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post #22 of Old 12-31-2011
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I've sailed on and/or raced all 3 boats. As usual Jeff H is right. The best of 3, for all around conditions, is the J-30. Unfortunately a good J-30 is hard to find with core problems in the transom and deck being the most common problem. The Santana 30-30 comes in 2 versions the GP model and the standard model. Both are great light air boats for racing, cruising- not so much. The S-3030 has a nasty habit of losing flow on the rudder and auto tacking in puffs. Construction quality is average. Boat was designed for MORC and meets that target nicely. The Santana 30 is an older IOR design that it is pretty stiff. Unfortunately it is slower than a Catalina 30 and is a little touchy downwind in high wind and waves. Just slightly more cruisier than the J-30. Good luck.
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