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Parker 27

Brief details

Builder

G. W. Parker & Son, Boston, Lincolnshire

The Parker 27 is a modified version of the Ron Holland designed Super Seal 26, a very fast small lift keel cruiser racer. She offers the ability to use drying moorings, along with excellent sailing performance. Despite having the keel box in the centre of the saloon, she has five berths, heads and galley. Like all Parker lift-keel yachts, they command higher prices than you would expect compared to similar sized non-lift-keel yachts

LOA

27' 0"

Sail area

406 sq ft

LWL

24' 0"

Rig

sloop

Beam

9' 3"

Cabins

2

Draught

1' 3" to 4' 3"

Berths

5

Displacement

6,160 lbs

Engine

usually a Yanmar 1GM10 diesel or 6 - 9 hp outboard in well

Ballast

approx 2,500 lbs

BHP

6 - 10

Keel type

Drop keel and internal ballast

Parker 27

In 1978 Ron Holland, at the time one of the most successful small racing yacht designers, designed the Super Seal 26 for John Baker's boatyard. Around 100 were built before Baker sold the rights to G.W. Parker of Boston, Lincolnshire, in 1983. Parkers continued production for a short while, progressively making minor variations on the design, mainly but not exclusively to the interior fit-out, and in 1984 Parkers retitled the design the Parker 27.

The Parker 27 remained in production until 1990, when the Parker 275 was introduced, this having a complete new moulding, with a slightly longer hull and more headroom, although still remaining very similar to the original Ron Holland Super Seal design.

The Super Seals and Parker 27's had relatively light keels, with most ballast internal. Parker 27 keels are quoted in different Parker documentation as either 136 Kg or 160 Kg in weight (ie 300-350 lbs) The Parker 275 had a much heavier keel, weighing 700 lbs, which was thus more difficult to lift. Finally the 275 became the Parker 285, in which the keel is lifted electrically. The Parker 285 was in production until Parker Liftkeel Yachts Ltd. ceased trading in summer 2009.

All these boats offer a remarkable combination of sailing performance and cruising accommodation. The hull has the majority of the ballast in the bilges, with a deep, efficient daggerboard style fin keel and fractional rig providing superb windward performance. Offwind the hull is also fast, surfing readily.

Parker 27

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Parker 27

 

The boat illustrated here is an amateur fit-out of a Parker hull and deck, but the layout is standard. She had, confusingly, a 'Super Seal' builders plaque, but Parkers confirmed that the hull no was in fact one of the first of the Parker 27s.

The accommodation layout is geared around the fact that there is a large keel box in the centre of the cabin. Access to the vee/double berth forecabin is to port of the keel box, whilst the heads compartment is tucked in to starboard.

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To starboard aft is a deep quarterberth, with side access to the engine via a panel in the berth side. The engine is a Yanmar 1GM10, which is the usual engine fitted to these boats. It drives a fixed two-bladed prop via a conventional sternshaft

Parker 27

 

Under the aft part of the cockpit is a large fender/rope locker, this being the space that would have formed the outboard well in outboard-powered versions

Parker 27

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