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Alberg 30
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Description: Alberg 30
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Review Date: Sat October 5, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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excellent, heavy construction.

slow, poor light air performance

very narrow and short on the water line, similar interior volume to a more modern 25' boat.

very smooth, seakindly ride
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Review Date: Fri March 21, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Alberg is a fairly fast, sturdily built (considering it was built to a cost factor) and wonderful boat to race and for limited cruising for two to four persons.
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Review Date: Thu December 11, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Alberg 30 is a sturdy, sea-kindly boat with at least
one circumnavigation to it's credit. While often described
as "slow," it can move quite well with a reasonable breeze (greater than 8 knots) and good sails. In heavy air you'll find the A30's still sailing well when the lightweight boats have stayed in port.

For more information, see http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Alberg30/
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Review Date: Tue September 15, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Alberg 30 is a beautiful boat. Designed by Carl Alberg and built by Whitby Boatworks in Ontario, she is both graceful and sturdy. The first Alberg 30 was launched in the summer of 1962. Since then, over 700 have been built. Almost 200 are members of the Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Association. There is also an Alberg 30 Association on the Great Lakes. Don't underestimate the value of a strong class association.

"But," you say, "there are plenty of boat designs. Why would I want an Alberg 30?"

The Alberg 30 is well suited to both racing and cruising. Being a one-design, you don't have to race under handicapping rules. You can look at the other boats and know how you're doing. And, with a conservative class association, it won't cost an arm and a leg to race it. The older boats are just as (if not more) competitive as the new ones. And, while new sails are obviously an advantage, the class rules prohibit expensive high-tech designs that don't last as well as standard dacron. Sailing skill is more of an advantage than new sails. Many, many times, it's the clever competitor with the old sails who wins the race.

And, when you finish the race, you can enjoy yourself. Unlike smaller one-designs, the A30 is big enough to carry your family and gear for a weekend, a week or longer. And unlike many newer one-designs in its size range, it'll do so comfortably, with its seakindly sailing characteristics. You don't need a crew of deck-apes and rail-meat to make her behave.

In fact, when you finish that race, you may well find yourself already in the company of other Alberg 30s, waiting for you to join the raft. Many of the class races are point-to-point affairs, with a cruise scheduled to coincide. So, the racers join the cruisers at anchor.

Some of those cruisers may well have joined the racers on the way over. While there is a die-hard core of racers, there are also many who race for the fun of it, when they feel like it. Can you stand to be beaten by a double-handing couple dragging a dinghy?
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Review Date: Mon September 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Alberg 30 is a strong boat, good for offshore cruising. Not very wide, not very fast but with sufficient headroom and good storage capabilities. With my Alberg 30,I cruised from Canada to South America and spent two years onboard with my wife. In regattas, amazing speed in very light winds because her low wetted-surface.
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Review Date: Thu January 13, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The classic lines of this boat turn heads in any harbor. She stands out from the fleets of 'cookie cutter' boats. This is the only sailboat ever called a beauty by a lobsterman! She's a little tender, till heeled, then she rides as steady as on a rail. Full keel, excellant performance in all points of sail. Handles well in dirty weather. I singlehand her often. Backing up,though, can be a challenge.
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Review Date: Thu December 7, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: great boat with a great owners' association
Cons:

the owners' association may be found at http://www.alberg30.org/
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