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With the same David Thomas designed hull and twin fins with substantial bulbs as the Ranger 265 and Channel 27, the Pilot 27 achieves exceptional stability and sailing performance. With all main control lines led aft, this is an easy boat to sail single handed. The dual engine controls and inside wheel steering (an optional feature, but we’ve not come across one without) gives great flexibility and allows one to venture out on days when one might otherwise give it a miss!
One of the advantages of the layout is the great panoramic view that one gets when sitting at the raised dinette in the saloon.
A great boat for a gentle relaxing potter, these boats are also great for more adventurous trips and will really look after you in a good blow. One of the early ones got caught out in the middle of the Bay of Biscay in a Force 10 for 2 days during a single handed voyage to Spain. Both the boat and the owner survived unscathed. Check the library here “How to retire in style – Crossing the Bay of Biscay in a Pilot 27” for an account of this particularly exciting Pilot 27 voyage.
Pilot 27s seem to have adventurous owners and are found undertaking long cruising adventures. Read also “Sailing with Serenity”
The sailing ability is not compromised in this design. Pilot 27s are regularly to be found highly placed in the Round The Island Race – the highest position in recent years for a member is 6th overall (out of about 800 boats!).