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Yankee 30 Mark III
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2 3453 Tue October 12, 1999
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Description: Yankee 30 Mark III
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Junior Member

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 5
Review Date: Tue October 12, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I've had this boat for about 5 months now. It was repowered 8 years ago with a Yanmar 2GM20 diesel. The hull and the rig are rock-solid. Sailing performance is really good. Even in the windy SF Bay conditions it usually takes at least 20 knots of wind to get the rail in the water, thanks to the 4750 pound keel (on a 10,000 boat). Obviously she's a bit heavier than some of the lighter-built boats that have been built since, but she has the ability to point very high and carry more sail longer than alot of the other boats on the bay. She has a very nice motion, even in choppy bay and ocean conditions. She doesn't hop and bob all over the place.

Weaknesses are that she's a bit cramped below decks, mainly due to a 9-foot beam. My boat's layout includes a v-berth, port settee and quarter berths, and a 3/4 size starboard berth. I would not attempt to sleep more than 4 people on this boat. Storage space below decks and tankage (30 gallons water, 18 diesel) are adequate. I have some gelcoat crazing above decks (expected in a 24-year old boat). Motoring characteristics are actually pretty good, once you get used to the fact that the prop is behind the keel and that the skeg does not allow you to do stern thrusting the way a spade rudder can. My 16hp engine seems to strain a bit in choppy seas, but I think that the problem is the current prop that I have. I would be concerned about a Yankee 30 with smaller engine.

Overall I am very happy with this boat. It is a great SAIL boat, not a floating living room. The tiller steering and leading all lines aft help with this feeling. She's not too difficult to singlehand. If you want a boat that will enable you to push your sailing skills without feeling like you are in danger, a Yankee 30 is a good choice.
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Registered: March 2001
Posts: 4
Review Date: Sat October 23, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: sailing characteristics, Sparkman & Stephens design
Cons: aging cosmetics

Boat is a Sparkman & Stevens designed sloop, built in Santa Ana, California in 1975. It is a fast and sturdy boat, with a solid hand layup fiberglass hull and balsa cored deck. It is offshore capable. Has a bolt-on fairly long 4850 lb. lead keel and skeg hung rudder. Atomic 4 engine. Displacement is 10,000 lbs. The interior is smaller (9'0 beam)than some of the newer floating condominiums, but then this boat sails really well. All lines lead aft for single-handing. These boats came with at least three different interior configurations. Older models had a dinette arrangement and 5 berths. Some later models, like mine, have a free standing table and sleep 6. I love this boat! For more information, photos, list of owners, etc., visit the Yankee 30 website: or the Yankee 30 Group at Yahoo
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