Publish date:

Just Launched: Three Around 30

Author:

Much as a megayacht may impress, there’s nothing to get the pulse racing like a zippy little sloop that speaks of adventure from masthead to keel—and these three new designs from a trio of builders better known for their cruising boats look to have adventure to burn.

First up is the Sun Fast 3300, the latest and perhaps most daring of Jeanneau’s celebrated performance Sun Fast line. Designed by Daniel Andrieu and Guillaume Verdier, the boat looks to be all business, with its hint of reverse sheet, twin rudders, long fixed sprit, sleekly sculpted cabintrunk, crazy-cool tumblehome bow, high-aspect square-top main and resin-infused lightweight hull. Better still, the 33-footer’s deck layout has been configured so that it will work equally well when racing offshore or around the buoys and with a full crew, doublehanded or even solo—just the thing for any sailors out there with dreams of TP52 or IMOCA 60-style racing on a more limited budget.

Dehler 30

Dehler 30

Similarly, and in an equally bold move, Germany’s Dehler recently unveiled the Dehler 30, an all-out race boat that truly pegs the fun factor at “11.” Conceived of as a “progressive racer-cruiser” that will serve as an “uncompromising doublehanded offshore boat” offering “maximum performance,” the boat is jam-packed with the latest go-fast features, including a large fixed sprit, tumblehome bow, twin high-aspect rudders, T-keel, powerful square-top main and wide powerful sections aft for power-reaching under A-sail. The vacuum-infused hull includes a “Dehler carbon cage” to help handle keel and rig loads, and the single-spreader rig is all carbon. A “stealth drive” auxiliary arrangement gets the prop completely out of the way when sailing. It’ll be fun to see the boat in action when it arrives on this side of the Atlantic.

Finally, there’s the Finot-Conq-designed Beneteau Oceanis 30.1, which offers a fascinating mix of features and options, all with an eye toward accommodating as diverse a range of sailing styles as possible within its 30ft of LOA. Chines, a fixed sprit, twin rudders and helms, a plumb bow with a fine entry, for example, all speak to a desire to create a boat that will do well on every point of sail, whether coastal or offshore. Similarly, belowdecks the boat offers not one, but two full-sized cabins, saloon benches that will also double as sea berths and 6ft 6in of headroom. To keep things fun, the boat can be ordered with tiller steering. Swing keel versions for “sailing along canals and rivers,” as Beneteau puts it, are also available. 

October 2019

Related

01-LEAD-IMG_1002

Cyclone Season in Polynesia

Thinking of spending cyclone season in the South Pacific? Plenty of sailors take the chance every year, with the recent travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic making this an especially popular option in 2020. Cyclone season in this part of the world runs from November to ...read more

01b-LEAD-INSET-Kirby-IMG_0077

Eight Bells: Bruce Kirby, Creator of the Laser

With 2021 drawing to a close, Laser sailors find themselves reflecting on both their class’s 50th anniversary and the passing of the man who made it all possible: Canadian designer, sailor and sailing journalist, Bruce Kirby. Kirby, who died this past July at the age of 92, ...read more

2021ROLEXIC_DF_0061

Southern Yacht Club Wins Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup

Newport, R.I. -- The 7th Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup wrapped up on Saturday after five days of highly competitive racing in an international fleet that saw the Southern Yacht Club (SYC) of New Orleans best a fleet of 19 teams from Europe, Canada, Bermuda and ...read more

DUFOUR-530_NAVIGATION_009

Boat Review: Dufour 530

Dufour Yachts seems to have shifted its strategy with the introduction of the new 530. Previously, the French builder maintained two lines: Performance and Grand Large, with the latter targeted at the cruising crowd. With the Dufour 530, however, Dufour decided to combine the ...read more

210913-11HRT-SKIPPER-PORTRAITS-VC-122

11th Hour Christens Two IMOCAs, Hits a Snag

This week has been a big one for the American-founded, sustainability-centric ocean racing team 11th Hour Racing. In addition to christening their two new boats, the team also took them out for a quick test ride—against some of the most intense IMOCA 60 skippers in the world. ...read more

01-LEAD-DSCF3091

Clewless in the Pacific

Squalls are well known to sailors who cruise the middle Latitudes. Eventually, you become complacent to their bluster. But squalls vary in magnitude, and while crossing from Tahiti to Oahu, our 47ft Custom Stevens sloop paid the price for carrying too much canvass as we were ...read more

Nigel

SAIL’s Nigel Calder Talks Electrical Systems at Trawlerfest Baltimore

At the upcoming Trawlerfest Baltimore, set for Sept. 29-Oct. 3, SAIL magazine regular contributor Nigel Calder will give the low down on electrical systems as part of the show’s seminar series.  The talk will be Saturday, October 2 at 9am. Electrical systems are now the number ...read more

5ae5b8ce-3113-4236-927b-f795be4ae091

Bitter End Yacht Club Announces Reopening

Four years after being decimated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Bitter End Yacht Club is set to reopen for the Winter 2022 season. Hailed as one of the best anchorages in the Caribbean and built by sailors, for sailors, this island outpost in the BVI has been a favorite with ...read more