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The following information and photographs are displayed as a service to anyone researching yacht types. HOWEVER THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD. Details and photographs are normally based on one specific yacht, but could be a compilation. No reliance should be placed on other yachts of the same class being identical.  Where common variations exist, we have endeavoured to indicate this in these archive details. 

Hustler 30

Brief details


Tylers hulls - various yards fitted out, many completed by Landamores

A classic small cruiser-racer, the Hustler 30 is both fast and seaworthy, as well as being a very elegant yacht. Two keel options were built, the deep 'racing' fin at 5' 6" and a shallower 'cruising' version at 4' 8". Both sail very well indeed, though the deep keel version is substantially faster to windward


30' 2"

Sail area

443 sq ft


22' 8"




9' 2"


Forecabin and saloon


5' 6" or 4' 7"




7,593 lbs


various - originally usually Volvo diesel or Dolphin petrol inboard


3,584 lbs


7 - 12

Keel type

Fin & skeg

Hustler 30

The original * Hustler 30 was designed by Don Pye of Holman & Pye, and is often regarded as one of the prettiest designs from his board. They are fast boats, and when first introduced in 1970, had many racing successes. Now, like many similar boats of this era, such as the Elizabethan 30 and She 31 they make good fast cruisers, with still enough speed for handicap racing to be enjoyable.

( * there was also a 'second generation' Hustler 30 in the early 1980s, a much more aggressively race-oriented design by Stephen Jones, with more beam and less weight: these are sometimes known simply as Hustler 30s, or sometimes as Hustler SJ30s ).

Hustler 30

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Hustler 30

Hustler 30

Hustler 30

By modern standards the accommodation is small for a 30- foot yacht (but the Hustler 30 will outsail many modern yachts of similar length, especially in stronger winds). The usual layout was to have a forecabin with vee-berths, a small heads compartment with hanging locker opposite, and the saloon with a dinette (convertible to a smallish double). The galley was usually opposite the dinette. A chart table with quarterberth/seat is normally to starboard, and a few boats also had another quarterberth to port, sacrificing cockpit locker space as a result

Hustler 30
Hustler 30

Right: The rig was normally a simple single-spreader mast

Although most boats were deep fin, at 5' 6" draught, a number of shallow fin versions were also built, with 4' 7" draught

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