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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?

Thanks,

Mark Meyer
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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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Helms 30

I sailed on one back in 1978 we won our div. in the queens cup and Mac races on lake Mi. I was only 13 and did a great deal of the helm shifts in the races. The owner (my boss) sold Cals, Newports, C&C's, Helms, Mirages and other great boats. I worked for the Sailing center for several years. The year after we raced a Mirage 28 it was not as successful as the Helm's. I rate it as the best 30 I sailed! The helms 25 is also a great boat. You will love everything about the helms 30. :D
 
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