Knotty Rascal has a wheel!

Knotty Rascal, a.k.a “Rascal” or “Knotty,” is our Precision 27 cruising keelboat. Built in 1990 by Precision Boat Works in Florida, Knotty Rascal is a 27-foot performance cruiser designed by noted naval architect Jim Taylor. Among his other designs are several of the highly regarded, award-winning SABRE blue-water yachts, and the Colgate 26 used by the U.S. Navy as a trainer. He was even tasked to upgrade the racing yacht, COURAGEOUS, which proceeded to win the 1977 America’s Cup. With Precision Boat Works he produces popular line of well-thought-out sailboats under 30 feet in length that benefit form both the worlds of cruising and racing. Look around the Union mooring field and you’ll see some other Precision boats out there!

Knotty Rascal joined the Hoofer’s fleet in 2005 by the kindly donation by Craig Evans of Milwaukee, and represents a modern cruising boat in our fleet.

Knotty Rascal combines wheel steering, a mainsheet at the helm, a roomy cockpit and cabin, to make an ideal platform for beginning and intermediate members to learn sailing fundamentals and boat systems. Time spent on this boat will greatly benefit those who think the ASA 103 and 104 might be in their future. Indeed, this boat has launched the dreams of many club members who have gone on to sail and cruise all over the word.

With its convenient sail handling and inboard diesel engine, Rascal proves to be an ideal boat for safe and easy cruising on Lake Mendota with friends and family even when sailing short-handed. With its accommodating interior and deck space, it’s particular well suited for wine and cheese cruises at sunset!

Its moderately light displacement hull is well balanced and carries a generous sail plan that can be easily reefed and handled. The furling Genoa is simple to deploy and put away. The 3’ 7” lead fin keel sports a clever “end-plate effect bulb” that provides greater stability and enhanced performance upwind. This is a fun and lively boat.

LOA 27’ 0’
LWL 22’ 10”
Hull Speed 6.4 knots
Beam 10’ 0”
Disp 5400 lbs (2.7 tones)
Disp/L 202
Ballast 1800lbs
Ballast Ratio 33.3
Sail Area 356 sq.ft.
Sail/Disp 18.5
Headroom 6’ 1”
Mast Ht. (DWL) 42’ 0”
Engine Inboard Diesel 12HP
Prop Fixed 2 blade, RH

If you have any questions or comments about Knotty Rascal, contact the keelboat fleet captain.


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