Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Kirie Elite 30S
I have always been impressed with Kirie as being better put together than Beneteau and engineered more solidly. The parts tend to stay attached to each other and not flex as much. The gelcoat, even in older boats, tends to look good and to hold up well. The Elite 30 is VERY light. She feels like a dinghy when you step aboard, and will obviously be sensitive to weight placement, whether cruising or racing. Though I haven''t been out sailing on one, there is enough sail area to move her along, and the spars, look like they''re well thought out and sized appropirately. Below, the aft quarter cabin and head are snug fits, but this is a 30'' boat, not 40''. The galley and nav table have what''s needed, and though the cabinetry is light, it isn''t flimsy. The open, "U shaped" saloon is quite comfortable. Check the V-berth to make sure it''s big enough for whoever plans to sleep there. Since they''re less well-known than Beneteau (though I believe Beneteau now owns Kirie), they can be a good bargain for a nice boat.