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Lancer 27PS, Del Mar Marina,

SV Takara (Treasure) a 1985 Lancer 27 Powersailer

Takara is located in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Del Mar Boat Basin, B Dock.


Member, Santa Margarita Yacht Club, (SMYC)

Her skipper is Brian Donaldson, KF6BL

"May your seas be calm and the wind always on your starboard beam!" - Brian D

Brian D,

Takara's Specifications

Color Tan
Length Overall 26' 7"
LWL 22' 0"
Beam 8'
Draft 4' 3"
Displacement 4600 lbs
Headroom 6' 2"
Bridge Clearence 39' 6"
Displacement Length Ratio (D/L) 193
Lancer 27PS,Takara, Profile View,
Sail Area 310.5 ft2
P 30'
E 10'
J 9.4'
I 29.75
SA/D 18
Designer Herb David
Fuel Capacity 60 Gal
Freshwater 60 Gal

Auto Pilot

Simrad WP32 AT5-825-10

Outboard Motor Yamaha T9.9XPA

Lancer 27 Owner's Manual (18 Meg).

1995 Yamaha T9.9MXHT Service Manual - LIT-18616-01-24 (13 Meg)

1998~2006 Yamaha T9.9W Service Manual - LIT-18616-01-83 (6 Meg)

Additonal info about Takara:

Here is a 1985 Lancer 27 PowerSailer. It is called the powersailer because of its unique ability to handle a 150hp outboard (or twin 70hp). She is equipped with the beginning sailor in mind but with amenities a seasoned sailor would appreciate.

2x30 gallon fuel tanks, for a total of 60 gallons, means this boat can motor for close to 300 miles. The Outboard engine, a 2012 Yamaha T9.9XPA, consumes about .87 gph of fuel (per the service manual).

Simrad WP32 autopilot installed on the wheel steering sets the boat on a true course so you can relax and enjoy the wind and waves.

Two group 24 batteries, a Guest ICS 12 battery charger, and a 50w solar panel keep her powered up.

Knot and depth meter, one handheld Garmin GPS connected to autopilot, one Garmin GPS connected to the DSC VHF radio, and a pedestal compass. 20M dipole antenna and Icom IC-707 HF Amateur Radio Transceiver when needed.

Wheel steering helps reduce fatigue, and it looks cool to boot! Two sails (main and 135% jib), life jackets, whisker pole, boat pole, sail covers, cockpit cushions.

Below deck in 6'2" headroom. Full head w/holding tank, not a porta potty, and standing shower. Two burner stove in the galley to starboard. Aft owner cabin has queen size accommodations. V berth forward houses 2x30 gal fresh water tanks for a total of 60 gallons of water. Sink has running water from an electric pump. Hanging closet to port. AM/FM radio. Every conceivable option in 1985 was included on this boat.

The boat was bottom painted in Mar '19 and the outboard replaced Dec '11.

Bottom paint and launch, Mar '19.

Starboard quarter view, Takara launch 10/09,

Interior photos:

Lancer 27PS, Takara, Galley,

Galley - Pressure water, two burner stove, ice chest.

Lancer 27PS, Takara, aft states room,

Aft cabin w/Queen Size accommodations, bilge pump under mattress.

Takara, Lancer 27PS, Forward V-berth,

V-berth and dinning table with fresh water tanks under berth.

Lancer 27PS, Takara, Icom IC-707, Standard Horizon GX-1600,

Communications center. Icom IC-707, Standard Horizon GX1600, Garmin GPS72.


Maritime Information

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Maritime Mobile Service Network 14300 kHz (USB Ham Band) 24 hours - Note this frequency is shared with other boating nets

Baja Net 7233.5 kHz (LSB Ham Band) 0800 Pacific Time

Great Northern Boater's Net 3870 kHz (LSB Ham Band) 0800 Pacific Time

WA6CCA Vertical Dipole Antenna

Sea Water Ground for HF SSB Radios


Installing DC Block for Radio Frequency Ground On Board a Sailing Vessel

SFI indices

  • >100 BEST
  • 90 BETTER
  • 80 GOOD
  • <70 NOT GOOD
  • The A indices

  • <7 is BEST
  • 8 to 15 is OK
  • >16 is BAD
  • K indices

  • <2 is BEST
  • 3 is OK
  • 4 is BAD
  • >5 is VERY VERY BAD
  • Theoretical Distance vs. Frequency Band

    2 MHz 200-400 miles (124-248 km)
    4 MHz 400-600 miles (248-373 km)
    6 MHz 600-1,200 miles (373-745 km)
    8 MHz 800-1,600 miles (497-994 km)
    12 MHz 1,200-2,400 miles (745-1490 km)
    16 MHz 1,600-3,200 miles (994-1987 km)
    22 MHz 2,200-4,000 miles plus 1366 km plus)
    26 MHz unpredictable during our solar cycle minimum

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    Last updated, April 3, 2020