2004 Custom Steel Brent Swain 27

2004 Custom Steel Brent Swain 27  for sale
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About the 2004 Custom Steel Brent Swain 27

If you have read books or articles written by Lin and Larry Pardey and appreciate their mantra of “Go Small, Go Simple, But Go Now’, then this is definitely the boat for you. It is compact, has simple systems that work and its set up and ready to go.

PUNA is a Brent Swain designed steel sloop with a strong pedigree. A sister-ship to Dove III that sailed through the North West Passage in a single season, built and captained by Winston Bushnell and two companions. PUNA was built by Winston and his daughter Kim on Vancouver Island and launched it in 2004. The Bushnell family spent years sailing offshore, circumnavigating the globe and the culmination of decades of experience and knowledge went into outfitting PUNA. She is tough, safe and functional, being an amazing example of the design philosophy of “keep it simple”.

Starting with the hull, steel was chosen for its strength. Anything can happen when headed off to places unknown and its nice to know your boat can take a grounding, roll over or collision without too much to worry about. In most cases steel hulls will come out on top. The Brent Swain, origami-style hull makes for a strong structure that allows for more interior space than traditional building techniques. Combined with copious amounts of sprayed in foam, it is exceptionally well insulated making it perfect for northern or southern climates.

PUNA is obviously well loved and maintained by her owner/builder. One look at the exceptionally clean engine and engine compartment will tell you a lot about the owner. Its rare to see a surveyor refer to the engine and engine room to be in ‘Bristol ‘condition. Overall she is a very well maintained boat, including a massive amount of gear you need and is ready to head off to anywhere.

Call or email today to see PUNA.

For additional information or to arrange a viewing please contact:

Mark Kelly


On Deck

Starting at the stern is a windvane designed and used by Winston Bushnell and its functionality can be attested to by the current owner with a successful trip to Mexico and back. The cockpit is made for being in a seaway with limited space for water to collect and large self draining scuppers. There is a stainless steel stern railing with two elevated seats with a great view of the sails, ocean, deck and surroundings as well as a stainless steel Kuuma BBQ. There are two aluminum 20lb propane tanks for the BBQ and interior stove. Forward is a hard dodger over the companionway for protection from the elements.

The companionway has a washboard or you can put the hinged doors on when not at sea for convenience.

Going forward you will see unique standing rigging as the owner chose to use ‘hydro-wire’ instead of the usual stainless steel. Hydro wire is used to hold up utility poles and is meant to be installed and ignored for decades. This stuff is strong. The aluminum mast was purchased new and installed in 2017 to replace the original wood mast. There is a fitting for an inner forestay on the deck but the fitting for the mast has not been installed.

On top of the coach roof sits the 8ft fibreglass rowing dinghy.

There is a large, deck mounted, manual windlass with 600 ft of 1/2” anchor rode and 200’ of 3/8” chain attached to a 15kg Rocna anchor on a bow roller. No electrical connections to worry about, separate battery to maintain, or the inevitable mess that needs to be untangled in the chain locker.

On the leading edge of the bow is welded a stainless steel ‘growler’ bar with corresponding vertical metal rod welded to the interior of the bow to ensure it will be fine if it ever hits something. Tough.


The 2019 survey rated the mainsail, storm staysail and Jenny as being in ‘Excellent’ condition. With limited use since then, the sails will still be in great shape. There is also a drifter and cruising spinnaker both rated as in Good shape.

  • Mainsail - 2004

  • Genoa on roller furling 2006

  • Storm sail - unused and still new

  • Staysail - needs the inner forestay to be mounted on the new mast.

  • 120% Drifter in good condition.

  • Cruising spinnaker has small, repairable tear

  • Whisker Pole

  • Spinnaker Pole

  • Andsersen #28 two speed, self tailing winches


Due to the origami manufacturing technique the interior is larger than expected. PUNA’s interior is warm and efficient. Stepping down into the salon the chart table is immediately to starboard and the galley to port. To the stern there are quarter berths on both sides with storage underneath.

Head room is just under 6ft. in the salon and gets a bit shorter the farther forward you go.

The galley has a stainless sink with fresh water off a foot pump as well as a Force 10 stove with oven and broiler. There is an opening hatch above the stove that provides great ventilation when cooking.

The boat is plumbed to receive a Katadyn Power Survivor 40E water maker. The watermaker unit is not included with the boat but may be negotiated.

Forward is seating on the port side with a functional table with a very unique, Bushnell family feature, of a canned food dispenser. Put newer cans at the top and grab the older ones from the bottom. Simplicity at its best. The starboard side is a sea berth.

There is a Faball gravity fed diesel heater mounted to the bulkhead so you can stay toasty and warm on the coldest nights.

In the bow is a large v-berth with clothing storage bags to port and starboard, a hanging locker and head with holding tank just aft to ensure you can put everything where it belongs.

Under the v-berth is storage including a #15 Bruce anchor with 300’ rode, engine fluids, first aid kit and spare port lights.


The companion way stairs lift up revealing a large engine compartment that provides easy access to the entire engine. The 2019 survey referred to it as in Bristol condition. The owners have incorporated a pump onto the engine so oil changes are a breeze. No need for another piece of equipment to change the oil.

  • New fuel hoses

  • New primary Racor filter with water separator

  • Impeller replaced 2022

  • Isuzu 2KC1EA-01

  • 16 hp

  • Roughly a 500 knt range with 50 gallon fuel tank


Keeping with the theme of simplicity the electronics are minimal but of good quality and purposely chosen based on electrical capacity and safety.

  • Raymarine - Depth Sounder

  • ST40 Standard Horizon Chart Plotter

  • Hand Held VHF Icom IC M32

  • Standard Horizon - VHF GX2150 Matrix AIS +

  • Raymarine 2000 Auto Pilot


The panel above the chart table is home to all things electrical. Even the engine instruments are inside, protecting them from the challenges of living in a cockpit like most boats. All fuses and switches are in one place making trouble shooting easier.

  • 3 house batteries are adequate for managing the minimal electricity draw of the current systems.

  • 1 starter battery

  • Battery selector switch

  • 80 watt solar panel

  • Battery charger

  • LED cabin lights

  • LED navigation lights


PUNA includes a large amount of spares for pretty much everything. Her owner had plans to head back offshore and has equipped her appropriately. All spares are included in the sale.

  • Oil changed Dec 2020 with less than 15hrs.

  • Bottom paint with new barrier coat Aug 2022

  • Zincs replaced Aug 2022

  • Stuffing box re-packed Aug 2022

  • Miscellaneous safety gear

  • Engine spares

  • Household gear

  • Miscellaneous food stuff (really she’s ready to go!)

  • Modified full keel, the space between the skeg and keel is not continuous to ensure the proper balance, as well there is a there is a safety ‘roll bar’ connecting the keel and skeg


Steel Brent Swain 27
27 feet
$ 39,000 CAD
Nanaimo, BC
Fuel Type
Hull Material

Dimensions & Other Specs


Overall Length
27ft 0in
Max. Draft
5ft 0in
9ft 2in




Fresh Water Tank
50 gal (Steel)
Fuel Tank
50 gal (Steel)
Holding Tank
5 gal (Plastic)


Single Berths
Double Berths


  • Engine 1 of 1

    Engine Make
    Engine Model
    Engine Year
    Total Power
    16 hp
    Engine Hours
    1815 hrs
    Engine Type
    Drive Type
    Direct Drive
    Fuel Type
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