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Re: Islander 30 seeking other Islander 30 people


Congratulations on the purchase of your new boat, and welcome to the Islander Community! The I30 is a great sailing boat, surprisingly so for a coastal cruiser. Most Islander sailboats are located on the West Coast. I guess that makes sense given that they were manufactured there. I understand they are also fairly common to the Bahamas, which makes sense since they are well suited to the depth and wind conditions there.

I will recommend that your peruse Sailnet's Islander bulletin board, participate there, and review it regularly. There is a lot of good Islander information and advice there, including some specific to the Islander 30.

Since you are new to the boat, I thought you might like some links to shorten your learning curve. There's not a lot of information available about Islander Yachts, and what there is can be hard to find. One of the best summaries I have found is the Tradewind / Islander History at Sailboat Data. From what I have read, I can only conclude that Islander was full of skilled boat builders who were not great businessmen -- the finanaces were not as well managed as they might have been.

There are three models of I30 -- the I30, the I30 mod 2, and the I30 Bahama. From the manufacturing date, I'd say you have an I30-2, which Islander first produced in 1970. You really need to be certain you know which one you are talking about. You can tell whether you have an I30 or an I30-2 by the deck layout and salon windows. See the links in the list below for pics.
  • The original I30 was designed by Islander's owner, Joe McGlassen, and is very different in nearly every respect from the other two models. I've never seen one and frankly I don't know a lot about them.
  • The I30 mod II is a Bob Finch design intended for coastal cruising. It has an encapsulated keel either at standard draft (5') or shoal draft (4'), a solid FRP hull and a sandwiched deck done with plywood rather than balsa wood, as it was thought to produce a stiffer, tougher deck that stood up better to water intrusion.
  • The I30B is also a Bob Finch design and shares a hull with the I30-II, but the rigging, interior layouts, and tank locations were different. The Bahama version has a bigger SA/D and different rigging. My Bahama has slightly more upscale woodwork inside than the I30-2 I saw, but I'm not sure if that is generally true (the history link above notes variations). My Bahama also has an aluminum toe rail rather than the wooden one used in the I30-II.

There are a number of other hyperlinks you may find useful. Here are those which I have:

Here is Jeremy Randall's page on othe I30B. You may find it useful, especially some of the PDF pages from his original manuals. I expect your boat came with one of the old Atomic Bombs (Atomic 4 gasoline engine), you might appreciate Jeremy's documentation on the project to replace his.

If your sails are old, stretched and tired, new sails, while a major expense, make a huge difference in the way the I30-2 and I30B sail, as I found out. This reference is sailrite's page on the sail sizes for the I30-2. I don't have any experience with sailrite's sails and can neither recommend them nor warn you away, but you may find the measurements useful when getting quotes.

This Canadian Site has a lot of good information on Islanders of various models, including the I30-2. The site itself is pretty moribund, so I use it as a static reference only. I have yet to find a lively Islander only site that addresses Islander common interests. Sailnet is the best I have found.

If you run across other good data, please share it in the Islander Bulletin Board.

Hope this helps!


T. P. Donnelly
S/V Tranquility Base
1984 Islander 30 Bahama
Pasadena, MD

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