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9 Cruiser Sailboats Under 30 Ft We Love

Our editorial staff selected 9 sailboats under 30′ from all over the world. Which is your preferred one?

Albin Vega 27

Photo albinvega.info
  • Hull Type: Long fin keel
  • Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 27′ 1″ / 8.25m
  • Waterline Length: 23′ 0″ / 7.01m
  • Beam: 8′ 1″ / 2.46m
  • Draft: 3′ 8″ / 1.12m
  • Rig Type: Masthead sloop
  • Displacement: 5,070lb / 2,300kg
  • Designer: Per Brohall
  • Builder: Albin Marine AB (Sweden)
  • Year First Built: 1965
  • Year Last Built: 1979
  • Number Built: 3,450

Alpin Ballad 

Photo Yachtworld
  • Hull Type: Fin with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 29′ 11″ / 9.12m
  • Waterline Length: 22′ 7″ / 6.88m
  • Beam: 9′ 8″ / 2.95m
  • Draft: 5′ 1″ / 1.55m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 7,276lb / 3,300kg
  • Designer: Rolf Magnusson
  • Builder: Albin Marine (Sweden)
  • Year First Built: 1971
  • Year Last Built: 1982
  • Number Built: 1500

Bristol 24

Photo Sailboat Listing
  • Hull Type: Long Keel
  • Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 24′ 6″ / 7.5m
  • Waterline Length: 18′ 1″ / 5.5m
  • Beam: 8′ 0″ / 2.4m
  • Draft: 3′ 5″ / 1.0m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 5,920lb / 2,685kg
  • Designer: Paul Coble
  • Builder: Bristol Yachts inc (US)
  • Year First Built: 1969
  • Year Last Built: 1972
  • Number Built: 800

Contessa 28

Photo Yachtworld
  • Hull Type: fin keel with spade rudder
  • Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall: 27′ 8″ / 8.43m
  • Waterline Length: 22′ 0″ / 6.71m
  • Beam: 9′ 5″ / 2.87m
  • Draft: 4′ 10″ / 1.47m
  • Rig Type: Masthead sloop
  • Displacement: 6,970lb / 3,162kg
  • Designer: Doug Peterson
  • Builder: Jeremy Rogers
  • Year First Built: 1977

Dufour 29

  • Hull Type: Fin with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 29′ 4″ / 8.94m
  • Waterline Length: 25′ 1″ / 7.64m
  • Beam: 9′ 8″ / 2.95m
  • Draft: 5′ 3″ / 1.60m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 7,250lb / 3,289kg
  • Designer: Michael Dufour
  • Builder: Dufour (France)
  • Year First Built: 1975
  • Year Last Built: 1984

Great Dane 28

Photo Great Dane 2 owners club
  • Hull Type: Long keel with transom-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 28′ 0″ / 8.5m
  • Waterline Length: 21′ 4″ / 6.5m
  • Beam: 8′ 2″ / 2.5m
  • Draft: 4′ 6″ / 1.4m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 8,500lb / 3,856kg
  • Designer: Aage Utzon in conjunction with Klaus Baess
  • Builder: Klauss Baess, Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Year First Built: 1965
  • Year Last Built: 1989
  • Number Built: 300

Sabre 27

  • Hull Type: Fin and skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material: GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 27′ 0″ / 8.2m
  • Waterline Length: 22′ 2″ / 6.8m
  • Beam: 9′ 0″ / 2.7m
  • Draft: 4′ 6″ / 1.4m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 6,800lb / 3,084kg
  • Designer: Alan Hill
  • Builder: Marine Construction Ltd (UK)
  • Year First Built: 1969
  • Year Last Built: 1979
  • Number Built: 400

Twister 28

Photo boatnetlocator
  • Hull Type: Long keel with transom-hung rudder
  • Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall: 28′ 3″ / 8.6m
  • Waterline Length: 21′ 6″ / 6.6m
  • Beam: 8′ 1″ / 2.5m
  • Draft: 5′ 0″ / 1.5m
  • Rig Type: masthead sloop
  • Displacement: 9,968lb / 4,521kg
  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Uphams (UK) and Tyler (UK)
  • Year First Built: 1964
  • Year Last Built: 1983
  • Number Built: 200

Westerly 22

Photo Yachtworld
  • Hull Type:~ Bilge keel and skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 22′ 3″ / 6.8m
  • Waterline Length:~ 18′ 4″ / 5.6m
  • Beam:~ 7′ 6″ / 2.3m
  • Draft:~ 2′ 3″ / 0.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement:~ 4,150lb / 1,429kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.95
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 228
  • Designer:~ Denis Rayner
  • Builder:~ Westerly Marine Ltd (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1963
  • Year Last Built:~ 1967
  • Number Built:~ 332

 

2 thoughts on “9 Cruiser Sailboats Under 30 Ft We Love”

  1. WTH?!? why there is no boat which started it all? Pearson Triton 1959 first GRP production boat? many circumnavigated I with mine singlehandedly crossed Atlantic few times.

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