Are these good boats? It looks fast as all get out.I was just getting to an Olson............was thinking 25, then saw post by t22, would concur that is is a 29 or some offspring of an olson. too many similar markings from all of the models.
This would be my first big boat. Sounds like it would be a bit much for me to sail as I am looking for something I can single hand. I think I am going to try and get it and maybe use it to trade for a boat more suited for a first timer. I feel like learning more about this boat it is a shame to let it sit there in a field and rot. It is still in relatively good shape but that won't last if it stays were it is. I am in Chicago and there are many resources here to take advantage of a boat like this. I will update if I am able to get her.There are a few Olson 29 threads on Sailing Anarchy that you should read (do a search). Assuming this one's in good shape, this would probably be a great boat for someone looking for a very fast, relatively cheap 30' race boat for PHRF. They are not only fast, but very seaworthy in the sense that people have raced them shorthanded to Hawaii and Bermuda. It's a lot of boat and if you're not already a good sailor you may find yourself in over your head. You will probably need a lot of crew (6-8?) to sail to your rating for normal windward/leewards. Olson 30's in good shape go for around $15k. The few 29's I've seen listed seem to go for more. They only made a few dozen of them and they are popular.
Olson 29 with a modified keel.? I think the Olson 29 originally had an elliptical keel & rudder, but this on looks like the keel’s trailing edge is straight.
Good catch. that looks more like an Olson 30 keel. The mast looks like its fractional like a O-29 and the transom is definitely a 29. You just have to wonder what the story is....
Correct on the Keel. When up close and looking at it the trailing edge is not straight. The sad end to the story is that I stopped by to talk to the owner about if it was available. The man was older and a bit of a curmudgeon. When I asked him about the boat he just shook his head and closed the door on me without saying a word. Since the boat has been sitting out there for 7 years it seems it is destined to rot next to that barn. Very sad state for such a nice boat. It is a shame she will most likely not ever see the water again.It's an Olson 29 keel. The trailing edge is (mostly) hidden behind the trailer pad support.