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Specifications

Length Overall 27.26'
8.31 m
Beam 8.17'
2.49 m
Dry Weight 4,189 lbs.
1,900 kg
Fuel Capacity 60.76 gallons
230 L
Water Capacity 10.57 gallons
40 L

Captain's Report

The Draco D27 is powered by a single outboard and measures 27.26’ (8.31 m) with an 8.17’ (2.49 m) beam.

By Eric Colby

Brief Summary

The Draco D27 is a retro-styled dual console that has a mini-expedition feel. She’s powered by a single outboard and has convertible seating in the cockpit. For overnighting, owners can opt for a camper canopy, a refrigerator, a head and a shower.

With her tall bow, the D27 is a great boat for island hopping and exploring.

Draco D27 Key Features

  • Single outboard power
  • Stainless-steel windshield frame w/walk-thru center section
  • Beach boarding ladder
  • Back-to-back seat converts to sunpad
  • Teak cockpit table
  • Sink

Mission Statement

The Draco D27 is designed to be a versatile dayboat with deep cockpit and bow seating and myriad lounging options. She’s powered by a single outboard up to 400 hp and built with top-shelf materials and accessories. Draco calls her a “small super yacht.” Her plumb bow and angular lines give the D27 a certain Euro flair.

Draco designed the D27’s cockpit with central aft seating, which creates more ease of movement at the stern.

Company History. Kåre Drangsholt founded Draco Boats in Norway more than 50 years ago. Hochmuth Bootsbau AG in Stansstad, Switzerland became one of the first Draco dealers and delivered more than 5,000 boats for the company. The business still works with the modern-day version of Draco today. The naval architecture for the new series of Dracos was done by Hans Jorgen Johnsen, while the exterior design and styling were from Ed Dubois and the Windy Design Team.

Draco Boats founder Kåre Drangsholt.
The original Draco Boats factory was one of the first to build fiberglass boats in Scandinavia. This picture is showing the yard filled with boats from Draco at Hochmuth Bootsbau AG in Stansstad, Switzerland.

Draco D27 Features Inspection

The Stern. When doing so from docks, the easiest way to board the D27 would be to step on the twin teak swim platforms that extend aft past the single outboard. There are stainless-steel framed gates that close the passage forward to the aft decks. This area is raised and there are hawse holes with stainless-steel cleats below in the gunwales.

In this photo, we can see the open design of the Draco D27’s stern.

The Cockpit. It’s a short step down into the cockpit, and all the way aft is a drain that span’s most of the cockpit’s width. In the center is a back-to-back lounge that can seat four (two facing forward, two aft) or be laid flat to create a large sunpad. An example of the upscale treatments throughout the boat, the lounge is upholstered in material from the Spradling-Marlin collection. A teak cockpit table comes standard. There’s storage in the base of the center lounge and outboard in the gunwales. A sink is in the port storage compartment. 

With the swiveling bucket seats, the driver and a companion can turn around to join the conversation.
​​​​Showing extra attention to detail, Draco builds the cockpit table with three folding sections.
Two couples can travel comfortably in the D27's cockpit and bow.

The Helm. The captain and a companion travel in bucket seats that swivel. Ahead of the port seat is a stainless-steel grab rail. To starboard, the helm has a steering wheel with an embossed Draco logo, plus a USB socket and halo accessory switches. Available options include a Nextel anti-glare surface, multifunction displays and autopilot from Raymarine or Garmin. Owners can choose to upgrade with trim tabs with position indicators or Zipwake interceptors.

The stainless-steel rails are wrapped in hand-stitched leather for more comfort and an upscale appearance.
A rail follows the form of the stainless-steel windshield frame, ensuring there’s always something to grab when the water gets bumpy.

The Bow. Open the center section of the windshield to head forward to the D27’s bow. There’s seating for six on lounges finished in Spradling-Marlin upholstery. In an impressive display of craftsmanship, the stainless-steel anchor integrates cleanly into a pulpit made of the same material.

Draco calls the 27 a dual console instead of a bowrider and says the bow area is one of the largest in class.
Not only does the bow have enough space to seat these ladies comfortably, notice how high the backrests come up.
Notice the rails on deck that are in convenient reach for the ladies riding up front.
There aren’t many 27’ (8.23 m) boats out there with a custom stainless-steel anchor that fits perfectly into the pulpit.

Power

The Draco D27 is available with single outboard power ranging from 250 to 400 hp.

For more daring customers, Draco will equip the 27 with the Mercury Racing 400R.
Here we see the D27 powered by a Yamaha 300-hp outboard.
When an owner just wants to go for a blast, the D27 becomes a sportscar on the water.

Options to Consider (Not discussed in report)

  • Bow dodger
  • Bow Thruster
  • Windlass at bow or stern
  • Cockpit deck lighting
  • Swim platform lights
  • Stereo with DAB+ Bluetooth/USB and four speakers
  • Removable Ski Tow

With her tall hullsides, plumb bow and sharp entry, the 27 should be able to handle chop with ease.
The windlass makes it easy to drop the D27’s anchor and the family can enjoy a day on the beach.

Observations

The Draco 27 could have just enough of a retro/Euro look combined with a versatile cockpit layout to crack the U.S. dayboat/dual-console market. It certainly looks like the manufacturer pays attention to the small details and the boat appears to be well built.