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Victoria 30

Brief details


Victoria Marine, Warsash, Southampton

A Chuck Paine classic, moulded by Northshore to Lloyds spec, and fitted out by Victoria Marine, the Victoria 30 is an extremely pretty double-ender with good handling under sail, and beautifully finished accommodation for four or five, depending on layout. Victoria Marine offered a semi-custom build facility, so layouts and finishes vary slightly: teak decks, extra lockers and interior trim etc. could substantially add to the basic price.


29' 8"

Sail area

420 sq ft


23' 4"




9' 7"




4' 7"


4 or 5


9,010 lbs


usually Yanmar 2GM20F diesel


4,400 lbs



Keel type

Long keel

First produced in the USA as the Leigh 30, the Victoria 30 was designed by Chuck Paine in 1979, as an unashamedly traditional small cruising yacht. Built in the UK from 1982 to the mid 1990s, they are faster than you might expect thanks to a fairly modern hull form, with a long keel added for directional stability. Unlike more traditional long-keelers with a 'wineglass' hullform, there is a clearly defined transition between hull body and keel.

The UK-built Victoria 30s have encapsulated ballast and a slightly different hull layup specification to the Leigh 30s, built by Morris Yachts, which have an external ballast keel, and more detailed timber trim than the British boats. Designer Chuck Paine's website has lines plans of the Leigh 30 - the hull and sailplans of the Victoria is virtually identical.

'Yachting Monthly' described the design as ".... we were impressed by the speeds she attained" and ".... had the sure-footedness and easy motion that you associate with a well-shaped long-keeled yacht of medium displacement"

The smaller Victoria 26, derived from the flush-decked Frances 26, is very much in the same style.


Viictoria 30 - owners photo

The above photo is of a well travelled Victoria 30

converted to cutter rig with a short plank bowsprit


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The interior layout consists of forecabin with vee/double berth, heads compartment, and saloon with two settee berths, with galley and chart table aft.

Whilst some Victoria 30s had a quarterberth behind the chart table, this one has an extra cockpit locker instead

The cockpit seats four comfortably, more is a squeeze. Deck hardware is all of excellent quality


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