The Spacesailer 27 is a 27-foot (8.3 metre) fiberglass yacht designed by local naval architect Kim Swarbrick in the 1970s. It is one of the more popular sized yachts in the ‘Spacesailer’ range which include 20, 22, 24 and 27 foot models.
The SS27 was designed for high performance racing whist at the same time providing spacious accommodation for cruising at a reasonable cost. Today, there are over 40 SS27’s in use in WA, including 15 at South of Perth Yacht Club. SS27 yacht ages range from 15 to 30 years old but, since 2006, there have been two new SS27’s constructed using the SS27 moulds.
They can be competitively raced with a crew of 4, but optimum racing performance is more comfortably achieved with a crew of 6.
The SS27 is an ideal short to medium range cruising yacht. The yacht is easily sailed by a skipper and one crew when cruising or even by a skipper alone when just going for a quiet sail. The interior layout varies from boat to boat but typically includes up to six berths, dinette, sink, ice box, head (marine toilet) and hanging storage space. There is full headroom over most of the cabin area. An inboard diesel engine of 10-18 HP is commonly used for auxiliary propulsion.