Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






 Not a Member? 



Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » S - Boats starting with 'S' » Sonoma

 
Sonoma 30
Reviews Views Date of last review
2 2714 Fri September 3, 1999
spacer
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers None indicated None indicated












Description: Sonoma 30
Keywords: Sonoma 30
 


Author
administrator

Administrator

Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu September 18, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The Sonoma 30 was designed by Carl Schumacher as an alternative to the Hobie 33. Originally intended as a trailerable ULDB coastal/lake boat. Several have sailed to Hawaii which is how The Great Red Shark got here. A total of 37 were built between 1982 and 1984. A newer version of the design is the Sonic30.

The hull contains a lot of reserve buoyancy forward compared to the Olson and Hobie designs and therefore does not go "down the mine shaft" at least not yet anyway...

The Shark is hull #1 and was rushed to completion for the San Diego Boat Show, thus certain detailing was omitted relative to later versions. We deleted the 800# internal ballast and fabricated a new bulb keel in 1996. The stability increased a bunch and the 300 pounds left over aren't missed.

Strengths: light air the boat is untouchable, downwind in breeze it remains in control and so far no signs of approaching terminal velocity in 25 to 30+ knots of breeze and both choppy seas and longer tradewind swell. Goes fastest in flat water while planing! Adding an asymetrical chute has improved the reaching ability in breeze at minimal cost. The boat is a delight to daysail, usually with main only (it's fractional). Scuba diving has occurred over the open transom. Nine tanks will fit in the cockpit floor.

Weaknesses, some of the construction is poor to very bad, but the boat survives in part due to it's flexibility. Have repaired a bunch of delamination and replaced a bulkhead and lots of other stuff. Upwind in waves (watch the Kenwood Cup videos) which are typical here requires a lot of driving, landing flat and sailing with six or seven of your largest friends.

Overall the boat has few shortcomings in satisfaction but i am a dinghy sailor in origin and have specific expectations for it. No boat will be all things to all people but for racing and sailing on a budget, winning races, having a great platform for goofing off and beating the big boats one on one occasionally, it is a great value.
This user is offline
Click here to see this users profile Click here to Send this user a Private Message Find more posts by this user  
administrator

Administrator

Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri September 3, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

A Carl Schumacher Ultralight built by (now defunct) Gannon Marine. Approx. 35 produced, Last few had fixed keels. Mine is Hull # 1, and like most has a retractable daggerboard. It is easily trailerable and ABSOLUTELY FLYS downwind, We sail the boat extensively here in Hawaii, interisland, and it is sea-worthy and nimble, but not for everybody. Most significantly, we've made a new keel for it with Mr. Schumacher's (paid) assistance, and he was very helpful, pleasant, and his re-ballasting and new bulb design have turned a good performer into a great one. Original construction is very light on our's, but more robust on a late model we sail against. We have done over 22 kts. (on GPS) and had had no control problems. A small, flat assymetrical spinnakker allows full speed at very tight angles that would be difficult for such a narrow, light boat. Powers easily with Honda 4-stroke 5 hp. Tough little boat, ours has seen some real adventures & missadventures and is still going. Wins all downwind races with any breeze at all, and kickes butt in light air. Owned for 5 years, have singlehanded inter-island.
This user is offline
Click here to see this users profile Click here to Send this user a Private Message Find more posts by this user  


Powered by: Reviewpost vB3 Enhanced
Copyright 2010 All Enthusiast, Inc.


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:16 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.