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1972 – She 27


1972 She 27 Classic Yacht

Boat Details

Overall Length: 26'
Waterline: 19'2"
Beam: 8'6"
Draught: 4'7"
Displacement: 2384 kgs
Engine: Beta 10hp
Berths: 4 Berths
Sail: Bermudan Sloop
Designer: Sparkman and Stephens
Builder: South Hampshire Engineering
Year Built: 1972
Location: North Shields

Firecracker IV is a She 27, built by South Hampshire Engineering in 1972. She was designed by Sparkman and Stephens (design no: 2065) as an IOR Mk 3  ½ tonner at a time when S&S were producing their finest out put for Nautor Swan. The She 27 reflected these designs and has been described as a ‘baby Swan’. Her core dimensions are LOA 26’ LWL 19’ 3” Beam 8’ 6”Draft 4’ 9”, displacement 5255 lbs and sail area 287 sq ft, with a high aspect profile and mast height of 32’ 6” and boom length of 8.75’. In her day these craft were heavily and successfully raced and renowned for their agility.

Suffolk Yacht Harbour was instructed to carry out the following work: replacement of old worn ‘she deck’ (grp simulated teak deck) with new Awlgrip deck; renewal of all external brightwork; hull polished and antifouled ; cooker replaced with new Taylor’s paraffin stove. At the same time Evolution Rigging were instructed to replace all standing rigging with new, inspect and carry out necessary repairs to mast rotostay furling gear and boom and provide new spinnaker boom. One Sail were instructed to launder and repair main genoa and headsail, together with spray hood and lazy bag, provide new forehatch cover and replace all internal upholstery with new. Beta 10 hp engine was winterised and subsequently recommissioned by French Marine Motors. Total cost of work circa £11000.

Equipment with the boat includes: Compass, log/echo sounder, chart plotter, autohelm, new pulpit and pushpit lights, installed 2021 when all electrics were checked over, twin batteries, shore power supply lead and battery charger, vhf radio (with DSC and AIS), CQR anchor and cable, multiple warps,  webbing jackstays and harness, sheet and spinnaker winches (in good order), spray hood (not fitted), wind generator (not fitted), boarding ladder, bilge pump, fenders, including unused new blow up fenders.

 Below decks: 4 berths with new upholstery (as above), new Taylor’s cooker (as above), stainless steel sink with electric cold water supply from flexible water tank. Zenith marine toilet.


Accommodation and Tankage

Fuel Tank: stainless steel tank in stern locker

Water tank: flexible pvc tank under galley sink; cold water supply served by electric pressure pump

Cooker  2 burner Taylors paraffin cooker and tank installed JUNE 2021

HEADS  Lavac Heads Unit  believed to be in working order

4 berths each with new upholstery 2021

2 gimballed oil lamps. Electric cabin lights


Rig and Sails

Keel stepped aluminium mast and boom inspected and treated for corrosion  by Evolution Rigging in JULY 2021. Rotostay furler


All standing rigging renewed to include new rigging screws July 2021 and new forestay through furler. Backstay adjuster freed and lubricated

Rig: bermudan sloop.

Mainsail with slab reefing, large genoa and headsail. Ages unknown but all washed cleaned and repaired as necessary in 2021. No spinnaker.


Deck Equipment

Winches: 2 halyard winches (Lewmar  8 and Amtil); 4 sheet winches (2 Lewmar 30 and 2 Harken) 2 Lewmar 8 winches on coachroof for mainsheet and topping lift

ANCHOR: 20lb plough anchor with (believed) 30 metres of chain

Sprayhood repaired and washed 2021 (not fitted with minor repair needed to frame)

Forehatch cover 2021

Sail cover/lazybag cleaned and inspected 2021

Various warps and fenders (including new inflatable fenders 2023)

Wind generator (not fitted)


Navigation Equipment

Contest compass

Clipper duet log/ech sounder

Clipper wind system

Standard Horizon  Matrix series VHF (DSC)

Standard Horizon chart plotter

Simrad TP10 autohelm

Windex (not fitted)

Navigation lights on pulpit and pushpit (2021)


Safety Equipment

Emergency beacon

Flares (out of date)

Fire extinguisher

Simpson Lawrence clock and barometer

Boarding ladder


Deck brush

Horseshoe lifebuoy  with light

XM Oscar rescue sling

Jackstays port and starboard

Safety harness

Portable chartboard

3 lifejackets

Bilge pump (manual)


Engine and Electrics

Watercooled Beta 10 diesel engine with some service records

Tiller helmed

Two batteries (currently stored for winter) charged from engine/shorepower/wind generator


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Classic Yacht Brokerage cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.