Originally Posted by Brent Swain
They would make a great offshore boat. One can eliminate the weather helm problem and drastically simplify self steering and inside steering, by taking the keel hung rudder off and replacing it with a transom hung rudder on a skeg. The skeg could become a keel cooler for the engine. I'd fair the trailing edge of the keel for that.
I did that:
My Rawson has this Skeg Hung Rudder mod and is viewable on
Search yachtpals dot com on Rawson 30 Sailboat Owners "Skeg hung rudder"
It is fully a Blue Water offshore Cruiser.
The Pilot House model was only about 50 of 300 boats made from 1960-1985.
The slower PH is excellent for its intended waters, Pacific San Juan Islands.
My sloop sails 7kts broad reach (adjusted for current) to windward in 18kts wind.
22kts of wind before reefing if the seas haven't built-up yet.(personal comfort)
Read "First Time Around" for a published Circumnavigation by a Rawson 30 and a family of three aboard.
Many others have made Blue Water lifestyles with this quality boat.
All Hand-Laid Roving fiberglass schedule has NO fillers (chopper gun or even plywood) and the minimum thickness 1/4", which makes it superior to even an Island Packet for hull construction and longevity. And ALL tanks can be replaced without removing the interior unlike nearly all other cruising sailboats.
As for PHRF (265) rating, get a Nacra 17 if you want to race. (( FUN against monohulls !! ))
My Rawson kept pace with 38ft $250K boats around Baja and into La Paz no problem.
The large side windows were replaced with bullet-proof polycarbonate (same as limousines) and 4000lb rated frames.
We've been in 64kts winds and seas without more than splashes getting in the cockpit.
That storm, I lashed the helm with a bungee and hove-to; The underwater shape by Bill Garden did its thing; balancing naturally and automatically to lie comfortably while breakers crashed where ever the boat was not.
Yes, its Blue Water for me and many more people.
The money saved on the boat lets One cruise much, much longer, too.
Pardon if this seems 'defensive', but I didn't see any other actual Rawson Owners in the forum. You know, "first hand knowledge".
Fair Winds to you all, if rough winds, I wish you a Rawson!