27ft GRP Bilge Keel Snapdragon 27, 1972

Price Details

Price: £6,000 GBP
Location: Nr. Rochford, Essex GB
Make: Snapdragon 27
Year: 1972
Condition: Fair, requires commissioning. Some cosmetic upgrading and routine maintenance.
Category: Sail
Class: Cruisers
Keel Type: Twin Keel




A very simple, practical GRP sail cruiser with twin bilge keels.
She has been stood ashore for several. The present owner is working his way through the vessel, refitting her rather than sailing her.

She has a complete inventory of gear and equipment albeit all rather old and could be updated.

A large inboard diesel engine ( last serviced October 2021 ) . She carries a Bermudian rig.  Rigging and sails of unknown age.


Nominal Length: 27ft
Length Overall: 8.28m
Length At Water Line: 6.93m

Beam: 2.59m
Draft: 0.84m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 40ltr
Water Tank Capacity: 20ltr
Displacement: 2495kgs
Cruising Speed: 4 knots
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 4
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: Thames Marine
Boat Name: Penny Black


Hull Material: Fibreglass
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 7: knots

Engine Description: 31hp, Captain 1.5ltr diesel engine. Tempest Diesels Ltd
Last service  –  October 2021.  Fresh water cooled.
Single propeller shaft driven. Sited under the companionway, aft of the companionway.

Construction: White Moulded GRP, twin bilge keels. Skeg and rudder , transom stern.

Non slip deck paint applied and some Trac marc non slip pads.  Open deep aft cockpit, self draining,

with moulded cockpit lockers.  Sliding hatch and washboards at the companionway.

Some of her internal fixtures and fittings are also moulded in.


Headroom 5ft 10ins, Berth lengths of 6ft. “V” berth in the fore cabin with infill. Velvet upholstered berth cushions.

Two settee berths in the saloon. Plenty of stowage beneath the berths. Purpose built in shelving stowage.
Gas cooker, twin burners, grill and oven, fridge and single stainless sink with manual
pumped cold water only. Built in stowage cupboards and drawers for the galley.

Forehatch secured (requires resealing). 2 x cabin ventilators in the coach roof.
Separate heads compartment with Jabsco manual sea toilet.

New LED cabin lights


Masthead Bermudan Sloop.  Deck stepped  anodised  Alloy mast and boom.
2 x sheet winches. Furling gear on the fore sail, tan Terylene ( sun bleached on the leading edge)

Main sail is of  dark purple/ black coloured Terylene with a dragon emblem on it. Plastic slugs for it to run up the mast.

Standing rigging stainless steel with bottle screw fixings – age unknown.

Running rigging much has been left to the elements and will require replacement.



Navigation lights, tiller steering, ship to shore radio,  GPS system.

Anchor on chain and warp.  Bow roller drum on the foredeck.

Safety Equipment:

s/s Pushpit and pulpit. Stanchions and guard wires.
Grad rails on the coach roof.

Treadmaster pads painted with nonslip deck paint.
Fire extinguisher
2 x safety lines,  4 x lifejackets.

s/s boarding ladder fixed to the transom.