I have personal experience with the 272, it is a great riding boat for its size. It is a full 27 footer, and would measure out a solid 30 feet by todays standards (include the platform). It's heavy, has tall sides (big freeboard) and in general a safe boat. I wouldn't hesitate taking one from Florida to the Bahamas on a decent weather day.
I will own one someday, I honestly think they are the best deal in the boating market.