about Yachtsnet online yacht brokerage
yachts for sale on brokerage
classified adverts for boats and yachts
Yachtsnet's archive of boat data and photographs
Charter a Sun Odyssey 35 from Falmouth
How to contact Yachtsnet by phone, fax or e-mail
Useful links to marine and sailing related websites
Frequently asked questions about Yachtsnet and our services
© Yachtsnet Ltd. 2000/2019


UK sailing yacht brokerage and boat sales


Vancouver 27


Afloat Hampshire


Pheon Yachts






27' 0"

Sail area

381 sq ft

Brief details


22' 11"



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 yacht has a recently (2016) replaced engine, and is for sale now as the owner already has another yacht.


8' 8"


Heads and saloon


4' 6"




8,960 lbs


Bukh DV24ME diesel


3,485 lbs



Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated lead ballast


The Vancouver 27 was designed by the Canadian Robert Harris, the first boat being built 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 have a slightly modified hull form, wider at the waterline giving slight tumblehome to increase stiffness, and were first built by Pheon Yachts, later taken over by Northshore. The design was modified slightly to create the Vancouver 274 and then the Vancouver 28, which remained in limited production until Northshore closed down in 2013. 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. Several different interior layouts have been used, with three or four berths. This yacht is a four-berth version. The hull and deck are hand laid up GRP. The lead 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.

Vancouver 27 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs August 2019, owners photos individually dated

Vancouver 27 for sale - ashore August 2019
Go to selected larger photos

Ashore forward

Vancouver 27 for sale
Saloon table

Most Vancouver 27s and 28s seem to have three-berth layouts: this one has

four berths, with the heads compartment forward there are two settee berths

plus two quarterberths. Saloon headroom is 6' 6" aft, slightly lower forward.

Saloon aft - Vancouver 27 for sale
Galley detail
Chart table

The original Bukh DV20 raw water cooled engine was replaced
in 2016 with a DV24ME fresh water cooled version

Gearbox and shaft drive
Vancouver 27 for sale

The deck has glued-down laid teak which is approaching the end of it's life.
Some minor patching of a few lifting and split planks will be done shortly,
and with this done it may last a few years yet, but the patched areas are not pretty.
Ultimately it is heading for needing removal, and either simply painting the GRP deck
with non-slip, or replacing with either fake teak or real teak. The materials cost of

changing to a painted surface is low, but the labour is significant, making
this uneconomical as a "boatyard labour job". The larger photos on our
big pictures page show the deck more clearly

Deck port side
Bow detail
Deck aft

Standing rigging dates from 2012

Yachtsnet photos August 2019

Below: The aft part of the cockpit seating originally had laid teak: the present owner has removed this as it was in poor condition, and gone back to painted GRP. The solar panel is removable rather than, and is deployed when not sailing.

Cockpit aft
Vancouver 27 for sale

Many Vancouver 27s and 28 have made very long passages including circumnavigations - this being exactly what they were designed and built for. They have a reputation for making better passage times than you would expect as being so easy to handle that they can be driven harder than many larger boats. Apart from long-distance sailing, however, a steady, forgiving boat is also useful for coastal sailing for many people.

The Vancouver 27 was used boat tested by "Yachting Monthly" in 2012, their article commenting ".... She needs wind to come alive but given that, she is delightfully well balanced and responsive" and "...the helm is light with a slight bias to weather but it can easily be balanced out for hands-off sailing without a windvane or autopilot".

Equipment List:

Engine details

Bukh DV24ME 2-cylinder 964cc diesel, freshwater cooled, installed as reconditioned (ex-lifeboat) engine in 2016

Fuel tank capacity

37 gallons


Three bladed fixed on shaft drive


2 batteries - new 2018

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator and solar panel

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, Alloy spars and S/S standing rigging replaced 2012. Mats in tabernacle for lowering, and fitted with mast steps.


Fully battened mainsail with stackpack type cover and lazyjacks


Arun Sails roller genoa

Genoa furling



Hanked on staysail


Unused by present owner

Storm jib

Unused by present owner

Primary winches

2 x Antal W39 self-tailing

Secondary/halliard winches

2 x Gibb on coachroof, also Lewmar 6 on mast

Bower anchor

35 lb CQR with chain

Kedge anchor

Kedge with chain and warp

Anchor windlass

Simpson-Lawrence Seahorse manual windlass




Simrad tiller pilot

Steering compass

Plastimo bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 4 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood with aft cover section

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin GPS550 colour GPS/plotter

AIS transponder

Digital Yacht AIT1000 Class B transponder


NASA Clipper Duet

Depth sounder

NASA Clipper Duet


NASA Clipper Wind

VHF radio

Standard Horizon Eclipse VHF with DSC

Safety/emergency equipment

Bilge pumps

2 x manual pumps


Jackstays, auto engine fire extinguisher, fire blanket and cabin fire extinguishers


Cabin layout

Heads forward, saloon with settee and quarter berths

Cabin heating

Taylors 079K bulkhead mounted diesel/paraffin heater



Water tank capacity

150 litres


GN Espace Levante 2 two-burner and oven - gas



These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

about us





web links

contact us