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Vancouver 27



Vancouver 27 for sale




27' 0"


8' 8"


4' 6"

Keel type

Long keel


Yanmar diesel



The Vancouver 27 is an uncompromisingly cruising-orientated design, with no concessions to racing or modern fashion. The heavy-displacement long keel hull is very solidly built, and the hull form copes well with added weight for stores for long passages. This is a Mk II version of the Vancouver 27 that has been very well maintained and refitted over the years, and is in extremely good condition, with a recent new engine, good sails, vane gear self-steering and a full cockpit canopy. Internally she has a very well looked after 3-berth interior, with Eberspacher heating and near new upholstery.

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The Vancouver 27 was originally designed in 1972 by the Canadian Robert Harris, as a one-off cruiser which was then sailed from British Columbia to New Zealand and back. Later a second boat was built, and moulds were taken from this for series production, both in Canada and England. The English Vancouvers were first built by Pheon Yachts, and later taken over by Northshore. Over the years the design was modified slightly to create the Vancouver 274 and then the 28, which remained in verly limited production well into the 2000s, though by then they were extremely expensive for their size.

The differences between the 27, 274 and 28 are very minor. the 28 having a fractionally lengthened stern, and a few inches raising of the topsides. To date over 250 Vancouver 27s 274s and 28s have been built, and many have made long-distance passages, helped by the fact that the transom-hung rudder makes it easy to fit trim tab windvane steering.

Two different interior layouts have been produced, with three or four berths. In the three berth version there are no forecabin berths, but a quarter berth aft in the saloon. This yacht is the three-berth version, generally regarded as a better boat for a couple or a singlehander as it has a better galley and chart table arrangement. There are two pipe cots but the boat would be very cramped indeed with 5 aboard.

The hull and deck are hand laid up GRP. The ballast is encapsulated entirely within the hull moulding. The deck moulding has a balsa core which is replaced with plywood in high stress areas where fittings are attached. The interior fit-out is to a very high standard of joinery, with lots of solid teak.



Engine details

Yanmar 2YM20 854cc 3-cylinder diesel, freshwater cooled, installed new 2016, run 342 hours.

Fuel tank capacity

127 litres


Darglow Featherstream 3-bladed feathering prop - new 2016


2 x 85AH services batteries and 70AH engine start battery

Battery charging /electrics

Engine alternator, Sterling mains charger and 120w solar panel (charger and solar panel new 2014). Shorepower with RCD and two outlets.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Cutter rig, alloy spars with S/S standing rigging replaced in 2016.


Kemp Performance Cruise Premoium mainsail, new 2018


Arun Sails, new 2014

Jib furling

Sailspar continuous line furler


Arun Sails, new 2014

Staysail furling

Plastimo 609


Gowan Sails cruising chute

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 30 two speed self-tailing

Secondary winches

2 x Antal 7

Halliard/ eefing winches

2 x Gibb 7A and 1 x Lewmar 6

Bower anchor

25 lb CQR with 28 metres chain and 39 metres warp

Anchor windlass

Simpson-Lawrence Anchorman vertical manual windlass




Windpilot Pacific servo-paddle vane gear


Raymarine ST4000 tiller pilot

Steering compass

Plastimo Contest bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 4 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood and full cockpit enclosure - new 2015/16

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine A75 plotter at chart table with A75 repeater in cockpit - both new 2015


Raymarine AIS transponder - new 2015


Raymarine ST60

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST60

Windspeed/ direction

Raymarine ST60

VHF radio

Raymarine Ray49E with DSC - new 2015

Navtex receiver


Safety/emergency equipment

Fire extinguishers

2 x dry powder and auto engine extinguisher

Radar reflector

mast mounted

Bilge pumps

Manual and electric pumps


Cabin layout

Heads and saloon

Cabin heating

Eberspacher D2 blown hot air diesel heating - installed 2017


3 plus 2 pipe cots

Water tank capacity

227 litres in three tanks. Hot water from engine calorifier ot 1 Kw shorepower immersion heater


Plastimo Neptune 2000 two-burner, grill and oven


Coolbox with Frigomatic refrigeration system fitted 2017


Blakes Lavac - new 2018

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