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Cape Dory 270


LOA    27.25 ft
LWL   20.75 ft
Beam Max   9.75 ft
Draft - CB up   3.00 ft
Draft - CB down   7.00 ft
Displacement   8,380 lbs
Ballast   3,250 lbs
Total Sail Area   399 sq ft
Engine   13 hp Westerbeke


Dieter Empacher, Naval Architect, Marblehead, Massachusetts was asked by Andrew Vavolotis, President of Cape Dory Yachts, to design a 27' keel centerboard sloop which would reflect the appearance of their traditional and well-established quality line of full length keel models.

Incorporating the latest design features for medium displacement cruising yachts, Dieter Empacher designed this traditional looking full length keel centerboard yacht, which will provide the performance of any modern hull shape.

Comments from Yachting Magazine:

"Dieter Empacher was commissioned to design this 27' keel-centerboard sloop as a cruiser that would reflect the traditional appearance of models with full length keels and offer the performance of a modern hull shape. The designer notes that by keeping the hull draft down to three feet and designing the displacement into long waterlines, the wetted surface-to-displacement ratio is such that it guarantees good light air performance. "When the boat is heeling and reaches her maximum waterline length," he adds, "it also makes for good heavy weather performance and with a four foot centerboard extension below the keel, the yacht has excellent upwind characteristics." To abet upwind performance, he kept the waterline entrance fairly fine. Above, the bow was flared to provide for a fairly large foredeck working area that incorporates a recessed anchor well."

"The arrangement below decks is intended to provide comfort seldom found in a boat of her size. Berths for five have been laid out in two staterooms, the forward one of which has drawer and shelf stowage and can be closed off from the saloon so that it includes or excludes the athwartships. On the other hand, the head and shower to port can be closed off and the vanity area to starboard can be used as a passageway to the forward berths."

"In the saloon, conversion of the settee to port of the drop-leaf table provides for upper and lower berths. The galley aft to starboard, convenient to the companionway, includes a two-burner stove; a top-loading icebox; a sink with a single-lever faucet; and locker, bin and shelf stowage. To port, a nav station with a sliding chart table is forward of the quarterberth. The cockpit seats are more than 6'6" long and can provide additional sleeping area. The rudderpost is so located that an optional steering wheel with a radial drive can be installed. Auxiliary power is a 13 hp Westerbeke with 2:1 reduction."

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