Review of Buccaneer 277

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Buccaneer 277 is a sailboat designed in the late seventies. The Buccaneer 277 is built by the American yard Bayliner Marine Corp..

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The hull is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season. And outside the sailing season, just bottom cleaning and perhaps anti-fouling painting once a year - a few hours of work, that's all.

The Buccaneer 277 is equipped with a finn keel. A boat with a fin keel is more manoeuvrable but has less directional stability than a similar boat with a long keel.
The boat can enter even shallow marinas as the draft is just about 1.22 - 1.32 meter (4.00 - 4.30 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

The boat is typically equipped with a Volvo Penta diesel engine.

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Stability and Safety
What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?
The capsize screening value for Buccaneer 277 is 1.85, indicating that this boat could - if evaluated by this formula alone - be accepted to participate in ocean races.

Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed
What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?
The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 6.6 knots. The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster. The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.

Immersion rate
The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Buccaneer 277 is about 122 kg/cm, alternatively 683 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 122 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 683 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

Motion Comfort Ratio
What is Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR)?
The Motion Comfort Ratio for Buccaneer 277 is 19.8.

Low High 46% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 46% of all similar sailboat designs. This comfort value is just below average.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)
What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?
The l/b ratio for Buccaneer 277 is 3.37.

Wide Slim 86% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is slimmer than 86% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a significantly more speedy hull design.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)
What is Displacement Length Ratio?
The DL-ratio for Buccaneer 277 is 157 which categorizes this boat among 'light racers'.

Heavy Light 85% 0 50 100
85% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier. A light displacement requires less sailarea and has higher accellerations.

SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)
What is SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)?
The SA/D for Buccaneer 277 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 16.8, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 20.1.

Low High 62% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 62% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.


Bottom Paint
When buying anti-fouling bottom paint, it's nice to know how much to buy. The surface of the wet bottom is about 21m2 (226 ft2).
Based on this, your favourite maritime shop can tell you the quantity you need.
Note: If you use a paint roller you will need more paint than if you use a paintbrush.

Dimensions of sail.
mainsail specifications headsail specifications
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If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.

Guiding dimensions of running rig
Mainsail halyard 21.3 m(69.9 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard21.3 m(69.9 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Spinnaker halyard21.3 m(69.9 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib sheet 8.2 m(27.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Genoa sheet8.2 m(27.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Mainsheet 20.6 m(67.5 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet18.1 m(59.4 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Cunningham3.3 m(10.8 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Kickingstrap6.6 m(21.5 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Clew-outhaul6.6 m(21.5 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)

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