Best boat for Lake Erie
I wouldn't cruise the seven seas in all of them or enter all of them in the Chicago/Mackinaw sailboat race. They each have their good points (and bad points). Don't forget, my opinion on these boats is just that, my own opinion. I wouldn't sail around the world in a Catalina 27 but many sailors have. At least one person has actually singlehanded a Catalina 27 around the world. My reply to this: "several people have gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel but I'm not going to do it." That same person that went over the falls in a barrel will probably single hand a Catalina 27 around the world. I place the comfort rate in both about the same. Actually, here in the Great Lakes, I enjoy a 27 foot sailboat.
Photo at right is a Cal 2-27, full and by, going to windward on a port tack. My Cal put the fun back into sailing for me. I'm pleased with the way my Cal 2-27 "imp" sails. I was afraid that I would be disappointed with anything smaller than my Citation 34 but instead, find that sailing the Cal is a pleasure after the Irwin 34. If you're a Cal fan, as I am, please go back to our "Main Index Page" and visit my "Homepage for older Cal Yachts sailors". (Available after 2/15/98). See specs for this Cal 2-27 further down on this webpage...
9/15/2014: As you probably can see by looking over my website, two of my favorite sailboat designers are Bill Lapworth and Robert Perry. Bill Lapworth designed most of the Cal Yachts, including the Cal 40. Bob Perry's most famous design was the Valiant 40, a very popular fin keel, canoe stern sailboat. Bob Perry does reviews on sailboats every month in "Sailing" magazine. He has included these reviews in six books, "Sailing Designs" volumes 1 thru 6. Mr. Perry has reviewed over 1100 sailboats in these six volumes. I have purchased all six volumes, read them every day. His reviews are extremely informative. The problem is: Which reviews are in which volume? .I've listed the 1, 113 sailboats, the volume they're in, and a few notes on many of the boats listed. they're in my MS Excel 2010 file (YachtDesignsPerry.xlsx). If you would like a copy of this file just send me an email.
I've owned a couple of 27s and sailed them thousands of miles here on Lake Erie and Lake Huron. I owned a 1974 Catalina 27 for about 10 years, traded it for a new Irwin Citation 34 (my first and only new boat), and now sail a 1974 Cal 2-27.