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MGC 27 - Lifting Keel

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8.38m (27'6")



Underwater profile
Lifting keel


1 x Diesel 9hp, Volvo Penta 2001 (1989)

Sussex Viewing by appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Rob Humphreys
Builder MG Yachts
Lying Sussex Viewing by appointment
Fuel capacity 45.0 ltr (9.9 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 45.0 ltr (9.9 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Last survey 13/07/2010


Engine 1 x Diesel 9hp
Engine make and model Volvo Penta 2001 (1989)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Saildrive
Prop(s) 2 blade folding
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.5 ltr (0.3 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots

Volvo Saildrive (2007)


LOA 8.38m (27'6")
LWL 7.16m (23'6")
Beam 3.04m (10'0")
Draft Min 1.00m (3'3")
Draft Max 1.80m (5'11")
Displacement 2,727kg (6,013.0lbs)
Headroom 1.80m (5'11")
Storage On marina


Sloop rigged Aluminium spars (1988) with stainless steel standing rigging (2012)


Mainsail Crusader cruising - Slab (2011)
Headsail Crusader cruising - Furling (2011)
Other sails Sanders Racing Main (2008)
Sanders Racing Genoa (2008)
Quantum Furling Genoa (unknown year)
Spinnaker & Storm Jib (unknown year)
Various Foresails (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear tick

Fractional Sloop, Proctor aluminium spars (1989)
Stainless steel standing rigging (Dec 2012)
Furlex 106S with demountable drum (2010)

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, shore power,


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Lifting keel
Finish Gelcoat finish


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Icebox tick
Curtains tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

Autohelm autopilot

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick

3 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
1 anchors
(Plough 25lb)
20.00m (65'7") of chain
20.00m (65'7") of warp
Tiller Pilot Autohelm 1000

Safety Equipment

Danbuoy tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 Electric)

Broker's Comments

This lady is SERIOULSY priced to sell - if you're after this type of boat, look no further! Examine the market and you won't find any better value - she MUST go, along with her fantastic inventory! I really wouldn't miss this one...


Really recent standing rigging!
Sails galore - including racing!
Cleaned and valeted!

She's recently back in the water after maintenance: a new saildrive gaiter is fitted - bang on schedule - along with fresh anti-fouling, hull polish, full engine service new anodes and a full valet.

Originally sold as the Contessa 27, the moulds and design were purchased by MG Yachts and thereafter sold as the MGC27.

This boat is a superb example of this fast, modern-styled sailing cruiser having the advantage of the much sought-after lifting keel and an excellent reputation for sailing performance and handling.

Take all of these and couple with the facts that she comes loaded with cruising and laminate racing sails and has recently had her standing rigging replaced, she represents serious value. Even more so when you consider that, though currently set up for short-handed cruising, she is very easily and quickly set up as a club racer, with an extra pair of self-tailing winches and fantastic TackTick Race Master instruments.

Fantastic for a family for a few hours, a weekend or longer - even a race, this boat is versatile in every way - father and son, husband and wife - whichever way, she is perfect for easy sailing or tougher, more serious stuff!

These boat details are subject to contract. Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.


This MGC 27 - Lifting Keel has been personally photographed and viewed by Tim Kingston of Boatshed Brighton. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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