small double

Above: When built the Contessa 27s and MGC27s had a self-tacking jib, set to a curved track on the deck forward of the mast. On this boat the track has been removed and the jib is sheeted conventionally.

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