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27′ Bermudan Sloop

(REF: 17927)


  • Designer: Winslow, Ralph E.
  • Builder: A King, Hong Kong
  • Year: 1939
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 27'4"
  • Beam: 9'1"
  • Draft: 4'8"
  • Tonnage: 5 displ.

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Wooden ships comments on this 27′ Bermudan sloop,

designed by Ralph E. Winslow and built by A King of Hong Kong in 1939.

The designer, Winslow, was prominent in the yachting scene on the East coast of America, having worked at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company for several years prior to 1920.  The design shows typical elements of the east coast yachts, with an exaggerated tumblehome on the counter, large spacious cockpit and swept cockpit coamings.

This is one of two identical yachts that were built in 1939, but with the outbreak of WWII they were laid up and not finished until after the war.  Once fitted out, she was sold to the first owner in 1946 and raced successfully in various regattas in Hong Kong harbour and became a well known boat on the water.

An extensive professional refit was carried out in 2003.

27′ Bermudan Sloop

Planked in Burma teak, copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Many oak frames replaced in 2003 with all new fastenings

All seams routed out and new splines epoxied in to give tight and fair topsides.


Oak backbone and deadwoods.  Large section grown oak floors fastened with ?? removes the problem of electrolysis or corrosion suffered by many boats with strap floors.


Yacht laid teak deck joggled into a scrubbed teak king plank.

Long spacious cockpit with seats at deck height and varnished teak cockpit coamings mounted on the deck in the typical American way.  Varnished teak tiller to transom hung rudder.  Compass set into forward port side bulkhead.

Varnished solid teak coachroof comings with three rectangular bronze opening portholes each side.  Coachroff deck finished in cream non-slip deck paint.  Varnished teak hand rails.  High teak toe rail all round with s/s guard wires and stanchions.  Nice s/s pulpit in two halves to give easy access to the bowsprit and bronze fairleads.  Anchor fixed to teak pads on the foredeck.


Fractional Bermudan sloop rig with jumper struts on spruce keel stepped mast.  Varnished spruce slab reefing boom with bronze goose neck fitting.  Varnished wood bumpkin to take standing backstay with bronze end cap and galvanised chain supports, varnished bowsprit with s/s rod bobstay and s/s wire whisker stays to bronze fittings on the hull.


Running backstays on Highfield levers to bronze external chainplates.

Stainless steel standing rigging (year?) with swaged terminals to stainless steel rigging screws.

Aft lower and cap shroud to internally mounted stainless steel chainplates through the margin board.  Forward lower to externally mounted bronze chainplate.

Roller furling on outer forestay for Genoa.



2 pairs of original bronze top action sheet winches on cockpit coamings, one pair forward and one pair aft.  Convenient bronze clips to hold winch handles on the inside of the coamings.

One top action winch on aft starboard side coachroof for mainsail halyard.

3 top action bronze winches on the mast.


Yanmar 3GM 30hp diesel engine to stainless steel shaft and 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising.  Engine control panel at forward end of cockpit.



Sliding hatch with teak washboards to very open plan saloon with rounded over half bulkheads to break up the different areas of the boat.  Companion steps over varnished plywood engine box.  Galley to port with s/s gravity draining sink and single burner camping stove.  Plenty of space to install a small gas meths stove.  Louvre doors to storage cupboards under the galley.

Long starboard bunk combining the quarter berth and settee into one long bunk.  Port side has 6’ settee bunk with pull out base to create a double berth.  Laarge stirage locker behind with sliding door fronts.  Open fronted locker storage under berths.  Varnished plywood sole boards with light coloured timber inlay strips.  Full standing headroom under coachroof.  Cleverly located hand grips in various places around the cabin.

White painted  half bulkheads with varnished teak capping make a light airy cabin.  Forward of the bulkhead is the focsle with a pipecot berth to port and plenty of storage space.  Fore hatch above to have access to sails, fender, warps etc so they don’t have to be taken through the cabin.  Anchor locker in forepeak.



Garmin GPS Map 550 plotter

Swiftech VHF radio

Raymarine depth and log

Brass steering compass

Stowe trailing log


35lbs CQR anchor

20lbs CQR anchor

Plenty of chain

Long length octoplait warp


2 horse shoe lifebuoys with lights and floating lines

2 gas fog horns

1 strobe light

6 assorted flares

Throwing line

Aluminium radar reflector



Fire extinguisher


Fenders and warps



Canvas dodgers



This is a fine little cruising yacht that has had a lot of good work done.  She has been modernised in a simple way, enough to make her easy to sail and live with but not too much so as to over-complicate a little boat.  A good turn of speed from the decent size rig will help cover the miles on a passage, and plenty of power from the modern Yanmar makes her very manouverable.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.