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Islander Bahama 30
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Description: Islander Bahama 30
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat September 14, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Sloop, Bob Finch designer.
Volvo md-7a 13 hp
teak & holly sole
Very forgiving boat Great for first time sailor.
Excellent sailing boat. Average 6 knts.
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BertV
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Registered: December 2002
Posts: 32
Review Date: Wed January 1, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Easy sailing, very forgiving boat with lots of open space. Can have a blistering problem. Came with Atomic 4 or Volvo MD7, I've owned both. Very solidly build with a 1/2" plywood deck core (no balsa). Extremely comfortable cockpit although the mainsheet can be difficult to reach if you have mid boom sheeting. The early 1978's had single speed winches, later in the same year it's two speed. Two speed definately needed! Large windows have a tendancy to leak. The frames are plastic and have become brittle with age, break easily.
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Review Date: Tue April 13, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Freshwater, four sails, electronics, wheel helm, Volvo 13 HP, cradle, many extras
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Review Date: Tue April 13, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Freshwater, four sails, electronics, wheel helm, Volvo 13 HP, cradle, many extras
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Review Date: Wed April 14, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Freshwater, furling and cruising spiniker, electronics, wheel helm, Volvo 13HP, cradle, extras. $22,500.
(586)949-3270 or james.e.bates@worldnet.att.net
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saltybob2
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Registered: March 2001
Location: Pacific North Wet
Posts: 9
Review Date: Tue January 8, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Solid Construction. Above Average materials
Cons: Hard to find

Regretably, we sold our 1985 Islander Bahama 30. we have been looking for it's replacement ever since. Bob Finch designed the perfect small cruiser. Great galley and saloon layout. Larger than ususal vee berth that allows my wife and I , both 5' 10" to sleep in comfort. Perfect sized cockpit. Faster than most production boats in this size. We'd reef at 20, sometimes. Very forgiving boat for newbie but able to take weather better than any Catalina, Hunter, etc. The one weak spot is where the compressionm post meets the sole. For some reason, the builder felt the gorgeous teak and holly sole was strong enough to support tons of wind. Every one I've seen has settled 1/4" or so. Can be fixed, if needed. The other common flaw is an obvoius crack down the middle of the stern. NOt all did this. Ours ran about half way through the fiberglass. It was never a threat but we paid $2,000 to have it fixed. Never re-appeared and was probably related to releasing the hull from the mold. If you can find a solid one: BUY IT.
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Islander30Bahama
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Registered: April 2008
Posts: 86
Review Date: Fri April 25, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Got a great deal
Cons: Needs new headliner electrical and plumbing

I am awaiting borrowing a trailer to get her home to start the refit. Transporters wanted like 2400 to transport her about 400 miles. Needs a lot of TLC and elbow grease. In about six months she should be like new. Will post pictures of the progress.
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