FOR SALE…27 foot Catalina 27 Tall Rig/Deep Draft, 1975 /
2000, inboard auxiliary sloop, with custom deep keel and
rudder situated in Bridgeport Connecticut. The Catalina 27 is an
incredibly successful small coastal cruiser designed by Frank Butler
and Robert Finch. 6,662 hulls were completed during the 20 year
production run, 1971 through 1991.
The tall rig / deep draft combination is recognized as the fastest
configuration amongst the many different iterations of this popular
classic racer / cruiser.
The Catalina 27 has a reputation as a well mannered lady with decent
speed for a friendly competition between piers. Demand for Catalina
27s in good condition remains strong among first time buyers and
sailors moving up to their first cruising boats.
The Catalina 27 is a spacious, user-friendly family cruiser.
Even by today's standards, these boats are quite roomy for a
27-footer. The designers provided this room and decent cruising
accommodations in a package that remains good looking and
"yacht-like" to most sailors’ eyes. A PHRF rating of around
210 means that the Catalina 27 can be raced competitively on
Wednesday nights or in active one-design fleets, although racing is
not its forte. It is an ideal boat for the way most of us use our
boats, that is day sailing and weekend outings.
The Catalina 27 was a "big" boat when it was first
introduced in 1971. In fact, at the time it was the queen of the
Catalina fleet. The look is " California1970s modern." This
translates into an almost flat sheer line with a large but nicely
blended cabin trunk and cockpit coamings. There is plenty of
freeboard and nearly 9 feet of beam, which, of course, creates space
below. Under the water, the high aspect custom fin keel sweeps aft,
as does the custom spade rudder.
The Catalina 27 hull is solid fiberglass and the thickness tapers
significantly from the waterline up. The deck is plywood cored.
On deck, the Catalina 27 has a shallow but comfortable cockpit with a
locker to port and aft lazarette. The companionway is enormous and
there is not a bridge deck to speak of.The headsail tracks are
inboard, allowing close sheeting angles. The forward hatch mounts
flush, which is nice looking and saves a few toe bruises.
Down below, the interior is spacious and user-friendly. The huge
companionway makes stepping below a breeze. The layout includes a
V-berth forward followed by an enclosed head. The saloon has two
opposite settees and the galley is aft to port. This
configuration includes plenty of storage, Headroom is about 6 feet and
ventilation is adequate.
This Catalina 27 Tall Rig has been competitively raced with all the
appropriate upgrades and improvements one would expect with a well
maintained competitive boat.
Valteris is a clean, well maintained, cruiser racer in great
condition with many upgrades and all of the toys that make sailing the
sport it is. She is a terrific family cruiser with berths for five and
a comfortable cockpit with a tiller helm. Her tall rig makes her a
natural for the coastal sounds and bays, perfect for Long Island Sound
and a trip out to Block Island or the Elizabeth Islands. Easily
sailed, well suited for a young family or a singlehanded sailor,
please consider this yacht as your next adventure on the water.
The Catalina 27 didn't become one of the most popular boats ever
built without good reason. It offers good sailing, comfortable
accommodations, one-design fleets and active owner’s groups.