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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.

Javelin 30

Brief details


Marine Construction (Marcon), Southampton

The Javelin 30 was designed by Fred Parker as a cruiser/racer in 1971, and based on a wooden double chine prototype called 'Mistri', of the same general dimensions. Javelin 30s were moulded by Marcon, and normally sold as hulls and decks for completion elsewhere. They were fitted out by a number of professional builders, and also many were home completed, so fitout layouts and standards can vary.


30' 6"

Sail area

446 sq ft main and genoa


22' 0"




9' 0"




5' 0"




6,720 lbs


originally designed to use a Volvo MD1


3,200 lbs


7 hp if Volvo MD1

Keel type

Iron fin keel and skeg hung rudder

The Javelin 30 was designed as an economical way to start offshore racing, hence the hull and deck mouldings were sold by Marcon as kits for home completion, or could be fitted out by other boatbuilders.

The designer took the first GRP hull moulding for his own use and called it "Javelot". The design was altered slightly over the years, and by 1975 Marcon were selling Mk II versions, though it is not clear exactly what changed.

In the early years the design did well in racing, but are now economical and pretty fast cruisers for those who value sailing performance over accommodation.

The hull is very elegant, and the overall look is very reminiscent of the She 31, another yacht from the same era with an excellent reputation for sweet handling and all-weather performance. The downside of both these yachts is of course what are by modern standards cramped interiors.

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