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Olson 30
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Description: Olson 30
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun September 12, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fun boat to sail, very well built. However, mast step is the weak point. Mast is stepped on a piece of oak over foam core stringers covered with fiberglass. Over time, the foam depresses - particularly if sailing in heavy seas, such as the ocean. Some boats in San Francisco Bay have installed internal "jock straps" to tying the mast step to the gunwales with stainless steel rigging and turnbuckles. However, this puts a compression load on the hull and deck. According to Bill Lee (designer of Santa Cruz boats), it would be better to beef up the floor stringers by fiberglassing in rot resistant teak.


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billv6
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Registered: April 2003
Review Date: Sat April 5, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Olson 30 is one of the most fun for the money boats you can buy. Here's an inexpensive, well made boat that you can sail off-shore yet is really designed and used for bouy racing. You can race boat for boat with boats costing up to 10 times your investment and considerably larger. The accommodations are OK for weekend warriors or short cruising for four adults. The V-berth is huge and the quarter berths are long and comfortable. You're short on head room but that's the sacrifice for racy good looks. The boat is extremely well made. Since it is balsa cored you do need to check for water infiltration around deck fittings or possible hull damage from collisions (race boats are known to come into contact at times) or other incidents. Sails are relatively small for a 30 foot boat keeping your costs low. Off the wind the boat can scream, 15+ knots is common, 20+ have been recorded.
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jthijssen
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Registered: March 2004
Review Date: Wed April 21, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I nought my Olson 30 in the PNW last year, primarily for fast daysailing and racing. The Olson 30 is perfect for that. Traditionally, these boats have been driven only by those interested in hardcore racing, but wouldn't you rather go fast when you're daysailing (especially in the light airs of the PNW).
It is a well-designed sailboat which can be single-handed or raced with a crew of seven. Because it is ultralight and has a relatively narrow beam it is very fast compared with all but the newest racers in this class. You will also blow right by most 40-footers new and old. Off the wind especially, speeds of 10-15 knots are a breeze (apparently faster is possible). However, it behaves wonderfully, with a very nicely balanced and responsive rudder. It doesn't need huge sails to be so fast either, so sails are pretty easy to handle and things don't get too expensive. The boats are also very well built with some clever features. The FRP work is first class, as you can see below where the cabinetry / bulkheads are tabbed into the hull.
If you buy one, watch out for water in the cored decks or hull, and for boats that have been abused in racing (they often have the "beam of destiny"). Also, the outboard on the long reverse transom not only is an eyesore but also a bear to operate unless you have very long arms.
The bottom line is if you like SAILING or RACING this boat is for you (you could take it out for a weekend, and the berths are long enough for 6'5" me). But if you just like boating or floating and want standing headroom, amenities get yourself a Catalina or some waterproof trailerhome and look at our wake.
Finally, these boats can be had for pretty reasonable prices just below 20k$.
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