The MP 27 Sailboat

The plywood hulled MP 27 sailboat was designed by Matti 'Masi' Pulli (hence 'MP') and built in Finland in 1973 and 1974. There's no doubt that 'Masi' designed a very pretty sailboat with the MP 27.

An MP 27 sailboatThank you Christofer Forsberg, for this great pic of your MP 27 'West Wind'

Published Specification for the MP 27

Hull Type: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:  Marine plywood (cold laminate construction)

Length Overall: 27' 5" / 8.4m

Waterline Length: 22' 4" / 6.8m

Beam: 9' 1" / 2.8m

Draft: 4' 7" / 1.4m

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 6,614lb / 3,000kg

Designer: Matti Pulli

Builder: Länsivene Oy (Finland)

Year First Built: 1973

Year Last Built: 1974

Number Built: 7

Owners Association: MP Boats

Published Design Ratios for the MP 27

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.7

  • Less 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

Displacement/Length Ratio: 266

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 41.7

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

Comfort Ratio: 22.7

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

Capsize Screening Formula: 1.93

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of Published Design Ratios for the MP 27

  • You can expect reasonably good performance;
  • She's of light to moderate displacement;
  • She's relatively stiff and powerful;
  • She's a coastal cruiser.
  • She's better suited for ocean passages that some similar boats in this size range.

Other Boats in MP Range include:

  • MP 25
  • MP 27
  • MP 28
  • MP 30
  • MP 31
  • MP 35

All boats in the MP range were designed by Matti Pulli. Most of Pulli's boats were made of wood veneer by cross-lamination. Others were also made of reinforced plastic, and many wooden hulls also have a reinforced plastic cover.

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