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Re: Rawson 30- A Blue Water Cruiser?

A friend here on the island had a Rawson 34 PH and I was really impressed with it. Well built and finished. It was a cutter and everything seemed to be well laid out. Unfortunately I didn't get to sail on it before he sold it so can't comment on that.

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Re: Rawson 30- A Blue Water Cruiser?

ALCYONE 333 3B33E RAWS30-1 EHW DEVON BLANKENSHIP

There is the name, rating, code, boat, club and name of a local PHRF NW rawson 30 owner. I'd say 333 is a dang slow rating! SWAG base rating is about 297, gets and extra 6 secs per code 3 for jib, main and fixed prop, with the B being NFS, credit of 21 secs on that one. Not sure what the E stands for.

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Re: Rawson 30- A Blue Water Cruiser?

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A friend here on the island had a Rawson 34 PH and I was really impressed with it. Well built and finished. It was a cutter and everything seemed to be well laid out. Unfortunately I didn't get to sail on it before he sold it so can't comment on that.

John is that a typo or did you mean '34'? I've never heard of/seen a R34...

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Re: Rawson 30- A Blue Water Cruiser?

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ALCYONE 333 3B33E RAWS30-1 EHW DEVON BLANKENSHIP

There is the name, rating, code, boat, club and name of a local PHRF NW rawson 30 owner. I'd say 333 is a dang slow rating! SWAG base rating is about 297, gets and extra 6 secs per code 3 for jib, main and fixed prop, with the B being NFS, credit of 21 secs on that one. Not sure what the E stands for.

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Re: Rawson 30- A Blue Water Cruiser?

The one in the ad appears to have a short sprit to move the genoa forward, so this guy may have the weather helm problem fixed.

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Re: Rawson 30- A Blue Water Cruiser?

The Rawson is no race boat and it's tracking keel is no capable close quarter maneuverer. You don't get all things in one package. You might get a boat not so good at any task if you don't commit to a specific design. She's a bully boat for heavy weather and with so much head room there is little doubt of her windage attributes. As far as weather helm goes, one can move her rudder back or her bow out.
When you buy a boat you need to know what you intend for it to do. The Rawson is a deep water, foul weather survivor not some fin keeled feather weight class racer. Rather like sailing a Winnabego but that comes with a boat 33% heavier in matt and resin. Some scary tips are the bonding between hull and deck. Chain plates embedded into hull. The shoe on the rudder. The main hatch has a triple bifold door that leaves much to be desired. Over all though I like her. She feels safe to me. Love mine.

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Re: Rawson 30- A Blue Water Cruiser?

She could probably take a higher rig.
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Re: Rawson 30- A Blue Water Cruiser?

Fast- ha, just saw your question about the R34? I can't really say but that's what I recall him telling me and it looked about that size. 32' maybe, did they make one? I'll ask him next time he's on the island. It was a very nice boat, we met up with them in Squirrel Cove one evening.

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Re: Rawson 30- A Blue Water Cruiser?

JR, I suspect it was a PH version of the 30. They are a pretty big 30' and with the added volume of the PH and maybe a sprit, it would be easy to take it as a 32' or bigger.

That PH version was a good looking boat IMO - better looking than the trunk cabin deck. More suited to its performance being in the motorsailer range as well.
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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!
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