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Seafarer swiftsure 30
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Description: Seafarer swiftsure 30
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Review Date: Tue August 28, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Seafarer Swiftsure 30 is a performance cruiser displacing 8,600 lbs designed by McCurdy & Rhodes. These boats were sold from 1979 thru the mid 80’s when the company went out of business.

I have found my Seafarer Swiftsure 30 to be a good, stable cruising boat with decent sailing performance. Under sail she is somewhat tender at first, but stiffens nicely at about 25 degrees of heel. I regularly sail mine in 20 knot winds and would classify it as a strong bay or lake boat that is capable of coastal cruising.

The Swiftsure 30 has 3,450 lbs of ballast in an encapsulated fin keel and a skeg mounted rudder that helps her track nicely under sail. Quality of construction is quite good, with a flanged and bonded hull to deck joint and integral chain plates bonded into the hull.

On the exterior, there is plenty of teak trim, (teak toe rails, cabin strips and cockpit rails), making it stand out among it’s more plastic-looking contemporaries. The cockpit is fairly small but functional, with wheel steering standard and all lines run aft.

The boat came standard with a 13 HP Yanmar or Westerbeke diesel inboard, which is fine for normal conditions, but is a bit underpowered in heavier weather.

The boat has a large, comfortable interior with plenty of wood to provide a warm, inviting environment. The boat is constructed with a fiberglass interior liner that is bonded to the hull & deck. The liner provides additional structural strength and minimizes interior condensation. Like most production boats from the 80’s, it has plastic framed ports that are prone to leakage over time unless they have been re-bedded.

Standard features include hot/cold pressurized water, a 40-gallon fresh water tank, deep, double stainless steel galley sinks, an enclosed head with a hand shower and a vanity sink opposite the head. There are 2 large quarter berths aft, 2 narrow quarter berths in the main cabin and a large vee-berth in the bow. There is a bulkhead mounted solid teak table in the main salon that folds up against the port bulkhead when not in use. There is a full size navigation station on the starboard side that doubles as a lid for the large, (9 cu.ft.), icebox.

I am very pleased with my Swiftsure 30. It is comfortable, sturdy and reasonably fast for it’s age and class of boat.
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Review Date: Tue February 28, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
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Very good boat.
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gybeho99
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Registered: February 2004
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Review Date: Tue March 14, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Very sturdy boat, well built
Cons: Tossed around by following seas

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gybeho99
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Review Date: Tue March 14, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Very sturdy boat, well built
Cons: Tossed around by following seas

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Ridgerunner
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Registered: October 2004
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Review Date: Mon December 21, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very sturdy, metal compression post, raised and non-cored deck penetration points, encapsulated lead keel, good interior space.
Cons: roller reef boom, original gate valves for seacocks.

We are very pleased with our Seafarer 30. It does have some of the weak points of many of the 70-80 boats: plastic port lights, gate valves for seacocks, roller reefing boom. However overall we have been very please with the Seafarer 30.
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