CUSTOM RACING YACHTS
3700 B Hilltop Road Soquel,
California 95073 (408) 475-9627
SANTA CRUZ 27
Our new 27-foot racing sloop has been developed from our years of
experience with high performance light displacement racing sailboats. Several
of the leaders in the field have had particular influence on our new superboat,
including Van de Stadt's Black Soo Starbuck, George Olson's Grendel, Steve
Fennell's (Pi), and Bill Lee's Magic, Witchcraft, Chutzpah and Panache.
Our 27 will be an all-around performer. She will have the exceptional
off-the-wind performance characteristic of all the light boats, and in
addition will have both strong heavy air upwind capability and very good
light air performance.
The most important design features that make this possible are light
displacement and long waterline, combined with an optimum hull shape for
the correct balance between stability and wetted surface. The hull shape
also has the optimum rocker for high speed surfing in big waves, and a very
substantial spade rudder for good directional control in all conditions.
The sail area is carefully calculated with respect to both stability and
wetted surface to insure excellent performance in all wind conditions.
The general layout has taken into account years of past history
of ocean racing. The cockpit design was chosen after a careful analysis of
existing and potential space arrangements to provide the maximum comfort
and efficiency. The layout is arranged to integrate the traveller, winches,
tiller, and lines from the mast and winches into a practical and workable
unit. The winch islands which also form the seat back rests are carefully
designed for both sitting comfort and optimum functioning. They are large
for sitting and for the best arrangement and use of hardware. Cockpit drainage
is through l 1/2-inch drains out the transom, and the drain outlets are oversize
to double as foot steps for climbing aboard from swimming or man overboard.
The cabin house has flush solar control bronze windows, both in
the side and the top. The optional Goiot-type forward hatch provides even
more light below and makes for more convenient sail handling, yet leaves
the foredeck clear and manueverable for easy and safe foredeck work and cruising
Below, the layout is designed for use and comfort at sea. There
are two quarter berths aft, then small seats on each side with storage underneath.
Forward of these are a galley counter to port and a chart table to starboard.
In the forepeak are two single berths, or an optional double berth: the single
berths are preferable for racing at sea, the double for overnight cruising.
A word about ratings - our 27 will rate about 25 IOR or about 29
CCA, the rating system currently used by MORC. This may seem high for a 27-foot
boat until one considers that a rating is simply a speed prediction and
that a well-designed fast boat such as this will have no trouble winning
her fair share under either rating system.
Our Santa Cruz 27 represents a superior investment in a racing boat.
Her 8-foot beam allows her to be easily trailered, and her 3000-lb displacement
allows her to be launched from larger yacht club hoists. As she is not designed
specifically to a rule, she will not be obsoleted by rule changes.
She is well balanced, lively and fun to sail, pleasing in appearance,
and strongly built. We feel our superboat will be a joy to own, race, and
cruise for years to come.
Click here to see the original SC27 brochure
The Wizard's Santa Cruz 27 History
The Santa Cruz 27 class organization
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