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The 27.7 was the smallest of the second-generation Bristols. About 45 of them were built between 1976 and 1980.
Instead of a full keel with attached rudder, the 27.7 had a long fin keel with a rudder protected by a stout skeg. The prop is in an aperture inside the rudder, giving good protection against crab pots and errant lines.
With a 10-foot beam, the 27.7 is substantially roomier than first-generation Bristols of the same size, although the cabin is styled in much the same way as the older Bristols.
The 27.7 has a V berth forward with head on the port side, double settees in the salon (one of which converts to a double), a fold-down bulkhead table, a galley to starboard near the companionway and a quarter berth to port.
Inboard engines were standard, usually one- or two-cylinder diesels.
It’s interesting to compare the 27.7 to its predecessor in the Bristol lineup, the 27.
In the 1970s, the emphasis in sailboats became more on speed and cabin space than traditional seaworthiness.
So the 27.7 has a motion comfort ratio of 20.89 — still good for a sailboat of its size — but much less than the 27’s 28.87. The 27.7 is also faster; It has a PHRF rating of 222, compared to 240 for the 27.
Hull type: Fin keel
LOA: 27.25 feet
LWL: 22.5 feet
Beam: 10 feet
Draft: 4.36 feet
Displacement: 7,000 pounds
Designer: Halsey Herreshoff
Water tank: 63 gallons
Fuel tank: 19 gallons
PHRF New England: 222
Motion comfort ratio: 20.89