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Elizabethan 30

Brief details

Builder

Peter Webster Ltd., Lymington

The 'odd one out' of the mostly long-keeled Elizabethan range, the Elizabethan 30 is an elegant, fast, seaworthy fin and skeg cruiser-racer. She was originally designed as a competitive racing yacht, but like many other racers from this era, she now makes a very good fast cruising yacht - the example illustrated having made a 12,000 mile transatlantic circuit in the last few years. Although accommodation is smaller than in most modern 30-footers, they have excellent handling and are very seaworthy

LOA

29' 6"

Sail area

436 sq ft main and genoa

LWL

24' 0"

Rig

sloop

Beam

9' 3"

Cabins

Saloon & forecabin

Draught

5' 0"

Berths

5

Displacement

7,168 lbs

Engine

various - often a Bukh diesel

Ballast

approx 3,600 lbs

BHP

8 - 12

Keel type

Fin and skeg (NB: the ballast weight is uncertain: figures between 3,584 lbs and 3,727 lbs have been quoted by various sources)

Elizabethan 30

From about 1960 to the mid-70s Peter Webster built a series of yachts under the 'Elizabethan' name, from 23 to 35 feet. All have become classics. Whilst most were long-keeled, the Elizabethan 30, built from 1969 onwards, was a fin and skeg cruiser-racer, with a high ballast ratio and excellent performance. She was designed in 1968 by David Thomas (also designer of several Hunter and Sigma yachts), and was originally a competitive Half Ton Cup racer. As with may racing-derived yachts of that era, such as the Hustler 30, they are now regarded as sound fast cruising boats. David Thomas, the designer, still owns one, and recently took her to 2nd place in the Round the Island Race.

The hull mouldings for the Elizabethan 30 were later used to build the Hummingbird 30, with a fractionally raised sheerline, and a different deck and cabin moulding - these boats being rather more spacious below

Elizabethan 30

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Elizabethan 30
 

The forecabin has a single berth to port, with an infill which converts it to a small double berth. Between forecabin and saloon is the heads compartment, with WC and basin.

 

Below: The saloon has two settee berths, plus a quarterberth aft of the chart table. The boat illustrated has an unusual light-coloured replacement pine veneer on the saloon main bulkhead - originally this would have been teak veneer

Elizabethan 30

She has a good galley to port, with sink, cooker and coolbox. To starboard is the chart table, with a quarterberth behind it - the head of this berth forming the chart table seat. Saloon headroom is about six feet.

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Elizabethan 30

Elizabethan 30

Photographs Yachtsnet, also some photos courtesy of Martin Abbott

Elizabethan 30

'Yachting Monthly' described the Elizabethan 30 as ".... has a high ballast ratio and fells very stiff. She has well balanced handling and good performance, particularly when the wind picks up".

 

In 2000, 'Sailing Today' magazine voted the Elizabethan 30 "secondhand boat of the year" - the Contessa 32 taking second place. The same article described the test boat in a Force 5 to 6 as "fast, beautifully balanced and close-winded"

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