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11-24-2012 01:02 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 01:05 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 05:57 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 07:51 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 04:56 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 02:47 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 08:40 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.
04-25-2012 06:14 AM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

Agree with Sydney that a Cat 30 would make a great live aboard boat. I used to have one. But it was never built to be a blue water boat.
04-24-2012 11:04 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

A good survey is a good idea if you don't know what can happen to old boats/boat systems over time...I'm still learning and the list of things that will go wrong is long and they arent very readily apparent to the eye...
04-24-2012 10:45 PM
Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

That Rawson weighs 12000 pounds..pretty good for a 30-footer...slower yes...short waterline...but 9-foot wide is good...and comfort rating above 40 is super rare...If the engine and sails are good..go get her...a good survey is always a good idea if you don't know what to look for ..but you may have a great boat to learn on and eventually maybe take a long way's more about the sailor but I'd bet this is enough boat to take you there if you got the stomach...Personally though..if you have zero experience...I'd find something decent around 22-25 foot range for a couple grand and sail the crap out of it.. see where you are in a couple years from now...On the other hand..we never know how much time we got on this planet..or when the time is up...
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