By Michael Good, YACHT magazine.
The A27 fits squarely between the A31 and the long-serving Surprise from the same builders. A bowsprit and aggressive lines betray the sporty genes of this Joubert-Nivelt design that promises high performance potential. The interior arrangement, which is relatively comfortable for a boat of this size, with four bunks, an open forward cabin, and a standard porta-potti, turns the A27 into a weekender or even a modest cruising boat, with the optional comfort package that includes additional lockers, settees with backrests, a saloon table, a stove, and a 50-liter water tank.
The A27 comes in various appendage configurations, including a T-shaped fixed keel from cast iron, a swing keel, or a bilge-keel model with twin rudders for easy and comfortable beaching in tidal venues. The standard engine is a 12-hp Volvo Penta (D1-13).
For racers, the IRC package with spinnaker set-up, hardware, sheets, and carbon pole will be of special interest. Hull and deck of the A27 are built with vacuum bagging and resin-infusion. The two-spreader mast is aluminum with Dyform rigging. Without sails, the A27 is priced at 69,000 euros, excluding VAT.
- LOA: 8.35 m
- Beam: 2.98 m
- Draft: 1.75 m
- DSPL: 2150 kg.
- Ballast: 828 kg.
- Mainsail: 24 sq. m.
- Genoa: 19 sq. m.
- Spinnaker: 80 sq. m.
- Design: Joubert-Nivelt
This story was originally published in YACHT magazine.
Translated by Dieter Loibner, de.boats.com.