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I was wondering if anyone has sailed a Golden Gate 30 or it's sisters (Bodega 30, Bay Island 30, or Farallon 29)? What were your impressions?

Interesting design, I ran across them the other day and was curious about them.

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If memory serves those are all Chuck Burns designs. Chuck worked for Gary Mull before going on his own. Chuck is a very good designer. Why don't you give him a call and ask him about the boats. He's in the SF area I think.

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Thanks, Bob.

I was a little nervous about calling him, but I eventually did and he was very nice. He had good things to say about the build quality that Odyssey used, so that's good.

If all goes well, we will be transitioning from an Alberg design to the GG30, so i was a little curious how their sailing characteristics compare. There isn't a lot of information on them, though, so I guess I'll have to find out for myself at sea trial

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There is a nice looking, reasonably priced Farallon 29 for sale here: Search Sailboats for Sale
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I like them, saw a bunch in san fran bay...they are quite native to this area only...not much info on them...

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I like them, saw a bunch in san fran bay...they are quite native to this area only...not much info on them...
So I hear. We looked at a Bodega 30 that the PO had sailed to NC from CA. There really aren't many of them on this coast, that I've found anyway.
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Not all NA's are as arrogant and cranky as I am. I think they like to be called and recognized for their contributions to the sport. I had no doubt that Chuck would be happy to talk to you.

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I was wondering if anyone has sailed a Golden Gate 30 or it's sisters (Bodega 30, Bay Island 30, or Farallon 29)? What were your impressions?

Interesting design, I ran across them the other day and was curious about them.

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You might want to try to contact the sailing writer Ray Jason, I'm pretty sure his AVENTURA is a Golden Gate 30...

I met Ray about a decade ago in S Florida, I had to leave my boat at a marina for a bit, and his was in the adjacent slip... Great guy, got a quick tour of his boat, seemed like a sweet boat, to me...

He's a big fan of the design, he actually had to sell it at one point, and then was lucky enough to be able to buy it back again years later... I'm sure he'd be happy to answer any questions you might have...
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Re: Golden Gate 30

This is an older thread, but I've had an original Farallon 29 since 1975. I worked at East bay Boatworks, helped build the molds and have been sailing mine ever since. They are great boats, possibly one of the worlds best pocked cruisers. Several have circumnavigated (Bob Rowland). I took mine to Hawaii and back a few years ago, a great trip. I ran into one of the originals (mine is # 6, there were only 9 of them) that had been rolled over in a hurricane, lost nothing but a winch handle and a jar or strawberry jam.

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