Raider 30

The recent proliferation of large cruising catamarans has been well documented, but there is also an increasing number of smaller performance catamarans that offer modest living accommodations for go-fast racer/cruiser types. One of the most interesting of these is the Raider 30, a very sleek craft that was born four years ago in Australia and debuted in the U.S. early last year. There
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on
Raider30

The recent proliferation of large cruising catamarans has been well documented, but there is also an increasing number of smaller performance catamarans that offer modest living accommodations for go-fast racer/cruiser types. One of the most interesting of these is the Raider 30, a very sleek craft that was born four years ago in Australia and debuted in the U.S. early last year.

There is no denying the Raider's competitive credentials. The boat's Aussie builder, Geoff Berg of ASA Yachts, campaigned hull number two in 2001; he won the Southern Ocean Multihull Regatta and took fourth overall in a 330-mile offshore sprint from Brisbane to Gladstone. In the Gladstone race, the Raider crossed the line ahead of everything except one Open 60 monohull and two much larger racing cats. Since coming to the U.S., the Tony Grainger-designed speedster has likewise routinely waxed the competition in several South Florida events.

In keeping with Berg's ambition to promote the boat as an accessible one-design class, the Raider is not at all exotic in its build. Hence, it is reasonably priced, especially when compared to similarly sized folding trimarans. The only carbon fiber aboard is found in some reinforcements in the rudder and daggerboards; otherwise, the hull is vacuum-bagged glass over a Divinycell foam core. The spars are all aluminum, on both the standard rig (with a 42-foot, 6-inch fixed mast) and the racing rig (with a 46-foot wing mast). The boat can also be derigged for trailering.

Could you cruise in this cat? Most definitely, but only if you're the type of cruiser who loves to sail fast and doesn't mind lounging on the tramps a lot. Though livable and reasonably generous for a boat of this type, the accommodations are fairly cramped and minimal.

I spent an afternoon sailing the Raider 30 on Biscayne Bay in Florida and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Unfortunately, conditions were light, with just 8 to 10 knots of wind. Despite the mildness of the breeze, the boat developed a very gratifying turn of speed, running a steady 11 to 15 knots. It starts to fly a hull when the wind hits 12 and has plenty of volume forward to keep the lee bow from stuffing into waves. In light conditions you'll even need to send a crewmember to leeward to help keep the bow down. Berg reports that he's never seen waves come over the bows or beams in rougher conditions offshore. In just 15 knots of breeze the boat will purportedly move at over 20 knots, with a maximum speed somewhere in the mid-20s.

The deck layout is superb, with controls neatly led to both cockpits, which are comfortably large and feature integral hiking racks that allow the crew to keep weight outboard while handling lines and helming the boat. Steering is light and very precise. The mast is well aft, and there is some weather helm when the boat is flying under just main and jib. As soon as the big screecher is hoisted, however, it balances out perfectly.
All in all, the Raider is an extremely impressive package.

Specifications

LOA

30'2"

Beam

19'7"

Draft (foils up/down)

1'/5'

Displ.

2,600 lbs

Sail area (main and jib)

565 sq ft

Power

9.8-hp outboard (optional)

Fuel/water/waste

6/20/15 gal

Displ.-length ratio

54.9

Sail area-displ. ratio

48.15 (racing)

Related

01-Lead-show

France’s Annual Multihull Show

If a boat show could be described as intimate, the annual Salon International du Multicoque in La Grande Motte, on France’s Mediterranean coast, is it. Held in the latter part of April, the multihulls-only in-water show is a boon for builders, because the people who attend come ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell. Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.com Check the waypoint  Most errors with GPS and paper chart navigation are caused by the operator punching in the wrong numbers or plotting the lat/long incorrectly. The surest way to double-check a ...read more

Furlex-Electric

Gear: Seldén’s Furlex Electric

Furl Power Seldén’s Furlex Electric offers an easy path into the world of sweat-free headsail furling. The compact unit can be retrofitted to an existing manual Furlex unit or installed as a replacement for whatever you’ve got now. Its DC-DC converter accepts your boat’s 12V or ...read more

11_DSC8423Tom-Zydler

Cruising: Nova Scotia

There’s a unique cruising ground that combines access to urban locations with easy escapes to wilderness and nature. Its native people may be the friendliest on the east coast of North America. Its coastline runs 250 nautical miles in a straight line, but that should be ...read more

01-LEAD-shutterstock_727849660

Boat Monitoring System

Boat Oversight In a world where you can track your friends’ locations in real time and stream yourself live on the internet, it should come as no surprise that you can also keep a close eye on your boat from the comfort of home. In fact, not only is there a plethora of options ...read more

pilot_saloon_42-_en_navigation_11

Boat Review: Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 42

Old salts grouse about modern aesthetics. It’s just what they do, and the hard lines and spartan interiors of today’s production boats give them many reasons to complain. French builder Wauquiez, however, seems to consistently be able to marry contemporary elements with ...read more