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Fastguy1955 07-18-2011 04:08 PM

Considering Purchasing a Helms 30
Hello everyone,

I happened upon a Helms 30 for sale and I'm intrigued. I'm a former Tartan30 owner, and have sailed a variety of other boats in the size range.

Questions for anyone:

This boat is fairly narrow (9'2" beam) compared to the Tartan (etc), where do you notice it? What do you like about the boat, what don't you? Sail area is close to the other 30's with a somewhat shorter boom but a little taller main.

No Genoa lead cars or tracks, looks like blocks on the toerail. How does it point? Has anyone mounted a track inside the lifelines?

Does anyone still race? I'm not racing like I used to, but I do still like an occasional race. Any tricks for rigging or sail type or design?

This boat is cheap enough that I can justify some goodies so, any suggestions for cabin or deck layout improvement?


Mark Meyer

Wayne25 07-19-2011 04:32 PM

I have a Helms 25, but I hope a Helms 30 owner will answer your questions soon. From what I can remember there are not that many 30's around anymore. I have heard nothing but good things about them, but have never sailed on one.

Fastguy1955 07-25-2011 11:03 PM

Hello everyone, I can see by the quiet nature of the board, that I shouldn't expect much response to my inquiry. Is there a better place to get assistance with my quest for Helms 30 Info. I found that Yahoo group, but it is dead as well. Hoped there might be files or photos that might be helpful. Can't get the list owner to approve me. So where are the guys with the Helms 30s? Even other small volume 30s such as the Yankee30 has a active community. Anyone know how many Helms30s were made?

Fastguy1955 07-25-2011 11:05 PM

Wayne, thanks for the answer, I was remiss in not acknowledging your prompt response.

Wayne25 07-27-2011 04:35 PM

Plus we are all out sailing:)

jumaggafanny 08-01-2011 05:38 PM

There is at least one 30 ft owner here, he's probably out sailing..give him a little shile. I'll send him an email and alert him to your request.

Fastguy1955 08-01-2011 06:32 PM

Hey Thanks, any info is appreciated!

jumaggafanny 08-01-2011 08:32 PM

meet Dan Z at yahoo. sailthe helms group, he's on rat naw

danzee 08-01-2011 09:24 PM

Mark and I spoke two weeks ago!

Fastguy1955 08-01-2011 09:58 PM

Yes we did, and thank you Dan for all of the time you spent on the phone with me! It was super appreciated! I didn't realize that you were the person they were referring to.

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