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Vancouver 27




Northshore 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 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. She is just about to emerge from a major refit including a professional paint job of top sides in Awlgrip, all rigging renewed, including a new Furlex, rudder bearings, nav lights in LED, rewiring and new guard rails. NB: most of the photos show her just before all this work.


8' 8"


Forecabin and saloon


4' 0"




8,960 lbs


Volvo MD2002 diesel


3,485 lbs



Keel type

Long keel


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.

Vancouver 27 for sale

Vancouver 27 for sale - ashore June 2017

Photo December 2017

The photos above and below show her in the boatyard shed on completion
of the hull repainting in Awlgrip in December 2017

Photo December 2017


Forecabin berths

Yachtsnet photographs
June 2017

Forecabin entrance


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.

Saloon forward

Saloon table folded
Saloon aft
FGalley detail
Chart table
Moored - owners photo of Vancouver 27 for sale

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.

Bow detail
Deck aft

Yachtsnet photos June 2017, shortly before the boat was to be launched.
Owners photos various dates

Owners photo
Cockpit aft
Cockpit forward

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

Volvo Penta MD2002 18 bhp diesel installed 1989, raw water cooled

Fuel tank capacity

150 litres


Three bladed bronze


3 x batteries - all new winter 2016/17

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator and wind charger

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

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)

Genoa furling


Primary winches

2 x Meissner 21

Halliard winches

2 x Gibb on coachroof

Bower anchor

25 lb CQR with 30 metres 8mm chain and warp

Anchor windlass

Lofrans manual windlass - installed 2002




Simrad tiller pilot

Steering compass

Plastimo 130 bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 4 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood and dodgers

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine ST40

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST40

VHF radio

Standard Horizon Matrix DSC VHF with AIS receiver new 2011

Safety/emergency equipment


4 man canister type - out of service date


2 x horseshoe and floating light

Radar reflector

Mast mounted

Bilge pumps

Manual and auto pumps


Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon

Cabin heating

Eberspacher blown hot air diesel heating installed 2015


One double, one single and pipe cot

Water tank capacity

150 litres


Spinflo Vantage two-burner, grill and oven


Jabsco - new 2016





Avon Redstart inflatable

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

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