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1981 Hunter 27

Deale, Maryland, United States
$6,000 USD

The owner bought this boat in 2006

General condition and any additional information

Boat is currently in Shipwright Harbor Marina in Deale, MD. Slip fee for second half of the year is due July 1st, boat can stay in the slip if you want it. Price is negotiable depending on how far I get with projects, take it now and save me the effort and yourself some money.

Standard features

1981 Cherubini Hunter 27 tall rig with shoal (shallow) draft that draws 36 making this a great boat for the Bay.

Galley with sink, fresh water faucet, and icebox. Nav table, separate head with closing door and sink. Sleeps 5, 2 adults in v-berth and 3 on both settees and quarterberth.

There is an active Cherubini Hunter owners group forum on https://forums.sailboatowners.com, also one on Facebook

Extra gear included

Equipment/spares included: - Gennaker with sock - Spare anchor - Phifertex sun shade awnings - Lee cloths - 2 auto-inflating life jackets - Butane cartridge stove for cooking - Galley has built-in ice box - Spares for engine and minor repairs - Lubricants, nuts and bolts, etc. - Original manuals and Yanmar tools - Tool box with fairly complete set of tools - Charts, etc., in nav table - Binoculars - Hand-held radio

Improvements to the hull, deck, rigging, engine, or interior

Upgrades done include: - Added roller furling with a new genoa (150%) from Bacon Sails in - Spring 2012 - New main sail from Bacon - Spring 2015 - Prop tuned, prop shaft re-balanced, new cutless bearing, new motor mounts, Teflon packing in shaft seal and everything aligned - Fall 2012 - New HDPE bushing for rudder post and SS steel inserts for steering quadrant - 2012 - The old bronze Perko fuel filter was switched to Racor spin-on - 2013 - New hatches for v-berth and main cabin - Summer 2016 - Yanmar 1GM Engine pulled and new ring put on cylinder. While engine was out the fuel tank, water lift muffler, and all fuel lines and hoses were replaced. Summer 2017 - New anchor light and antenna - Fall 2017 - Fuel pump on engine replaced - Fall 2020 - Lid on holding tank for head pulled and tank cleaned and lines from head to tank replaced - Summer 2013 - Lid on water tank pulled, tank scrubbed, added 2nd, larger inspection port, replaced all water lines and the head faucet - Fall 2020

Projects to finish: - Recover cushions - Head started leaking, seals need replaced - Some dings in hull - Needs new bottom paint - Canvas is serviceable, but will need replaced in the next several years - I have narrowed down leaks to several places that need tightened or fittings re-bedded - Knotmeter currently not working - Tachometer doesnt read correctly - I do not know the age of the rigging

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John Cherubini
Hunter Marine
# Built


Length Overall
27 1 / 8.3 m
Waterline Length
22 0 / 6.7 m
9 3 / 2.8 m
4 3 / 1.3 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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