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10-19-2015 05:32 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

Ya, but you never know how many of us lurkers will be educated and amused by your responses, even if the OP is gone! :-)
10-19-2015 05:04 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

You do realize the original poster who started this thread hasn't posted in 3-1/2 years. I'm guessing he never bought a boat.
10-19-2015 04:35 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

Own one myself. Weather helm is a potential issue but ease the main a bit and it is fine and will sail itself. They are not fast but have a couple of advantages over lighter boats. They will carry their way through a slop nicely where a lighter boat might stall out, getting the wind shaken out of their sails (a problem where I sail with all the large power boats with gigantic washes and no manners). Mine will consistently do 5 or 6 knots once the wind gets up into the high teens and low twenties and it will really take heavy weather well. I've had mine out in 50 knots of wind in Knight Inlet and tacked all the way down from the head of inlet to Minstrel Island with a small jib and double reefed main, docking under sail because I had a bum engine. For a long straight keeled boat she turns relatively quickly if you plan your moves. My son lived on her for 5 years (he is 6 foot 4 inches) while at university and was comfortable. We made a full cover for the cockpit area to create a mudroom type entrance to reduce the wet getting below. This worked well for a liveaboard. My only critique as far as going offshore is the size of the cockpit. It is big and will fill with a lot of water if you get pooped. But a lot of them have made circumnavigations. They were a well made, solid boat.
11-24-2012 02:02 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

I am buying one of these, first because of the price. Second because it has a full keel. When I step aboard I want a boat that does not lean toward me. This one pasts the test. The rig is a bit light compared to other boats but the one I am looking at has a good strong engine and a 3/8 chain road. She will duck and dive and maybe slid off the face but this boat meets my needs for SF bay, some delta and if need be a fair boat for the open. It's about good storage fair sailing and a comfort. I'm not thinking like the wanderlust I was. No major transits or big crossing for me. No tons of bright work for vanity's sake or courses where you squeeze around the marker. I see this boat as a plan old family station wagon. For now with my son home and my wife spending time aboard, it's enough.
11-03-2012 02:05 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
I've seen a PHRF rating for the Rawson 30 that was near 300 - compare that to a Cal 20 with a rating of 264 - that Rawson is a SLOOOW boat. If you're going offshore in one you better have big water tanks.
And people call a Westsail 32 (phrf ~ 218) slow??
11-02-2012 06:57 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

As somebody with still a lot to learn, it is very interesting to read the tradeoffs between offshore capable but older, less spacious, and slower vs newer, more comfortable, but lighter boats.

Since the link is still there, can I assume something turned you off against the boat? If so, do you mind sharing?
05-09-2012 08:51 PM
sea_hunter This boat is one of the toughest Garden designs. I loved mine and it wasn't slow in a 30 knot blow. Go for it; you won't be disappointed in a Rawson.
04-25-2012 05:56 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

I have lived aboard for 30 years. I have sailed twice around the world. I would jump on that boat and sail her anywhere. She is exactly what you are looking for. Do not hesitate do not think just go!
After you are committed you will soon learn. Read everything. Start with the "Around The World Sailing Guide" from
Buy second hand sails. Do not worry just go before thr losers get into your head.
04-25-2012 03:47 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

I've seen a PHRF rating for the Rawson 30 that was near 300 - compare that to a Cal 20 with a rating of 264 - that Rawson is a SLOOOW boat. If you're going offshore in one you better have big water tanks.
04-25-2012 09:40 AM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

On a boat of that vintage, condition and the quality of the new gear (engine, thru-hulls, etc.) installations will be far more important than Rawson's reputation, IMO.

A few observations: The engine and new thru-hulls are nice (and expensive!) uprgrades, if done properly. What about the condition of the sails? If they need to be replaced, it will cost a pretty penny. Is that water damage shown in the bottom of the picture with the heater?

If you're serious about this particular Rawson, it might be worth your time to make a trip up to Nanaimo, BC to check out a similarly priced R30 that appears to be in better condition, but without the engine upgrade. I think comparison shopping is the best way to determine true market value.
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