L.O.A.: 26' 9" (8.15 m)
L.W.L.: 22' 2" (6.76 m)
Beam: 9' 6" (2.90 m)
Draft: 4' 4" (1.32 m)
Displacement: 5200 lbs. (2359 kg.)
Ballast: 2000 lbs. (907 kg.)
Sail area: 325 sq. ft. (30.19 m²)
Motor: 7 to 10 hp diesel
Berths: 4 to 5
Rating (PHRF-LO) : 213
Price range: $18,000 to $23,000
While this boat has been marketed as the Aloha 26, 8.2, and 271, it is generally referred to as the Aloha 27. Despite its many names, it is all the same boat, although there are a number of minor differences. For example, some of the early Aloha 27s had a table mounted on the cabin sole, and later models came with a table that folds up against the port bulkhead.
This boat was designed by Robert Perry, who is known in central Canada for having drawn the lines of much of the Mirage fleet. The Aloha 27 comes with a fairly spacious cabin which carries well forward. It has a comfortable interior that is slightly different from the run-of-the-mill layout found on the average boat in the size range. (Note that what appears to be a truncated settee on the port side of the main cabin actually converts into a full length berth for sleeping.) Most of these boats came with a diesel engine, but a few are powered with an outboard motor. It appears that some owners were not overly satisfied with the small 7 hp BMW diesel that was originally offered as a factory option. Later Aloha 27s came equipped with a 10 hp Westerbeke Diesel. Like most Aloha models, the ballast in this boat is encased within the fiberglass keel. This can lead to problems if water seeps into the keel (usuaully from the bilge inside the boat) between the fiberglass and ballast and freezes.
by Michael McGoldrick.
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