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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » M - Boats starting with 'M' » Mercator

Mercator 30 offshore
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Description: Mercator 30 offshore
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Tue February 23, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


A fairly rare cruiser built in Kent,WA. from 1969 to early 80's.10,000lbs.displ./4300lbs.encapsulated lead ballast,beam narrow at 9ft, full keel w/cutaway forefoot, some boats had spade rudders, most were MkII's with skeg. Draft of 4'6", hull shape is wineglass, much like Alberg 30. Nice sailing boat that heels easily to 15deg.,then hardens. Typical slow,comfortable motion, some weather helm untill I replaced mains'l. Many were sold as kits, with owner finished cabins.
Very solid and sturdy glasswork, the transom, for example, had no core & was a full half-inch thick.(I cut an opening for a bilge pump discharge)My boat was neglected in salt water for years when I bought her, and when I scraped the 4ft.thick layer of barnacles and kelp off her and had her hauled, I was amazed to find a perfectly fair hull with no blisters whatsoever. Interior bulkheads are full so the boat seems tiny compared to, say, a Catalina 30,but there is 6ft. headroom all the way into the forward cabin, and a huge V-berth with the large hatch directly overhead.Mine has 8 Perko bronze opening ports and 3 dorades, so ventilation is not an issue. The main cabin has a settee/qrtr.berth/linear galley to starb'd, with a dinette and enclosed head to port. The companionway is small and protected by a bridgedeck, the cockpit shallow with 2 3inch drains, so somebody planned some offshore work here.Sisterships have circumnavigated, my boat cruised the West Coast as far as Panama.The more-than-
ample 40hp Perkins 4-107 diesel with 45 gal fuel and 40gal.
H2O give this bargain boat decent range.(water tank is black
iron, fuel is a separate glass unit lowered into bilge-
neither gave any problem and were original. One can find these in good shape for 12 grand or so, at that they are a
viable cruising option for serious couples on a budget!
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Registered: August 2000
Review Date: Sat June 19, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I have had this boat for 2 years before that it sat in a yard for 7, with cleanup she's as good as new. The woodwork is all 3/4 teak and very well done. the fiberglass work is excellent as well as thick thru hull plugs range from 7/8 to 1 1/4. For a boat of 30' its very well laid out and cozy. Mine has a sabb 8 hp diesel w/adjustable pitch prop instead of a transmission. there were about 38 of these boats made and they are all just a little different, some were kits some were factory finished. They were built to exceed lloyds standards and when you step on board you can tell its a very solid boat. they can be found for anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 and most are still in excellent condition.
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