varne owners association


Varne 27, Varne 850
Weston 8500, Varne Folkboat
a site dedicated to this sturdy little Duncan Stuart designed craft.

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Latest Varne 27 Review: Sailing Today May 2008
"Duncan Kent ... sails a curvaceous classic, the Varne 27 which ... handles like a dream"
"The Varne 27 is an old school classic in the mould of the Nicholsons, Contessas and Rustlers of her day. She is fast and formidable in a good blow while remaining impeccably mannered. Her motion at sea is supremely smooth, as you'd expect from a deep-veed hull with long overhangs, and she is built to withstand a storm at sea with little consequence" "A Perfect Sense of Proportion", "The little known Varne 27 is a treat for those who want a compact, well behaved and seakindly offshore cruiser", "Downright Gorgeous" "steady as a rock off the wind"

varne: "the best second hand boat you've never heard of"

"beautifully balanced, close-winded and with a motion that could rock you to sleep, she was clearly designed for the kind of weather most people try to avoid" PBO Feb 2000 (issue 398)

"... a sweet handler with the sort of directional stability I would expect from a long keeled design ... not a fussy boat to sail... partly due to her balance" Yachting Monthly Nov 1974

"deliciously responsive, well mannered and enjoys being sailed ... I urge you to try her" PBO November 1977

Formed in 2005, the Varne Owners Association's aims:

  • to help keep owners in touch
  • to provide a forum for members to share information
  • to be a source of useful information
  • to provide a news bulletin for members
  • to publish a 'classified' members sales/wanted section