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Aristocat 30

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Aristocat Marine Ltd., Christchurch, Hampshire

The Aristocat 30 is a cruising catamaran designed in 1969 by Robin Musters & Ken Shaw. Less well known than the Prouts, Catalacs and Heavenly Twins, the Aristocat is a cruising catamaran with very comfortable and spacious accommodation.

The design was leter modified to become the Gemini, of which hundreds have been sold. The example illustrated has been substantially modified and refitted, and has an inboard diesel installed


30' 6"

Sail area

495 sq ft (main and genoa)


27' 7"




14' 0"


3 plus saloon


2' 6" to 4' 6"


5 excluding saloon dinette


approx 6.5 tons in cruising trim






20 - 30

Keel type

Fixed stub keels plus drop keels

Aristocat 30

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Aristocat 30

Originally outboard-powered, the example illustrated has had an inboard diesel fitted, the outboard being retained as emergency propulsion

With the addition of a full 'camper' style cover over the large cockpit, the accommodation is truly enormous for a 30-footer.


Photographs Yachtsnet

Aristocat 30

Click here for a larger accommodation plan

The port forecabin has a large double berth, plus storage and shelving. Aft of this is the linera galley, which extends down the port hull

Aft of the galley on the port side is a single quarterberth cabin, which in the example illustrated has been used purely for storage




Originally the saloon dinette table top was intended to lower to create more berths, but this has now been fixed on this yacht



Aristocat 30

The starboard hull has a twin-berth cabin, chart table and instruments, and the heads aft

Photographs Yachtsnet

Aristocat 30


Left and below: One of the unusual features of the Aristocat design is the very large main hatch. Almost the full width of the coachroof, it provides lots of light and air into the interior



Prettier and probably a fair bit faster than the Catalac or Heavenly Twins, the Aristocat offers a remarkably good interior layout

Aristocat 30

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