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1984 Wellcraft Starwind 27

$8,000 USD

Seller's Description

Starwind 27 SD is a Jim Taylor designed and Wellcraft built sailboat and this one features multiple custom upgrades to enhance sailing performance and cruising comfort that you wont find in any similar sailboat. This boat looks impressive on the water and sails very well, with a respectable PHRF (NE) = 186. The interior is clean and spacious for a small pocket cruiser. There is plenty of light and ventilation with 2 new custom fixed lights and 2 new Lewmar vented lights on both sides of the cabin installed in 2018. The V-berth hatch is a new Lewmar Ocean Series hatch installed in 2020. The teak and holly flooring was new in 2020. The galley features hot and cold pressure water system, 2-burner alcohol stove and insulated ice box. Yanmar 2ym15 installed in 2013, currently has 265 hours.

Everything on boat works as it should, it was recently sailed to Cape May and back. Only issues are, sails are getting older but still usable, and there are some soft spots in the deck from previous leaks.

I’ve owned the boat for 3 years, selling due to increasingly less time to use the boat.

Equipment: All new standing rigging was replaced in 2017 with new ss double lifelines and gates on both sides. New installation included the Harken Mk iv furler.

Electrical Upgrades: New cabinetry for upgraded electrics was installed in 2017. New Blue Seas DC and AC panels with modern rocker switches and breakers. AC includes ELCI protection.

New Sterling 30 Amp Charger. New galvanic isolator.

Blue Sea Auto Charging Relay and Xantrex Linkpro Battery Monitor.

Safety switches isolate house bank, start battery and alternator. New battery selector switch.

2 Group 27 batteries for house bank new in 2018. 1 Group 24 start battery new in 2018.

Electronic Upgrades: New B G Vulcan 7 chartplotter with sailing features installed in 2019 mounted at helm.

2 New B G Triton displays installed in 2019. Simrad analog wind display is integrated with the new system.

New wind sensor and depth/speed transducers installed in 2019.

All electronics are integrated with NMEA 2000 backbone system.

Simrad Wheel Pilot is an old model but brand new instrument installed in 2019, integrated for sail-steer with Simrad wind display.

New B G VHF with AIS receiver installed in 2019.

Plumbing Upgrades: New Isotherm 5-gallon water heater installed in 2017 with new plumbing and faucets. New hot and cold transom shower fixture. Vanity faucet for pressurized cold water only.

Shurflo 4-gpm pump for water pressure installed in 2017.

New 15 gallon stainless steel water tank installed in 2017.

New Raritan toilet pump installed in 2020. New sanitary hoses installed this year. Y-valve replaced in 2018.

Engine and Fuel System Upgrades: New Yanmar 2YM15 engine installed professionally in 2013 with all new components. New instrument panel.

New in 2020 11-gallon aluminum fuel tank. All new hoses.

New Vetus exhaust system and hoses.

Window upgrades: 4 new Boman custom aluminum-framed fixed windows replaced the old plastic-framed windows in 2018.

4 new Lewmar opening port lights were upgraded in size and location for ventilation in 2018.

A new Lewmar Ocean Series hatch has been installed in the V-berth this year to replace an original hatch.

All tackle and gear is highest quality Schaeffer, Harkin, Lewmar, Spinlock, etc. All lines led aft for safety & convenience. Rigged for symmetrical spinnaker.

Sail inventory includes North Mainsail, North 150 Genoa, NP 110 Jib, Spinnakers (2).



Jim Taylor
Chrysler Marine
# Built


Length Overall
27 0 / 8.2 m
Waterline Length
22 6 / 6.9 m
9 8 / 3 m
3 8 / 1.1 m
5,200 lb / 2,359 kg
2,000 lb / 907 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
346′² / 32.1 m²
Total Sail Area
346′² / 32.1 m²
Sail Area
165′² / 15.3 m²
29 5 / 9 m
11 1 / 3.4 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
181′² / 16.8 m²
34 6 / 10.5 m
10 5 / 3.2 m
Forestay Length
36 0 / 11 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
14 gal / 53 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.5 kn
Classic: 6.36 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

7.5 knots
Classic formula: 6.36 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

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: less stiff, less 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
200-275: moderate

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: lightweight racing boat

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 coastal cruising

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 version: 3.58’/1.91m

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