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Sea Bear is a Vancouver 28.

The original Vancouver 27 was designed by Robert Harris, built in wood and was sailed from Canada to New Zealand and back. Pheon yachts in UK were given the rights to build them. The first was of wood then in 1976 the first GRP Vancouver was launched. Northshore bought out Pheon in April 1986 who slightly modified the 27, adding a foot in length and so was born the Vancouver 28.

More information can be found about Vancouvers from the links at the bottom of the page.

Length Overall 8.54 m (28’0″)
Length Waterline 6.99 m (22’11”)
Beam 2.64 m (8’8″)
Draft 1.30 m (4’3″)
Displacement (LS) 4,064 kg (8,960 lbs)
Sail Plan
Mainsail 14 sqm (146 sq ft)
Furling Genoa 28 sqm (306 sq ft)
Yankee 18 sqm (192 sq ft)
Staysail 8 sqm (87 sq ft)

The hull and deck are hand laid up GRP. The hull is laid up/ in accordance with Lloyds specifications and to the Nordseal laminate system. The ballast keel of 3,460lbs [1565kgs) is encapsulated entirely within the hull moulding. A beam shelf is incorporated into the hull structure onto which the deck is bonded,secured with stainless steel bolts and overlaid with GRP. The deck moulding has balsa core which is replaced with plywood in high stress areas where fittings are attached. The cavity between the hull and deck upstand is filled with a resin putty and capped with a teak rail. There are scuppers through the upstand for deck drainage.
A GRP moulded rudder blade is mounted on the transom with two stainless steel hinge fittings and a shoe fitting with high grade nylon bearings. The heel fitting is protected with an anode. The teak tiller is mounted on the rudder with a substantial stainless steel tiller hood.
The cockpit is integral with the deck moulding. There are two large cockpit lockers port and starboard with GRP sealing lids and shockcords to hold them open. There are two cave lockers in the coaming. The two large diameter cockpit drains exit through the stern and the floor has a teak duckboard. The cockpit seats are finished in teak. Two harness lifeline attachment points are fitted.
The side decks & coachroof are fitted with non slip “Treadmaster”.
Ventilation is provided by the opening perspex hatch in the forecabin plus three dorade ventilators. Teak grab rails are fitted on the coachroof. A substantial double bow roller is fitted. The anchor stowage is on bow roller. Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit. 6 x 24″ stanchions and bases. Stainless steel guards over all dorade ventilators. Sliding hatch over companionway. GRP hatch cover with console for instrument dials. Teak weatherboards with retaining bolts. Henderson bilge pump in cockpit.

Two Lewmar halyard Winches
Two Lewmar staysail Winches
Two Lewmar self-tailing ST 30 genoa Winches
Two double spinlock halyard rope clutches
One bulkhead compass
Two staysail sheet blocks on track with slides
Two genoa sheet tracks with roller fairleads and end stops
Mainsail sheet track, traveller and end stops
Two mooring cleats with fairleads on foredeck
Two mooring cleats with fairleads at stern
Two midship cleats and fairleads
Bollard on foredeck for ground tackle
Water and fuel tank fillers
Sprayhood at forward end of cockpit
The cutter rig is standard. The mast has a single set of spreaders and is fitted with mast steps. Standing rigging is 6mm stainless. There is a forestay, inner forestay, twin backstays, cap shrouds, fore and aft lower shrouds, & running backstays. The forestay has a Furlex roller reefing system fitted. The boom has a Seldon rod kicker and with internal reefing lines for slab reefing and an outhaul line with stoppers at the forward end. A Lewmar reefing winch is positioned on the aft face of the mast and a main halyard winch on side of mast .
Sails were originally by Arun Sailmakers Limited to their ocean specification.
Mainsail with three rows of reefs, furling yankee, furling genoa, working jib, staysail, storm staysail & cruising shute.
3 Berth layout
The forepeak – is left open for sail stowage with access to the chain locker forward. On the centreline is the Baby Blake marine toilet. There is a washbasin to starboard with storage under and shelf above and a wardrobe to port with shelves and hanging space. A foot pump provides water to the washbasin.
Saloon -There are two single settee berths with lee cloths and storage under  with upholstered backrests. Port side is full length storage locker. Above are bookshelves and lockers. There is a double flap table on the centreline supported on the teak mast support post. A Dickenson diesel heater is fitted to the forward bulkhead.
Galley – The stainless steel sink with drainer and 2 foot pumps for fresh water and seawater is to port with a two burner Taylors paraffin cooker with oven protected with a crash bar. There is plenty of storage with purpose made drawers for crockery and cutlery stowage. There is a large oilskin locker aft of the galley.
Navigation Area – A large chart table is to starboard with stowage under for charts. Space for navigational instruments and the electrical switch panel are outboard. The head of the quarter berth forms the navigator’s seat.
Diesel: a 28 gallon (127 litre] approx. stainless steel fuel tank is sited under the cockpit sole. It is fitted with a drain sump and is vented overboard. The tank has a filler cap mounted on the sidedeck.
Water: Three interconnecting flexible water tanks providing an approximate capacity of 50 gallons (227 litres) are sited under the cabin sole on top of the keel.
A Yanmar 2 GM20 18hp marine diesel engine, raw water cooled is fitted with three bladed fixed propellor and stainless steel shaft in stern tube with water lubricated outboard bearing. A stainless steel water trap and anti-syphon loop is fitted in the wet exhaust system. A single lever gear and throttle control is mounted in the cockpit. The standard Yanmar engine instrumentation panel is fitted just inside the companionway. The engine alternator (50 amp/hr) charges the yacht’s batteries.
Two heavy duty 12v batteries are provided, separately isolated, so that one can be reserved for engine starting. All systems are separately wired and switched with circuit breakers mounted in the electrical panel.
A 80 watt Solar panel is fitted to a SS gantry mounted at the aft of the cockpit. This charges the batteries via a Victron energy Blue Scaler charger.
A complete set of interior lighting (with LED bulbs) is fitted including bulkhead lights for reading and overhead deckhead lights. A red light is fitted for night sailing. A combined bow port and starboard light and stern white light are fitted in addition to the mast lights. A sacrificial anode on the hull is wired to the engine and stern tube.
Wempe clock and barometer
Compass – Plath Merkur 412
Forward looking depth sounder (echopilot)
Log- B&G triton log and depth
Standard Horizon Explorer VHF
Furuno Chart plotter GPS 1870
AIS (Vesper Marine WatchMate)
The hull and deck are in white gel coated finish
The bilges and lockers are painted throughout
The interior woodwork is finished in satin varnish
The boot top and style lines are in yacht paint finish
The cavita line is in gold paint.

Review of Vancouver 27
Vancouver Owners Organisation
Pheon yachts & the Vancouvers
History of Vancouver yachts in UK