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Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Boat Reviews, Daysailer, Racing Sailboat, Sailing, UK, US |

Archambault 27: A Talented Performer from France

The prototype of the new Archambault 27 is sailing already. It's a crossover that combines sport boat and cruising yacht in an 8.35-meter package.

By Michael Good, YACHT magazine.

The A27 fits squarely between the A31 and the long-serving Surprise from the same builders. A bowsprit and aggressive lines betray the sporty genes of this Joubert-Nivelt design that promises high performance potential. The interior arrangement, which is relatively comfortable for a boat of this size, with four bunks, an open forward cabin, and a standard porta-potti, turns the A27 into a weekender or even a modest cruising boat, with the optional comfort package that includes additional lockers, settees with backrests, a saloon table, a stove, and a 50-liter water tank.

This little French speedster can be fitted out nicely belowdecks for simple weekending.

This little French speedster can be fitted out nicely belowdecks for simple weekending.

The A27 comes in various appendage configurations, including a T-shaped fixed keel from cast iron, a swing keel, or a bilge-keel model with twin rudders for easy and comfortable beaching in tidal venues. The standard engine is a 12-hp Volvo Penta (D1-13).

For racers, the IRC package with spinnaker set-up, hardware, sheets, and carbon pole will be of special interest. Hull and deck of the A27 are built with vacuum bagging and resin-infusion. The two-spreader mast is aluminum with Dyform rigging. Without sails, the A27 is priced at 69,000 euros, excluding VAT.

For more information, visit Archambault.


  • LOA: 8.35 m
  • Beam: 2.98 m
  • Draft:  1.75 m
  • DSPL: 2150 kg.
  • Ballast: 828 kg.
  • Mainsail: 24 sq. m.
  • Genoa: 19 sq. m.
  • Spinnaker: 80 sq. m.
  • Design: Joubert-Nivelt

yacht-logoweb11This story was originally published in YACHT magazine.

deboatscom-logo-1507Translated by Dieter Loibner,