Pearson Coastal 27 or Coastal 27

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  1. Christopher Packard

    Christopher Packard New Member

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    I've found a Coastal 27 for sale and am trying to learn more about it. I believe it was built by Pearson, sold as a Coastal 27 by Coastal Yachts, Pembroke, MA and it appears later as the Pearson Coastal 27. I'm looking information like designer, who made the molds, did any other boats come off the molds in longer or shorter versions, etc. Thanks for any help you can provide.
     
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    Coastal was formed by 2 guys who had come from Cape Dory Yachts back in 1986, a Dave E Perry and a Harry Uvala . They bought the molds from Nauset and were going to have Pearson Yachts in R.I. build them for Coastal , something happened and Pearson pushed back the start time about 6 months so Nauset built the first 24 and 3 27's. I understand the designer was Royal Lowell, attached is an original Coastal brochure. Dave at Nauset was very helpful with info.

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    certain the 24 was Royal Lowell design the others am not sure - I have a 24 - search the forum and you'll find more info
     
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    Yes, the Coastal 27 is the same mold as the Nauset 27 and was designed by Royal Lowell. Not to be confused with the Nauset 28 which is a different animal all together. Nauset made quite a few of the 27's and if you do a search on the forum can probably find out about all of the handling characteristics. Tripp was making the 27 after Coastal closed up shop with Pearson but I don't think they made many of these.
     
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    I own a Coastal 27 made at Pearson in 1987. There was a small "production line " going at some point, but not many were built. Dave Perry was involved in most of these, and sold my boat to me a few years ago. He is at Robin Hood Marine in ME
     
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    Thanks for all the replies to my Coastal 27 inquiry. Will the reported handling issues be a problem as I don't intend to venture more than about a half mile offshore along the New England coast--mostly Downeast Maine?
     
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    I don't think it will have any negative impact on your use. Unless you go surfing inlets you shouldn't notice it much. The important thing is to get a sea trial and put the boat through it's paces so you know first hand how it rides. You have to be happy before making a deal. I met a commercial fisherman who was on his second 27 Nauset. When I asked him about the ride, he laughed and said that he never would have purchased another Nauset 27 if the first one was such a handling nightmare, and he goes out in all sorts of weather.
     
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    I have a coastal 29 that we got mid season last summer. This was our first full season with the boat. I really enjoy it. Awesome in a head sea. I was going to start a post here asking about tips for handling a DE in following/quartering seas but I don't get on the computer much so didn't want to start a conversation I couldn't respond to! Got a couple of good shoulder workouts coming back though Salem Sound this summer trying to keep a straight course in a following sea or while surfing constant wakes of other boats heading in. This is my first DE so I don't have a lot of experience to compare this boat to. For a family station wagon its perfect and I couldn't be happier! Guy I bought it from had it for 7-8 years and ran out 20-30 miles regularly for tuna fishing.
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    curious about the not so good characteristics that the 24 might have.also i have heard it mentioned that it is better suited for a gas engine vs a diesel,i would like to know why. the 24 looks like a good fishing boat that would allow fishing in very shallow areas,even with its full keel.the beam is pretty wide,which would be a stable fishing platform,with a good amount of room.just thinking out loud here. would someday like to make a small jump up from my 22 sisu.
     
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    I was caught out in some nasty stuff while black fishing in my Coastal 24 a few times. Each time the wind and waves were building but you just didn't notice it because the boat is so stable with the wide beam and hard chines. The ride home was more than manageable each time at 14 knots........just a wet ride like most D.E. boats have. I never had an issue with following seas, and if you had to get somewhere in a hurry, she topped out over 30 knots with the Vortec 350 cube motor. The reason a gas engine is a good fit for this hull is the shallow keel and prop size restriction. My guess is that a diesel might need a 1:1 ratio to gain prop speed, but it would probably be a much slower boat. Besides, 8 gallons/hr on gas while cruising over 20 knots isn't terrible. Yes, it's great for shallow water and has a ton of room in the cockpit. The motor box is a full walk around rather than pushed up against the house which is also a nice feature. The bilge is very shallow, so getting anything to fit below deck like fuel tanks and exhaust is a challenge - BUT - the entire floor is removable to make these jobs so much easier. If I was in the market for a boat that size, I would buy another one and customize it to suit my needs. Very user friendly for it's size. I fondly refer to it as the poor man's Fortier. They are completely different animals but still quite similar at the same time.........but you get what you pay for.
     
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