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Nonsuch Classic
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3 6458 Sun January 13, 2013
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100% of reviewers $44,000.00 9.5

Description: Nonsuch Classic
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sun January 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


A deceivingly fast 30 foot boat because the water line is nearly the same as the l.o.a. The Nonsuch is easily single-handed, even in the blustery conditions served up by San Francisco Bay's notorious summer winds. This vessel is friendly for outfitting for coastal cruising. Some owners have cruised the caribbean. With her spade rudder, she turns and manuevers so well that onlookers cannot help but to be impressed with your professional touch on the helm. The unstayed mast handles gusts by bending and spilling just enough air to prevent weather helm and that keeps you on track to your intended waypoint.
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Registered: March 2008
Posts: 1
Review Date: Tue March 25, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $48,000.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: space , build quality , easy to sail , dry , marina fees
Cons: hard to comment

Nonsuch 26 Classic - Very roomy 26 foot sailboat . Hinterhoeler built , Ellis design catboat that will surprise a few people with its sailing qualities and speed . The Nonsuch has been around since 1978 and it is still very common to have people come up to me at a marina and comment on my large 30+ foot sailboat , they rarely beleive that it is only a 26 footer . Very large and dry cockpit , ease of sail with its wishbone boom and over 6 feet of headroom below in a roomy cabin with separate stand-up head makes this an economical large cruising sailboat at the price of a 26 foot slip . One large sail ( new $3000 to $5000 ) and a reliable little westerbeeke deisel , usually at 13.5 , 18 and 21 h.p. With its fin keel and spade rudder Mark Ellis designed a very manouverable sailboat that points alot better than you would think for a boat that has an above water shape comparable to a tugboat . Under power the nonsuch is like a little motorsailor with its comfortable motion and wheel steering . Walking around the large 18" side decks of this big catboat exterior that carries its 10.5 foot beam well aft gives the owner a reminder to the impression of being on a larger sailboat time and time again . The classic model with its 4 separate births is excellent for a family of 4 on a vacation . The boat is truly ideal for 2 with loads of storage and supplies for most of the summer . Wisdom states that the nonsuch is an easy boat to learn how to sail , but is still tricky to learn how to sail at its best potential . This is great for people wanting an initial quick learning curve to get up to speed but there is still lots and lots to learn to keep ones interest . Nonsuches traditionally hold their value very well and have one of the most active owners group going . The Nonsuch class of sailboats are great for people with an eye for something a little different and with the build quality of George Hinterhoeler they will always command an interest from the boating community .
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Registered: September 2005
Location: Old Greenwich, CT
Posts: 9
Review Date: Sun January 13, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $40,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great sailing boat and FAST! In winds higher than 15 knts can easily keep up with and beat 38 to 42 foot sloops. Points higher than you would think.
Cons: Large sail takes awhile to hoist 45' luff. Electric winch or power drill with a winch bit helps/

Have owned a Nonsuch 30C for 7 yrs. Build quality is excellent. Really fast boat on a reach and down wind. Points about 5 degrees less than a racing sloop. Down wind can keep up with a sloop flying a spinnaker. (No spinnaker pole needed and the time to put it up and take it down along with the headsail change, offsets the somewhat slower speed of the Nonsuch). The Nonsuch needs at least 10knts to really perform. Have raced in 20 - 25knts W/O reefing. 40 footers, catch me if you can on a reach in 20knts! I have actually gotten the Nonsuch to plane. I had reservations about buying a Nonsuch after owning several racing sloops. I do not regret my decision to buy the Nonsuch.
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