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 1978 example is a 3/4 berth version, and in her present ownership has made a transatlantic circuit. The engine is newer than the hull, and in recent years she has had new sails and Eberspacher heating fitted.
Forecabin and saloon
Volvo MD2002 diesel
The Vancouver 27 was designed by 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, 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 three-berth version plus a pipe cot, with a small double berth in
the forecabin and a settee berth in the saloon, over which a pipe cot can be rigged if required. 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.
Above: The forecabin has a small double berth, plus a seat.
Below: the saloon table folds down against the bulkhead to open up the saloon space when not required. A pipe cot can be rigged above the settee if required.
Below: The UK-built Vancouvers had the midships waterline beam increased, giving a pronounced tumblehome to the topsides - this definitely improving the motion and handing over the original Canadian versions.
Yachtsnet photos June 2017, shortly before the boat was to be launched.
Owners photos various dates
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".
Volvo Penta MD2002 18 bhp diesel installed 1989, raw water cooled
Fuel tank capacity
Three bladed bronze
3 x batteries - all new winter 2016/17
Engine alternator and wind charger
and deck equipment
Cutter rig, alloy mast and boom with S/S standing rigging of unknown age. Fixed mast steps. Boomstrut kicker.
Arun Sails, new 2014
Arun Sails, new 2014
Arun Sails, new 2014 (non furling)
2 x Meissner 21
2 x Gibb on coachroof
25 lb CQR with 30 metres 8mm chain and warp
Lofrans manual windlass - installed 2002
Simrad tiller pilot
Plastimo 130 bulkhead compass
Warps & fenders
4 warps and 4 fenders
Cockpit sprayhood and dodgers
Navigation Equipment and instruments
Standard Horizon Matrix DSC VHF with AIS receiver new 2011
4 man canister type - out of service date
2 x horseshoe and floating light
Manual and auto pumps
Forecabin, heads and saloon
Eberspacher blown hot air diesel heating installed 2015
One double, one single and pipe cot
Water tank capacity
Spinflo Vantage two-burner, grill and oven
Jabsco - new 2016
Avon Redstart inflatable
are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject
to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.
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