Rossiter Pintail 27

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The Pintail 27 is widely regarded as one of the best quality yachts under 30’ built in the 1970’s. The class were much admired with the quality of workmanship standing them head and shoulders above other yachts of the time. A triple keeled cruiser they became very popular with those restricted to drying harbour berths. Her heavy displacement delivering a comfortable passage even in heavy weather.

The Pintail 27 SPINTAIL is one of the later examples. With just her third she has enjoyed significant upgrading and routine maintenance. Offered for sale afloat (until October 4th) and incommission her inventory highlights include:

GRP moulded hull

GRP moulded deck

Yanmar 2GM20 marine diesel engine

Merlin SmartGuage battery monitor

Icom IC-M423G DSC VHF, CommandMic in cockpit

Raymarine e7 plotter

Raymarine ST60+ Tridata display

Raymarine ST60+ Graphic repeater

NASA Clipper wind instrument

NASA Target depth instrument

Raymarine ST4000+ tiller pilot system with S3 Course computer

Digital Yacht AIS receiver

Full battened, slab reefing mainsail

Roller reefing genoa

Cruising chute with snuffer

Lewmar 44 self-tailing, two speed primary winches

Lines lead aft to cockpit



October 2020 insurance survey available upon request

Fantastically well equipped the Pintail 27 SPINTAIL is a unique opportunity to acquire a ready to go classic. Available for viewing in the harbour at Aberdour, near Edinburgh by prior appointment.


When I bought Spintail in late 2013 she was described on the builders website as ‘The finest example of the Rossiter Pintail on our brokerage for years. Since my purchase of the boat I have continued to invest in her, updating the navigation and electrical systems as well as improving the keels for use in drying harbours. I believe ‘Spintail’ is in very good overall condition, well equipped and well maintained.

My use of the boat has been restricted to short cruises from our base on the east coast of Scotland. I have found her to be a dependable sea boat and rewarding to sail. The triple keel configuration has proven to be ideal for use in the small drying harbours around this area. Under full sail SPINTAIL is a pleasure to sail and a real head turner in port or at full sail’


Hull Construction:

Hull originally moulded to Llyods 100A1 specifications, mouldings produced by Seaglass Mouldings

Single piece GRP moulded hull

Encapsulated full length central keel

Encapsulated bilge keels port and starboard

Plywood bulkheads glassed to hull

Stainless steel keel bands custom made and fitted to all three keels

Afromosia topstrake finished with gloss varnish

Deck & Superstructure Construction:

Single piece GRP deck moulding incorporating doghouse.

Timber built cockpit, using afromosia and mahogany

Treadmaster to finish deck and doghouse roof.

Keel & Rudder:

Triple keel configuration

All three keels being moulded as part of hull.

Encapsulated lead ballast in central keel

Transom hung full depth rudder of timber construction


Engine & gearbox:

Yanmar 2GM20 marine diesel engine


Two cylinder, naturally aspirated, raw water cooled.

Mechanical reversing marine gearbox

Single lever morse control

Maintenance & Performance:

Engine last serviced April 2021

Rear engine mounts replaced 2020

Exhaust system replaced with new silencer 2020

Cruising speed under engine 5.5kts

Propulsion & Steering:

Stainless steel propshaft

Bronze 3 blade fixed propellor

Wooden tiller steering


Raymarine tiller pilot system

Raymarine ST4000 control head

Raymarine S3 course computer

Raymarine tiller drive


Voltage systems:

12VDC onboard power system – full re-wire in 2004

230VAC shore power system

Shore Power:

Hardwired system with RCD protection

Single 16amp connection

Extension lead to connect to shore power

230VAC sockets in saloon and forepeak

Battery Banks:

2x 12VDC lead acid batteries (2015)


Single engine driven alternator

12VDC, 55 amp

Solar Panel:

Single panel mounted on doghouse roof.


Fresh Water:

Manually pumped cold water faucet in galley

Manually pumped cold water faucet in heads

Bilge Pumps:

Manual Bilge Pump – x2

Electric Bilge Pump – x1 with manual and auto switching

Cockpit Sump Pump – Manually operated pump



Single diesel tank

Approximate capacity 63ltrs (14Gal)

Fresh Water:

Twin fresh water tanks.

Approximate total capacity 126ltrs (28Gal)


On Deck:

Depth/Log – Raymarine ST60+ tridata display

Depth – NASA Target 2

Wind – NASA Clipper with wireless masthead transducer

Plotter – Raymarine e7 HybridTouch display with navionics gold cartography

Below Decks:

Repeater - Raymarine ST60 Graphic

Communications Equipment:

DSC VHF - Icom IC-M423G with commandmic in cockpit

AIS – Digital Yacht iAIS receiver, displaying on plotter or connecting to iPad/iPhone



Galley Stove – Plastimo Neptune 2500, 2 burner and grill. Gimbal mounted. (2007)

Stainless steel sink

Manually pump faucet – foot pump


Baby blakes manual marine toilet – Full overhaul in 2011

Pull out wash hand basin

Manually pumped faucet – foot pump


Taylors paraffin cabin heater (2004)


LED lighting throughout interior


Sony Radio/CD head unit

Speakers in saloon


Summary of Accommodation:

Two single berths in forepeak


Saloon with bench settees providing two more berths


Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward Cabin:

Two single berths in traditional V-berth layout.

Shelf above bunks forward

Hawse pipe to chain locker cutting through bunks centrally

Sail bin locker beneath port bunk

Range of lockers beneath starboard bunk


Located to port aft of forward cabin

Bi-fold door to separate from forward cabin

Hinged door to separate from saloon.

Baby Blakes manual toilet located outboard to port

Pull out countertop with inset wash hand basin above toilet.

Hanging locker opposite to starboard


Fixed saloon table located centrally with double drop leafs

Two bench settees located port and starboard

Both settees converting to single berths with trotter boxes forward to extend bunk length.

Storage lockers outboard of seat backs.

Shelves above seat backs outboard

Switch panel above seat back outboard to starboard


Located to port aft of saloon bunk

Gimbal mounted gas cooker forward

Fold down section of worktop surface forward of cooker

Inset stainless steel sink aft

Hanging locker opposite



Deck stepped, single spreader masthead sloop rig.

Gold anodised alloy mast and and spars, foam filled to deaden noise

Anodised alloy, single line reefing boom installed new in 2004.

Stainless steel standing rigging all replaced in 2014

Mast tabernacle with hinge to permit manually lowering and raising of mast.

Extendable alloy whisker pole

Roto stay roller reefing system for genoa

Block and tackle kicker


Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar 40, two-speed, self-tailing.

Halyard / Reefing Winches – 1x Lewmar 16, two-speed, self-tailing. 1x Lewmar 7, single speed.


Mainsail – Tan dacron. Fully battened on Fredriksen mast cars. Slab reefing, 2 full reefs. (2003)

Genoa – Tan dacron with UV Strip. Roller reefing. (2003)

#2 Jib – Tan terylene, hank-on sail, light use.

Storm Jib – Hank-on, very lightly used

Cruising Chute – fitted with snuffer, lightly used (2003)

Canvas Work:

Mainsail Cover – Stackpack type cover with mast boot

Sprayhood on stainless steel frame

Cockpit cover

Foredeck hatch cover

Anchor windlass cover

Full winter cover

Anchoring & Mooring:

Bower Anchor – Spade A100 anchor on approximately 50m chain rode.

Kedge Anchor – CQR plough anchor, stows on deck.

Lofrans Anchor Windlass (2003)

Mooring Warps – Selection

Fenders - Selection


Avon Redstart, stows in bracket on deck forward of mast


Single stemhead roller.

Fold out extension to stow anchor on bow without damaging stem

Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails

Deck mounted stanchions supporting double tier guardwires

Deck mounted Clyde type bronze and hardwood mooring cleats

Samson post on foredeck centrally

Genoa track and cars mounted outboard on capping rail

Lines lead aft from mast port and starboard with jammers mounted on side decks and winches aft

Solar panel mounted on doghouse roof.

Step in deck level at aft end of doghouse

Side decks outboard of cockpit

Cockpit protected by elevated deck level.

U-shaped cockpit seating wrapping around aft end of cockpit

Bench seating forward.

Locker space beneath all seating


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Navigation Lights:

LED masthead tri-colour

LED masthead anchor light

Mast mounted steaming light

Low level Nav lights forward and aft

Life saving:

Liferaft – Ocean Safety 4 person raft. New in 2016, service due 2022.

EPIRB – 406 Mhz

Horseshoe buoy

Radar reflector

Fog horn


In this case we are acting as brokers only.

The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.

This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Contact The Seller

General Information

Hugh Rossiter
New or used
United Kingdom


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Yanmar 2GM20 marine diesel engine 19hp Two cylinder, naturally aspirated, raw water cooled. Mechanical reversing marine gearbox Single lever morse control
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About The Seller

Mark Cameron Yachts

The Braes



United Kingdom

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