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10-22-2011 05:50 PM
Originally Posted by acdc View Post
Can anyone tell me were you fill the water tank on this boat?
Also any manuals,for plumbing and electric?
Thankyou Andrea
You fill the water tanks through a inspection plate located under each pilot berth. They each hold 15 gallons and are connected to a manifold accessable from the quarter berth. This is also where the pressure pump is located. Advise installing a screen filter prior to the pump as fiberglass tanks can shed debris. I purchased mine new in 1980 and would be glad to answer any questions. I have hull #15 and it is up for sail at Willis Marine in Huntington NY. Mike
10-25-2010 01:35 PM
Moisture in deck of 1985 Lippincott 30.

During a survey of an otherwise solid boat, the surveyor found significant moisture in the deck from the chainplates back to the genoa tracks. Deck feels solid and not lifting, bubling, sponginess etc. Does not sound like the dry parts of the deck suggesting some delamination of fibreglass from wood etc.

My question to all of you is how significant is this from a structural and resale point of view?
Is this common in a a boat of this age?
Is it likely to progress to something worse?

Many thanks
07-16-2010 09:24 AM
Originally Posted by McKemey57 View Post
Any idea how the mast head running light wiring gets from breaker panel to mast step? Some of my running lights work, some do not, and for the life of me I cannot figure out how to trace the wiring pre mast. Thanks.
I haven't traced wiring going specifically to the mast step yet but I'll tell you what I know about the routing of 12V wiring. On my boat, a large number of wires come out of the breaker panel and head toward the starboard side behind fiberglass panels accessible from the port cockpit locker. From there they dive down into the engine compartment and run aft behind the firewall, traversing it above the battery tray. From there they go down into the compartments under the quarterberth and continue forward in a conduit on the inboard side of the starboard settee. I haven't traced them beyond there but I suspect if they go to the mast on that side they'd go up into the head storage locker and then between the wood bulkhead and the shower liner up to the mast step. There are also a limited number of wires traveling under the lip of the galley locker shelf and forward along the inboard side of the port settee. Don't know what was added aftermarket on mine but I hope this helps!
07-16-2010 06:31 AM
Lippincott 30 wiring

Originally Posted by 4arch View Post
I don't have any manuals but I'd be happy to answer questions. The water tanks are filled through ports under the port and starboard settees.
Any idea how the mast head running light wiring gets from breaker panel to mast step? Some of my running lights work, some do not, and for the life of me I cannot figure out how to trace the wiring pre mast. Thanks.
06-20-2010 10:08 PM
love my Lippincott 30

I have owned a 1984 Lippincott 30 for about 3 years now and its really a great boat...assuming the boat passes an inspection by a reputable surveyor, $14k is a great price for this boat...they usually go for about $ headliner needs work too, just need to get to it...make sure you check the internal chainplates bolted to the bulkhead above the settes...make sure they're not water damaged...engine in good shape?

good luck!
06-18-2010 09:08 PM
Would like to talk to you about your Lippincott 30

I live in Rhode Island and am interested in buying one of these boats. Any chance of meeting you to take a look at yours and perhaps even go for a sail.
I currently own a Pearson 26 but there is one near by going for a reasonable price. My email is Thanks JM
06-13-2010 01:43 PM
4arch JM,

To answer your questions:

1. I'd really need to know more about the type of cruising you expect to do. Weekending, long term, full time? What kind of wind conditions do you expect to be sailing in? Are you going solo or will you have others aboard?
2. Replacing headliner is a dirty job but not hugely time consuming or expensive. The hardest part will be getting the old one without creating a huge mess. There are numerous threads on this site about headliner replacement. A bad headliner wouldn't necessarily deter me from buying an otherwise sound boat - though it might make me more cautious if it was severely water damaged/stained.
3. She seems happiest in winds of about 8-18 knots. Pros - Points quite well for her design. Doesn't have a lot of excessive weather helm. Doesn't have excessive heel - I've seen other boats bury their rails on those 8-18 days where I've been hard pressed to do so. Base PHRF is 180 on the Chesapeake but I believe she's faster and the 180's generous. She'd probably keep up with boats based in the 170's. Cons - Not a great light air performer, but she will keep moving. Foretriangle is a bit large compared to mainsail size so even with a 100 jib and reefed main you still have a lot of headsail out.

Beyond that, I'd be a little concerned about the staining on the cabin sole you mentioned on the boat you're looking at. Usually a stained cabin sole is a sure sign of excessive water having entered the cabin.
06-13-2010 09:31 AM
Need advice

I am looking at a used 1985 boat. Hull, engine and rigging in excellent condition. Sails unknown but by report good. Interior looks 25 years old with cabin roof lining badly deteriorated and needs replacing. Floor stained and cushion covers etc old. Asking price is $14000 I am looking for first time crusing boat for narragansett bay and the local island (Block, Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket) and have some questions.
1. Do you recommend this boat for the purposes I have described
2. Is replacing the roof lining a huge job.
3. What are the negative and positive sailing characteristics of this boat

Many thanks for your replies and advice.
02-20-2010 06:06 PM
4arch Although the build quality is above average as compared to many other 30' racer/cruisers of that era (e.g. Catalina 30), there are several things that in my opinion disqualify the factory configuration from being bluewater capable. My main concerns would be the spade rudder, plastic portlights and molded fiberglass hatches, cockpit is a bit oversized and cockpit drains don't have seacocks, lazarette lids aren't sealed and don't have latches, the saloon settees are acceptable as sea berths but not great and would need lee cloths added, stove is non-gimbaled alcohol, the open saloon design not ideal for passagemaking and sacrifices storage on board, and there is no charting table, not even a stand-up. All that said, bluewater sailing has been done in lesser boats with upgrades and a lot of the issues with the L30 could be overcome if one wished.
02-20-2010 11:17 AM
Bluewater capable?

Would anyone go so far as to say this boat could stand up to the rigors of ocean passages? Just concentrating on the construction of the boat, assuming the crew was capable and it was properly equipped and and in a desireable condition.
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