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Etap 30i

Brief details


Etap Yachting N.V., Malle, Belgium

The Etap 30i is a modern fast family cruiser with the usual high build quality and careful and innovative detailing of the Etap brand. Like all Etaps, she is 'unsinkable'. The Etap 30i is most often fitted with the shallow draught tandem keel, but a deep fin was also an option. Another option was Etap's EVS steering, which is a vertically acting wheel-topped tiller system.


30' 8"

Sail area

398 sq ft main & genoa


26' 3"


fractional sloop


10' 4"


Forecabin, saloon and aft cabin


3' 4" shallow tandem keel or 4' 7" deep fin keel




7,929 lbs


Volvo 2020S diesel


2,643 lbs



Keel type

Shallow draught tandem fin keel with spade rudder, or deep fin keel

Etap 30i

Etap were a large Belgian company with a variety of products, and have been building yachts since 1970. In 1990 the yacht building division was split off as a separate company, Etap Yachting. In 2008 the Etap yachting division was bought by Dehler, but in 2009 Dehler then became insolvent. Etap briefly restarted as an independent company, but then again ceased trading.

Etaps have always been 'different' - all their boats are unsinkable, with double skins and closed-cell polyurethane foam. This also gives excellent insulation to the interior, minimising condensation. The company makes extensive use of custom aluminium and stainless fabrications produced in-house. Etaps are not cheap, but are very well engineered and built.


In production until the company ceased trading, the Etap 30i is a modern fast cruiser with some unusual but practical design features, and all the high quality engineering that made Etaps different from other production boatbuilders. She has a choice of single fin or tandem fin keels, and a fractional rig with self-tacking jib. Steering is by tiller, or as an option, Etap's unique EVS system, which looks a bit like a a tiller - but works like a wheel!

Etap 30i
Etap 30i

Etap 30i

Etap 30i
Etap 30i

Above: The double berth forecabin is separated from the saloon by sliding doors in an oval opening in the forward bulkhead. The interior joinery is in a very attractive light beech.

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Etap 30i

In the heads there is wet hanging space for oilies, and a large storage locker aft

Aft double cabin

Etap 30i
Etap 30i

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The Etap 30i has a self-tacking roller reefing jib as standard, which sheets to the curved track forward of the mast. This yacht also has the optional overlapping genoa, which also roller reefs, and sheets to the genoa tracks on deck

The Etap's keel is a development of the Warwick Collins designed tandem keel, with two vertical fins joined by a winged bulb. It gives shallow draught with good windward performance - very near to that of a deep fin keel. Warwick Collins invented this keel design in the 1980s, and variants of it are now slowly but steadily being adopted by mainstream boatbuilders, including Etap, Sadler, Hunter and now Bavaria.

Etap 30i

The yacht illustrated here also has Etap's unique EVS system, which operates in a similar way to a wheel, but takes up far less cockpit space. Those who have sailed Etaps with this system generally like it a lot. As with a wheel, an emergency tiller can be fitted if needed.

On this yacht there is also an optional removable mainsheet traveler system, which detaches in a few seconds to leave the cockpit clear in harbour, as in the photo above.

Etap 30i

Etap's typical carefully engineered detailing

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