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Seller's Description

This is a Cherubini designed Hunter 27, which was one of Hunter’s best time periods for sailboats that were more about sailing and less about camping. (Cherubini started his own company under his name that made only two very high-end sailboats.) You can see by the photo of the transom that the hull lines are pretty special. Now, I realize it’s a Hunter. So, the actual quality is in line with boats of this age that were built to a price point. But it is a good solid boat. It has a diesel inboard motor that runs pretty well. The sails are in good shape. The sail covers could use some stitching in areas, or maybe replacement. Fortunately, this boat is in the Sunrise Sailing Club, so it’s been getting used and maintained, unlike some other sailboats that are covered in years of mold/mildew/dirt. The foredeck had a rotten core, so a solid repair was made to replace the core and re-fiberglass. It still needs to be painted with some anti-skid paint. The top hatch was just repaired with new plexiglass. All four of the forward port-lights were replaced with brand-new port-lights about 5 years ago. The depth/compass/knot-meter gauges still work well, but are showing crazing on the faceplates. The knot-meter currently reads zero, but I’m sure that the wheel under the hull has some debris on it that is preventing it from turning. I’d regularly see 4.5 to 5.5 knots in this boat in a decent breeze. I hit 6.3 once, but it was heeled pretty far over with a lot of weather helm. Maybe I should have furled in the jib a little bit. I have the table and one of the bathroom doors in shrink-wrap as I was going to strip and restore them. Actual Teak! There are cockpit cushions and main cabin cushions. The v-berth cushions got wet, so we threw away the foam but kept the covers. I bought a 37’ sailboat that has consumed all of my time and I’d like to find a good home for this little boat.

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John Cherubini
Hunter Marine
# Built


Length Overall
27 0 / 8.2 m
Waterline Length
22 0 / 6.7 m
8 11 / 2.7 m
4 0 / 1.2 m
7,000 lb / 3,175 kg
3,000 lb / 1,361 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
343′² / 31.9 m²
Total Sail Area
343′² / 31.9 m²
Sail Area
145′² / 13.5 m²
29 0 / 8.8 m
10 0 / 3.1 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
198′² / 18.4 m²
34 6 / 10.5 m
11 6 / 3.5 m
Forestay Length
36 4 / 11.1 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
12 gal / 45 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
35 gal / 132 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
6.6 kn
Classic: 6.29 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

6.63 knots
Classic formula: 6.29 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
275-350: heavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
20-30: coastal cruiser

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


Shoal draft/wing keel: 3.25’, Disp. 7200 lbs.
Later boats were available with Yanmar diesel.

Tall Rig:
I: 37.50’/11.43m
J: 11.30’/3.44m
P: 32.30’/9.85m
E: 9.30’/2.83m
Total (100%): 362 ft2/33.63m2

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