This is Fortuitous:

The Model

The Catalina 27 is a modern classic (at least according to John Kretschmer’s review). Over 6,600 were produced between 1971 and 1991, which is a huge production run for a keelboat. C27s are comfortable coastal cruisers, with ample interior volume for their size and responsive and predictable handling under sail. While they were never intended to cross oceans or clean up at the race course, they’ve actually been known to do both on occasion. At least one has successfully completed a circumnavigation (with some key structural modifications) and she’s listed in John Vigor’s Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere.

Fortuitous is a standard model, with the fin keel, standard rig, and traditional interior layout. She probably originally came with an Atomic 4 inboard gasoline engine, but was repowered by a previous owner with a Beta 14 two-cylinder diesel, which is actually a marinized Kubota Z482 tractor/industrial engine.

Catalina 27 Line Drawing

The Vital Statistics

  • Make: Catalina Yachts
  • Model: 27 Standard Rig, Fin Keel
  • Hull Number: 5094
  • Year: 1982
  • Length Overall: 26′ 10″
  • Length at Waterline: 21′ 9″
  • Beam: 8′ 10″
  • Draft: 4′
  • Displacement: 6850 lbs
  • Ballast: 2700 lbs