C&C 1984 27 Foot
What goes in a boat determines, in large measure, what
sailors get out. In the case of this 27-foot racer/cruiser,
what goes in is extraordinary. From concept to engineering
to sailing shape to interior design to overall aesthetic,
the C&C 27 is a product of the multitalented, many-
personed C&C design team. C&C's solutions to the standard
problems of small-sailboat design may or may not suit
you, but there is no denying the concentrated brainpower
and effort expended in coming up with them.
The C&C 27 is on the light side (4,420 pounds),
though her hull is of solid glass. She is spacious, yet she
has great speed potential. She is striking, yet she is
functional. And she is affordable. All of the above
result from the proportions, techniques, materials, refinements, and
creations brough about by "design in depth." From a new
bow roller that is stronger and costs less than the one
it replaces to cockpit coamings sloped outboard to make a
place to perch on a heel, from an intelligently reinforced
hull that is optimized for strength and low weight to a
clever helmsman's seat and cleats recessed in the coamings
(for fewer stubs and snags), the C&C 27 bristles with
Her sailing formula draws upon C&C's
extensive custom and production experience and the
company's renewed involvement with Internation Offshore
Rule (IOR) racing at the grand-prix level. The 27 has
aa mini-skeg or bustle that cleans up water flow and adds
enough bouyancy aft to help the stern resist squatting.
The keel, the shape of the canoe body, the distribution of
waterline beam, and the entry are treated with equal
concentration and sophistication. The influence of the
Midget Ocean Racing Club's (MORC) rating system may be
seen in the 27's relatively beamy after-quarters, but she
is primarily designed to sail fast in cruising trim and to
be efficient and swift enough to help Performance Handicap
Rating Fleet (PHRF) sailors get the most from her.
There is only a curtain between the head
and V-berth, but it is difficult to find other shortcomings
below. The 27's straightforward accommodations are simple.
They are also commodious, thoughtful, and practical. The
backrest/bolster cushion makes for a sofa-like settee and
also completes the pull-out double berth. Stowage is
seamanlike. Positive catches are where they should be.
There is a dish-drying area aft of the stairs. Below, the
C&C 27 looks a lot like home.
Outboard power or a 7.5-horsepower Yanmar
diesel inboard ($4000) are available. Newly designed stanchion bases
serve safety, economy, and added deck space. The rubrail
is attractive, durable, and workable. C&C has put a lot
into the 27. Completely equipped save for sails, inboard and
electronics, she costs less than $25,000.