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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » R - Boats starting with 'R' » Rawson

 
Rawson 30
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100% of reviewers $20,000.00 6.0












Description: Rawson 30
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Review Date: Sat April 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Heavy Bill Garden cruising design. Dozens have circumnavigated--the Seattle joke is that it could be sailed away after being dropped from the Space Needle. Early models (1960-80) have huge cockpits; late models more normal. Pilothouse version as well. 12,500 pound displacement and full keel mean poor light air performance, but it will go anywhere you will, safely. Cockpit will not fill if boat lays over on its side. Boilerpunchings in cement for ballast, so you can hit rocks with impunity. Sheet winches are at waist height, so self tailers aren't needed. Stock boat has a short bowsprit, but if this is lengthened by 18-22" the weather helm is much less and you can fit an innerstaysail for storm work.
This is the second Rawson I've owned (separated by 20 years in time, and several other boats) It is not spritely, but it is safe, honest, immensely strong, and extremely seaworthy. The interior and cockpit of the late models is much better than the early ones, as is the overall finish. On the whole, I'd say that it gives me 95% of what I want, at about a third the cost
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Review Date: Thu January 7, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This Garden design is a strong, capable bluewater cruiser. Not a light air boat, but she'll beat in 30k without complaint. Deep cockpit, rather narrow beam by modern standards, 3/4 keel with keel-hung rudder. Fit a 2'+ bowsprit to lessen weather helm and add room for a staysail. Owners are fanatic in their support, and many boats have been beached and even thrown up on rocks with little or no damage -- due to the fact that the hand-laid glass is up to 1" thick in crucial areas. Many have circumnavigated -- "First Time Around" by Jamie Bryson gives an account.
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Review Date: Sun June 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Pilothouse Sloop heavily built, strong hull with cruising keel. Many boats of this type were kits so interior layout and finish vary. Usual interior layout consists of stbd side steering station port side dinette in the pilothouse with galley below. Mine has Dickinson stove on port side double sink and icebox on starboard. Head on port and hanging locker stbd between the V-berth and galley. There is a pilot berth beneath the dinette which is mostly useless except for storage of infrequently used items as entry and exit are difficult. My boat is powered by a Perkins 4-108 which is adequate. Owners of sister ships with Volvos have complained of underpower.
Major complaints are (1)engine access which is accompished laying on one's stomach and hanging into the engine space located under the pilothouse sole and (2)manouvering in reverse which, when there is a breeze, is a crapshoot. If anyone has experience with folding props on this type of boat I would be interested in hearing from them.
We have cruised our boat from South Sound to the Gulf Islands, been standed on the bar in Olympia Harbor and crossed the Juan de Fuca Stait in less than ideal conditions and have always felt safe.
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Review Date: Wed July 21, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Moonshine has a 18 hp Yanmar, galley on port side by companion way, It seems well built but some of the finishing could have been better. I would like to hear from other Rawson 30 owners.
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Review Date: Mon October 1, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $20,000.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Strong, lots of storage, solid reputation
Cons: Unusual ballast, windward performance

Rawson made a very strong, heavy hull. There is a bit of weather helm, and due to the use of concrete and iron, a less than ideal CG for the amount of ballast used. These boats are a little tender, but will stand up to 50+ knots without complaint. I often wish I had the light air widward performance of a fin keel 'modern' boat, but would never sacrifice the peace of mind the Rawson delivers. These boats can go anywhere, but before you buy, as with any boat, get a good survey. Problems can exists with the ballast which are time consuming to repair. Standard glassed in chain plates probably need to be replaced, and carefully inspect the rudder stock. Many, many varieties of Rawson can be found from $5,000 to $50,000 depending on your needs. Chances are you will quickly fall in love with yours and not trade it for the world!
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