Now that is an interesting piece of information. I would think a 27' Grady with the wind resistance of a hardtop would be totally unmanageable in even a slight wind.A heavy duty paddle should be carried onboard.You can paddle a boat fairly well. Maybe not far but enough to avoid it hitting something or going into the breakers.
Man....you guys are really making a big deal about having the engine stop.....If you are in a really bad spot like a shipping lane,near the shore and your boat is drifting toward shore .Anchor the boat as fast as you can have someone on the radio while you are setting the anchor Say Maday ,mayday,mayday,this is the vessel ?????? we are located at ?????????? we are in danger of ?????? do this on channel 16 repeat this 3 times every minute until you get a response from the C.G. Speak clearly and slow enough for the operater to write it down.Put on life jackets and put a die marker in the water,Get your flair kit,Pull your E perb cord,and press the red button on your VHF.Put your lights on and have someone put your chart plotter in the anchor watch mode so an alarm goes off if you get slippage.Hope this helps.