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Naja 30

Brief details


Whisstocks, Woodbridge, Suffolk, and others

Built in multi-chine WEST System epoxy ply, this is a very fast small cruiser with quite a spacious interior. Although Whisstocks in the UK were the most common builder, the design seems more popular in France.


29' 4"

Sail area

believed 515 sq ft main and 155% genoa


26' 7"




10' 5"


Saloon & forecabin


4' 3"


max 7


6,200 lbs approx




not known


typically 12- 18

Keel type

Iron fin keel and transom-hung rudder

The Naja 30 was designed by designed by Sylvestre Langevin of France, whose other designs included a transatlantic record holding trimaran. They were both yard-built and supplied as kits by Whisstocks, and also built from plans in various other boatyards and locations. Although very much a fast cruiser-racer type, at least one Naja 30 has circumnavigated - see www.cometosea.us

Although epoxy-ply construction is unusual nowadays, quality boats such as RMs are still being built in epoxy-ply, and the builders claim better strength to weight ratios than with GRP production.

Whisstocks was established in 1926 as a traditional wooden boatbuilder, that in the 1970s moved on to WEST System epoxy-ply and (later) aluminium construction. In 1984 the company ceased trading. The company was then reformed by a management buy-out, to build small numbers of custom aluminium yachts from 45 to 75 feet. The boatyard finally closed in 1992.

The cockpit is a racing-style sit-on-the-sidedecks layout rather than a well with seating,
in keeping with the general performance focus of the boat

The Naja design is featured in the book by Ference Mate in the book "Best Boats" - which is rather devoted to wooden yachts, and particularly American ones - so it is quite a compliment to feature a British built and French designed yacht.

Plan above from the book.

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